Who makes our top album releases for October 2020?
All in all, it's been an excellent month for music. In October alone we've seen numerous releases that we're strongly considering for our top 10 albums of the year list, and it seems like 2020 has really made artists want to take us back to a better time. We are more than grateful for that.
The Struts - Strange Days
These glam-rock revivalists have been entertaining us four seven years, but their third album Strange Days is truly something special. They've teamed up with everyone from Robbie Williams to Def Leppard on this charismatic retro album, that may be have a nostalgic sound, but lyrically fits very much into 2020.
It's safe to say that Róisín Murphy's given the odd record company exec a sleepless night or two. The woman who got her start in the music industry as the public half of Moloko after propositioning future co-producer Mark Brydon with the immortal line "Do you like my tight sweater?" has confessed in the past to feeling alienated by its mechanics: after leaving EMI post the release of 2007's Overpowered, she then appeared only sporadically during the next five years.
Her absence from the limelight was due to motherhood rather than anything more capricious, but when she returned in 2014 with Mi Senti - an EP of cover versions featuring Italian torch songs from the 70's and 80's - there were probably one or two wry smiles amongst the suits. This was followed in 2015 by Hairless Toys, an exquisitely observed take on dance music for grown ups after which she received a deserved Mercury Prize nomination.
All the material for it was created during a feverish period of five weeks spent with long-time collaborator Eddie Stevens and so fertile were these sessions - spawning 35 demos - that Take Her Up To Monto is a second release based on those raw materials, the finished songs here being either from versions coaxed or totally de-constructed back to life.
Continue reading: Róisín Murphy - Take Her Up To Monto Album Review
The 12 Mercury Music 'Albums of the Year' were announced on Friday morning.
The Mercury Music Prize nominations for 2015 have been announced, and it’s a list with quite a few surprising omissions and inclusions.
The twelve artists fortunate enough to make the select list were announced over the course of Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music Radio show on Friday (October 16th), with Florence + The Machine and Wolf Alice being the biggest names among the dozen.
Florence’s third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which reached Number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic earlier this year, is her second nomination after her debut Lungs in 2009, which was beaten by Speech Debelle. Wolf Alice’s first album My Love Is Cool came out in the same month and made Number 2 in the UK, winning rave reviews in the process.
Continue reading: Mercury Music Prize 2015 Nominations - Who's On The List?
The singer is joined by Ben Howard and George Clinton on the line-up.
Bjork has become the latest headline announcement for Wilderness Festival 2015, set to hit Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire, UK from August 6th to 9th following the release of her acclaimed ninth album 'Vulnicura' early this year. She'll appear as the main act on the Friday.
Bjork to headline Wilderness 2015
Having released the follow-up to her 2011 record 'Biophilia' in January, the popular avant-garde Icelandic singer is taking to the road in support of it in the coming months. Among the handful of dates so far announced this year, she'll be topping Friday's bill at Wilderness in the Summer, alongside previously announced headliners for Saturday and Sunday, Ben Howard and George Clinton, the latter of whom will be rocking both his bands Parliament and Funkadelic.
Not only is this Irish drama sharply well written and directed, but it also features a jaw-dropping breakout performance by young Irish actor Jack Reynor. He's already been snapped up by Hollywood (Michael Bay has cast him in Transformers 4), but it's well worth having a look at his sensitive work in this haunting film.
Reynor is the eponymous Richard, an 18-year-old golden boy who charms everyone he meets. He's the natural leader of his local rugby team, attends university in his spare time and has a loyal gang of pals around him. Then one night he attends a house party with his new girlfriend (Murphy) and his closest pals (Drea and Walton), and a drunken confrontation turns ugly. What happens next is so sudden that it takes a couple of days for the ramifications to emerge, and Richard's life starts falling apart around him. He turns to his father (Mikkelsen) for help, but realises it's up to him to do the right thing. If he can.
The film is loosely based on a real event, and Campbell's script never over-writes the story, letting the situation develop in earthy, honest ways that focus on character interaction and introspection rather than big melodramatic clashes. And Abrahamson's astute direction makes it impossible to watch this film passively: we are thrown right into the situation along with Richard, forced to grapple with moral issues that seem very simple on the surface but ripple out in unexpected ways as the situation brings out aspects of his personality that he has always suppressed in order to live up to expectations.
Continue reading: What Richard Did Review
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