Listened Art Of Fighting – Luna Low from Double J

Ten long, beautiful songs that show that Art Of Fighting have plenty left to give.

I recently relistened to Wires wondering whatever happened to Art of Fighting. I discovered that the band has not released anything since 2007’s Runaway and Ollie Browne created a new group Parrallel Lions. It was therefore a bit of a surprise when Luna Low came into my music feed. As with all their albums, Luna Low is a bit of a slow burn. It is one of those albums that given time and patience grows.

Place between The Triffids and The Panics.

Listened Late Night Feelings – Wikipedia from Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
Mark Ronson’s Late Night Feelings is one of those albums where the whole is greater than the parts. It has the usual hooks and catches that you would expect from Ronson, however it success is its overall feel. It can be easy to get confused at supposed fillers like Knock Knock Knock, but like Fitter Happier on Radiohead’s OK Computer it serves a wider purpose within the album as a whole.

When discussing the making of Covers, Ronson once stated that his intent was to make music to DJ to. This album is a continuation of that. In some ways it is a set in its own right. Although it isn’t as blended as something like Madonna’s Confessions on a Dancefloor, moments like the bridge in Late Night Feeling or the constant of the bass throughout give the DJ feel.

Place between Stuart Price and Robyn

Listened Kirin J Callinan on stunts, exhibitionism and being misunderstood: ‘Is this who I want to be?’ from the Guardian

‘Art should be amoral,’ says Callinan. But after a few controversies – including being charged with obscene exposure – he’s thinking hard about where to next

Kirin J Callinan provides a collection of covers to explore the question of identity. As always, there uncanny experience where the music balances between being both accessible and alienating in the same breath. There is a part of this that reminds me of the fractured genius of Roland S Howard.

Place between Client Liaison and Pulp

Listened The Road: Part II (Lost Highway) – UNKLE | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic from AllMusic

Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for The Road: Part II (Lost Highway) – UNKLE on AllMusic – 2019 – The reanimated UNKLE’s second album in three…

James Lavelle has described this album as something of a mixtape. I remember struggling to get the first album in this series and wonder if I was simply looking for something different, maybe something with a clear narrative. For me, this is one of those albums that is easy to drop in and out of. A soundtrack to everyday life?

Place inbetween Massive Attack and DJ Shadow.

Listened Nick Murphy has made an album that Chet Faker never could from triple j

Run Fast Sleep Naked is the result of Murphy’s four-year spiritual journey of self-discovery and musical evolution.

I have really enjoyed Nick Murphy’s latest album. It is a real slow burn. The longer you listen the more it seems to entrance.

Sure, if you’re looking for the simpler seductive pleasures of a ‘Talk Is Cheap’ or ‘I’m Into You’, prepare to be disappointed. Run Fast Sleep Naked is more spiritual than it is sensual, and while it demands more of you, Nick Murphy’s evolution from the slinky electro-soul that first gained him attention is part and parcel with his own journey of self-discovery since ditching the Chet Faker stage name.

Place between Snow Patrol and Guy Pearce

Listened Methyl Ethel – Triage from triple j

Two years on from their breakthrough hit ‘Ubu’, Methyl Ethel return with their third album, Triage.

I love stumbling upon an artist by chance and just diving in. I did this over summer with Client Liaison and I have done this recently with Methyl Ethel. I came upon the music while watching Rage one night and was hooked. There is a slickness to the production, whilst still maintaining space to move. I would place Triage somewhere between Twin Shadow, Sarah Blasko and Miike Snow.
Listened Dave Harrington: Pure Imagination, No Country from Pitchfork

With a group behind him that recalls the electronic jazz splatter of ’90s New York, Dave Harrington’s guitar work becomes a psychedelic, soft-hued quest for transcendence.

One half of Darkside, Dave Harrington’s instrumental outing feels very much like a spacial experience. My highlight is the cover of Pure Imagination from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I would place this album somewhere inbetween Pink Floyd and Tortoise

Read Jesse Jarnow’s review for a further breakdown of the album.

Listened G Flip
I came upon G Flip via her performance on This Night is Yours. I had not really heard her music before and was intrigued by the way she presented herself. Drink Too Much is in contrast to the hard rocker persona that I had bought into.

This EP is slick and well produced, often built around layers of keyboards. There is however still room to move.

Listened Maggie Rogers from Maggie Rogers
There is something odd about Maggie Rogers first album, an album compiled of both the new and old. Like Amy Shark’s debut, there is an inconsistency throughout. Alaska’s luscious subtly is in contrast to the more upbeat tracks such as Give a Little:

I would not be as critical as Lauren Snapes to question the production.

Whether it’s down to Greg Kurstin, Rostam and Kid Harpoon, or Rogers’ own intentions, her major-label debut is overproduced. Teeming with cicada hiss, beats as tacky as an army of tongues, synths that reverberate like a pigeon cooing down an exhaust pipe, bell-like resonance, and wan R&B runs, it suggests a more sylvan Sylvan Esso, Haim if they’d grown up in Portland, the last traces of residue from a decade of Bitte Orca.

However, as with Shark, I am intrigued by where to next.