Song of the Week: April 2015
Happy Easter everyone. I hope you all ate a bucketload of chocolate. Unfortunately I spent most of the weekend working but hey, the double time wages were pretty good. Since I don’t have much to say right now, I’ll open with a sacron proverb to uplift your spirits and rejuvenate your soul and revitalize your inner self: “Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured every step of the way.” Now how about four cracking tunes to help you on that voyage?
Gui Boratto – Indigo
Last year, Brazilian DJ Gui Boratto released Abaporu but somehow it slipped past my radar until this month. I listened to his album Take My Breath Away a lot back in 2009-2010 but since then I hadn’t heard much from him. However, these deep house tracks on offer are good, especially this one.
Father John Misty – Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
A guy I was late to discover, Josh Tillman (formerly of Fleet Foxes) has created an alter ego in the form of Father John Misty, and gone on to release two fine albums. The second, I Love You, Honeybear, is impassioned and utterly listenable, a strange paradox of sensitive folky sounds and censorious, cutting lyrics. You can hear the result for yourself here:
Alabama Shakes – This Feeling
Within the plethora of new music this month, the Alabama Shakes released their second album, Sound & Color, to somewhat muted fanfare here, a bit surprising given their memorable debut back in 2012. The new material is solid and propitious, a shift away from the strictly retro soul of their debut towards a more electronic, rock oriented, eclectic sound. Despite all this, it’s Brittany Howard’s wonderful voice that remains the vital cog in their machine, which this live performance encapsulates.
Blur – Ghost Ship
I can’t quite believe it! Not only have Blur released a new album entitled The Magic Whip (out April 28ish), their first in a decade, they also announced a short tour of Australia to coincide with their headline show at Splendour in the Grass in July. I secured my tickets earlier today for their Melbourne gig (July 28 at Rod Laver Arena); I hope to see you all there.
[NB. I’ve only had time to listen to the album in its entirety once and this track stood out, hence its selection]