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Album of the month – July 2017

There is too much restraint out there. I want a band to go all the way. It’s no good taking the listener to the edge and then hitting the brakes. I don’t know, it’s a tough ask. I don’t mind serenity and I don’t mind structure… I’m just hoping for something to come along and take me to another galaxy.

Moan aside, this has been a very good month. Look at all those 60+ scores! I have been, on recommendation, revisiting albums I’ve previously dismissed, although whether my opinion alters or not is neither here nor there! I did give Chastity Belt another listen, but I still didn’t like the album that much.

Oh, there’s an exception to the “intro track” rule from last month – Mise En Scene’s Still Life on Fire scored a very healthy 62.50.

It’s still not album of the month though. That accolade is split two ways. Half (the ‘acco’) goes to Negative Boogie by David Nance. A wonderfully bonkers affair, but I fear the first song will lose many potential fans. Please persevere, because track 3 Silver Wings is chaotic country, and from then on it’s off on a lovely rollercoaster of oddness. DLATUMF Blues sounds like early Blur doing their Syd Barrett Appreciation Society business, which is obviously marvellous.

Here is Silver Wings, if you need convincing:

The other half (the ‘lade’) goes to my favourite discovery this month (I’ve been playing her back catalogue on repeat): Nicole Atkins. New album Goodnight Rhonda Lee is a delight. Her debut album Neptune City is a neglected classic. Her other albums are great too. I hope she’ll be on tour here soon… Fantastic inventive songwriting and gorgeous vocals.

Here’s single A Little Crazy:

Greg Ashley’s Pictures of Saint Paul Street is a nice Kinks-y affair. Harley Poe present “horror folk punk”, and very good it is too. The Melvins’ new album A Walk With Love and Death is a treat, scoring 56.52. For the Death disc alone it would have scored 61.11, but you can’t have everything.

July was promising and it mostly delivered. August is also looking promising, so fingers crossed.

Those ratings…

68.18
David Nance – Negative Boogie
Nicole Atkins – Goodnight Rhonda Lee

62.50
Mise En Scene – Still Life on Fire
Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
Francobollo – Long Live Life
All Them Witches – Sleeping Through The War

61.54
The Octopus Project – Memory Mirror
Cobalt Chapel – Cobalt Chapel

61.11
Mammút – Kinder Versions

60.72
Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy

60.00
Ratboys – GN
Greg Ashley – Pictures of Saint Paul Street
Froth – Outside (Briefly)
Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens

59.09
Harley Poe – Lost and Losing It

58.34
Nana Grizol – Ursa Minor
Cayetana – New Kind of Normal
Broken Social Scene – Hug Of Thunder

56.52
Melvins – A Walk With Love and Death

55.57
Monoswezi – A Je

55.56
Pete Fij / Terry Bickers – We Are Millionaires

55.00
Illa J – Home
Randall Bramblett – Juke Joint At the Edge of the World
Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
Cornelius – Mellow Waves
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – High Visceral, Pt. 2

54.55
This Is The Kit – Moonshine Freeze
Tara Jane O’Neil – Tara Jane O’Neil
Juanita Stein – America

54.17
Washed Out – Mister Mellow

53.85
Arcade Fire – Everything Now

53.34
The Doppelgangaz – Dopp Hopp

53.13
Dizzee Rascal – Raskit

52.63
Little Barrie – Death Express

50.00
The Telescopes – As Light Return
Elsa Hewitt – Cameras From Mars

42.86
Sara Evans – Words

40.91
Joywave – Content

40.00
Retrieval – Sleep Cycle

27.28
The Fall – New Facts Emerge

26.93
Chastity Belt – I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone

It’s a ‘no’ from me…
Kacy Hill – Like A Woman
LANY – LANY
TLC – TLC
Baio – Man Of The World
Lapalux – Ruinism
Doldrums – Esc
Wesley Gonzalex – Excellent Musician
Damien Dubrovnik – Great Many Arrows
Ronnie Flex – Rémi
Kane Strang – Two Hearts and No Brain
Moon Diagrams – Lifetime of Love
Bogus Order – Zen Brakes Vol. 2
Vintersorg – Till Fjälls Del II
James Elkington – Wintres Woma
Peter Perrett – How The West Was Won
The Myrrors – Hasta La Victoria
Sworn In – All Smiles
Fieldhead – We’ve All Been Swimming
Meadowlark – Postcards
Dwight Trible – Inspirations
George Colligan – More Powerful
Richard H. Kirk – Dasein
Deafcult – Auras
Terry – Remember Terry
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Youth Detention
ZZ Ward – The Storm
Needles//Pins – Good Night, Tomorrow
Lost Midas – Undefined
Bill Orcutt – Bill Orcutt
The Acacia Strain – Gravebloom
Origin – Unparalleled Universe
Stone Sour – Hydrograd
Au.Ra – Cultivations
Jim Lauderdale – London Southern
MC Eiht – Which Way Iz West
Terrence Parker – GOD Loves Detroit
The Magnettes – Ugly Youth
The Chinese Stars – Heaven on Speed Dial
Project 86 – Knives to the Future
Rozwell Kid – Precious Art
Sledding With Tigers – Kenny Jeans (Old Songs That I Wrote)
Human Kitten – I’m Afraid of Everything
Days N Daze – Crustfall
Charly Bliss – Guppy
Fog Lake – Dragonchaser
Emily Yacina – Overflow
Fox Academy – Saint Molly
dandelion hands – {COMMISSIONS III]
Ian Penn – Water from the Creek
HAIM – Something To Tell You
21 Savage – Issa Album
Toro y Moi – Boo Boo
Public Service Broadcasting – Every Valley
Lucy Rose – Something’s Changing
Jasmine Guffond – Traced
The Last Dinosaur – The Nothing
The Jungle Giants – Quiet Ferocity
Whitehorse – Panther in the Dollhouse
Star Tropics – Lost World
Bjørn Torske – Square One
Great Grandpa – Plastic Cough
Jupiter & Okwess – Kin Sonic
Theo Verney – One Small Piece
The Silver Reserve – The Silver Reserve
Breakfast Muff – Eurgh!
Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra – Vula
Dialysis – Pretty Men
Sarah Jaffe – Bad Baby
Decapitated – Anticult
Ten – Gothica
Twista – Crook County
Freddie Nelson – Shake the Cage
River Black – River Black
Bloody Your Hands – Monsters Never Die
Mike Cooper – Raft
Oh Wonder – Ultralife
Mura Masa – Mura Masa
The Vamps – Night & Day
Boris – Dear
See Through Dresses – Horse of the Other World
Claude Speeed – Infinity Ultra
The Dears – Time Infinity Volume Two
John Murry – A Short History of Decay
Alan Vega – IT
Twinsmith – Stay Cool
French Montana – Jungle Rules
Patricia – Several Shades of the Same Color
Quindar – Hip Mobility
Dayseeker – Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising
Sextile – Albeit Living
Dasher – Sodium
Daley – The Spectrum
Coca Leaf – Deep Marble Sunrise
Ensemble Economique – In Silhouette
Noveller – A Pink Sunset For No One
Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds – Sounds Of Crenshaw Vol. 1
Psychic Temple – IV
Teenanger – Teenanger
Jay 305 – Taking All Bets
Siobhan Wilson – There Are No Saints
Crewdson – Toys
Chris Merrick Hughes – Eirenic Life
Integrity – Howling, for the Nightmare Shall Consume
Katie Ellen – Cowgirl Blues
The Stevens – Good
Laibach – Also Sprach Zarathustra
Art Feynman – Blast Off Through the Wicker
Silverstein – Dead Reflection
Bloodclot – Up In Arms
Fulgeance – Analogique
Hovvdy – Taster
Horse Jumper of Love – Horse Jumper of Love
Electric Century – For the Night to Control
PC Worship – Buried Wish
Rays – Rays
Uranium Club – All Of Them Neutrals
Feral Ohms – Feral Ohms
Digital Leather – Pink Thunder
Rat Columns – Candle Power
Golden Pelicans – Disciples of Blood
Milk Music – Mystic 100’s
Parlor Walls – Opposites
Caddywhompus – Odd Hours
The Spirit of the Beehive – Pleasure Suck
Pile – A Hairshirt of Purpose
Loose Tooth – Big Day
Wild Pink – Wild Pink
Real Life Buildings – Significant Weather
Wall – Untitled
Taylor Deupree – Somi
Midnight Fuel – River Busted
Career Suicide – Machine Response
Lea Porcelain – Hymns to the Night
Woman – Happy Freedom
Bergfilm – Constants
Fiesta Morose – Dancing Days
Burkini Beach – Supersadness Intl.
Locas In Love – Kalender
Deafcult – Auras
Pontiak – Dialectic of Ignorance
Colour Haze – In Her Garden
Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life
Foster the People – Sacred Hearts Club
Avey Tare – Eucalyptus
Declan McKenna – What Do You Think About The Car?
Dan Croll – Emerging Adulthood
Childhood – Universal High
She Sir – Rival Island
DWNTWN – Racing Time
Trapped Under Ice – Heatwave
A l l i e – Nightshade
Damian Marley – Stony Hill
Meek Mill – Wins & Losses
Super Best Friends Club – Loveblows
Neun Welten – The Sea I’m Diving In
Thanet – Pathways
Laucan – FramesPerSecond
Goldfinger – The Knife
NAV and Metro Boomin – Perfect Timing
Gang – 925 ‘Til I Die
Meg Mac – Low Blows
A Thousand Hours – Endless Grey
Stu Larsen – Resolute
Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Barefoot in the Head
Frontier Ruckus – Enter the Kingdom
Samantha Crain – You Had Me At Goodbye
Foliage – Silence
The Alchemist & Budgie – The Good Book, Vol. 2
Casual Friday – Weekend Forever
Vera Blue – Perennial
Tau Cross – Pillar of Fire
The Tangent – The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery
In This Moment – Ritual
Decrepit Birth – Axis Mundi
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott – Crooked Calypso
Yowler – The Offer
Sheer Mag – Need to Feel Your Love
Howls – The Headache
Telyscopes – High Fidelity Drag
Elsa Hewitt – Dum Spiro Spero
Rio Mira – Marimba del Pacifico
The Kite String Tangle – The Kite String Tangle
The Gospel Youth – Always Lose
SW. – The Album
Lo Tom – Lo Tom
The Kickback – Weddings & Funerals
Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts
RAC – EGO
Mr Jukes – God First
Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines
Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star
Aye Nako – Silver Haze
Doug Tuttle – Peace Potato
Sarah Bethe Nelson – Oh, Evolution
Jim and the French Vanilla – Afraid of the House
Coco Hames – Coco Hames
Spiral Stairs – Doris & The Daggers
John Andrews & The Yawns – Bad Posture
Lava Divers – Plush
Aminé – Good For You
Fake Laugh – Fake Laugh
Prong – Zero Days
Golden Retriever – Rotations
Shaman’s Harvest – Red Hands Black Deeds
Katie Von Schleicher – Shitty Hits
Pan Daijing – Lack
Holly Macve – Golden Eagle
Sontag Shogun – Patterns for Resonant Space
Contrarian – To Perceive Is To Suffer
Spite – Nothing Is Beautiful
Mappe Of – A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone
Rex Brown – Smoke On This…
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs – Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
Vic Mensa – The Autobiography
Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile To The Surface
Alice Cooper – Paranormal
Rogue Wave – Cover Me




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