[album] The Big Pink – The Love That’s Ours

It’s been a full ten years since the release of Future This by The Big Pink, but as soon as you press play on their new album The Love That’s Ours, it immediately feels like they never left.

From the very first second of the record, the trio immerses listeners into the atmosphere of their own vintage shoegaze, with active use of pop music elements, electronica and new wave.

The album is very diverse: there are both experiments and classic The Big Pink sound, but one fact is for sure — each song sounds like a hit single that remains in the head for a long time after listening. A brilliant release. Just don’t wait till 2032 to make another.

Stream below and get the record here.

[album] Sports Team – Gulp!

The drive and speed with which Sports Team broke into the music scene surprised everyone and could not go unnoticed. Despite the global pandemic, the band’s debut album Deep Down Happy generated a lot of buzz, received great reviews, a Mercury Prize nomination, and also peaked at number 2 on the UK Official Charts Company albums chart (they lost first place to Lady Gaga’s Chromatica).

With such a crazy start, it’s easy to imagine that releasing a second album was quite a challenge for the group. Unfortunately, maintaining such a level of hype is close to impossible, and the same might apply to charts/general reviews. However, we are not really interested in that. What is important, the band really managed to gather a truly dedicated fan base around them. And Gulp! won’t disappoint those.

On the new LP sextet is even more chaotic, but now they don’t even try to make the sound clean or polished. The album is filled with loud, noisy distortion, wild guitars, and, as usual, vocalist Alex Rice’s firm manic delivery.

No matter how “uncool” indie rock is in 2022, Sports Team are excellent representatives of the genre. Gulp! sounds like Spector on speed, like the more obsessive and controlled Palma Violets, like The Libertines without too much drama. It’s definitely not a groundbreaking release, not an album of the year, but it is very catchy and super, super fun.

Check it out below and purchase the LP here.

[album] The Soft Moon – Exister

It’s true that we’ve been surrounded by a lot of post-punk and darkwave music in recent years, but Luis Vasquez aka The Soft Moon has always stood out from the crowd. His new release Exister is a perfect example of this.

The Soft Moon live in Bologna’18

With each new album the musician developed his own sound and always came up with something new (which is not so easy when working in such a genre). But here he really outdid himself. None of the songs on the LP are similar, Louis masterfully explores all possible shades of post-everything/gothic/industrial music, surprising even the most sophisticated connoisseurs of the genre.

Thematically Exister is also quite gloomy. The artist again heals spiritual wounds, trying to wrap the anxiety in heavy, depressing melodies. On some tracks like “The Pit”, the dismal atmosphere hits its peak (in a good way). The Soft Moon is only getting better and surprising listeners with every new LP, and we can’t wait to hear what he has in store for us next.

Stream it below and buy the record here, out now via Sacred Bones Records.

[album] Tim Burgess – Typical Music

You have to be really self-confident to release a 22-song album that lasts almost an hour and a half. Fortunately, this is about Tim Burgess, who did just that, delighting his many fans.

A cult musician, The Charlatans frontman, writer and one of the most popular users on Twitter has already made quite a few solo releases in the 2000s. However, none of them has yet been such a monster (in a good sense) as Typical Music.

On his new record, Tim decided not to disregard any new musical idea, carefully working through and completing each track. And because he has a true talent for writing near-perfect pop songs, what we end up with here is a truly gigantic record full of hits.

It doesn’t make much sense to parse Typical Music into singles or individual tracks, it’s a real adventure that you can enjoy by going through it completely – from beginning to end. The perfect treat for all existing fans, and also a great way to get to know the amazing musician for the first time.

Check it out below and get the LP here, out now on Bella Union.

[album] Per och Olof – Rädd häst

R​ä​dd h​ä​st is a new compilation by the artist Per-Olof, which includes all his songs to date. It was finalized by him in Joakim Lindberg’s (Wy, Arre Arre, Hey Elbow etc.) studio in Malmö and is out now digitally and on a very limited CD via Rama Lama Records.

This nearly 30-minute release offers a stellar collection of psychedelic pop jewels, crafted meticulously and skillfully.

Unfortunately, not knowing Swedish it is hard to know what the songs are about, but they feel storytelling-driven and are very well seasoned by the sun-kissed and melodic guitars, folky arrangements and overall adventurous vibe. Great stuff.

Stream below and purchase the compilation here.