pop

New Music 09/2018 – Mitski, Laura Veirs

Idiosyncratic pop from a Japanese-American songwriter; catching up with an old folky favourite.

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New music 08/2016 – Radiohead, Olympia, Ladyhawke, The Unthanks

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead have always been a band I found easier to admire than to love. I’m very fond of The Bends and there’s a good dozen songs of theirs that move me deeply, but I never felt an urge to own a whole Radiohead album since their second one. So I’m rather surprised to find that I dig their latest so much. It’s probably their prettiest album; while they haven’t abandoned their weird eerie electronica thing the emphasis here seems to be more on the orchestral arrangements, with gorgeous strings and sad pianos. Thom Yorke’s vocals, which in the past I often found too nasally and strident for my liking, has also never sounded more gorgeous.

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