By Andy Malt | Published on Friday 22 May 2020
That band that people like The 1975 release their new album – ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ – today, 7000 years after it was first announced. To celebrate, they’ve done digital deals all around town. On Amazon Music there’s a “Mindshower digital detox” and on Spotify the album comes with an “enhanced experience” around it. All of which should distract you from the quality of the music.
Ellie Goulding has slipped out a new song called ‘Power’, the first to be taken from her upcoming new album. “‘Power’ is about relationships in the 21st century, how they can now be dictated by social media, superficiality and material things”, she says. “Dating can sometimes start out with lies or embellishments. The girl in the song is disillusioned by love and the cruel, good looking, self-obsessed people she keeps ending up with”.
Out of nowhere (well, almost – there was talk), Carly Rae Jepson has gone and dropped new album ‘Dedicated Side B’. “I couldn’t be more THRILLED to share these tunes”, she says. “I hope it makes yah dance your pants off”. Yah. Here’s the lyric video for album track ‘This Love Isn’t Crazy’.
We Are Scientists have released new single ‘I Cut My Own Hair’. “I’ve been cutting my own hair for years now”, says frontman Keith Murray. “So one silver lining of this cloudy life in quarantine is that this behaviour, which others used to consider a sign of some flaw in my character, has now become an enviable skill. When I wrote the song last year, I was self-identifying as an outsider. Now, I guess, it’s become more an anthem of unification”.
Will Joseph Cook has released new single ‘Driverless Cars’. It is, he says, “a very dumb, literal way of trying to express a lack of control and clear direction in my life. Surrendering to the fact that a lot of what happens to us is out of our control. For me at least, that was a really uncomfortable and difficult thing to process”.
Seasick Steve has released new single ‘Carni Days’. “I love that time early in the mornings when you’re at summer festivals, and you can just walk around when everything’s really quiet and still”, he says. “That’s where the line about morning dew on the grass comes from”. Oh, by the way, there’s a line about morning dew on the grass. His new album, ‘Love Peace’, will be out on 24 Jul.
Inhaler have released new single ‘Falling In’. It is, says frontman Elijah Hewson, “a song about the battles that we all have with our own ego”. He is Bono’s son though, so “we all” might actually be a fairly small group.
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