What an insane week in the world of British pop music. Marking the return of Maximo Park, some brand new albums from indie-rockers Blaenavon and The Big Moon, electronic vibes from Fujiya & Miyagi, Clark and Arca. Adding to this are the huge-hyped solo track from Harry Styles and the smoothy guitars from Splashhh and Happyness with their sophomore efforts.
Maximo Park, this long-timer Newcastle band leaded by the catchy vocals of Paul Smith, just revealed a new song today called What Equals Love?. It’s a good taster of the album coming out on April 21st on Cooking Vinyl. We can dance to rock and they prove it again with these guitar hooks.
Blaenavon is definitely an act to follow. Hailing from Hampshire, these three young boys are really inspired by old Blur-esque Modern Life is Rubbish era with a mix of grungy rock and shoegaze with a little bit of synth electronics to make us dance. We also find some great melancholic pieces as the likes of Alt-J and Wild Beasts on Ode To Joe or Prague just to name a few. That’s Your Lot album out now on is a must-have in your music collection.
We can’t get over the infectious beats of Brighton’s finest Fujiya & Miyagi. After 3 eps, they merged together a self-titled sixth album out on their own label Impossible Objects of Desire. Philosophical themes mixed with electronic bass and smoothy vocal fits perfectly together.
Then, you may not be a fan of One Direction, but there is this well-hyped song from Harry Styles first solo effort which sounds really different from three minutes pre-formatted pop songs he used to sing. Sign of the times is a five minutes-long power ballad which is reminiscent of old glam era which brought us some T-Rex, Elton John and obviously Bowie-Esque Life on Mars’ influences. Guess, he’ll gain more than teenage fans with that track. The falsettos, and melancholiness of the track is maybe not pop radio friendly but it’s going to be a success on its own with the end high notes! OK! I Love it personnally!
More on these tracks and albums to follow!