Summer days slip away and we have time to reflect.
Red Snakes – LUMP
I was pretty surprised when Laura Marling announced that she was releasing a second album under the LUMP name with Mike Lindsay, but if I can continue to expect tracks as brilliantly gut-wrenching as this, then I’m all for this project to continue. The great thing about the LUMP releases is that Marling plays with sounds that she doesn’t typically, and here she remains suspended in an electronic vacuum. It’s brilliant and honestly quite indescribable.
Stoned at the Nail Salon – Lorde
A touching piece of reflective pop from New Zealand star Lorde. Stoned at the Nail Salon gave us a song that, while low-key managed to worm its way into my mind. Lorde’s lyrics are as poetic and beautiful as ever, making this one of the standouts of her third album, Solar Power.
Yosemite – Lana Del Rey
Del Rey shattered expectations when she released the best album of 2019 with Norman Fucking Rockwell, and while follow up Chemtrails Over The Country Club might not be quite as consistent, its highs are incredibly so. Yosemite is an ache of a torch song, the kind that weighs down the air but is so irresistibly beautiful that you can’t turn it off.
Contaminated – Live and Stripped – Banks
Banks last album, III had some brilliant tracks, but Contaminated was the clear standout. This stripped back version allows the singer’s pristine vocals to shine more clearly, and provides a very different flavour to the heavily distorted original.
Ain’t Got Anything Left – Nerina Pallot
Honestly, after 18 months of corona and various lockdowns and state of emergencies and political nonsense, who doesn’t feel like this?
Mood Ring – Lorde
Solar Power might not be as immediate as Melodrama was, but it has its charms as a low-key summer chill kind of album. Mood Ring however, is an undeniable bop, and has Lorde’s full command of melody and bite on display. It’s catchy, it’s catty, it’s brilliant, and I’ve already listened to it way too many times.