This week, a break in format: Rather than talk about the music I already own, let’s dedicate some space to newer music upon which I can’t wait to lay my greedy paws.
For anyone who knows me, none of this comes as a surprise, and I’m sure there are some hip new indie things that the rest of you are excited to hear, but oh, I am nothing but an unrelenting evangelist when it comes to my favorite musicians.
Chasing Yesterday — Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (March 2)
Colors around me are fading away
and I’ll be waiting come what may
I’ll find you
Yes I’ll find you
If I got to be the man who walks the Earth alone
In my roundup of favorite 2014 releases, I mentioned my excitement for Noel Gallagher’s forthcoming album, but as if I’d miss an opportunity to talk about it again. This single, “The Ballad of The Mighty I,” fills me with the best sort of musical opiate-joy, and Johnny Marr plays guitar on it. This is the song, when I met Marr in Missoula this part December (yes, I’m name-dropping; indulge me), I said I was most excited to hear. Noel hadn’t released it yet, and Johnny had this brief look like, Did we announce that yet? The information had only just been released, and of course I’m on top of this. (Because I have delightful problems?)
The above video is quite funny, since it makes fun of the music video process, complete with a director who accidentally calls him Liam. He’s often said that his main performance skills are standing, walking, and staring, so that’s exactly what he does here.
I’m hoping to catch him live when he tours the U.S. later this year, so I’m looking forward to hearing the song live.
Saturns Pattern — Paul Weller (May 11)
There’s a sheet upon the sky
it kinda misses my soul
on the king’s highway
I still don’t know where to go
The Modfather returns with another loud, fuzzy explosion of rock ‘n’ roll. The lead single, “White Sky,” is mildly psychedelic and entirely the sort of song worth turning up in the car. The album itself — yes, that apostrophe is missing in all the cover art I’ve seen — has Noel Gallagher playing on one of the songs (as he often does for Weller albums), along with musicians Steve Cradock, Andy Crofts, Ben Gordelier, Steve Pilgrim, Syd Arthur and Josh McClorey. I hope the rest of it has the same woozy, bluesy energy.
How Big How Blue How Beautiful — Florence + The Machine (June 2)
Sometimes you’re half in
and then you’re half out
but you never close the door
What kind of man loves like this?
After a tumultuous and busy 2011, post-Ceremonials, I’m not surprised it has taken Florence Welch four years to release another album, as long as the wait might seem for the rest of us. At first I thought she might be trying out a more stripped down sound, after hearing the title track, but with “What Kind of Man,” it’s clear that Florence still has some belters coming. I bet it sounds amazing live.
The video is also amazing, though maybe don’t watch it at work — there are flashes of skin and frisky business. It’s like the best cinematic version of a modern dance routine. I am forever interested in what Florence has going on.
What are your most anticipated 2015 albums? Give a shout in the comments.