It’s our favourite time of the week – New Music Friday is the new release fix you need to get your weekend started. This week we’ll be listening to Deep Purple, Father John Misty, Imelda May and more.
What’s even better about New Music Friday is that you can listen to a lot of the new music live. We’ve also found artists who’ve got new records out and are about to take them on tour. Double win!
We kick off this week’s New Music Friday with Deep Purple’s newest project inFinite. The albums shine with tracks like Get Me Outta Here and Birds Of Prey, and the cover of Roadhouse Blues by The Doors is truly something else! With their pounding drums, soaring guitars and atmospheric keyboard we surely can’t wait to see these Hall of Famers live on UK soil in November (tickets available here). Grab the album here.
The highly anticipated second studio album of American singer-songwriter Father John Misty is here. Pure Comedy is pure gold, with less of a shift in sound and more of a shift in lyrics, it’s his most dramatic work yet. The big influences of Elton John and 70s soul are undeniable and give the album its soul. Grab the record here.
Life. Love. Flesh. Blood. marks Imelda May’s change from romping rockabilly sounds to country soul ballads. Produced by T Bone Burnett the album offers a treat of songwriting and melodic vocals, channelling the likes of Nancy Sinatra and Candi Staton. The Irish singer praises the album as her most personal collection yet. It’ll definitely be a treat to see her live next month across the UK with tickets on sale via Ticketmaster.co.uk. Grab the record here.
Queen legend Brian May and West End star Kerry Ellis have today released their second studio album Golden Days. The record includes new rock arrangements of some of May and Ellis’ favourite songs of all time: a tribute to guitar virtuoso Gary Moore, two songs dedicated to their work on behalf of wild animals, and a couple of reinterpretations of songs which have already become essentials in their live act. Grab the record here.
American synthpop band Future Island are back with their fifth studio album The Far Field. After a performance on the Late Show With David Letterman propelled them into the radio ethers of every station in the US, the new album is the first to be received by the wider masses. They’ve recently described it as a driving record to be best enjoyed while turned up loud on an open highway. We’d be in for that road-trip! They’re playing a couple dates across the UK this spring so get your tickets here. Grab the album here.
American indie rockers San Fermin have released their new record Belong today. “We’ve spent the past few years together,” Ludwig-Leone says about San Fermin, “I just realized how much of their lives we’ve devoted to being in this band. It’s overwhelming to think about.” This devotion shows on the new record. Ludwig-Leon’s classical background gives the album its maximalist sound. If you want to hear their big sound live at London’s Village Underground on 22 May get your tickets here.
Their debut album is finally here! After dominating the charts and dance clubs for a little over a year, The Chainsmokers have released Memories … Do Not Open today. The record features singles Paris and Something Just Like This, and the guest appearances are pretty sweet as well : Coldplay, Jhené Aiko and Florida Georgia Line. Catch them at this year’s Creamfields festival, with tickets on sale now via Ticketmaster.co.uk. The record can be found here.
American singer songwriter and guitarist Andrew Combs shares environmentally conscious new record Canyons Of My Mind. He addresses tainted water, decimated forests and dying towns in a way that makes the personal seem universal. And his intense voice adds substance to the record. There’s no better time to see Andrew Combs live to celebrate his new record. He’s playing London’s Borderline on 9 May, get your tickets now. Grab the record here.
It’s been five years coming and now Blaenavon’s debut album is finally here! That’s Your Lot is a marker of things to come for the band, and those are great things. Having just been announced to play this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival, you now dive into an album that the Hampshire trio first announced in 2013 on the day they released their debut single Into The Night.
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