Tuesday, 24 March 2015

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 22/03/15 - Blur, Muse, Tobias Jesso Jr, Laura Marling, Ryley Walker

Five tracks to spring head first into...

Shell Hunter:-
Blur - 'Go Out' (2015)

First of all, thank you to all who sent their best wishes for Ripley's arrival on Old Pa's Calexico post last week! Its been both the longest and shortest week ever. Living our lives in 3 hour bursts between feeds, not knowing what day it is or even caring, eating when we are hungry no matter if its 2am and feeling elation to frustration in half a second all come part and parcel with being a new parent. But we've reached our first milestone, a week! Our next big event is tomorrow where we will do the title of the latest single from Blur, Go Out. We are off to register her birth! Go Out is the first single to be released since 2003 and its like they have picked up where they dropped off. It couldn't be more Blur if it tried! The guys are older, wiser and it can only spell great things to come from new album The Magic Whip, due on April 27th. This is one happy Blur fan right here.

London Scouser:-
Muse - 'Psycho' (2015)

Shell Hunter was very much otherwise engaged as I wrote this a week ago, as she was in labour with our first child. In the background was our playlist of tracks to take her mind off of the pain from the contractions, I remembered that Muse has a track called 'New Born' so I searched for them on Spotify and was pleased to see they had a new track... It should probably come with a government warning, not to include on baby playlists, but regardless I bloody love it. Its got a trademark Muse riffage but sounds to me like the one that got away from Marilyn Manson. I can't wait for their new album based on this also!

Old Pa's Corner :-
Ryley Walker - Sweet Satisfaction (2015)

I have heard two tracks from the album Primrose Green (2015) the new album by Ryley Walker and I am really impressed. Some of the influences that he is being associated with is rather impressive, but I would say entirely justified. How about Van Morrison, Tim Buckley, Bert Jansch and Pentangle.

This really excellent stuff. I await with great anticipation for the complete album out at the end of the month.

Tobias Jesso Jr. - 'How Could You Babe' (2015)

Vancouver's Tobias Jesso Jr almost gave up music a few years back after a luckless spell in LA (the song, Hollywood takes an extra significance) and it's to everyone's benefit that he didn't. His debut album, Goon, was released earlier this month and contains a spectacular array of Lennon-esque songs on love and heartbreak. 'How Could You Girl', is my current weapon of choice to give my heart a kicking.

Laura Marling - False Hope (2015)

I am quite enjoying Laura Marling's heavier vibe, the track features on her new album, short movie, which is singers fifth album in seven years. She produced the album herself, which probably explains the change of direction. Like a hybrid of PJ Harvey meets Pearl Jam, the Hampshire born singer has now returned to England (after spending quite a bit of time in the US) and her new album is a clear reflection of that.

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TRACKS OF THE WEEK 22/03/15 - Blur, Muse, Tobias Jesso Jr, Laura Marling, Ryley Walker
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28 March 2015 at 16:53

I've really enjoyed what I've heard of the Laura Marling album, particularly the title track. That Ryley Walker tune is also good, Old Pa. He's a new name on me and definitely has a touch of Tim Buckley about him, which is no bad thing.

21 April 2015 at 03:49

SH, I love this track and like you say they couldn't sound more like Blur if they tried. Really looking forward to the album from this offering.

LS, they could sound more like Muse if they tried, another solid offering. I know what you mean about Marilyn Manson

Old Pa, there's a lot going on here, it goes off on many tangents. There's even a bit of psycadelica mixed in for good measure. Comparisons are justified.

Sfw:- like the Swede said, I like what I've heard but I have soft spot for her anyway.

29 April 2015 at 22:15

SH - love it
LS - what's happened to them?
OP - good
FC - great!