Some guy called Abel, affectionately known as The Weeknd and an iconically talented lass named Kate Bush released albums today which will be dissected by the equally affectionate and iconically talented writers at State over the next few days. In the meantime, here are some other albums shared today that you should spin over the weekend.
Rumer – This Girl’s In Love (A Bacharach & David Songbook) (East West Records)
Lauded as the Dusty Springfield of our times, Rumer taps into songs from the era that suits her soothing vocal style perfectly. This Girl’s In Love is very obviously released to be one that finds its way underneath the Christmas tree of your relatives of a certain age. While it may not be the most exciting album of 2016 it serves as a reminder of the immense wealth of talent in the songwriting and composing of Burt Bacharach and David Hall.
Young Legionnaire – Zero Worship (Superstar Destroyer Records)
The composition of Young Legionnaire reads like an obscure Mills & Boon tale as it has former members of The Automatic and Bloc Party at the helm, whom have toured with Idlewild and La Roux. Paul Mullen and Gordon Moakes formed the band in 2009, releasing their debut album in 2011 while both members were still committed to their full time bands. Since then, Mullen and Moakes have dedicated themselves fully to Young Legionnaire and their second album (which has been in the works for two years) is finally ready. The sounds of Zero Worship will surely ignite some nostalgia for the arrangements of indie days gone by.
Martha Wainwright – Goodnight City (Cadence Music)
Her brother Rufus released an album of Shakespearean sonnets earlier this year, but Martha Wainwright is sticking to modern themes and times with the songs on her latest album, Goodnight City. While most of the tracks were written by the singer, she enlisted the talent of some of her musical pals including Glen Hansard, Beth Orton and of course, her brother, Rufus Wainwright to pen lyrics for her fifth studio album. This offering has already been lauded as her finest work, so be sure to lend it your ear this weekend.
Funeral Suits – Islands Apart (Rubyworks Ltd)
Islands Apart is a bittersweet new release from Irish band, Funeral Suits as it will be their last made in this formation. The quartet’s music sounds is just as invigorated and interesting as it was when they began making music together. While this is a very sad time to say goodbye to Brian, Mik, Dar and Greg at least we have something to make our ears and hearts smile with Islands Apart.