While you’ve been spending your weekend out in the sun, we’ve been keeping an eye out for new music. So here’s what you’ve missed…
Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
On Friday the Seattle-based folk band, Fleet Foxes, released their third studio album, Crack-Up. It’s the band’s first release in six years, following a hiatus, so they had a lot to live up to. In March the first single from the album was released, being described as a “nearly nine-minute epic powered by piano and electric twelve-string guitar, string quartet, and the group’s trademark sparkling harmony.” With a more experimental sound, critics have already praised the album as “more challenging than the previous two”. Expect an orchestral, sophisticated twist on their usual work.
Lorde – Melodrama
Another Friday release, Lorde’s long awaited second album, Melodrama hit Spotify playlists all around the world. When work on the first album was in its very early stages (2014) Lorde warned that it would be “totally different” to her debut album…And she wasn’t wrong. Themes in her latest release centre around the ups and downs of being alone, whereas her first was a “way of enshrining our teenage glory, putting it up in lights forever so that part of [Lorde] never dies” in her words.
Don’t forget, Lorde will be playing the Brighton Centre later this year.
George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now
After the success of his debut album and many top hits, George Ezra is back with new single, Don’t Matter Now. Ezra has been previewing his new album on tour and this is the first taster of what’s yet to come. With a more upbeat musical style and jollier tone than much of his previous work, you might be surprised to know the single expresses the singer’s struggles with anxiety.
Dizzee Rascal – Space
Grime and UK hip hop icon, Dizzee Rascal released his latest single via livestream. It will be one of the singles on his upcoming album, Raskit, due to be released 21st July. He performed the song at last weekend’s Wild Life festival, to a great crowd reaction. In keeping with his own style but clearly moving with the times, Space is a current single and a good reflection of the rapper’s work.
Coldplay – All I Can Think About Is You
One of the UK’s biggest rock bands (although they’ve veered closer and closer to pop in recent years), Coldplay are back with another soon-to-be hit. With this release however, they’ve brought back the return of some of their most iconic features: brooding lyrics and impressive, building chord sequences.