This Weeks Music Video with Childish Gambino, Sigrid, Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine, Mitski and Blossoms

This Weeks Music Video with Father John Misty, Janelle Monae, Chvrches and Prince

This Weeks Music Video with The Voidz, Tyler The Creator, The Vaccines, Leon Bridges, Bon Jovi and The Middle Kids

This Weeks Music Video with Jack White, Sigrid, Arcade Fire, U2, Rae Morris and Pale Waves

Single Review – Beach House – Dive

Baltimore’s leading Dream Pop artists have released their first new material since 2015’s Thank Your Lucky Stars; arguably the most well received album Beach House have released coming just two months after their previous album Depression Cherry. Their seventh studio album is helpfully called 7 and is due for a May 11th release. As their sound has progressed they’ve often delved deeper into the washed out, hazy sounds with haunting vocals and lingering instrumentation. Their new single ‘Dive’ doesn’t stray far from this approach with quivering organs combining with spaced out, solitary strikes of the guitar. Victoria Legrand’s vocals add to the darker atmosphere which is eventually with Lacey percussion, pitch shifted riffs and shimmering electronica albeit under the prism of the whirring, hazy production. It is another example of their skill with musical arrangements and minimalist work, but here we are only given fleeting glimpses of something new.

Owen Riddle

Single Review – Manic Street Preachers – Dylan and Caitlin

As the Manics approach the April 13th release of their thirteenth studio album Resistance Is Futile they have released their third single from the album with ‘Dylan and Caitlin’. It tells of the turbulent relationship between Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin with the song split between them. James Dean Bradfield sings Dylan’s hypothetical words whilst Welsh singer songwriter Anchoress sings Caitlin’s. This song is perhaps a more pedestrian version of ‘Your Love Alone’ with its 60’s Motown arrangement around Bradfield’s typical tearing guitar. Whilst it’s still a capable song, you do wonder where the Manics are trying to go with this album from its disparate singles. You wonder if Futurology might have been their last hurrah in terms of acclaim and that they’re now settling back into their comfort zone. We’ll see come April.

Owen Riddle

This Weeks Music Video with Janelle Monáe, Everything Everything, Wolf Alice, The Voidz and Pussy Riot

Single Review – Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel

In new single Make Me Feel, Janelle Monae has bought Prince’s Kiss to a modern audience. The silky tones of Monae’s vocal melt over effortlessly funky hooks, quirky percussion and plush bass, smoothly singing lyrics deliberating lust and her sexuality; the subject of many a Janelle Monae interview. It is a song that is truly alive with colour. The eightiesness of the track makes it undeniably fun, with velvety harmonies adding a layer of sophistication to the pop-y single. There’s something electrifyingly cinematic about the song, which makes the announcement of her new album – Dirty Computer – very exciting indeed.

Ellie Chivers

This Weeks Music Video with Kendrick Lamar feat. SZA, Muse, Paramore, Sting and Shaggy, Royal Blood & Millie Turner

Single Review – Swimming Girls – Back of your Car

The Bristol three-piece Swimming Girls bring triumphant indie-pop to their third single Back of Your Car. The ignorantly blissful, fantastical anthem is driven by loud choruses and Nina Nesbitt-esque gritty vocals, drawing you in with a whirlpool of synths and keeping you with an infectious sound and beautifully penned lyrics. Single number three – alongside the roaring 2 Kids and the enormously enjoyable Tastes Like Money – sums up why Swimming Girls are a band to look out for in 2018, brining together the best elements of several genres to create an individual identity that is wildly exciting.

Eleanor Chivers