There may have been an election here in the United Kingdom, but the votes have already been cast for the parties fighting it out in this new edition of My Four. So, people of this fair land, please allow the right honourable Mark Sharpley guide you through. And this week’s first contender for musical power is…..
A name that maybe familiar with you already, Roisin Murphy is our first choice this week with the release of her new solo effort, Hairless Toys. And the reason you know her? She was the voice of electro-dance outfit, Moloko, but this is her third solo album and the follow up to 2007’s Overpowered. This album keeps all the electro-dance elements that Murphy made crystal in Moloko, but does have that little pinch of dark irony in songs such as “Exploitation” too. Get this and those old Moloko albums out too, and you can have a ball tonight, and every night. Available on the Play It Again Sam record label, this is the video for the aforementioned single, “Exploitation”. www.roisinmurphyofficial.com
Second pick this week is Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson, and the release of his new album, Love Songs For Robots. This is the singer’s fifth studio album, and Watson himself has been mentioned in the same musical circles as Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Andrew Bird and Pink Floyd. In 2007, he won the Polaris Music Prize for his album, Close To Paradise but his musical journey started in the world of ska while he was still at high school. Also, just to keep things easier when it comes to touring his music, the band is also called Patrick Watson which saves thinking of a name that someone already may have. Available on the Domino/Secret City Records label, this is the video for, “Places You Will Go”. www.patrickwatson.net
Third choice this week is Oklahoma’s own Hinder, and their new studio album release, When The Smoke Clears. This is the fifth studio from the band, but it is the first without original lead singer, Austin Winkler. Nevertheless, new singer Marshal Dutton continues to make the band sound as original and fresh as they were from the beginning. Interestingly, the fans got the chance to get involved on this new album, when the band held an internet competition for the title. The announcement was made on December 9th last year, alongside the promotion of a Pledge Music campaign. Now here is the end result, so enjoy. Available on The End Records label, this is the first single off the album, “Hit The Ground”. www.hindermusic.com
THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH
And finally this week, it’s the turn of The Tallest Man On Earth, and the release of his new album, Dark Bird Is Home. The real name of The Tallest Man On Earth is Kristian Matsson, who hails from Dalarna in Sweden. Matsson does have a tendency to record his albums in whatever dwellings he just happened to be living in at the time, and this album is no exception. Various countries, studios and barns (yes, barns) have all been part of the process due to them all “carrying a weather worn quality, some dirt and some grit”. If those are the ingredients that get the critics comparing you to Bob Dylan, then The Tallest Man On Earth is doing everything right. Available on the Dead Oceans Records labels, this is the single, “Sagres”. www.thetallestmanonearth.com
Well there you have it. Four more artists you need to know about, and we here at Fourculture will continue to do that at a very rapid rate. See you all next time, and as always, keep on keeping on.
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