Welcome again to another helping of My Four — four tracks for you to wet your musical appetite with. So let me, Mark Sharpley show you across this musical matrix and bring you some of the music out there for your delight and delectation. Let’s start off the week!
Veteran indie rockers The Charlatans return this week with the release of their new album, Modern Nature. It’s been a very difficult period for the band since 2010’s Who We Touch, primarily with the death of founding member and drummer Jon Brookes. The band has carried on and remembered their colleague with a concert which raised funds for The Brain Tumour Charity, of which the band are now patrons. This is the bands 12th studio album and they show no signs of slowing down. Oh, and yes Tim Burgess still has his blonde hair. Available on the BMG Records label, this is the single, “So Oh”.
Hailing from St.Albans, England, Enter Shakiri are here with their new album release, The Mindsweep. The band are one of the more unusual bands in keeping their original lineup together and have been active as a core since 2003. Remarkably this is only their fourth studio album, but it hasn’t stopped them appearing at Download Festival, Reading and Leeds Festivals and Rock Am Ring amongst others. Enter Shakiri was recognised as the best live act by Kerrang! Magazine in 2012, and a bit of trivia they have a boat belonging to Roughton “Rou” Reynolds’ uncle to thank for forming the last part of the groups name. The album is available now, and is available on the Ambush Reality/Hopeless Records labels, and this is the video for, “Anaesthetist”.
Iceland’s very own pop pixie, Björk is our third choice this week with the release of her new album, Vulnicura. Originally the album was due out in March, to coincide with an exhibition about her career at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York, as well as the release of a book titled, Björk: Archives. Naturally an internet leak caused the album to be released two months earlier than scheduled. The album also includes guest vocals from Antony Hegarty, frontman for Antony and the Johnsons. Many members of the music press are naming this as one of the albums of the year, and we at Fourculture don’t disagree. Available on the One Little Indian record label, this is, “Stonemilker”.
JEREMY AND THE HARLEQUINS
Finally this week, it’s the turn of New York’s vintage rock n rollers Jeremy & The Harlequins and the release of their new single You’re My Halo, which was originally released with his old band and was subtitled “Prom Song.” You may have come across these guys before as their music featured was in the film “Live, Die, Repeat : Edge Of Tomorrow” starring Tom Cruise. Not a bad platform to showcase your talents, but they do also have their eponymous E.P. from 2013 in their musical arsenal too. They have supported the likes of Foxy Shazam, Guided By Voices and the Detroit Cobras on tour. This has a classic rock n roll feel to the song and it’s well worth a listen. Their forthcoming album, American Dreamer, gets released on February 10th, so look out for these fellas. This is the afore mentioned, “You’re My Halo”.
That’s it for this week. Join us once again next week as we continue to bring you four more tracks you need to know about. Keep on keeping on…