Welcome again to another helping of My Four with Mark Sharpley.
Here are the artists who should be pumping on your stereo…
After a few weeks of being in the news for other reasons, Chris Martin and company are back with Ghost Stories, their new release since Mylo Xyloto. The album is based around the various happenings in the life of Mr. Martin, but I am sure there are a few stadium foot stompers on the record. Released on the Parlophone/Atlantic Records label, this is the first single “Magic”.
THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE
Psyche music kings The Brian Jonestown Massacre appear this week with the release of their new album, Revelations. Named after the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist, BJM have had a number of lineup changes over the years, once having Peter Hayes who formed Black Rebel Motorcycle Club soon after. This is their 14th full length album and they show no sign of slowing down. Released on the A Records label, this is the demo version of “Goodbye”. Butterfly
TOM WILLIAMS & THE BOAT
Hailing from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Tom Williams and The Boat release their third album, Easy Fantastic. Williams decided to form a band after playing solo for so many years and that came to fruition at the Grey Lady music venue in his hometown. The result? Well, the BBC rates them highly and they have been compared to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Not bad references, I think. Available on the Wire Boat label, this is “Hurricane”.
And finally this week, London poet Kate Tempest releases her new work, Everybody Down. After being inspired to take up poetry by a teacher, Kate first performed at the age of 16, supporting artists such as Billy Bragg and John Cooper Clarke. People may indeed be familiar with her last spoken word offering, Brand New Ancients, which won her the best production title at the Off West End Awards. If you are a fan of poetry with a bit of a kick, then Kate Tempest is for you. Released on the Big Dada label, this is “Lonely Daze”.
And that’s your lot for this week! Join me again next week for another look at the artists you need to know about. Keep on keeping on.
— Mark Sharpley