It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new edition of My Four! Check out this week’s
new releases with myself, Mark Sharpley. Let’s begin this week with…
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
One of the most successful new wave bands of the 80’s, Echo & The Bunnymen return with their new release Meteorites. It’s their first album since 2009 and without founding bass player Les Pattinson but nevertheless the style certainly hasn’t changed and Ian McCulloch still looks like he did in their heyday. How?!?! Released on the 429 label, this is the single “Lovers On The Run”.
Son of former Fairport Convention bassist Ashley Hutchings, Blair Dunlop releases his second solo album House Of Jacks this week. Dunlop is also an actor and may be familiar to those who have seen Tim Burton’s version of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory in which he played the young Willy Wonka. His first album, Blight And Blossom, however gained him the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. High praise indeed. Available on the Rooksmere label, this is a track off the new album called “Something’s Gonna Give Way”.
SHARON VAN ETTEN
Brooklyn’s own Sharon Van Etten returns this week with her fourth studio release Are We There. With her style being a mix of indie rock and folk, Van Etten has produced this record herself and used instruments formerly belonging to John Lennon and Patti Smith no less. Oh, and has provided backing vocals for Nick Cave on the odd occasion too. Released on the Jagjaguwar label, this is a cut off the album called “Taking Chances”.
And finally this week, its indie rockers Miniature Tigers. The second act from Brooklyn in the column they are here with their latest album Cruel Runnings. Whilst some bands choose to pick either a busy city or some quiet location to record their material, Miniature Tigers chose Jamaica which isn’t that bad if topping up the tan after a hard days recording is your thing. Released on the Yebo Music label, this is “Swimming Pool Blues.”
And that’s it for this week, join me again next week after I have a lie down after Google suggested that Mariah Carey be my first pick this week. Keep on keeping on.
— Mark Sharpley