Hope it’s nice and sunny wherever you are in the world! You will probably need some good music to go with it,
so here are the four artists you need to know about this week with me, Mark Sharpley. We kick off with…
Punk funk/new rave (too many genres to fit in one column) outfit Klaxons return with their third album Love Frequency this week. With a little production help from James Murphy, a favourite with Arcade Fire, this album has been in the planning stages since 2012 but when one of the band members gets married to Keira Knightly then I guess you can sort of forgive the timing. Available on the Merok Records label, this is the single “There Is No Other Time”.
The word ‘legend’ is hard to attach to some, but it fits Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders perfectly, and she is here with her first ever solo album Stockholm. Recorded in Stockholm itself, the album features several guests including Neil Young and tennis superstar John McEnroe. And yes, I can be serious about that. The album is out now on the Caroline Records label and this is a track from the album called “Dark Sunglasses”.
Coming out of Brooklyn, New York indie rockers The Antlers release their new album, Familiars. This is their fifth studio album. The Antlers first started out as a solo project by founder Peter Silberman becoming a full band in 2007. Two of their previous efforts have featured the great Sharon Van Etten, who was featured in this column not so long ago and she aint bad either. Released on the ANTI-/Transgressive labels, this is the single “Palace”.
And finally this week its Canadian punk rockers White Lung and the release of their new album, Deep Fantasy. Formed in Vancouver in 2006, White Lung were recognised as one of the best bands to come out of the Vancouver Emergency Room scene and they won punk album of the year in 2010 with It’s The Evil. This is the bands third album so a good chance to see what all the fuss is about if you haven’t already. Available on the Domino Recordings label, this is the single “Drown With The Monster”.
And that’s it for this week! I am off to top up my tan and by top up I mean get one to begin with.
Join me next week for more of the artists you need to know about. Keep on keeping on…
— Mark Sharpley