My Four: Four Tracks You Need to Know About 31


The leaves are falling from the trees, the days are getting shorter and the temperatures will be getting colder. But here at Fourculture, we don’t worry about the weather as we strive to bring you four artists you need to know about, aided and abetted by myself, Mark Sharpley. This week, we begin with…


Leeds indie rockers alt-J are first up this week with the release of their second album, This Is All Yours. A lot has been made of these lads since their Mercury Music Prize winning debut, An Awesome Wave, and this is their first album since the departure of bassist Gwil Sainsbury. Most of the album was written on tour with the rest being done in a “really cool converted warehouse in Hackney, very cliche East London”. Who says rock n roll is dead? Available on the Infectious Records label, this is the first single from the album, “Hunger Of The Pine”.  | Get the music on iTunes


Taking a break from his day job, The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas releases his new solo album, Tyranny. Supported by The Voidz, this is the first recorded material by the collective but not the first time that Casablancas and two of The Voidz, Jeff Kite and Alex Carapetis have worked together. Their previous incarnation was Sick Six which also included one Danielle Haim who has gone on to do pretty well for herself as well. Released on Casablanca’s own Cult Records label, this is the single, “Where No Eagles Fly”.  | Get the music on iTunes


Another artist who is on a break from the day job is Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, with the release of her new album, Something Shines. This is the follow up to 2012’s effort, Silencio, and her third solo album since Stereolab went on hiatus in 2009. She has indeed collaborated with many an artist over the years, such as Mouse On Mars, The High Llamas and Atlas Sound. But did you know she provided the French backing vocals for, “To The End”, by Blur? Well, you do now. Available on the Drag City record label, this is the single, “Then, I Will Love You Again”.   | Get the music on iTunes


And finally this week, it’s Seattle’s own Perfume Genius and the release of his new album, Too Bright. His friends and family will know him better as Mike Hadreas, and this is third solo album, as well as being the follow up to 2010’s, Put Your Back N 2 It. The promotion for that afore mentioned 2010 effort was indeed a bit different to what other artists may come up with, as he teamed up with pornographic actor, Arpad Miklos, and basically showed them embracing each other in nothing but their underwear. YouTube deemed the video unsafe for family viewing as a result. Live and let live, eh!  Available on the Matador Records label, this is the YouTube friendly video for the single, “Queen”.  | Get the music on iTunes 

And there you have it for another week!  Join me and countless others who continue to search for the four tracks you need to know about. Keep on keeping on…

— Mark Sharpley

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