MY FOUR, Week 4

Welcome one and all to another edition of My Four, where we rummage through four of this week’s new releases, both familiar and unfamiliar. So let me, Mark Sharpley, take you on our journey of musical intrigue. Beginning this week with …


No introduction needed for the legendary Bob Dylan, who releases his 36th album on 02/03/15  titled, Shadows In The Night…except this isn’t really a Bob Dylan album. Having had so many of his songs covered, the time has come for him to do his version of other people’s music for a change. The artist that Bob has chosen to tackle is also a legend in the form of Frank Sinatra with all the songs on the album chosen by Dylan himself. An unusual step for the man I affectionately call Uncle Bob, but it shall a good one nonetheless. Available on the Columbia Records label, here is  “Full Moon And Empty Arms”.

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One of the original Britpop brigade, Oxford’s own Gaz Coombes is here with his second solo album Matador. Anybody who is familiar with the 90’s Britpop scene will know that Gaz was indeed lead singer with Supergrass along with his brother Rob on the piano and keyboards. This album is very different from his Supergrass days, but is a fine piece of work from one of indie music underrated heroes. The album is available now and is on the Hot Fruit Records label and this is the video for the opening track, “Buffalo”.

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Hailing from Bloomington, Indiana, Murder By Death are here this week with their sixth studio album Big Dark Love. Film buffs will probably recognize the band’s moniker from the 1976 film of the same name, directed by Robert Moore. These guys have been around since 2000 and were known under the guise of Little Joe Gould whoever that might be. The movie link doesn’t end there as their song, “Comin’ Home” was used in the trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards. Gerard Way was featured on their early work,  plus this album was funded by a Kickstarter campaign, making the final product all the more worth while. Available on the Bloodshot Records label, this is a cut from the album entitled, “Strange Eyes”.

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Finally this week, it’s the turn of singer Sarah P with the release of her new single “Moving On”. Seems like that is what she has literally been doing, as she has left the confines of Greece to the more industrious surroundings of Germany. Some may be familiar with her previous band, Keep Shelly In Athens, where she was the lead singer. She decided in 2014 that a solo career was for her, and has indeed got an EP called Galaxy, a collaboration EP with Sun Glitters, already penciled in for a February 20 release.  Her solo EP will be out later this year. She is currently unsigned, but not for long if this is the quality of her stuff. Check out the video for the aforementioned, “Moving On”.

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Well thats your lot for this week. Please do join us here at Fourculture as we strive to find for you the four tracks you need to know about. Keep on keeping on…


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