May 2019 has certainly been a great month for new music. Here are our five favourite records released during the last calendar month. Click on album cover for full review.
Cate Le Bon – Reward
This is definitely a record that demands repeated plays, not only because it challenges its listener, but also because it is totally rewarding. The lyrics can be challenging, the music and singing jarring, but it will remain in your thoughts long after you’ve lifted the needle.
The National – I Am Easy To Find
At no point on this record is there a moment that feels contrived or artificial. There may be fans of the band who struggle with this record, but what the band – along with their army of collaborators and the visionary, Mike Mills – have created is a record like no other I can recall. There are little moments you can pinpoint to previous National releases, but everything feels fresh. As slow burners go, some of the record simmers away more than other parts. All you are doing though is peeling off the layers before it consumes you. It may take a while to fully get your head round, but it is also the most compelling work the band have done yet.
The Tallest Man on Earth – I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream
Despite the huge critical acclaim that has come Matsson’s way over the eleven years since his breakthrough debut, and the 150 million Spotify plays his previous releases have racked up… whisper it… this is his best and most addictive collection yet! I Love You. It’s A Fever Dream is a triumph.
Big Thief – U.F.O.F.
After already putting out two very strong records over the last half decade, Big Thief have well and truly dismissed the difficult third album myth. U.F.O.F. is a huge statement of intent: a genuine classic album that not only sets the four piece apart from their contemporaries, but also confirms them as one of the most uniquely exciting bands America has ever produced. Yes, it’s that good.
Siskiyou – Not Somewhere
In another pair of hands, Not Somewhere could be a bonafide folk pop record – such are its exquisite melodies. But thank the Lord that these songs appeared to Huebert. Because what he’s shaped on his fourth record under the Siskiyou moniker is one of the most interesting, intrepid records of 2019 to date.