New Music Recommendations – 6th September 2019

by Dave Bertram

This week we’ve got new music from Belle and Sebastian, Erland Cooper, Mr Ben and The Bens, LA newbies Surf Curse, Sleater-Kinney and the excellent Patrick Watson.

Erland Cooper has announced details of Seachange – an ambient companion to his acclaimed, AIM Nominated album, Sule Skerry – set for release in October. It’s been created in collaboration with producer, artist and guitarist Leo Abrahams, who guest on Sule Skerry – listen to an excerpt of the record above.

Belle and Sebastian have released new track The Letter¸ taken from their forthcoming soundtrack record, Days of the Bagnold Summer, which is out next week on Matador. Described as ‘a beguiling, finger-plucked lullaby set to a gentle bossa nova sway’, it’s certainly worth a listen.

Who Knows Jenny Jones? is the new album from surreal indie Lancastrians Mr Ben and The Bens, the brainchild of polymath Ben Hall. The record is an experimental pop exploration of a kitchen sink narrative with a celestial twist and the track to lead it out is Transmissions, which was debuted by Marc Riley on his 6 Music.

Touted as the next big thing, LA’s Surf Curse have their debut album on the racks this month and you can watch the video for the lead single, Disco, here.

With St Vincent at the controls, Sleater-Kinney have released a new video for Can I Go On, one of the lead tracks from their last record The Center Won’t Hold. Listen above.

And the our favourite pick for this week comes from Canadian artist, Patrick Watson. Following on from 2015’s Love Songs for Robots, he has new record, Wave, out on Domino in mid-October and the beautifully melancholic opening track, Dream For Dreaming is here to warm the ears for what’s to come.

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