New Music Recommendations – 7th December 2018

by Philip Moss and Joseph Purcell

Deerhunter –  Element

2018 has been a year of highs and lows for Bradford Cox and his fellow members of Deerhunter. The cassette only release of their extremely limited, mostly instrumental album, Double Dream of Spring, was followed by a raucous European tour. But them came the news that ex-bass player, Joshua Fauver, had died.

This week, however, they release second single, Element, from the upcoming record, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? Recorded in Texas with Welsh songstress, Cate Le Bon, on production duties, it is the full length follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed Fading Frontier.

Described by Cox as “an elegy for ecology (a landscape done in toxic watercolours), Element certainly builds anticipation as fantastic catchy guitar led pop number that once more showcases this wonderful bands unique talents.

Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? is out January 18th on 4AD.

Steve Gunn – Stonehurst Cowboy

Stonehurst Cowboy is an emotional tribute to his father that will make up the centrepiece of his upcoming new album.

The song, which features Bob Dylan’s musical director, Tony Garnier, is, in Gunn’s own words about the area in ‘Southwest Philadelphia where both my parents grew up. Heavily affected by the Vietnam War, he became an adult at hyperspeed after high school when he was drafted — though he didn’t end up actually fighting in Vietnam.  He was too young to know what the hell was going on when the war broke, and it wasn’t until he, his brothers, and friends came back to make any sense of it.”

The Unseen In Inbetween will be released on 18th January through Matador Records.

Jessica Pratt – Poly Blue

After returning in October with the first single, This Time Around, from her upcoming album, Quiet Signs, San Francisco folk singer Jessica Pratt this week releases Poly Blue- a luscious three minute jaunt through the touching spacious sounds she so expertly commands and orchestrates.

The second song to be taken from Quiet Signs further cements Pratt’s place as one of the most eminent crossover folk artists in music today. After her incredible 2015 sophomore record, On Your Own Love Again, it appears from these two new tracks that Pratt’s new music is a continuation of her excellence and makes Quiet Signs an already hotly anticipated release for early 2019.

Quiet Signs is out February 8th on City Slang. Jessica Pratt will tour the UK in March.

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