February music review next weekend; your homework is…

Having free streaming of new albums available pre-release is great, and here are the four we'll be reviewing next weekend if you want to check them out in advance. Be aware that they don't stay available for long, so if you're interested, have a listen this weekend I would suggest.

Frankie and the Heartstrings with their debut album, Hunger;  slightly retro, bouncy jangly pop indie from Sunderland here at NME.com.. (Note - the video has a 'quirky' intro so music starts 1 minute in!)

The Low Anthem and Smart Flesh; beautiful US folk, their follow up to 2009's critically acclaimed Oh My God, Charlie Darwin.  Available from the mighty NPR.

We'll also review Radiohead's new release King of Limbs, released yesterday and available on KROQ. Here's the single.

And finally, one that's been out a couple of weeks; James Blake which you can get on Spotify.

Voices (6)

  1. Vicki Jeffels:

    Hear, hear, well done Peter. Brilliant to have a little topic diversification on the blog! And what’s more with features on folk like Frankie and the Heartstrings, this Kiwi might even learn a little more about the UK music scene!

  2. Adam:

    Hi Peter,

    Little bit of music homework for you if you get the time this month:

    Zonoscope by Cut/Copy – “An amazing blend of the mechanical and the organic, a synth-pop record that is downright funky and may well turn out to be the best summer album we get all year.”

    Yuck by Yuck – similar in sound to Dinosaur Jr, new on the mp3 player, loving it so far.

    We’re New Here, Gil Scott-Heron remixed by Jamie XX – if you liked the original, you’ll like this. Scott-Heron’s poetry sits beautifully over the sparse XX electronics.

    Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will by Mogwai – their most accessible album in a while. Embracing the heartbroken drudgery of a wet and windy Caledonian weekend with the hope and optimism of a sunny day.

    Hope you like them.

  3. Guy:

    Careful, he’ll be telling us about his dodgy knees next!

    I once saw Peter do a key note presentation to 300 FD’s on why Procurement was important.Thirty minutes into his presentation he stopped and did a procurement related music quiz (you know, money for nothing by Dire Straits etc), and then ten minutes later resumed his presentation. Almost seamless it was too. I didnt hear one complaint and certainly plenty of compliments, so I agree with Charles, keep up the slightly left of centre approach.

    But enough about Laura Marling already 🙂

  4. Charles Dominick, SPSM:

    Hi Peter,
    Just wanted to voice my support for you integrating music and other personal interests into a procurement blog. It’s nice to get a break and a gaze into your non-procurement passions as well.

    Keep up the good work!

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