One of the great pleasures about searching for new music are those times when you uncover something (a) cool or (b) unusual. This week’s recommendations contain both.
1. Jarv Is…, Must I Evolve?
Single (Rough Trade Records)
Recommended If You Like: Pulp freakouts
Yes, Jarv Is is Jarvis Cocker of Pulp along with a bunch of friends. They started playing some low-key shows beginning at the end of 2017 and have slowly been playing larger gigs. They played a cavern, a desert, and now have a show in Ibiza on June 4 where they will play in a cave. Don’t expect to see any Jar Is material in stores because this project is designed largely as a live experience. Want a copy of this single? Then head to that cave in Ibiza because that’s the only place you’ll be able to find it.
2. Lana Del Rey, Doin’ Time
Norman F*cking Rockwell (Polydor)
RIYL: People richer and more beautiful than you who make music
Well, that’s a jarring title for an album, innit? If we were talking some kind of punk or metal band, such a title would be very on-brand. I’m not so sure that’s the case here—unless Lana is really pissed about something and wants everyone to know about it. Sonically, things are very LDR, although like most of her music, you need to listen to lyrics closely to divine what’s actually going on.
3. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Bill’s Mandolin
And now for the Whatchamacallit (UMG)
RIYL: The idea of psychedelic grunge
Well, that’s a jarring name for a band, innit? I first heard about them a few years back when visited their hometown of Perth, Australia, and they stuck with me. The name sure helped. Their first two albums (High Visceral Part 1 and High Visceral Part 2, which were followed by High Visceral B-sides), hinted at some interesting ideas. We’ll see if this record clinches it
4. Fast Romantics, Do No Wrong
Single (for now) (Independent)
RIYL: Sunny Canadian pop-rock
Built from the ashes of a Calgary band called The Mood, Fast Romantics (now based out of Toronto) have been plugging along since 2009 with three albums and an EP. Their fourth album, due later this year, features this single that should go very well with your summertime vibe.
5. Bush, Bullet Holes
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (Zuma Rock Records)
RIYL: The 90s and Keanu Reeves
Gavin Rossdale and his band are determined to keep the 90s alive this summer by touring with Our Lady Peace and Live through the US this summer (The ALT-IMATE Tour, geddit?) before heading north to participate in the resurrection of OLD’s Summersault Festival. And yes, it has been 25 years since Sixteen Stone came out turning Gavin into grunge’s pin-up. Not that there was anything wrong with that. He’s really a lovely man. He took a picture with my dog once. I had it autographed and framed and it’s hanging in my home office.
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