Coachella 2015 brings some fantastic artists - new and old - to Indio, California.
It's that time of year again as the full line-up announcement for Coachella 2015 arrives following some spectacular headliners: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will all top the bills at the two-weekend event in April.
Well known for its diverse collection of rock, pop, electronic, hip hop and indie artists from around the world, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is yet again set to arrive at the Empire Polo Club fields in Indio, California. Kicking off with the first event from Friday April 10th - 12th, the festival will repeat the following week from April 17th - 19th.
As the least recognisable member of Radiohead, Phil Selway has managed to avoid the spotlight for a lot longer than his more prominent bandmates. Hidden away behind a drumkit, the serious sticksman was the heard, but rarely seen, heartbeat of the group - until recently. The world became a slightly better place the day Selway decided he'd have a go at making music of his own, releasing 'Familial' in 2010, and now 'Weatherhouse'.
First track 'Coming Up For Air' is startlingly Thom Yorke-like, with Selway's voice even taking on the frontman's trademark tired drawl above offbeat rhythms and ominous synths that could have been lifted straight from 'The King of Limbs'. Selway's solo debut was so beautifully personal, fragile and simple that to have shifted to this more alienated, vague world feels like a loss.
'Around Again' certainly captures the eye-prickling, faraway sadness of 'Amnesiac', but the vocals are crystal clear and hopeful, before we're right back in 'By Some Miracle' territory with the gently-picked acoustic lullaby 'Don't Go Now'. "Don't go now, stay close, be with me", he pleads in the drum-less track alongside wavering melodies. Similarly, on 'Drawn to the Light', the rhythm section consists of light glockenspiel taps bobbing under the same subdued, cinematic strings, allowing the delicate vocals to float through.
Continue reading: Philip Selway - Weatherhouse Album Review
It’s a mixed bag for UK albums, as the release schedule starts to slow in preparation for the big race for the Christmas sales market. This week, Jake Bugg toppled Mumford & Sons from what looked to be a pretty comfortable reign at the top of the albums chart. But can he stay there for a second week or do any of this week’s releases have what to takes to shift him?
The strongest competition for Jake will be coming from across the pond, in the shape of the fourth studio album from Taylor Swift entitled Red.
She performed on the X Factor results show here last weekend and her last album, 2010’s Speak Now reached number six. Her profile has increased considerably since then, though – thanks in no small part to her contribution to the Hunger Games soundtrack. If anyone can shift Bugg from the top spot, we reckon it’s Taylor.