A Week In Music, Kings Of Leon Unveil New Album's First Taste 'Supersoaker', Tom Odell Plays Mesmerising London Gig And Mazzy Star Make A Long-Awaited Return
A week in music videos... We finally get the first glimpse of what's in store for Kings Of Leon's sixth album 'Mechanical Bull' with their new single 'Supersoaker'. It's probably one of the most highly-anticipated albums of the year following their 2010 offering 'Come Around Sundown' which reached the top spot on the UK album charts and number 2 in the US. If you're a fan of awesome, driving rock anthems, then after listening to 'Supersoaker' you'll be the first to grab a copy of the new album in September. Listen to Supersoaker here.
Just as fresh and anthemic is London band Bastille, who stole the hearts of the nation with their debut album 'Bad Blood' earlier this year - an easy chart topper responsible for such tracks as 'Pompeii' and 'Laura Palmer'. They have now released a moving video for their emotional track 'Things We Lose In The Fire' which also managed to chart despite not being released as a single. Bastille are currently on a major world tour and will appear at the likes of Japan's Summer Sonic Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival and Berlin Festival this summer. Watch the video for Things We Lost In The Fire here.
Little Green Cars have certainly grabbed our attention this week with their strongly folk infused tune 'My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me'. It has a classically tragic love-lost set of lyrics with an unavoidably catchy melody and will certainly be one the greatest break-up anthems of the year. Taken from their Irish number one debut album 'Absolute Zero' released earlier this year, Little Green Cars have firmly cemented themselves as ones to watch this year. Watch the video for My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me here.
Oftentimes the word 'supergroup' can wind up with disappointment all round, but that's never the case with Tired Pony. Made up of Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, former Snow Patrol producers Iain Archer and Jacknife Lee, Belle & Sebastian drummer Richard Colburn, REM's Peter Buck and The Minus 5's Scott McCaughey, this band have unveiled nothing short of an outstanding country tune with 'All Things All At Once' taken from their upcoming second album 'The Ghost of the Mountain' due out on August 19th 2013. Watch the video for All Things All At Once here.
After reaching number one globally with his 2012 album 'Born and Raised', it's no wonder John Mayer wanted to get swiftly (pardon the pun) back into the studio for his next album 'Paradise Valley' due out this August. With new track 'Wildfire' he delivers his usual comforting, classic rock feel embracing the summer and, indeed, the festival season with a video featuring a high-spirited live gig plus lyrics. Watch the video for Wildfire here.
Reviews of the week... Here at Contactmusic, we've been swooning over Tom Odell's debut album 'Long Way Down' since it was released in June this year. As well as touching the hearts of ladies everywhere with his hit single 'Another Love', Tom has already landed himself his first BRIT award, so it's no wonder that his sell-out crowd were hanging on to his every word during his live performance at Somerset House in London - which left the crowd stunned, despite having only just recovered from a chest infection. Reviewer Chantelle Pattemore was lucky enough to go see him: 'His intensity was infectious and the sell-out crowd stood completely mesmerised; for the majority of his set the audience were so quiet that you could hear a pin drop.' Read the live review here.
The Icarus Line have left us scratching our heads over what genre to put them under yet again with the release of their sixth album 'Slave Vows'. Just as energetic as their previous records, the new album is less of a struggle to be noticed and more focused on the talents of vocalist and guitarist Joe Cardemone. 'There is a definite 'warts and all' feel to Slave Vows', says our critic Jordan Dowling. 'It's gritty and doesn't apologise for it, and nor does it try to make amends.' Read the review of Slave Vows here.
In the news... Suffolk's Latitude Festival 2013 was definitely one of the stand-out festivals of the summer so far with star performances from headliners Bloc Party, Kraftwerk and Foals as well as appearances from the likes of Texas, Yo La Tengo, Jessie Ware, Alt-J and The 1975. Not only that, but there was some unforgettable comedy sessions from the veterans - such as Eddie Izzard and Sean Lock - to the comics of more recent times such as Simon Brodkin's favourite chav Lee Nelson. Read the full story here.
Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago may have come and gone now, but we still have Pitchfork Paris 2013 to look forward to at the end of October. Joining the likes of The Knife, Disclosure and Hot Chip over the three day weekend are newly announced acts London post-punk revival four-piece Savages, American singer Youth Lagoon and Canadian DJ A-Trak among others. The festival will take place at Grande Halle de la Villette on October 31st - November 2nd. Read the full story here.
Mazzy Star are set to make a grand return with their first album in over 10 years, 'Seasons Of Your Day'. We've been pricking up our ears for signs of life since they released the single 'Common Burn' / 'Lay Myself Down' in 2011, but now we can expect an actual full-length album on September 24th 2013 featuring performances from the likes of My Bloody Valentine's Colm O'Ciosoig and the late Bert Jansch. Read the full story here.
Ahead of the release of their re-mastered 'The Aeroplane Flies High' box set, The Smashing Pumpkins have announced that they will be unveiling an interactive on-demand rental of their 1997 Belfort, France concert, completely free of charge! Fans will also get connect with each other via live chat and other social widgets during the showing on July 20th, so it looks set to be a one-of-a-kind experience for music fans everywhere. Read the full story here.