Albums of Note... Heaped with praise and riding high in the UK charts, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ 15th studio album, Push the Sky Away is not only an artistic triumph but a commercial one, too. Cave’s songwriting style has mutated significantly since his early days as frontman and resident wildcard of The Birthday Party; he now resembles a particularly well-dressed bar fly and his songs are peppered with his quintessentially erudite turn of phrase.
For our reviewer, Push the Sky Away demonstrates Cave and his cohorts at their finest:“Knowing when to stop and what to leave out, when adding more will lessen the quality and having the strength of character to just cut away the surplus is most definitely driven by the ever uncompromising Cave and here it has clearly paid dividends… Push The Sky Away' has a delicacy and tenderness woven through it like a fine silken tapestry of beguiling beauty but it can still be unflinching and brutal.”
Live At Leeds - the metropolitan music festival held annually across a variety of venues in Leeds on the first bank holiday weekend of May - has just added some huge bands to its roster.
Indie fans better take note, as just a portion of the line up includes Rudimental, Everything Everything, The Pigeon Detectives, The Vaccines, Tribes, AlunaGeorge, The Staves, Darwin Deez, Little Comets, King Krule, Laura Mvula, Swim Deep, The 1975 and Peace. LAL continues to enforce its remit of pushing local bands to the fore while providing national acts to draw in the crowds. It's a real music lover's affair, and this year looks set to carry on the tradition. And with tickets from just £22.50, it's affordable too.
The Pigeon Detectives - having just announced album number 4, Rudimental - will look to bring their uncompromising brand of indie to the proceedings, while The Vaccines will be playing a separate ticketed event on the Sunday of Live at Leeds with special support from TOY and more names to be added.
Theme Park are finally releasing their self-titled debut next month. The word 'finally' is stressed because the London band put their first single out back in August 2011 and have been teasing us with other gems ever since.
Releasing an album early in the year can sometimes be a bit of a lost cause, but it's also a challenge. The artist has to make an album that will lodge itself so securely in the minds of writers and music lovers alike, so when they come to think about their 'Albums of the Year' in Nov/Dec, it's not forgotten. Don't sweat Theme Park, you'll be fine. This will not be on the bottom of the pile.
It's packed with summery, calypso, indie-funk, sunshine music that will raise the morale in cold February and be listened to right through until the summery breeze descends, when it becomes a holiday soundtrack for anyone jetting off to anywhere mildly warmer than the UK or anyone enjoying some sun at home. Consequently, it'll offer some post-summer memories for the rest of the year, job done.
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Twins Miles and Mike Haughton and Oscar Manthorpe of pop trio Theme Park are currently in the studio recording their debut album due for release later this year through Transgressive Records. Their catchy latest single, 'Jamaica', has gone down a storm and has been just as highly anticipated as the string of festival shows they've performed over the summer including Latitude, Beacons, Tramlines and Lounge on the Farm (to name just a handful). They are next set to support Bloc Party on their UK tour in October.
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