Our Fran takes a look at the new albums released this week from Sundara Karma, Self Esteem and Japanese House.

Here at TRASH we understand you all lead a varied, busy life and we thank you for taking some precious time out of your schedules to check out our latest posts. As a reward to you we aim to choose three quality cuts from the vast array of new releases and save you, our dear readers, valuable time.

Sundara Karma – Ulfila’s Alphabet

The Reading quartet follow up their debut album, 2017’s, Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect, with a slight change in direction for their second release. They are still recognizable, but their influences have shifted away from mid ’00s indie and on Ulfila’s Alphabet we are introduced to a band showcasing their love of Bowie and 80’s new wave. With 80’s audiophile Stuart Price at the helm (The Killers, Madonna) they have the perfect candidate to steer Sundara Karma away from cruise control as yet another decent indie-pop band, into a far more interesting groove machine, and with tracks like Higher States and One Night On This Earth they aim to please.

Self Esteem – Compliments Please

Rebecca Taylor has come along ways since the early years of Slow Club; as Self Esteem she couldn’t be any further away from her anti-folk inception. Although she showed sprinkles of a love for soul and pop music in her former bands later releases, some of their loyal fan base may be shocked by Self Esteem’s bolder approach, and an unexpected urban influence heard on Rollout and Wrestling. Yes there is a surprising lack of guitar, but this is an eclectic album that never overstays its welcome (with 16 tracks), and if lead single The Best was released by Robyn or Dua Lipa it would have been a world wide smash.

Japanese House – Good at Falling

Amber Bain’s debut album as Japanese House has been eagerly waited by her legion of patient fans who’ve been downloading her EPs since 2015’s Pools to Bathe In. Working closely with BRIT award winners The 1975 isn’t a terrible way to kick start a career, and there are quite apparent similarities in lyrical honesty as well as a love of dream-pop. Good at Falling may suffer from a significant change of pace, but when it clicks it’s comparable to the very best of The XX, and tracks like Lilo and Follow My Girl fit perfect for the soundtrack of a post-party romance.

So, that was our three cut choices of the weeks new releases – now get downloading/streaming/buying from an actual record shop and let us know what you think to these, or what other new albums your listening to this week.


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