ALBUMS OF THE WEEK 050419

The Drums, Circa Waves and Idlewild have all released album this week, and here’s what our Fran thinks to each…

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.

The Drums – Brutalism

It has been a decade since The Drums were NME darlings. These days The Drums is basically a solo project for Jonathan Pierce, where he mixes the pleasures of ’80s new-wave with his own vulnerable lyrical edge, but with a somewhat potty mouth. Body Chemisty and Blip of Joy are reminiscent of their classic ’00s peak, simple repetitive guitar lines with a catchy pop chorus. Their best album since their debut.

Circa Waves – What’s It Like Over There

The third album for the Liverpool quartet sees them maturing in sound and slowly moving away from the spiky indie-pop of their debut into a new developed sound, in a similar thread to Foals. Some may not be so comfortable to hear piano led tracks such as Passport, but Circa Waves have a definite sense of familiarity and this is not the sound of a completely different band, just a band who want to please themselves creatively and not just the Radio X fan base.

Idlewild – Interview Music

Idlewild MK3 make their second album since their comeback record, Everything Ever Written. Interview Music is a mix of everything that has come before and a nod to the future. All These Words would have felt very much at home on their seminal album, Remote Part with a radio-friendly chorus and REM soaked guitar lines. Same Things Twice would fit nicely into their ’90s back catalogue, whilst former single Dream Variations explores new synthetic horizons. Idlewild are a band who are not bereft of ideas, as they come close to their 4th decade as a band.

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

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