New Bjork Album – Cover and Release date revealed

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There it is, up there. The album is now titled ‘Utopia’ and will be released on November 24 via One Little Indian. Co-produced by Arca and with artwork has been designed by Jesse Kanda. I pre-ordered mine ages ago so should have it on the day of release hopefully.

Here is the actual announcement, I think from Twitter:

i am so overwhelmingly humble while announcing my album utopia is coming out end of nov . i can´t wait for you to hear it . this is the cover made by the warm extraordinary talented @truekanda and was assisted by me , @james.t.merry and @isshehungry . thank you for telepathically getting me !! over the moon and jupiter gratitudes to magical @arca1000000 for making the music of this album with me : what a profound and nourishing trip this has been !!! thousandfold appreciation and headbowing . hope you like it , warmth , björk

Lamb Live At Manchester Cathedral

Lamb will make their hometown return to Manchester Cathedral on 16th October 2017.

The whole concert is being recorded by the Live Here Now team for release as Lamb, Live At Manchester Cathedral across 2 x CD, 3 x LP, and bundle formats.

Expected CD Release Date October 19th
Due to the unavoidable production time necessary, the 3 x LP will follow the CD and Download and be released in early 2018.

So I ordered the triple vinyl via Pledge Music a couple of weeks ago because I really rather like Lamb and have most of their albums on CD, and just one on vinyl, 2001’s ‘What Sound’, but I’ll pick up more as I find them.

Tonight I was listening to a live version of the track ‘Goreki’ (below) and thought I’d write up this post to just quickly mention the album. Then I had a thought, and this thought was, “I wonder if there are any tickets for the Manchester Cathedral gig left,” so I had a look and, much to my delight, there were some left and I got two. To have a triple vinyl of a gig I am attending is just marvellous, I’m delighted.

As far as I can tell the Cathedral holds about 1100 people and it will look rather like the image below:

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New Bjork Album announced

A new album by Bjork was announced on my newsfeed with a link to pre-order, so I thought I’d do the as I have all her others and all of the Sugarcubes, I am a bit of a fan boy without doubt. There is absolutely no information on the Bjork site, The vinyl is £23.99 plus postage and this is the image:

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I’d actually rather like it if it was completely white with no writing whatsoever, but I doubt it will be.

You can pre-order here if you would like your own copy.

Apparently Bjork has referred to this as her ‘Tinder’ album, with ‘Vulnicurna’ having been her break up album and the video director who looks to be working on Images for the new album, Andrew Thomas Huang, has said “This album is gonna be really future facing, I a hopeful way that I think is needed right now.”

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There is no release date for the album, to teaser tracks, images, nothing, just the more above. In many ways it matters not, it’s a new Bjork album and I would buy it regardless as, having seen her live, almost 30 years after I first heard her as I walked into a record shop in 1988, I am as captivated as ever.

Mercury Music Prize – Comment

 

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alt-j – ‘Relaxer’ – Maybe
I quite liked this and it probably deserves a place on this shortlist, however, points off for including a version of ‘House of the rising son’. Why? Filler.

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Blossoms – ‘Blossoms’
This is bollocks.

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Dinosaur – ‘Together, As One’
This is great and a real find as I’d never heard of it. Jazz with some electronic flourishes, nice arrangements, not too much dissonance. I might buy this one.

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Ed Sheeran – ‘÷’
I have no idea what this is doing here, it’s just Ed Sheeran being Ed Sheeran isn’t it? Yes, it sold bucket loads, but according to the prize itself: The main objectives of the Prize are to recognise and celebrate artistic achievement, provide a snapshot of the year in music and to help introduce new albums from a range of music genres to a wider audience. Now it does fall into the first two of those categories but not the last, and to be honest, I listened to it and I will be quite happy to live the rest of my life and never hear it again.

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Glass Animals – ‘How to Be a Human Being’
This is OK, quite pleasant I suppose, not particularly ground breaking but it’s quite listenable.

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J Hus – ‘Common Sense’
This is really very good, I like it. There’s autotune and then there’s creative autotune and where it’s used here it’s the latter, which I can live with. There’s some really good backing tracks and some good angry bits as well as plenty of melody. Yup, it’s good.

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Kate Tempest – ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’
Nope nope nope. I saw her Glastonbury set and didn’t like it. This is poetry put to music and it hardly ever really works, certainly doesn’t here. Best of luck to her but it’s of not for me.

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Loyle Carner – ‘Yesterday’s Gone’
This is very good, and there is an argument that can be made that this is also poetry over music in places as well, except that is a crap argument as this is an MC not a poet. I’d definitely recommend giving this a listen.

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Sampha – ‘Process’
I heard some of this album on a car journey at the weekend and it wasn’t what I was expecting at all, I’d assumed it was Hip Hop, my bad, it’s not that at all. Sampha has a really interesting voice and I guess if you had to file in a genre you could easily go for Electronic.

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Stormzy – ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’
So this is Grime, or that’s what I read. It’s actually pretty good, a bit angry in places but that’s ok. ‘Blinded by your grace’ is a beautiful thing and ‘Big For Your Boots’ is good.

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The Big Moon – ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’
Pretty good. I don’t particularly feel there’s anything here that I haven’t heard before, but if you like indie pop, then you’ll find this to be a very good addition to your listening.

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The xx – ‘I See You’
I’ve been unsure about The XX for a while, I sort of don’t know what they are, but listening to this album makes it clearer for me.  I can now be sure that it is not something I am a big fan of, but I can see the appeal.

If it were me then I would drop 6 of these at least, so for completeness I have to replace them. So this would be my list:
alt-j – ‘Relaxer’ – Maybe
Dinosaur – ‘Together, As One’
J Hus – ‘Common Sense’
Loyle Carner – ‘Yesterday’s Gone’
Sampha – ‘Process’
Stormzy – ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’
Kelly Lee Owens ‎– Kelly Lee Owens
Forest Swords ‎– Compassion
Slowdive – Slowdive
Roger Goula ‎– Overview Effect
Max Richter – Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works
Public Service Broadcasting – Every Valley

I’ll be playing a track from each of these on the radio show 5 when I get around to recording it.

 

Mercury Music Prize Shortlist

The Mercury Music Prize shortlist was announced yesterday and I have none of these albums, not a single one. So I am now going to go away and listen to them all and come back in a new post with a yes/no opinion on all of them, because I can,  here is the list:

alt-j – ‘Relaxer’ – Maybe
Blossoms – ‘Blossoms’
Dinosaur – ‘Together, As One’
Ed Sheeran – ‘÷’
Glass Animals – ‘How to Be a Human Being’
J Hus – ‘Common Sense’
Kate Tempest – ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’
Loyle Carner – ‘Yesterday’s Gone’
Sampha – ‘Process’
Stormzy – ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’
The Big Moon – ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’
The xx – ‘I See You’

Last years list is below, actually no, let’s go crazy, all the past winners and nominees are below and I’ve marked in brackets who I would have chosen to win, like this (1):

1992 Primal Scream – Screamadelica (1)
Barry Adamson – Soul Murder
Erasure – Chorus
Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart – Rising Above Bedlam
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Honey’s Dead
Bheki Mseleku – Celebration
Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha
Simply Red – Stars
U2 – Achtung Baby
John Tavener & Steven Isserlis – The Protecting Veil
Young Disciples – Road to Freedom

1993 Suede – Suede (1)
Apache Indian – No Reservations
The Auteurs – New Wave
Gavin Bryars – Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet
Dina Carroll – So Close
East 17 – Walthamstow
PJ Harvey – Rid of Me
New Order – Republic
Stereo MCs – Connected
Sting – Ten Summoner’s Tales
Stan Tracey – Portraits Plus

1994 M People – Elegant Slumming
Blur – Parklife (1)
Ian McNabb – Head Like a Rock
Shara Nelson – What Silence Knows
Michael Nyman – The Piano Concerto/MGV
Primal Scream – Give Out But Don’t Give Up
The Prodigy – Music for the Jilted Generation
Pulp – His ‘n’ Hers
Take That – Everything Changes
Therapy? – Troublegum
Paul Weller – Wild Wood

1995 Portishead – Dummy (1 joint)
Guy Barker – Into the Blue
The Boo Radleys – Wake Up!
Elastica – Elastica
PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love
Leftfield – Leftism
James MacMillan – Seven Last Words from the Cross
Van Morrison – Days Like This
Oasis – Definitely Maybe
Supergrass – I Should Coco
Tricky – Maxinquaye (1 Joint, I couldn’t possibly choose one over the other)

1996 Pulp – Different Class
Artists for War Child – Help
Black Grape – It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah
Peter Maxwell Davies/BBC Philharmonic – The Beltane Fire / Caroline Mathilde
Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go (1)
Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack
Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
Courtney Pine – Modern Day Jazz Stories
Underworld – Second Toughest in the Infants
Norma Waterson – Norma Waterson

1997 Roni Size/Reprazent – New Forms
The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole
Beth Orton – Trailer Park
Primal Scream – Vanishing Point
The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land
Radiohead – OK Computer (1)
Spice Girls – Spice
Suede – Coming Up
John Tavener – Svyati
Mark-Anthony Turnage – Your Rockaby

1998 Gomez – Bring It On
4hero – Two Pages
Asian Dub Foundation – Rafi’s Revenge
Eliza Carthy – Red Rice
Catatonia – International Velvet
Cornershop – When I Was Born for the 7th Time
Massive Attack – Mezzanine (1)
Propellerheads – Decksandrumsandrockandroll
Pulp – This Is Hardcore
John Surman – Proverbs & Songs
The Verve – Urban Hymns
Robbie Williams – Life thru a Lens

1999 Talvin Singh – Ok
Thomas Adès – Asyla
Denys Baptiste – Be Where You Are
Black Star Liner – Bengali Bantam Youth Experience!
Blur – 13
The Chemical Brothers – Surrender
Faithless – Sunday 8PM
Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
Beth Orton – Central Reservation (1)
Kate Rusby – Sleepless
Stereophonics – Performance and Cocktails
Underworld – Beaucoup Fish

2000 Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour of Bewilderbeast
Richard Ashcroft – Alone with Everybody
Coldplay – Parachutes
M. J. Cole – Sincere
Death in Vegas – The Contino Sessions (1)
The Delgados – The Great Eastern
Doves – Lost Souls
Helicopter Girl – How to Steal the World
Leftfield – Rhythm and Stealth
Nicholas Maw – Violin Concerto
Nitin Sawhney – Beyond Skin
Kathryn Williams – Little Black Numbers

2001 PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2, yes, a completely different numbering system all of a sudden)
Basement Jaxx – Rooty
Elbow – Asleep in the Back
Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain
Gorillaz – Gorillaz (nomination withdrawn at the request of the band)
Ed Harcourt – Here Be Monsters
Tom McRae – Tom McRae
Radiohead – Amnesiac (1)
Susheela Raman – Salt Rain
Super Furry Animals – Rings Around the World
Turin Brakes – The Optimist LP
Zero 7 – Simple Things

2002 Ms. Dynamite – A Little Deeper
Guy Barker – Soundtrack
The Bees – Sunshine Hit Me
David Bowie – Heathen
The Coral – The Coral
Doves – The Last Broadcast
The Electric Soft Parade – Holes in the Wall
Gemma Hayes – Night on My Side
Beverley Knight – Who I Am
Roots Manuva – Run Come Save Me (1)
Joanna MacGregor – Play
The Streets – Original Pirate Material

2003 Dizzee Rascal – Boy in da Corner
Athlete – Vehicles and Animals
Eliza Carthy – Anglicana
Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
The Darkness – Permission to Land
Floetry – Floetic
Soweto Kinch – Conversations with the Unseen
Lemon Jelly – Lost Horizons
The Thrills – So Much for the City
Martina Topley-Bird – Quixotic (1)
Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
Terri Walker – Untitled

2004 Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
Basement Jaxx – Kish Kash
Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress (1)
Jamelia – Thank You
Keane – Hopes and Fears
Snow Patrol – Final Straw
Joss Stone – The Soul Sessions
The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come for Free
Ty – Upwards
Amy Winehouse – Frank
Robert Wyatt – Cuckooland
The Zutons – Who Killed…… The Zutons?

2005 Antony and the Johnsons – I Am a Bird Now
Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
Coldplay – X&Y
Hard-Fi – Stars of CCTV
Kaiser Chiefs – Employment
KT Tunstall – Eye to the Telescope
M.I.A. – Arular (1)
Maxïmo Park – A Certain Trigger
Polar Bear – Held on the Tips of Fingers
Seth Lakeman – Kitty Jay
The Go! Team – Thunder, Lightning, Strike
The Magic Numbers – The Magic Numbers

2006 Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (1)
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – Ballad of the Broken Seas
Editors – The Back Room
Guillemots – Through the Windowpane
Richard Hawley – Coles Corner
Hot Chip – The Warning
Muse – Black Holes & Revelations
Zoe Rahman – Melting Pot
Lou Rhodes – Beloved One
Scritti Politti – White Bread Black Beer
Sway – This Is My Demo
Thom Yorke – The Eraser

2007 Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future
Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford – Basquiat Strings
Bat for Lashes – Fur and Gold
Dizzee Rascal – Maths + English
Maps – We Can Create
New Young Pony Club – Fantastic Playroom
Fionn Regan – The End of History
Jamie T – Panic Prevention
The View – Hats Off to the Buskers
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (1)
Young Knives – Voices of Animals and Men

2008 Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
Adele – 19
British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?
Burial – Untrue
Estelle – Shine
The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement
Laura Marling – Alas, I Cannot Swim
Neon Neon – Stainless Style
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
Portico Quartet – Knee Deep in the North Sea
Radiohead – In Rainbows (1)
Rachel Unthank and the Winterset – The Bairns

2009 Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy (1)
Bat for Lashes – Two Suns
Florence and the Machine – Lungs
Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires
Glasvegas – Glasvegas
Lisa Hannigan – Sea Sew
The Horrors – Primary Colours
The Invisible – The Invisible
Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
La Roux – La Roux
Led Bib – Sensible Shoes
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men

2010 The xx – xx
Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions
Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea
Dizzee Rascal – Tongue n’ Cheek
Foals – Total Life Forever
I Am Kloot – Sky at Night (1)
Kit Downes Trio – Golden
Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Paul Weller – Wake Up the Nation
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal
Wild Beasts – Two Dancers

2011 PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Adele – 21
Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys!
Everything Everything – Man Alive
Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam (1)
Gwilym Simcock – Good Days at Schloss Elmau
James Blake – James Blake
Katy B – On a Mission
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
Metronomy – The English Riviera
Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy

2012 Alt-J – An Awesome Wave (? Dunno?)
Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
Django Django – Django Django
Field Music – Plumb
Richard Hawley – Standing at the Sky’s Edge
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
Sam Lee – Ground of its Own
The Maccabees – Given to the Wild
Plan B – ill Manors
Roller Trio – Roller Trio
Jessie Ware – Devotion

2013 James Blake – Overgrown
Arctic Monkeys – AM
David Bowie – The Next Day (1)
Disclosure – Settle
Foals – Holy Fire
Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
Jon Hopkins – Immunity
Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula – Sing to the Moon
Rudimental – Home
Savages – Silence Yourself
Villagers – {Awayland}

2014 Young Fathers – Dead
Anna Calvi – One Breath
Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
FKA twigs – LP1 (1)
GoGo Penguin – V2.0
Jungle – Jungle
Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
Nick Mulvey – First Mind
Polar Bear – In Each and Every One
Royal Blood – Royal Blood

2015 Benjamin Clementine – At Least for Now
Aphex Twin – Syro (1)
Gaz Coombes – Matador
C Duncan – Architect
Eska – Eska
Florence and the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin
Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys
Slaves – Are You Satisfied?
SOAK – Before We Forgot How to Dream
Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
Jamie xx – In Colour

2016 Skepta – Konnichiwa
Anohni – Hopelessness
Bat for Lashes – The Bride
David Bowie – Blackstar
Jamie Woon – Making Time
Kano – Made in the Manor
Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room
Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (1)
Savages – Adore Life
The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It
The Comet Is Coming – Channel the Spirits

BJORK LIVES!

Some time ago I signed up to the Bjork email list so that I could receive updates about new logoreleases and suchlike, but also to know when she would be performing in the UK again. I was desperate to go to the Wilderness Festival last year but couldn’t find anybody to go with. I don’t have a problem going to gigs on my own but a festival alone seems a really rather sad thing, so I didn’t do that, maybe it’s the opposite though, it could be wonderful. Yesterday the mailing list email popped into my inbox to tell me that Bjork would be playing at the Royal Albert Hall in September and provided me with a pre-sale link for tickets. Well that made me feel special, for a while, until I actually tried to buy them.

They went on sale this morning at 09:00 and I was there, logged in and ready to go. 09:04 and the site was claiming to be down. I’m already frustrated at this point. 09:05 and I’m in and there are drop downs where I can select the number of tickets I would like. I select, I
press buy tickets, the same screen comes up again, so I select the number of tickets I would like, I press buy tickets, the same screen comes up again. I was in this loop for 20 minutes, becoming increasingly annoyed and frustrated at the web site seemingly mocking me, repeatedly raising my hopes and then smashing them into tiny little pieces. So I gave up.Capture23236

I went and made a coffee and, having had this little break, I thought I’d have one last try.  I select the number of tickets I would like, I press buy tickets and I’m in! I didn’t believe it of course and was fully expecting to crash out at any moment but actually made it all the way through and I have tickets. I’m so very pleased.

They aren’t the best tickets but I care not, as this is the only UK 2016 gig I’m just happy to have been there at all, also, I believe that at the Royal Albert Hall you are never that far away from the stage. To confirm this I went to their web site and found the following picture which is taken from very close to where I will be. Happy with that.rah_26057959464

There is also ‘Bjork Digital’ at Somerset house, details of which can be found here:

http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/bjork-digital

Which I may also go and see if I have time, ideally before the gig. It’s a 3 mile walk from Somerset House to the Albert Hall, which is quite possible as long as I’m not wearing heels.

 

 

Spitalfields Record Stalls

I was down in London yesterday and decided to visit the record stalls at Spitalfields Market. They have them there every 2nd Saturday of the month and it seemed worth a look. I was in Oxford Street so took the tube to Liverpool St Station and walked from there, it’s not far.

I couldn’t find the stalls at first but I turned a corner and there they were. I was, in truth, a little underwhelmed. A lot of what was there was just standard stuff, no better than  what I could find locally and quite a lot of it was dross. I found an Isaac Hayes album that looked ok for £3.00, then I looked at the vinyl and saw why it was so cheap, it looked like somebody had attacked it with an electric sander. This then made me dubious of everything on this particular stall as it was only really fit for the bin as the cover was a bit damaged as well.

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Most of the other stalls were just standard fair, prices were not particularly competitive and there were a lot of 3 for a tenner crates that had little of interest in them, to me at least.

The stall in the picture above had a lot of David Bowie bootlegs on both vinyl and CD, but I wasn’t after those. The stall in the picture below was probably the best of them but the guy overvalued his stock a bit I think. I did buy three things from him though, two Future Sound Of London 12″ singles, which were a little overpriced,  and an album, which was definitely overpriced. I took a punt on it as I didn’t know much about it and it was a triple. Sometimes you have to try things as that way you can discover new things, or perhaps, the opposite, you discover things you aren’t that keen on and can avoid in the future. I’m somewhere in the middle with the album I bought, repeated listening will decide it.

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The album was ‘Full Lick’ by Satoshi Tomiie, who has been a pioneering and driving force within the global house community since the late 80’s. He has a load of stuff on soundcloud if you want a free listen. This particular album is from 1999 and what it lacks for me is intricacy, it needs to have more layers for my taste, little bits and pieces happening that catch me by surprise, but it doesn’t, it ploughs forward in a single groove much of the time, but I will have to give it more opportunity to ensnare me as I definitely paid over the odds for it and feel buyers remorse looming.

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Here are some more recent tracks from him.

I won’t be making any special effort to visit Spitalfields for vinyl again in the future, if I’m there and they are there then great but I’d do better going to a record fair in Birmingham, Coventry or Leamington Spa.

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (105)

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It’s out! I’ve listened to the entire album through once and my first impression is that it is just wonderful. Right now, I can’t fault it at all. In fact I don’t think I’ve had this good a first impression of a Radiohead album since ‘OK Computer’.

I’ve ordered a vinyl copy of course but have listened to it as soon as it appeared on Apple Music. Here is the track listing:

A MOON SHAPED POOL

  1. BURN THE WITCH
  2. DAYDREAMING
  3. DECKS DARK
  4. DESERT ISLAND DISK
  5. FUL STOP
  6. GLASS EYES
  7. IDENTIKIT
  8. THE NUMBERS
  9. PRESENT TENSE
  10. TINKER TAILER SOLDIER SAILOR RICH MAN POOR MAN BEGGAR MAN THIEF
  11. TRUE LOVE WAITS

There’s also a special edition which contains the following:

  • Case bound album, inspired by the albums for 78rpm shellac records in the library of La Fabrique, France
  • 32 pages of artwork
  • The 11 track album on two heavyweight 12″ vinyl records
  • Two compact discs: one with the album and one with two extra tracks
  • Recording tape belly band applied *
  • 320kbit MP3 or 16-bit WAV of the 11 track album available to download now

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You have to wait until September for it though, presumably due to it being a bit more complicated to put together.


I am listening again now. It is so damn good.

I only had chance to listen to Daydreaming earlier today and to watch the video. I loved it immediately, and I hope Thom eventually found his car keys. For me, this is without doubt the best release of 2016 so far and it’s going to take a lot to top it.

Rating: 9.5

You Sexy M.F.

In June 2012 I wrote the following facebook post:

For reasons that are still unclear, I am listening to the entire Prince studio album discography today (excluding soundtracks and live ect.) I feel I’m punishing myself for something, but having had the idea pop into my head yesterday in a “Why climb Everest” moment, I am underway, I may not make it, if I don’t then please tell my family I love them.

I’m going in.

and in I went, all the way, including those soundtracks that I initially excluded. My memory of it was that I listened to them all, almost in order of release as I went back to Graffiti Bridge at some point, and that it was a creative downward trend from ‘Symbol’, with occasional peaks. Every album though had something to recommend it, there was always a moment, a turn of phrase, a whole song that made the album worthwhile, but at times there were difficult listens.

I have anything released after June 2012 to listen to, because, sometimes I am a completist. I will listen, and then, quite unexpectedly, I will be finished. There will be no more and despite my negativity about much of the later material, somewhere in the musical appreciation corner of my mind I still believed that there was another album coming that would bloody well blow my socks off. I can not even begin to explain how utterly delighted I was with this album:

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Opening with the extraordinary ‘My Name is Prince’ and immediately followed by the brilliant ‘Sexy M.F’ and on and on, track after track, pure gold but, for reasons I’m not sure I can explain as they are a mystery to me, I never bought another. I was waiting for one more brilliant album though and I believe there would have been one if he had not so unexpectedly died.

On that, I heard the news, I’ve seen it all over the internet, but it won’t sink in, I am genuinely in almost complete denial about the whole thing. Not intellectually, but emotionally.

My heart refuses to feel, believing that if it does then it will be true.