Monthly Archives: September 2013

Banks – This Is What It Feels Like

Thursday night, and I’m supposed to be writing a review of a live show I saw on Tuesday. Instead, I’m drinking rum, playing poker, and stumbled across this absolute monster of a track from one of the big ‘ol buzzy artists of the moment, Banks.

The L.A. native has recently released an E.P. entitled ‘London’, containing the track ‘This Is What It Feels Like’. She has a smooth, rangey voice that plays well, but it’s the production that’s really catching me. A little digging around tells me the production for this track was done by Lil Silva AND Jamie Woon. Let’s just call that a dream team. I love Jamie Woon’s solo stuff, but this makes me want him to stop working for himself, forever. Sorry Jamie.

It’s a soulful little thing, but it has this scuzzed-out and shady bass line that just lurks in the underbelly of the whole thing. It gurgles and weaves in and out of view, like a horror-movie villain lurking in the shadows. I want to end this post with three letters, and three letters only. Oof.

HPH September Spotify Playlist

There is a ridiculous amount of brilliant new releases floating about right now. And best of all, festival season is over! Bands are back on tour  in cities, instead of £200 muddly fields! Huzzah!

Here’s September’s Spotify playlist. It’s a doozy. Leading it off is the excellent Temples, soon to be playing at the sure-to-be-wonderful Gathering Festival, coming up in October in Oxford. And whaddaya know, so are Waxahatchee!

So on the topic of new releases (which we weren’t, really), The 1975, The Weeknd, King Krule and letlive. all have fairly new releases. Some of my own personal highlights from those records are here.

Released today is The Naked and Famous’ second LP, ‘In Rolling Waves’. I’ve given it a couple of listens already and I’m already a little amarous over it. It’s interesting that it’s been released on the same day as the 3rd MGMT record. Both bands had debut albums with a couple of big singles on. MGMT followed up by going completely off-piste, and doing their best to avoid accidently including anything remotely resembling a hook. Thankfully, The Naked and Famous have created something really compelling with this record. It doesn’t have the standout singles like before, but it feels like more of a complete record for it. It’s filled with subtle naunce, and some beefy breakdowns.

So basically I’m a fan. Have a listen to this and more in the playlist.