After that brief hiatus to the northern wonders of Iceland, I couldn’t bring myself to talk about any new music, as there was really only one new release of any note – Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life. Given that it was a limited amount to discuss, I snuck that into this week, a much more diverse helping of singles and albums that we can delve into:
Good evening all,
This edition of Music to Your Ears is going to highlight those albums and songs I’ve fallen in love with over the first six months of 2016. I hope you enjoy them all as much as I do!
Hymns – Bloc Party
I’m surprised a bit myself that this is my choice for number one album from the first half of 2016. Given my penchant for female singers, I would have thought my number two or number six choice would be up here. Instead, a revelatory spin from singer Kele Okereke and guitarist Russell Lissack struck me down with its raw interpretation of aging, romance and existential dreaming. Deriving inspiration from bands like The Cure and Joy Division, the style has always been sensitive yet a bit disconnected. With Hymns I found that subtlety had crept into their lyrics, and tenderness broke Okereke’s typically monotone vocals into a tremble that shook me. You can find more here, when I reviewed the album upon initial release.