Rough sledding the next couple weeks with finals (saying goodbye to my first year of law school can’t come soon enough), and a couple more reviews in the pipeline (and, hopefully, a Coachella overview). Australian buzz band the Jezabels have been on the verge of breaking through for the past year or so, with their debut LP Prisoner having been released on those shores this past September (and becoming one of my favorite albums of 2011), but it just got an American release at the beginning of April. It’s sweeping, anthemic indie rock, with shimmering guitars and stadium-worthy acoustics the order of the day (think Arcade Fire). But the standout is Hayley Mary, whose throaty vocals are the engine that keeps everything moving forward (think Florence Welch or Kate Bush).
The Jezabels – “Trycolour”
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Release date April 3, 2012.
Still one of my favorite records of the year, Florence and the Machine’s Ceremonials still bites a month after its release. I currently have it at #3 on the year (behind M83 and Wilco), and each song continues to jump out at and surprise me. “Breaking Down” is another highlight, making liberal use of strings and a lovely chord progression in the chorus that sticks in your head. Can’t wait to see the tour for this.
Florence and the Machine – “Breaking Down”
Florence and the Machine’s long awaited followup to 2009′s superb debut Lungs leaked online last week, and early reviews have been stellar. I haven’t had time to really get down and dirty with Ms. Welch yet, but from my cursory time with it Celebrations is just what I want from a Florence and the Machine sophomore record. The focus is still on Ms. Welch’s lovely, ethereal vocals, but the group’s penchant for complicated arrangements and truly epic sounding songs hasn’t weakened one bit. “Lover To Lover” is a bluesier number, with a prominent piano part and the kind of singalong chorus Florence has been making in her sleep.
Florence and the Machine – “Lover To Lover”
Nice to see that fame hasn’t gotten to Florence Welch’s head - teaser single “What the Water Gave Me” would have stood out nicely on superb debut Lungs, meaning I’m more than just a little excited at the prospect of her second album. The as-yet-unnamed sophomore record is due out November 7. Can’t wait to hear The Voice again in concert
Programming note: law school is probably going to have some effect on my daily postings, but I’ll try to be as regular as my commitments can make me. It also gives me less time to keep up to date on everything new and improved out there, so as always I welcome e-mails and submissions. Thanks for sticking with us!
Florence and the Machine – “What the Water Gave Me”
Just saw the lovely Ms. Welch and her band on the final night of a three-night stand in Los Angeles at the Wiltern. Great show, amazing stage performance, and if you’re one of those who think her massive voice won’t translate to the stage…you need to see her live. Spittin’ hot fire.
Florence and the Machine – “Drumming Song”