September 30th, 2016

Looking at latest music releases

Updated: 5:12 pm, May 06, 2015

WITH the Brit Awards just around the corner, Observer editor Rob George takes a look at the latest music releases including one from a Brit Award performer.

THE SEASONS of Love is the second full length release from Gramercy Arms, a New York based collective of musicians and artists.

Eternally inspired by the artistic heyday of 70s and 80s-era New York City, Gramercy Arms make crisp, multi-layered pop and rock music which elicits authentic emotion.

Wistful, joyous, contemplative, cool and triumphant – depending on the track you land on, The Seasons of Love might make you feel it all.

British drummer Dylan Howe has given new life to some of David Bowie’s iconic classics with his first studio album in a decade.

Subterraneans is made up of arrangements of Bowie’s influential music from his Berlin Trilogy and has been seven years in the making.

It features some of the best musicians in the UK including Howe, Ross Stanley, Mark Hodgson. Brandon Allen, Julian Siegal and Nick Pini.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’s new album ‘Hypnotic Eye’, their first album since 2010 and their 13th studio album.

Recording periodically at the band’s Los Angeles rehearsal space since August 2011, Hypnotic Eye has been described as ‘maximum rock and roll’

Celebrated California singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis has unveiled her first album in six years with the release of The Voyager.

The album is easily her most deeply personal music to date, documenting her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010.

But the rootsy, golden glow of the tracks on The Voyager tell the tale of Lewis’s return from the longest night of her life.

Following the recent anniversary edition of Morrissey’s peerless 1994 number one album Vauxhall and I, Parlophone has released Introducing Morrissey, a concert film not previously available on DVD.

This hour long concert, directed by James O’Brien, captures Morrissey and his band at the peak of their powers at packed out venues around the country.

Concrete Love is the fourth album from the Courtneeners and was written and recorded in Monmartre by talismanic singer/songwriter Liam Fray.

Described as their ‘most rounded and satisfying record to date’, the release coincides perfectly with a band at the peak of their live powers.

Brooklyn quartet Bear Hands have released their new album Distraction, their first under a new deal with Warner Brother Records.

Distraction is a collection in which the band’s love of pop hooks is filtered cohesively through an eclectic collection of genre elements ranging from psychedelic to punk.

Recorded in the Shetland Islands, Mareel is the new EP from Kris Drever and Eamonn Coyne and takes its title from the Shetland cinema and arts centre where it was recorded with a cast of local musicians.

British band Royal Blood will be taking to the stage at the Brit Awards on February 25 and have recently released their debut album.

‘Royal Blood’ is a mixture of anguished vocals, ferocious drumming, and bass that provides intricate detail as well as the rumble of rhythm.

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