So that was September and what a September it was but what music shaped the month that was? Our second Monthly Music Report takes a look at the finest melodic highlights from the past few weeks. From long lost treasures to sensational sophomore efforts, September has been quite the giving month indeed.
SHIELDS – GRIZZLY BEAR
Shields the latest record from Brooklyn group Grizzly Bear was released earlier this month and in true Grizzly Bear fashion it was pretty damn great. Projecting a more well rounded and meatier sound than before, the band proved that there is a lot more than catchy hooks and delicate, lullaby like melodies to their skill set.
COEXIST – THE XX
Mercury Prize winning outfit The xx delivered one of the most anticipated albums of the year this month and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Full of simple but severely effective songwriting, delivered in a hushed and haunting manner. Their sophomore album saw the melancholic wonder-kids take what was great about their debut and extend it through a series of ethereal, distant and dusty beats adding another string to their beautifully weary bow.
LIFE IS PEOPLE – BILL FAY
Life Is People saw English singer songwriter Bill Fay deliver his first studio album of original material for forty years. Only the third proper album in a career spent mostly in obscurity, L.I.P stands firm as an emotional and musical juggernaut. A beacon of aspiration to any would be songwriter it easily takes it place as one of my favourite albums of the year.
TOTAL LOSS – HOW TO DRESS WELL
Two years ago Tom Krell’s ethereal RnB project How To Dress Well impressed many with it’s debut album Love Remains. His second effort released earlier this month, taps deeper into the pro’s that radiated from his previous outing. Cold, sorrowful and utterly authentic thanks to the gritty instrumentation and emotional vocals courtesy of Krell. Total Loss, as the title might suggest isn’t exactly the happiest album or the easiest of listens but it is pretty essential none the less.