It’s around this time of year with another summer a full three seasons away that nature presents us with a stark choice: scream despairingly into the void, or find something else to look forward to.
Laid out ahead like a well-fluffed comfort blanket, the new music release schedule for autumn-winter – or as industry types call it, rather less sentimentally, “quarter four” – proffers just such crumbs of consolation. It’s traditionally the music business’s busiest phase each year not because it’s all about fleecing spend-happy back-to-uni students out of their loans and getting everyone shopping good and early for Christmas, but because it’s when our favourite artists take it upon themselves to generously help light up the drawing-in nights and warm our hearts and souls as temperatures plummet. OK fine, it may also be about money.
From loose’n’loud indie rock to psychedelic film soundtracks and slowcore sex jams, there’s a whole load of great music inbound to help banish the summer’s gone blues – here are just a few highlights.
Having furnished us with one exceptional record already this year in the form of February’s enchanting UFOF, these Brooklyn purveyors of raw, rootsy indie rock and folk promptly present what they call its ‘celestial twin’. Two Hands was recorded almost immediately after its predecessor at the same rural studio; it’s noisier, looser, more direct-to-the point, and as such the perfect compliment to what was already hands down one of the best records of 2019.
Get set for Big Thief to steal your heart, again.