rish Independent music critic John Meagher has all the records you need to hear this month.
Nina Nastasia – Horses without a driver
The singers of the United States have adopted the bell. She endured years of violent abuse and forced control from her partner Kennan Gudjonsson and the day after she left him, in early 2020, he took his own life. This particular album deals with feelings of anger, guilt, despair, and redemption. The songs are so comforting and powerful and so realistic that you feel like a geek just listening to them. But it’s a testament to the excellence of the material you can’t turn your back on— naked Nature will seep into your soul.
Laura Veirs – Found Light
Breakup albums are a permanent form that often leaves artists most vulnerable. This is the Oregon-born girl’s first song since her divorce from producer Tucker Martine, but very few songs have caused her heartache. Instead, as the optimistic title suggests, it’s about seizing new opportunities, making new beginnings, and learning from past mistakes. Wise and righteous man Haiku by the sea found Veirs’ bartending advice: “Give, but don’t give too much… I’ve learned a lot from pain.”
Football mom – Sometimes forever
Her first two albums should have made Sophie Allison as big as Phoebe Bridgers. In a righteous world, this third world will do just that. Like Bridgers, she writes sensibly about youth, femininity, and creativity in today’s divided America. Her songs manage to be approachable and weight loss and she feels comfortable performing a universal indie anthem like she’s at home, whimsical confessionals. Daniel Lopatin, who recorded Oneohtrix Point Never, was a thrilling producer choice. He is responsible for the vibration Uncut Gems soundtrack and here he supports Allison in her brave sound choices.
Tami Neilson – Kingmaker
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The New Zealand-Canadian country singer is one of the best kept musical secrets. This fifth album will open doors a little further. It embodies love with Patsy Cline and Neilson’s intricately woven songs that explore love and loss, and has a lot of new things to say. I can not forget is a refreshing grieving, inspired by her father’s death, while Careless woman find her the best storyteller. There’s so much to enjoy this short, focused album and Beyond the Starsa duet with Willie Nelson, 89, is lovely.
Gwenno – Tresor
Gwenno Saunders doesn’t seem to care much about attracting radio playlist players. Her first album was recorded in her native Welsh language, her second album in Cornish by her father and this album is a combination of the two, with some English included for good reviews. . She performed well in synth pop and psychedelic folk, and her ethereal vocals fixed the entire company. The natural world seems to be a major concern (sparseness, weirdness Kan Me) and she finds inspiration in the wilds and seascapes of Cornwall (instrumental Nam An Toll).
Interpol – The Other Side of Faith
Twenty years since their guaranteed great debut Turn on the light, the New York-based trio is still delivering dark, textured rock hits. With heavyweight producers Flood and Alan Moulder at the helm, a bit of light was allowed to seep into the band’s monochrome trend. That’s definitely the standout case of the album Fables and on muscle, arena scale Gran Hotel. Paul Banks’ lyrics, as usual, go from thought provoking to confusing, but he’s a vocalist you have to listen to. If it didn’t go well at first, this seventh album has turned out to be something special.
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Formentera is the smallest of the Balearics, and although no Metric members are actually there, it has provided inspiration to escapists during the lockdown 5,000 kilometers away in Toronto. But anyone expecting this eighth album to be as cheerful as a man on his knees in the Mediterranean will be surprised. Emily Haines’ songs end with anxiety and insecurity—at least in the opening 10 minutes Doomscroller, which researches phone dependence and conspiracy theories is just a few swipes away. The album has similar weighty themes, but has some good tunes, including rocking Path in the sky.
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