Monday, 10 October 2016

Music Monday

This week's single, 10/10/16:

Peace of Mind - The Killers

This week has been a busy one for new releases. Kings of Leon have brought us the fourth single from their forthcoming album WALLS, which is shaping up to be quite the corker. You Me At Six have also released a new single from their album Night People, due for release in January. Both tracks are seriously worth a listen, but this week I'd like to draw your attention to something particularly noteworthy.

On Friday, a long-awaited demo release by The Killers landed: an unheard track from the era of a record that's very special to me. Everyone knows 2006's classic indie rock album Sam's Town, the successor to The Killer's extremely popular debut, Hot Fuss. Multi-platinum Sam's Town is celebrated for its grandeur, its pace, its impressively over the top intros and outros, and its propensity for being adored while never being taken too seriously. Sam's Town is one of my favourite albums of all time, and although I was only ten years old upon its release, I'm not sure that I've ever truly been as passionate about another record since. 

Peace of Mind therefore made me rather excitable upon my first listen, and I can't pretend that my opinion isn't a little biased regarding this one. As soon as it begins it's likely to hit old fans of the band with a happy nostalgia, Brandon Flowers crooning over a slow-building start just like he did in My List and Why Do I Keep Counting? The demo is particularly reminiscent of My List, as when it hits the 3:05 mark, you can hear the exact same riff that opens and closes Sam's Town's ninth track. There's a doting, understanding feeling that you get in these moments as a fan; being able to hear exactly how early demos have progressed into your favourite releases is a kind of strangely emotional experience, and it really makes you re-appreciate the final product all over again.

Perhaps Peace of Mind was rightfully discarded in order for Sam's Town to become the extraordinary collection that it did, but even in its demo form it's a lovely little track that carries a whole load of emotion. It's a great piece of Sam's Town history and its release, along with the reissuing of the whole record, has been a great, fun way to celebrate the tenth anniversary of an album that remains a favourite for so many.

Here's to Sam's Town, here's to 2006, and here's to the poster of The Killers that I proudly stuck on my wall when I was ten years old.

You can listen to the track here or in the Spotify player below.


Monday, 3 October 2016

Music Monday

This week's single, 03/10/16:

Kitchen - The Courteeners

I'm so happy to be able to talk about a Courteeners single this week. They're one of my favourite bands, they're bringing out some great new music and quite frankly, they're bloody fabulous so you should absolutely make an effort to listen to this one.

Kitchen is the third single from upcoming album Mapping the Rendezvous, the band's fifth studio album due for release on 28th October. All that we've heard from the previous singles has been pretty promising so far, The 17th in particular with its addictive kind of bassy, synthy romanticism. Kitchen differs in sound quite dramatically: the tempo has sped up for this one and it's much more guitar-driven, which is perhaps more along the lines of what fans would expect from their favourite four-piece.

What's fresh is this single's funkiness. The opening percussion is catchy as hell and its party tempo doesn't let up throughout. Upon first listen I was kind of baffled: were these riffs verging on country? It wasn't a sound I'd have expected from The Courteeners, but somehow it just works, and it works well. Lead vocalist and guitarist Liam Fray claimed that Mapping the Rendezvous will be the band's sexiest (and best!) set of songs to date, and Kitchen is the single that makes you believe it. It's swift, it's snappy, it's seductive. Listen to it on Spotify and keep an ear out for Mapping the Rendezvous if you want to hear more from The Courteeners.

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