I don’t know what it is, but it seems that once a year, for about two or three weeks, a LOT of brilliantly looking albums in the alternative world all come around at once. Right this moment, in 2014, we are experiencing exactly that.
Look at what’s just come out, or what’s about to come out. SBTRKT’s highly anticipated second album ‘Wonder Where We Land’, came out on Monday, after him teasing everyone with around half the album being uploaded to Soundcloud at different times, supported by the marvellous Itunes Festival performance, (which is still available to watch on the Itunes store for those who are interested). I have been told from a particular source that the album is remarkable musically, and is idea-driven. There’s also the small matter of Jamie T’s huge comeback after five years of being out of the limelight. NME have stated ‘Carry On The Grudge’ a ‘sublime return’. His performance on Jools Holland this week showed that maybe these five years out have done him good.
Other albums that should be mentioned:
Alt-J – This Is All Yours. Can it possibly match the brilliance and originality of ‘An Awesome Wave’
George Ezra – Wanted On Voyage. The soundtrack to every. Fucking. Advert. For. New. TV. Programmes.
We also have the return of Slipknot with their fifth record, ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ after six years with the sad death of bassist, Paul Gray, side projects regarding the likes of Stone Sour, and well-renowned world tours. As well as that, Foo Fighters are coming back with their eighth album, ‘Sonic Highways’. This has maybe turned into the biggest story of the year when it boils down to the release of an album as they are previewing it in a highly rock-band style. For those who don’t know, the writing, recording and producing of each track will have it’s own documentary lasting an hour each. In terms of the UK, these documentaries will be broadcast on BBC Four around the release of the album (November 10th).
So there you go, enjoy these. ‘Cos I know I will.