As the saying doesn't go, good things come in twos. Especially when it comes to recent musical double-acts...
Two Gallants (Above)
These childhood friends have overcome some serious setbacks — guitarist and vocalist Adam Haworth Stephens was in not one but two road accidents last year — so this new album’s a bit of a boon. With buddy Tyson Vogel, he certainly sounds glad to be alive on a boisterous folk-rock album that shows two mild-looking men can, like The Black Keys, make a hell of a noise.
The Bloom and The Blight is out on 8 October (Fargo Records)
It’s Mike Skinner from The Streets! And that bloke out of The Music! (Rob Harvey, apparently.) Mates for ages, they’ve now recorded an album together after an out-of-the-blue brainwave (could song title “Strong Skunk” be a clue?). The big, bouncing beats are unapologetically laddish and will have you bobbing your head despite yourself.
And That is out on 22 October (The Beats)
Smoke & Jackal
It sounds like a faux-speakeasy in Dalston, it’s actually a surprise pairing of Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill and Mona’s Nick Brown. The two recently holed up in Nashville to drink red wine, talk gravity-defying hair products and record a six-track EP. The sound smacks of the KoL’s brand of macho melancholy, while Brown’s voice lends a rockabilly twang.
EP1 is out on 15 October (Columbia)