Featuring a transatlantic trio, a gallant duo and Dylan's latest soloMore
This trio may have found each other at university in Liverpool but this definitely ain’t Merseybeat. Hailing from Ireland, Brazil and Norway, the two-guys-one-girl group veer from delicate electro-funk with falsetto harmonies to surging pop ballads in a Cocteau Twins vein (or, as they describe themselves, “Bee Gees on diazepam”). This album, part-written in a Norwegian cabin, shows an invention and knack for melody that belies its status as a debut.
Out Now (Double Six Records)
San Francisco band Two Gallants were doing the noisy-duo thing when Royal Blood were still in short tight black-jeans, and their sound has evolved a good deal since their 2004 debut, The Throes. As has their native city, the centre of much of the frenzied consumption and consumerism of the technological age, which becomes something of a thematic concern on their part-raucous, part-reflective fifth album.
Out Now (ATO Records)