A mixed bag in my choices for May. There’s some absolutely banging dance floor fillers, very loud guitars, some lighter pop moments and something truly unique.
First to the elephant in the room. Despite my great excitement over its release (coming as it did on my birthday) there’s no place for Arctic Monkeys in the list. It’s divisive album. I know many people that love it and its won a fair few awards but I just didn’t get on with it. To be honest, I thought it was a bit boring. Not only had it lost a lot of the spikier side of the monkeys, but also it wasn’t anything I hadn’t heard before. I should probably give it another chance, but with so much good music around it’s hard to find the time.
On to those that did make the list. There was dreamy 60’s style Beach Boys-inspired girl-band La Luz, a strong outing from former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes and some Franco-pop from Halo Maud.
Putting my dance hat on we had an outstanding floor filler from Head Technician (Pye Corner Audio) while Jon Hopkins‘ Singularity moved seamlessly from all out dance classics to beautiful piano solos. It’s an album that starts with a bang before slowly fading to almost nothing – in the most beautiful way.
The fifth solo-not-solo effort from Future of the Left and Mclusky frontman Andrew Falkous, Christian Fitness adds further depth to his work with the addition of distorted strings on top of his tradenark super fuzzy guitars. Another nice effort from one of my all-time favourite artists.
It’s really quite hard to describe exactly what my top album of May is. I’ve heard the phrase heavy music bandied about, but I’m still not quite sure the cuts it. Certainly The Body has a spiritual cousin with the of the darker aspects of heavy/death metal, but this is cut from an entirely different cloth. All at once it is a beautiful, distressing, joyous and downright put-your-head-in-the-oven depressing album. I guarantee it won’t be to everyone’s taste, but kudos to those prepared to give it a go. It’s so intriguing that I keep coming back to it, despite it feeling at time like you are in someone else’s nightmare.
Top 10 May 2018
1: The Body – I Have Fought Against It But I Can’t Any Longer
Standout track: Nothing Stirs
2: Head Technician – Profane Architecture
Standout track: Beton Brut
3: Christian Fitness – Nuance: The Musical
Standout track: Full Morrisey
4: Jon Hopkins – Singularity
Standout track: Everything Connected
5: Gaz Coombes – World’s Strongest Man
Standout track: Deep Pockets
6: Halo Maud – Je Suis Une île
Standout track: Des bras
7: Daniel Blumberg
Standout track: Minus
8: Surgeon – Luminosity Device
Standout track: The Primary Clear Light
9: Sleep – The Sciences
Standout track: Giza Butler
10 : La Luz – Floating Features
Standout track: Loose Teeth