2018 Music Review – August

As summer hits its stride (though I do recall the weather starting to get worse at this point) there were some top album releases, and plenty to make you jump about.

First, the quieter moments were provided by the likes of Kathryn Joseph whose delicate album of heartfelt songs had an ethereal quality to them. There was also an impressive reworking of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons by Anna Meredith. Rather than messing too much with Vivaldi’s composition she provided a rich framework around the pieces, interpsersing her own works that gave the originals space to breath and added a new layer of experience to this classic piece.

Interpol‘s latest album Marauder, didn’t really pull up and trees, but it was competent enough and their musical approach always pleases me.

Nothing flew the shoegaze flag this month while female trio Our Girl provided the indie-pop fix. Warm Drag‘s excellent debut album added a 60s go-go feel to dubby synth with a dash of indie rock thrown in to the mix as well.

Justice’s live-not-live album was also a welcome reminder of just how good this electro-dance band are when playing to a crowd – even when there’s not one there.

A strong showing from punk this month too, with Slaves and Right Shitty producing some excellent moments on their respective albums. And it was punk that also provided the album of the month.

It was never really in any doubt that IDLES would be my top album of the month. Their debut album Brutalism was probably my favourite of 2017, and Joy as an Act of Resistance built on that magnificent start with a series of hugely infectious riffs coupled with Joe Talbots’s brilliantly simple lyrical style. Their awesomeness was brought home when they played a small venue in Brighton as part of their album launch. It was an amazing experience and I suspect we will never see them playing such a small venue again. They are destined for great things.

Top 10 August 2018

1: IDLES – Joy as an Act of Resistance

Standout track: Never Fight A Man With A Perm

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2: Justice – Woman Worldwide

Standout track: Chrous (WWW)

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3: Anna Meredith & Antonio Vivaldi – ANNO: Four Seasons

Standout track: Thunder – Summer

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4: Warm Drag – Warm Drag

Standout track: Cave Crawl

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5: Slaves – Acts of Fear and Love

Standout track: Photo Opportunity

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6: Right Shitty – Bachelor of Arts

Standout track: Best Buzz

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7: Our Girl – Stranger Today

Standout track: Our Girl

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8: Interpol – Marauder

Standout track: The Rover

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9: Nothing – Dance On The Blacktop

Standout track: Blue Line Baby

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10: Kathryn Joseph – From When I Wake The Want Is

Standout track: Mouths Full Of Blood

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