February was a reasonably quiet month in terms of ear-grabbing releases, but there were still a few stand out moments to be had.
Take for instance the electronica-laced jazz musings of Manchester trio GoGo Penguin on A Humdrum Star. I’ve never really been one to listen to Jazz, and still can’t really stand the more trad stuff, but when fused with something that can provide a real soul, like this album does, it takes it to another level.
Elsewhere there’s the desolate, haunting beauty of Efrim Manuel Menuck on Pissing Stars. Like Thom Yorke when he’s feeling particularly depressed. Not really selling that am I, but it’s worth a listen.
If you fancy a bit of Nine Inch Nails crossed with the Sisters of Mercy then Criminal by The Soft Moon might be for you. Or if you prefer a some light-hearted punk then The Lovely Eggs may brighten your day.
However it was the bands keeping the indie/alt rock flame alive that did it for me in Feb. In particular Sub Pop’s Moaning brightened my day with its warmly familiar distorted guitar hooks, while South London’s Phobophobes pulled it out of the bag with some terrific psyche-indie fronted by Nick Cave sound-a-like Jamie Taylor.
Top 10 February 2018
1: Phobophobes – Minature World
Standout track: Where is my owner?
2: Moaning – Moaning
Standout track: Artificial
3: Hookworms – Microshift
Standout track: Negative Scanner
4: Fever Ray – Plunge
Standout track: To the Moon and Back
5: The Soft Moon – Criminal
Standout track: Like a Father
6: The Lovely Eggs – This is Eggland
Standout track: Wiggy Giggy
7: GoGo Penguin – A Humdrum Star
Standout track: Bardo
8: Efrim Manuel Menuck – Pissing Stars
Standout track: The State and Its Love and Genocide
9: Turnstile – Time and Space
Standout track: Real Thing
10: Loma – Loma
Standout track: Black Willow