Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: February 3, 2017

Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: February 3, 2017

Wondering what new is out there in the musical ether on this New Music Friday? For this first February Friday my Top 5 New Releases include a heavily anticipated movie soundtrack for T2: Trainspotting, an equally awaited new album from the emotionally complex, and melodic, Elbow, as well as a melodically pleasing project by the eternally talented Paul Weller (with a little help from his friends), an anthemic, ready for radio play new single from Depeche Mode, and a ready made for the dance floor new single from Goldfrapp. It’s a turn it up — way up — kind of Friday…

1. T2: Trainspotting Soundtrack

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Three-Sentence Review: I’ve been awaiting the soundtrack to the Trainspotting sequel ever since it was announced that a sequel was in the works, because honestly, the original soundtrack (or soundtracks -there was two, I believe) was so musically quintessential, brilliantly bringing to the general public’s ears bands like Underworld, Leftfield, Primal Scream, Goldie, and more. This sequel’s collection of artists spans the gamut of newer bands like Wolf Alice, Young Fathers, Fat White Family, and High Contrast, to iconic artists such as Iggy Pop, Blondie, Queen, The Clash and Underworld. Though, I’m not sure this soundtrack delivers the same audible punch that the original film’s did, it is still finding its way into my musical heavy rotation, and will hopefully be doing some introducing of both new, and older, artists, like its predecessor.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Shotgun Mouthwash”, “Silk” and “Slow Slippy”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Slow Slippy

2. Little Fictions :: Elbow


Three-Sentence Review: Epic, orchestral, lyrical, literate and beautiful, Elbow always seems to tick off those boxes with their music, and this new album, Little Fictions, is no exception to the Elbow-rule. From the opening number, “Magnificent (She Says)”, which just soars off itself, to the electro-pop sensibilities of “All Disco” and “K2”, to the closing number, “Kindling”, which story-tells with a borrowed 60’s Doors/Velvet Underground sound (listen close, and you’ll hear both references in the backbeats and bass line), this album is destined to make it to my “best of 2017” list. Happy/sad music has been the categorization of Elbow from their earliest albums, though the scale seems to weigh an inch, or two, more towards the “happy” side of things this time around – could this be due to lead singer, Guy Garvey’s, recent marriage – is this a wee bit of love we’re hearing here?

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Magnificent (She Says)”, “All Disco” and “Kindling”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

All Disco

2. “No Peace” :: Noel Gallagher & Paul Weller


Three-Sentence Review: Waking up to a new single featuring Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher always marks the start of a good day. This single’s collaboration of Paul Weller’s Sine of 4 project, with Noel Gallagher’s guitar work, helps to make this remix of Syd Arthur’s “No Peace” a must hear . With the dreamy start, the post-Brit Pop guitars, and all those electronic touches weaved throughout work well here, creating a swirling sonic sound that deserves to be turned up loud, and repeatedly played.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

No Peace

4. “Where’s the Revolution” :: Depeche Mode

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Three-Sentence Review: A new Depeche Mode single today was a surprise, as well. This one is anthemic and timely, and yes, a bit on the nose, but that works in the song’s favor, I think. It is ready made to be turned up loud and sung-a-long to (and sent to all the “alternative” radio and streaming stations. The intentional build and the electronically reverberated framework of “Where’s the Revolution?” are what makes this songs so recognizably Depeche Mode; a great choice for the upcoming album’s first single.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Where’s the Revolution?”

5. “Anymore” :: Goldfrapp


Three-Sentence Review: One more new single of the week that has caught my ears today is Goldfrapp’s new one, entitled”Anymore”. This is an addictive, electro-pop, surefire, spun out and ready to fill a dance floor with single. It makes me curious, and anxious, too, for Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory’s upcoming album , Silver Eye, to get here already -my “counting the days” starts now.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4


There’s my Top 5 New Releases for this New Release Friday. What do you think of the selection? Do you have any to add to the list?

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