Is it too late to still be saying 'happy new year'? Yes, yes it is
January 2018, otherwise known as the month that refused to end. It felt like it went on longer than the Grammys, but wasn’t quite as painful. For a month which sees all your mates temporarily ditch the pub for the gym (they have given up on that now, right?) it actually had its moments. Namely the release of these albums. They were the ones which found themselves most frequently on our office stereo as the dirty wet patch on the ceiling above our desks grew in size and menace. If we make it to February with the roof still intact, we’ll see you then.
Title: Songs of Praise
Label: Dead Oceans
What is it? You know the deal with this one – the south London punk band with a blistering live rep deliberately made a debut album that sounds nothing like their live shows. And yes, even the tracks that nod to Happy Mondays and Oasis are decent.
L&Q says: “The big take away is how it sounds like a living scrapbook of a group of mates still working it out.”
Read Austin Laike’s full review