Only the good stuff
As possible as it may seem at the Loud And Quiet offices, it wasn’t just May 2018‘s stunning weather that put our reviewers in a good mood – there are more 9’s in this month’s list than an emergency services switchboard. We saw the return of old favourites (Beach House, Parquet Courts), the latest act from the man of many acts (Daniel Blumberg), and – after the UK music press collectively plotzed at Kamasi Washington’s ecstatic European tour – remembered how great jazz is (Joe Armon-Jones). In addition, there’s plenty of thumping electronic music – loud and industrial (AJA) or otherwise (DJ Koze, Soccer96) – if none of the above is of interest. So do what I do – play all of these albums, preferably all at once and at high volume, and stick on a repeat of the Royal Wedding, for a really psychedelic experience.
Artist: Daniel Blumberg
What is it? Ex-Cajun Dance Party/ex-Yuck/ex-Hebronix/ex-Oupa man of perennial angst Daniel Blumberg returns with a record of potential wide appeal – whether he likes it or not.
L&Q says: “These are the outpourings of a unique mind, grafted to the songs of a gifted songwriter. ‘Minus’ is a magnificent piece of skewed beauty.”
Read Chris Watkeys’ full review