Hold on to yer trousers, because this week’s accumulated music news is an absolute cavalcade of goodness! Featuring Crowded House, Polish Club, The Avalanches, Julia Stone, Lime Cordiale, The Whitlams, Tash Sultana, The Kills, Client Liaison, and Arctic Monkeys.
Crowded House, Whatever You Want (guest-starring Mac DeMarco)
In their first new release in over a decade, New Zealand’s darlings Crowded House have come out with the beautifully jaunty gem Whatever You Want, accompanied by a video featuring ol’ jizz-jazz legend Mac DeMarco in his acting debut. Says Neil Finn of the clip: “Waking up with the fear after last night’s revelry. We can all relate to that. Thanks to Mac for working through the pain and showing us redemption.” (Look closely and you might spy DeMarco’s girlfriend Kiera McNally, playing one of the less-than-impressed partygoers in Mac’s flashback.)
Polish Club, Just Talking
David Novak and John-Henry Pajak have emerged from their torch-lit winter cave to give us a new number entitled Just Talking, a chilled little beauty with cute double-snare in the verse and dabs of organ. Written just after the release of their “difficult second album” Iguana (read our review here), Novak says of the track: “We had found ourselves overthinking songs, so it was instinctual to shut that down and go back to writing whatever felt right. Songs that sound effortless do so because they were effortless to write. It’s near impossible to fake that.”
The Avalanches, Interstellar Love feat. Leon Bridges
While you read Robbie Chater’s measured advice on turntables (“Don’t put your cat on it”), immerse yourself in the frankly gorgeous latest single from The Avalanches’ upcoming album We Will Always Love You (out December 12), Interstellar Love – featuring beloved Texan Grammy-winner Leon Bridges.
Julia Stone, Dance
Julia’s heart-bursting singles just keep on coming, but this time she’s matched the brilliant single Dance (with a clip featuring your fantasy mum and dad, Susan Sarandon and Danny Glover, which will make you teary, I swear to Baby Cheeses) with the news that her first solo album Sixty Summers will be arriving on February 19 next year. Dance is mesmerising in so many ways, from its detailed half-time rhythm to the echoed bells in its chorus, to Julia’s beautifully unique voice.
Lime Cordiale, Reality Check Please
Having earned themselves a Breakout Artist nomination at this year’s ARIA Awards (the winners of which will be announced on November 25 – and have you seen our awesome voting comp yet?) for their album 14 Steps to a Better You (read our interview with the band all about that album right here), Sydney bro-duo Lime Cordiale have dropped “the 15th step”: single Reality Check Please. Says Louis: “It’s sometimes hard to know who’s crazy these days. Is it me, or is it you? Maybe it’s them. Who’s not overwhelmed?! We’re overstimulated most of the time and the key to a reality check is having a break from it all.”
The song will be featured on the Relapse deluxe vinyl edition of the album, out November 13.
The Whitlams, Ballad Of Bertie Kidd
Another return for a juggernaut band: The Whitlams have gifted us Ballad of Bertie Kidd, which is their first new single in 14 years. Since 2006, people! And it’s a true beauty, seeing Tim Freedman lead his band on a piano-washed tale which gradually introduces ominously angular electric guitars, with incredibly poetical lyrics in the familiar Freedman style.
Tash Sultana, Willow Tree feat. Jerome Farah
Tash has finally given us a release date for the follow-up to her wildly successful debut album Flow State. Terra Firma will land on February 19, and along with this info she’s released a single: Willow Tree, featuring the mega-talented Jerome Farah. Tash says of the upcoming LP’s creation: “I didn’t realise that I needed to create a space and home for myself to feel like a person again. I just went inward and found a really peaceful place and wrote an album, and I feel really happy with it.”
Arctic Monkeys: New album news
Lords of light (not pure unadulterated sunlight, but more like the grimy light that filters through the tassels on a pool-table lamp) Arctic Monkeys have announced a new live album, all proceeds from the sale of which will go to War Child UK, a specialist charity for children affected by conflict. Entitled Live at the Royal Albert Hall, it was recorded at that hallowed space in June 2018, and is set to drop December 4.
And guess what? JB are doing pre-orders right now, which include some extremely elegant deluxe clear vinyl.
The Kills, I Put A Spell On You
In the lead-up to the pair’s mega-anticipated album of B-sides and rarities, Little Bastards (out December 11), The Kills have given us a peek into this stunning collection with a 2009 version of I Put A Spell On You, a cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ classic. It’s as if this track belongs in Alison Mosshart’s throat; look out for our interview with her all about the album, coming super soon.
Client Liaison, Intervention
Extremely smooth boys Client Liaison see you there, feeling godawfully down, and they want to lift you way back up: enter new single Intervention. Get in!