Nearly the end of the month, so time for the month-just-gone best bits and gazing forward at the month ahead, thread.
Been an odd month with a lot of good releases at the start of the month and then a fairly quiet past few weeks. Really loved the SBTRKT album (sort of like Joy Orbison with xx-ish vocals - bit easier to leave on when working than the Zomby record) and the lush throb of the John Maus lp. Spent a lot of time listening to the Emmy the Great and When Saints Go Machine albums, as well as the Metronomy record, which I didn't get into at first. Listened to a lot of individual songs, and some forthcoming records (obsessed with the new St Vincent record - album of the year contender methinx!), so not much time to listen to other things enough to make an impact.
In terms of gigs, highlight was probably my trip to a festival in the Faroe Islands called G! festival which was quite fun. I watched Travis in the rain, a freakshow, some old guys who I think did the music to The Wire or True Blood, and discovered a junk-shop Sigur Ros-meets-NiN band called ORKA.
August, I'm looking forward to seeing Deftones (possibly at Reading) and Antlers at Screen on the Green. Release-wise, it's all about Beirut, innit? Strangely curious to hear the Chilli Peppers record too. What else is out?
New and related: Song of the Month thread: http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/4299323