This week's Spotifriday playlist featuring some songs by the likes of Brian Eno (not really a song...), Future Islands, Bon Iver, Patrick Wolf, Art Brut and Mclusky. And a few more, of course. Click here to give it a whirl.
1. Cyril Snear - 'Evolution Has A New Face'
We're already onto our seventh edition of the Drowned in Manchester column, which was penned by our man in the North West, Simon Jay Catling. Read it here. Featuring in it are many great artists, but Cyril Snear is a great performance name, and they also create great music, so that is why we chose them.
2. Brian Eno - 'Fractal Zoom'
Eno creates great music, too, doesn't he? He releases his new record, Drum Between The Bells, very soon indeed and you can also hear a couple of tracks from that record here.
3. The Icarus Line - 'Last Night All My Teeth Fell Out'
The last Icarus Line record came out in 2007 but we welcome every new one with equally open arms. It's taken them a little while to get their shit together, but they've finally announced the release of Wildlife, which comes out on August 29. Welcome news.
4. Future Islands - 'Long Flight'
Future Islands should have more acclaim than they currently do. What can we do about it? Not a great deal, other than keep banging on about them. Anyway, there's a new track of theirs available to download this week. Go here to listen to it.
5. Bon Iver - 'Flume'
The new Bon Iver tracks are not on Spotify, so we cannot furnish you with one, but this is the opener to the debut album, anyway. The new, self-titled, record was reviewed this week and there was also a video for 'Calgary'. Weird video, that.
6. Sons and Daughters - 'Silver Spell'
Sons and Daughters also had their album reviewed. It's called Mirror Mirror, which surely must be the most commonly named album of all time. I think there's even a band with that name. Please, stop using the phrase, musicians. Read it here.
7. Thomas Tantrum - 'Hot Hot Summer'
Thomas Tantrum is not just one person called Thomas, contrary to what the name suggests. It's actually a proper band and everything. Their new album got 8/10.
8. Patrick Wolf - 'House'
Patrick Wolf. He returns again with ANOTHER new record, he's becoming quite prolific. But how does it stand up? Well, it's probably not his best work, but it is quite good, so says Krystina Nellis.
9. Chad VanGaalen - 'Sara'
Chad VanGaalen's album was reviewed last week, I think. But you can now stream it here, even though it has a terrible name. You can also buy it, properly, as it's now available to purchase and has been released.
10. Art Brut - 'Martin Kemp Welch Five-A-Side Football Rules!'
There are few things which rival an Art Brut live show, especially with a sweaty Eddie Argos, something which certainly seemed to be the case when they played the Lexington the other day.
11. SBTRKT - 'Living Like I Do'
Now, how do you pronounce this? "Subtract", I'd imagine. Still, leaving vwls t f wrds cn ld to prblms n cmprhnsn nd prnnctn. Drowned in Bristol #5 was another edition of our regional columns this week and it featured our man SBTRKT.
12. Mclusky - 'Slay!'
A new style of feature was launched this week. Essentially it's a thread taken from our active forums and made into a playlist slash article. The first topic this week was Quiet/LOUD type songs. Of course there's Pixies. Of course there's Mogwai. Of course there's Nirvana. But there's also MCLUSKY! SLAY!
Main photo by Helena Price