- There’s a tried and tested artistic path in alt-rock, where the greater the musician’s success, the lusher each subsequent record’s arrangements. Refreshingly, Lesley Feist appears to be bucking the trend and travelling in the opposite direction creatively, despite commanding both critical acclaim and commercial clout. Following the earthy folk of 2011’s Metals, the Canadian singer-songwriter has stripped-back her sound even further to produce a sparse, introspective fifth set centered around scuzzy electric guitar and unadorned vocals. The result is gritty and emotionally-raw blues-rock that fans of PJ Harvey and The Kills should adore.
- Fighting off stiff competition from, well, nobody, Gorillaz boast the rare distinction of being listed in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ as the planet’s “Most Successful Virtual Act”. Nearly two decades since Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett first dreamt up the concept, 3D, Noodle, Russell and Murdoc must surely be the planet’s longest-serving virtual act by now too, and yet there’s still no discernible dip in the quality of their output nor in the calibre of co-stars they secure. On this fifth outing, highlights include the chip-tune pop of Danny Brown and Kelela collaboration ‘Submission’, Luther Vandross-style 80s soul courtesy of Peven Everett and a dazzling turn from Grace Jones on the glammy ‘Charger.’ Here’s to another 20 years of Gorillaz.