Issue 110

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50 ISSUE 110 / 2018 INDIE So Sad So Sexy is the title of Lykke Li's latest album and it's as good an effort as any of summarising the gloomy and glamorous appeal of the Swedish singer-songwriter's music in just four words. Li's fourth album sees the acclaimed indie pop star draw heavily from modern R&B and trap while maintaining the melancholic emotional core of her sound. Just a few years ago, the idea of a guest rapper on a Lykke Li album would've been almost unthinkable, but the eclectic and introspective artist isn't chasing trends so much as she's incorporating these new, mainstream sounds into her own personal vision and making them her own. The singer will be taking So Sad So Sexy on the road this autumn, playing a handful of gigs in North America before flying over to Europe where the following dates are set: 4th November – London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton 5th November – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg 6th November – Paris, France – Le Bataclan 8th November – Berlin, Germany – Astra Kuturhau NEWS: LYKKE LI BRINGS HER 'SO SAD SO SEXY' SOUNDS ON TOUR ALBUM OF THE MONTH: JACK WHITE For quite possibly the first time this decade, Jack White is sounding spontaneous and unpredictable. A patchwork of disparate sounds reminiscent of Beck, Prince or the Beastie Boys at their most versatile, Boarding House Reach is a funky Franken- stein's monster of an album full of loose, fragmentary musical mutations that are alternately invigorating and irritating. From its terrible cover art onwards, the former White Stripes frontman's latest release is destined to divide listeners and rattle the cages of any fan who's become too attached to White's long-established brand of bluesy garage rock. Boarding House Reach expands the definition of a Jack White album, though few of these tracks could have come from any other artist. While fans of his early work are still thrown a bone here and there – notably in 'Over and Over and Over', a riff-driven rocker originally written for The White Stripes back in 2005 – those moments are exceptions amidst a hodgepodge of cracked excursions that usually eschew the typical verse- chorus-verse structure. Woozy synths, processed vocals and spoken word passages find their place next to jazzy pianos, crunchy guitars and acoustic fingerpicking in an album that's less a collection of songs than a series of experiences. TRACK OF THE MONTH: IDLES Bristol punk outfit Idles continue in the blistering vein of last year's Brutalism album with another politically charged barn-burner. What's different with 'Danny Nedelko' is that there's a fair bit more optimism than usual amidst the aggression. Named after the Ukrainian frontman of fellow punk band Heavy Lungs, this pro-immigration anthem is a passionate call for unity in which singer Joe Talbot pledges solidarity with everyone from Zanzibari immigrant Freddie Mercury to the local Polish butcher. But between the song's tightly interwoven twin guitar lines and Talbot's fiery vocals, the frontman could be spouting gibberish (or, in the case of the chorus, a series of yeah, yeah's and yelps) and this would still make for a rousing and motivational listen. Tell Me How You Really Feel Courtney Barnett Tranquility Base Hotel Arctic Monkeys Cherry Jungle Death Cab for Cutie hank You For Today Twin Fantasy Car Seat Headrest High as Hope Florence and the Machine Make my Bed King Princess Woman Cat Power feat. Lana Del Rey Might Not Make It Home LPX Bloom Troye Sivan Hunter Anna Calvi Give a Little Maggie Rogers NEW RELEASES

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