Radiohead, The Swell Season, Weezer – there’s been a spew of new music released this week via (of course) the internet.
I quite like the Weezer track. As a big big fan of the band since they first emerged in 1994 my interest and love for them kind of began to wain following 2005’s ‘Make Believe’. It was the first Weezer record that I didn’t really love and where River Cuomo’s lyrics kind of felt forced. It often sounded as if he was trying to tap into his public image. Not great.
Last year’s ‘The Red Album’ too wasn’t quite up to scratch. Although it had some fine moments (‘The Greatest Man That Ever lived’, ‘Pork and Beans’) and was better than ‘Make Believe’, there was something amiss. Perhaps the production.
Anyhow the new tune, ‘(If You’re Wondering If I Want To You) I Want You Too’, is a return to the band’s melodious best. It‘s a perfect summer tune, so kind of bizarre it’s arriving in Autumn. Here’s hoping for the new album, ‘Raditude’ out in October.
The Swell Season tune is more of the same from Glen Hansard and Marketa, which is a good thing. Wise move from him as tunes like the fine lead single ‘In These Arms’ will strengthen his hand and growing fanbase in the US. He’ll fill that Damien Rice shaped gap.
Coming to this late, but loving the new(ish)Ash track, ‘Return of the White Rabbit’. They are a great singles band so it’ll be interesting to see what their proposed ‘A to Z singles collection’ will be like. The deal is they’ll release a new single in alphabetical order every fortnight from the start of October. Twenty six fortnights a year, twenty six letters in the alphabet.
And finally, some Boss with The Gaslight Anthem – filmed professionally.