Most people only know of Icelandic music through ‘Bjork’. However, there are many bands from that country that are creating unique and compelling music. After the release of their fifth album ‘Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust’ in 2008, the members of Icelandic band Sigur Ros decided to spend more time with their families and went on a break. In 2009, they announced they had been working on a new album and that it was more ambient and melodic than both their fourth album ‘Takk…’ and ‘Með suð’.
For the diamond jubilee which celebrates the Queen’s sixty year reign, Gary Barlow collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber and created a song specifically for that event. He has called this song ‘Sing’. Gary travelled to several countries around the world and recorded samples from those countries for the song. The result was Gary performing with the African Children’s Choir, The Military Wives Choir and The Commonwealth Band and the result is a spectacular song that celebrates and pays tribute to the Queen and her years on the throne.
When Oasis split in 2009 due to well-publicised creative differences between Noel and Liam Gallagher, fans around the world were devastated and shocked. Shortly after Noel quit, he soon began forming his own band and in 2010 he created Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
With catchy songs such as ‘Sweet Disposition’, ‘Love Lost’ and ‘Fader’ all released as singles before the album to build the tension, Australian band The Temper Trap’s ‘Conditions’ is a brilliant debut album and in my opinion, one of the greatest debut albums I’ve ever listened to. The main theme of ‘Conditions’ is love and heartbreak, which is reflected throughout the album.
Jimmy the Squirrel are a five-piece band from Nottingham that are of the Ska genre and who have been around since 2005 building up a solid fan base. They have so far released one album entitled ‘Whatever the Weather’, back in 2010. The songs mainly deal with life problems that we could experience like being bankrupt, wanting to sort our lives out and love life issues.
This is by far Enter Shikari’s best album since Take To The Skies got released, which in my eyes was the album that really put them on the map. In this new eleven track album, the experimental aspect that the songs contain can simply not be bettered now with even more adventurous, catchy lyrics. But A Flash Flood Of Colour keeps exactly the right mixture of both metal and electronics to produce their best album of all time.
After the release of their second album ‘The Pick of Destiny’ back in 2006, Jack Black wanted to focus more on his acting career and we all began thinking that Tenacious D would never release any new material again. But 2012 sees a third studio album called “Rize of the Fenix” being released. Will this new album from one of the bands that defined comedy rock blow you away or send you walking in the other direction?
Civil Twilight are one of those bands that not many people have heard of, but you feel privileged if you have heard their unique sound. ‘Civil Twilight’ their eponymous debut album released in 2009 offers so much and more with its cleverly written songs such as ‘Letters from the Sky’ and great instrumentation from the band.