After six albums The Mars Volta never fail to impress with their unique blend of progressive rock and dynamic experimentation. ‘Noctourniquet’ comes packed with the aggressive yet distinctive sound that they produce so elegantly. I’ve been waiting three years for this since their last album ‘Octahedron’ and it’s definitely what you expect from The Mars Volta and so much more.
If you like music that will help you sink into complete relaxation then you’ll love Bon Iver’s second eponymous studio release that it is full of cleverly constructed songs that send you to a special place with it’s soothing guitar riffs and mellowed vocals from Justin Vernon. Bon Iver is a band from Eau Claire, Wisconsin and has been together since it was formed by Justin Vernon in 2006 and release their debut album back in 2008 to commercial and critical success with songs such as ‘Skinny Love’ being covered by other artists such as Birdy and being used in many television commercials. Their second album follows on that success and delves even deeper into their distinctive sound.
Making you feel relaxed, energetic and emotional is what Bruce Springsteen does BEST and this is no exception in his seventeenth studio release ‘Wrecking Ball’ which does everything but disappoint. If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know who Bruce Springsteen is, he is an American singer from Long Branch, New Jersey (also known as ‘The Boss’) who has been releasing music since 1969.
Do you love acoustic versions of amazing songs that sound just as or even more perfect that the originals? Then I recommend that you listen to the EP of 30 Seconds to Mars’ MTV sessions where they recorded acoustic renditions of songs from their third studio album.
Making you feel like a God with their energetic music and fast paced guitar riffs is what 30 Seconds To Mars do best and in their third album ‘This Is War, they definitely succeed in making you feel like you’re untouchable. ‘This Is War is such a massive leap for the band from their previous sounds that they had in their first and second album.
Sigur Rós’ stunning fourth album Takk… is such a beautiful treat for anyone’s ears and takes you on a journey from start to finish. Sigur Rós are a post-rock band that hail from the lovely place of Reykjavík in Iceland and they don’t really sound like anything you’ll have heard before. They have their own sound which they create with gorgeous falsetto vocals from lead singer Jon Por “Jonsi” Birgisson, who also plays guitar for the band with a bow and does this in a spectacular way.
The eponymous debut album from the Essex based alternative rock and indie rock band Morning Parade is finally here and definitely makes up for the long wait with it’s unique sound. The album contains 12 tracks, the first track being ‘Blue Winter’ which starts the album with a bang and pulls you in with the gorgeous melody and brilliant vocals, guitar, bass, synths and drums.
Stereo Typical is the debut album by Brighton based British Hip Hop duo Rizzle Kicks. It consists of 14 catchy, cleverly written songs with impressive rapping from the duo. Most tracks are produced by well-known producers like Ant Whiting, Mike Spencer and even Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) who helped produce Mama Do the Hump, which in my opinion is the catchiest track on the album.
Matt Cardle is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist from Essex who won the seventh series of The X Factor. Since then he has released his debut studio album ‘Letters’. His third single from his debut album entitled ‘Amazing’ packs his single of the same name along with a studio recording of his rendition of the beautiful song ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, a brand spanking new song called ‘All I Said’ and a live version of ‘Slowly’ from The Koko Lounge in London.
Leonard Cohen is an american folk singer who has had a career spanning for more than 5 decades with many of his songs being used in popular culture like films, television shows, advertisements. His most recent album Old Ideas is a beautiful masterpiece containing 10 heart-felt tracks. The album begins with the magnificent “Going Home” and you can tell straight away that Leonard’s vocals are still as amazing as they were on his last release Dear Heather, which was also an folk album with cleverly constructed songs.