Tribute to Andy Gill, the last of Japanese Breakfast’s best albums [Seven in Seven] | Way of life
Welcome to Seven in Seven, where each week we usually take a look at upcoming concerts in the area. With most shows on hold due to the pandemic, here’s a look at seven of the best albums released on June 4:
V / A – “The Leisure Problem: A Celebration of Andy Gill and the Gang of Four”
The late Andy Gill was a songwriter, guitarist, music producer, visual artist and co-founder of the pioneering post-punk band Gang of Four, who would influence a range of musicians including REM, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, INXS , Franz Ferdinand, Rage Against the Machine, Bloc Party and LCD Soundsystem. “The Problem of Leisure” brings together some big names, including Tom Morello and Serj Tankian, Helmet, Gary Numan, The Sounds and IDLES, to pay homage to Gill from around the world.
Japanese breakfast – “Jubilee”
From the moment she started writing her new album, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner knew she wanted to call her “Jubilee”. The word evokes a celebration of the passing of time, a festival to usher in the hope of a new era in brilliant technicolor. His first two albums were hailed for the way they faced angst; “Psychopomp” was written while her mother was undergoing cancer treatment, while “Soft Sounds from Another Planet” took the grief she was feeling over her mother’s death and used it as a conduit to explore the cosmos. Today, at the start of a new decade, Japanese Breakfast is ready to fight for happiness, an all-too-scarce resource in our seemingly crumbling world.
Tristen – “Aquatic Flowers”
Acclaimed singer / songwriter Tristen’s debut new release in over three years and total fourth studio album, “Aquatic Flowers,” is packed with incisive pop-folk tunes ruminating on how we try to feel in control in a world. chaotic, the past that informs us and how to let go to grow. Produced and recorded with her husband, bandmate and occasional writing partner, Buddy Hughen, at their Nashville home studio, Tight Squeeze, songs like “Hothouse Flower” and the brilliantly upbeat “Story of Love” see pop melodicity. demanding Tristen and her insightful and poetic lyrics. shine even when they reach the darkest depths of the human psyche.
Superbloom – “Pollen”
Superbloom is Brooklyn’s latest entry into the alternative rock scene. Their debut LP, “Pollen”, is a 12-track love letter to heavy alternative music that spans incredibly bouncy hard rock, instantly nostalgic acoustic songs, choruses to sing along to and unmistakable hooks. While the album’s returning instrumentation is punchy at every turn, the band’s signature sound is incorporated into the vocal performance that fills each track with intricate layering, earworm melodies, and lush harmonies that deliver discoveries of nuanced details with each listening.
Loraine James – “Reflection”
“Reflection” conveys a turbulent expression of inner space, presented in Loraine James’ unwavering honesty, which offers sweet empathy and bittersweet hope, clean and confident, leaning further into pop music to its way and making the listener discover how a tumultuous year felt for a young black queer woman and her cronies in a world that suddenly stopped moving. He offers a testament to his roots, including longtime collaborators like Le3 bLack, while positioning his style on a road looking straight to the future. The single “Simple Stuff” consists of minimal and straightforward elements, all channeled in the understated and emotional style of James. Percussion forms the backbone, with a single bass tone inserted throughout.
Goose – “Shenanigans Nite Club”
Goose made his remarkable debut with 2016’s “Moon Cabin” and quickly took to the skies, performing countless shows while regularly amassing an enthusiastic following nationwide. Years of relentless touring culminated in a series of landmark festival performances over the summer of 2019, highlighted by a now-legendary performance by the indie-groove group at the annual Peach Fest in Scranton. An ode to the often forgotten vestiges of Goose’s musical journey, both personal and collective, “Shenanigans Nite Club” marks the pinnacle of a rich history between friends of different ages and backgrounds from the same small Connecticut town. by a deep love of music and storytelling. Genres are straddling head-spinning hooks, technical fireworks, and the kind of rare chemistry only possible between really close collaborators.
Talk Show Host – “Mid-Century Modern”
Toronto talk show host’s debut LP ‘Mid-Century Modern’ sees the band declare their love for ’90s punk, larger-than-life guitars, catchy pop melodies and indie rock twists . It’s the sound of a band that learned all the tricks from the power-pop playbook on their own and left some notes in the margins. They worked tirelessly to see their vision come true, with the record a crystallization of punk-rock perfection, honed and refined in the DIY trenches and masterfully polished by superlative skills and striking composition.