April, May and June 2016's finest album releases are considered and evaluated by Drowned in Sound founder Sean Adams and Absolute Radio's Danielle Perry. The show kicks off with Amber Arcades and ends with Fiona Brice, and there's plenty more including Minor Victories, Ala.ni. ANOHNI, Bat for Lashes, Fiona Brice, Black Honey, Minor Victories, Marissa Nadler and we chat about more stuff too.
Please note: this show was recorded the day after Brexit. Sorry for the delay on this going live, we had issues with our Spotify upload but it's now up there as a playlist with full tracks too http://bit.ly/DiS2016
Tracks played on this episode
'Fading Lines' by Amber Arcades
'All My Pride' by Black Honey
'4 Degrees' by ANOHNI
'Give It Your Worst' by False Advertising
'A Hundred Ropes' by Minor Victories
'Janie in Love' by Marissa Nadler
'In God's House' by Bat for Lashes
'Echo of Creation' by JAMBINAI
'Berlin' by Fiona Brice
Album commentary: Danielle Perry chats to The Anchoress (aka Catherine Anne Davies) about her critically-celebrated debut album Confessions of a Romance Novelist, which is out now via Kscope.
The Anchoress will perform her debut album in full at the ornate Edwardian Ballroom, The Bush Hall in London on Weds June 15th 2016.
Learn more about The Anchoress at http://www.iamtheanchoress.com
You can also hear this album commentary with the tracks in full at http://bit.ly/ConfessionS
"...addresses the peaks and troughs of love, commitment and betrayal...Fascinating."
"...a rich and complex debut...a blackly witty breakup album...Compelling."
"...equal parts prog and pop, oddball & accessible."
"...a flawless and sophisticated hyper-literate pop record."
"...insightful, intelligent songwriting on this hugely entertaining album . 9/10."
THE LINE OF BEST FIT
"...hyper-literary but radio-friendly debut. A record which could sneak big ideas past the listeners of daytime radio."
"...literate and emotive. Karen Carpenter singing John Grant."
"...rich and satisfyingly poptastic."
"Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love... updated for the 21st century."
The best albums, songs and DiScoveries of Jan, Feb and March 2016 as chosen by Drowned in Sound's Sean Adams & Absolute Radio's Danielle Perry. Featuring David Bowie, School of Seven Bells, Deftones, The 1975, The Kills, and more.
Our Q2 episode is to follow soon.
Tracks from the albums discussed in order:
Ablaze by School of Seven Bells
Girl Loves Me by David Bowie
Doing It To Death by The Kills
Only Child by Shearwater
Something Else by The 1975
Under The Sun by Diiv
Unstitch by Anna Rose Carter
Big Ideas by The Boxer Rebellion
Prayers / Triangles by Deftones
Hands by The Duke Spirit
Breadandbutter by El Perro Del Mar
They are the road crew, but what do they do? DiS is fascinated by how lights can enhance* a gig, so we had a conversation with lighting and production designer Ed Warren of http://www.nextlevellights.com about his journey from watching bands to flicking on the bright lights on for a Glastonbury headline set. He's worked with everyone from Mumford & Sons to Four Tet via Interpol, Antlers, Metronomy, Father John Misty, Shakira, Mogwai, The Maccabees, The Strokes and loads more. In this first of a series of behind the scenes chats with people who are part of the village that makes music happen, Ed shared tales from the road, some helpful career advice, and his Kickstarter project. Shortly after we spoke he won the TPi Award for Best Lighting Designer.
* = and in some cases ruin
Mercury Music Prize 2015 judges John Kennedy from Radio X and Kate Mossman from New Statesman/BBC Four, join DiS editor Sean Adams and podcast co-host Danielle Perry from Absolute Radio to discuss this year's Mercury nominees and what this year's 12 albums say about the current state of music plus we ponder what makes a truly great album?
The winner of this year's Mercury Prize will be revealed live on the BBC on Friday 20th Nov
The 2015 Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ in association with BBC Music were announced on Friday 16 October. The 2015 Albums of the Year are:
Aphex Twin 'Syro'
Benjamin Clementine 'At Least For Now'
C Duncan 'Architect'
Florence + The Machine 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful'
Gaz Coombes 'Matador'
Ghostpoet 'Shedding Skin'
Jamie xx 'In Colour'
Róisín Murphy 'Hairless Toys'
Slaves 'Are You Satisfied?'
SOAK 'Before We Forgot How To Dream'
Wolf Alice 'My Love Is Cool'
In episode four, Drowned in Sound Review Show hosts Sean Adams and Danielle Perry discuss their favourite songs of the year.
Sean picked tunes from Charli XCX, Braids, White Hinterland, Chromatics, The Mynabirds and Marilyn Manson; whilst Danielle went for songs from Jamie xx, Foals, Bjork, Laura Marling, Duke Harwood and Wolf Alice.
You can hear the tracks in full by searching for Drowned in Sound on Spotify to find them all on a playlist with this commentary in-between. Alternatively look up @seaninsound on Twitter or visit DrownedinSound for the playlist link.
Toby L who founded music website, concert promoter and TV show Rockfeedback, as well as the Transgressive label (home to releases by Foals, The Antlers, Regina Spektor, Alvvays, Songhoy Blues and many more) chats about the past decade and a half with our hosts Absolute radio's Danielle Perry and Drowned in Sound (which also turned 15 this week) founder Sean Adams.
Stuart Braithwaite chats to DiS podcast co-host Danielle Perry about Peel, guitars and Mogwai's 20 year career-spanning release, Central Belters (out Oct 23rd 2015).
Hosted by DrownedinSound founder Sean Adams, the pilot edition of this podcast features special guests METRIC discussing their two forthcoming albums, alongside Absolute Radio's Danielle Perry and DiS' very own Marc Burrows debate the AIM Independent Music Award nominees including Bjork, Young Fathers. Father John Misty, and more.