As the weather turns to frost, we delve into one of the last remaining Fridays’ of the year.
Featuring Sam Ryder’s debut There’s Nothing But Space, Man, SZA’s SOS and singles from Paramore, Lana Del Ray, Gorillaz and The Lathums.
SPACE MAN: In keeping the dream alive, Eurovision star and TikTok mogul Sam Ryder paints his first canvas with his debut album, There’s Nothing But Space, Man! Led by his lead, SPACE MAN and follow-up single, Somebody in the midst of summer this year, it’s expectant to be an emphatic 2023 for the space man as he enthrals in a sold-out UK home tour. More of a compilation of sorts, it also features EP releases, Whirlwind and More that were released in the latter stages of 2021.
SZA’s apology: A distinct force in contemporary and mellow R&B, her poetic – seemingly casual – songwriting style has returned in defined spirit with SOS. Swooning with 23 tracks, it features collaborations with Phoebe Bridgers, Don Toliver and Travis Scott. Notable mentions are Shirt and of course, Ghost in the Machine.
Gorillaz(s) + Apes: Ahead of their album release, Cracker Island in February next year, they release another follow-up single, Skinny Ape – making it the fourth single since self-titled corker Cracker Island was released earlier this year. Debunking new sounds and rebooting the quirky, Gorillaz are a phenomena that go to new heights with every project Damon and co lay their virtual fingers on.
More of Paramore: Traditionalists of emo-punk-rock outfit Paramore must be jumping in joy after the release of The News that came out today. A follow-up of funky decor new chapter from This is Why released earlier, it sees the band hark back to their more guttural roots of 2013’s Grow Up. Certainly a far cry away from 2017’s After Laughter, it also sees the band shining to emo-punk again as they filter Misery Business back into their live setlists – a song that was previously canned.
Lathum’s Turmoil: Another single for another February release seesThe Lathums shed their fuzzy guitar rock with a ballad of some sorts. From Nothing To A Little Bit More is expected to be released early next year and will be expected to host Fight On and The Great Escape; a flurry of proper indie belters from their eponymous debut, How Beautiful Life Can Be.
Lana’s sorrow: The true manufacturer of melancholy, Lana Del Rey brings winter-time sadness with her Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd. A murky projection of a damaged romantic icon of her age, her music is a soundtrack to the sombre and sobriety of life. This new one is no different, and will certainly be interesting to see how her 2023 release – with the name staying the same as the single – will turn out.
The Academic: The rise of Irish bands has become a statement of intent over the past few years. The likes of The Academic are certainly no different. A more feel-good dosage of indie trip as opposed to the dark, unfettered tastes of Fontaines, we see another single come up on the Friday with Homesick, right after Pushing Up Daises and Don’t Take It Personally. It will see them release their second album Sitting Pretty in February next year, after their last album Tales From The Backseat was released four years ago.
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