You Won’t Get What You Want feels almost wholly unlistenable. Bar the demented yet groove-ridden highlight that is ‘Less Sex’, Daughters’ fourth effort pushes the boundaries of what can be accepted as enjoyable art.
Canadian post-punk outfit Hollow Graves have proved that it’s not just Europe (and specifically, Britain) that struggles through grey days. Their self-titled debut exhibits influences from Joy Division to Two Door Cinema Club and refreshingly, lots of talent.
“Songs have always been my friends. No matter what I’m going through, they help me convey the things my heart feels but my brain is too afraid to say,” said a reflective John Butler about his most recent ordeals. The result of such experiences is titled Home - Butler’s seventh effort, the record looks to explore some of the singer’s past, as well as his insecurities.
Hull band Audrey’s debut consists of four tracks, each displaying dozens of influences, encouraging musicianship and strong vocals from shining frontman Josh Darby. As the band smooth out their rough edges, they’re surely set to become a festival powerhouse act.
The Seattle group's first album recorded in their hometown for over 20 years is all gloom and doom - much like their 1995 self-titled effort made in the same place. The echoes of late frontman Layne Staley are still relevant, but leader Jerry Cantrell is still pushing Alice's sound while maintaining their signature, gut-busting aura.
Zinc is nothing short of a triumph for Darwin-based singer Caiti Baker. Through her unique and remarkable story, Baker has produced a defiant LP that twists and turns whilst maintaining an air of class, soul and originality, with some top singles thrown in for good measure.
William Patrick Owen's debut concept album is less an accomplished work and more a showcase of exciting promise. First Person Singular displays grand song arrangement and a homely touch on contemporary folk, but only scratches the surface of Owen's thoughts.
Fans of arty punk rock will be rewarded with the trove that is Parquet Courts' Wide Awake! Listeners can expect to hear a wide array of masterful musicianship, an impressive range of influences and a graceful air of originality, proving the Texas quartet are still upping the ante for expressive rock.
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is conceptually brilliant and possibly showcases Arctic Monkeys at their most unconventional. While it may prove to be bitter listening for fans of the Sheffielders' stadium rock material, it will surely go down as a bold expansion in years to come.