This week, we’re focusing on notable albums by Bombay Bicycle Club, Nicole Atkins and Gardens & Villa.
Bombay Bicycle Club: So Long, See You Tomorrow
English indie-rock favourites Bombay Bicycle Club are back with a new, self-produced LP. The songs were written by frontman Jack Steadman during his memorable backpacking experiences through India, Japan and Turkey, which consequently carry notable world-music influences. There are less guitar-driven hooks, with a stronger focus on strong beats and rhythms which make for a compelling change in their sound. Bombay Bicycle Club return to Montreal on May 4th.
Nicole Atkins: Slow Phaser
Songstress Nicole Atkins set out to make this record, with her goal being “to make something that no one’s ever heard before, including myself”. What she has created is a punchy, hard-hitting collection of pop songs, combining the best elements of rock and disco – self-described as ‘dark desert disco’. She will be in Montreal on February 17th at Divan Orange.
Gardens & Villa: Dunes
Santa Barbara’s Gardens & Villa have released their follow-up effort ‘Dunes’ this week, and they’ve got some new musical orientation from producer Tim Goldsworthy (Cut Copy, DFA Records, LCD Soundsystem). With a significant gear-change up, including analog recording and Sly Stone‘s custom-built Flickinger recording console, Gardens & Villa have successfully developed their sound into a more sparkling and crisp direction. You can hear their new tracks live for yourself at their show on February 26th at Il Motore.