I usually post my mid-year and end of year album lists on my personal blog but it feels right to post them on Noble and Wild this time round. It’s a bit more music-y over here right now! So, here is part one (the first half) of an eventual Albums of the Year list.
The first six months of 2015 have been pretty great for music, both with big releases and with debuts. Here’s my list of 31 I’ve enjoyed so far (in no particular order) – bring on the rest of the year!
- The Charlatans – Modern Nature. My review on Louder Than War here.
- Kathryn Williams – Hypoxia
- Sara Forslund – Water Became Wild
- Evans the Death – Expect Delays
- Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter
- Graw!ix – Good Grief. My review on Louder Than War here.
- Alright the Captain – Contact Fix
- Dan Mangan and Blacksmith – Club Meds
- Menace Beach – Ratworld
- Tigercats – Mysteries
- Noveller – Fantastic Planet
- Twin Rivers – Should the Light Go Out
- Bjork – Vulnicura
- Quarterbacks – Quarterbacks
- R.Stevie Moore – Ariel Pink Picks Vol.3
- Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime
- Surf City – Jekyll Island
- Blur – The Magic Whip. My review of Blur at Hyde Park on Louder Than War here.
- Charli XCX – Sucker. My review on Louder Than War here.
- Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space
- Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
- Idlewild – Collect Yourself
- Wave Pictures – Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon
- Real Estate – Atlas
- Hayden – Hey Love
- The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
- The Twerps – Range Anxiety
- August Actually – The Forever War
- Emma Kupa – Home Cinema
- Desperate Journalist – Desperate Journalist. Read what I said about their video for Hesitate on Louder Than War here.
- Crocodiles – Boys.
Albums I’m already listening to / excited about for the second half of the year are from Mammoth Penguins, Haiku Salut and The Smoking Trees.
After promoting a couple of Derby shows in the last few years for him we’re really, really pleased to say Noble and Wild will be working with Chris Helme on his digital PR.
We’ll be joining Chris’ team to advise on digital PR, support on his social media profiles, lend a hand with all things marketing and promotion, and some things press enquiry.
For those of you that don’t know him Chris is the singer songwriter who first found fame as front man of britpop band The Seahorses, and is now producing acclaimed indie folk as a solo artist.
His enviable back catalogue includes ’90’s classics Love is the Law and Blinded by the Sun, from his time in John Squires’ post- Stone Roses band The Seahorses. But more than this it includes his solo albums Ashes and The Rookery, and his acclaimed works with The Yards.
Produced by Sam Forrest (Nine Black Alps) The Rookery was critically acclaimed on release in 2012 for its melody and imagination as well as the intricate three-way guitar interplay that brought each track to such lush, blossoming climaxes. With his keen ear for arranging and a voice which is getting better with time, the brooding string passages and delicate folk sounds make for a mix of light and dark which resonates deeply.
Chris is due to release a new album in 2015, led by single ‘You’re So Bad’.
For management enquiries contact Kate at Magnificent Artists.
For bookings contact Leila at Adastra.