The extraordinary indie supergroup Seeker Lover Keeper, comprising of Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltman and Holly Throsby, have joined forces again after eight years to release their long-waited follow-up Wild Seeds. Unlike their self-titled debut, where each member contributed four songs, Wild Seeds has a real collaborative spirit with a prevailing focus on nostalgia and looking back on ideas about youth and reflection. Overall, the charm of it all lies in its folk/pop elements.
Music sensation Clara Bond is easily the next big thing in the UK. Since the release of her hugely successful 2016 EP Out of Towners, this twenty 26-year-old has been embraced for her contemporary spin on country/pop and her honest approach to songwriting. Her new four-track EP Crown sees her expand her horizons with new elements and sounds that have been described as ‘increasingly brave and mature’. In the lead up to the release Clara said, “This feels like a huge leap for me. I’ve finally found a sound that feels completely my own. I genuinely couldn’t be more proud of this project and the people that were involved in it.” I came across Bond’s latest track Pink Wine (from the EP Crown) recently as an example of this challenge to country music modernity being made by country crossover artists. Swept along by emphatic synth-laden sounds and arousing electric guitars, it’s a great example of where Bond wants to go musically. Though if you manged to hear a stripped back version of Pink Wine online, you’ll realise its still country as ever.
In some ways, The Regrettes sophomore album How Do You Love is aptly titled for a record that explores the idea of love and relationships. Frontwoman Lydia Night recently explained, “the whole album is a tale of falling in love, and a cautionary tale to falling in love.” Notably, it contains all the empowering punk-rock we have come to expect to hear from The Regrettes. Standouts include Has It Hit You, Colouring Book, California Friends and Dead Wrong.
Haunting vocals and otherworldly electronic sounds reminiscent of Enya, knock the wind out of your sails on Perfumed Earth by Purple Pilgrims, the experimental dream pop project of New Zealand based sisters Clementine and Valentine Adams. In short, if you are expecting cheerful undertones, I’m afraid songs about life and death, even loneliness permeate throughout the album lyrically. On Two World’s Apart for instance “I was born to live alone / The only life I’ve ever known” gives you a hint of what to expect. But don’t be put off, Perfumed Earth is still wonderfully ambient and contemplatively rewarding at the same time. It’s a sleeper that probably most of the big wig music publications won’t give a second thought to review, but for my mind it is my album of the week.