This week’s new releases include not one, but two bands from Glasgow, Scotland. We’ll take a peek at Franz Ferdinand’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, and Belle & Sebastian’s Third Eye Centre, along with New Zealand’s Lorde and their new EP Love Club. Onward to the music!
Franz Ferdinand Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (Domino) – After nearly calling it quits a couple years ago due to burnout and feeling like they weren’t sure they had anything new to say, band leader Alex Kapranos and crew decided to give it another go. Their refreshed approached seems to have helped, as the band came up with another stellar collection of angular dance rock jams. The first single, “Right Action,” has a cheery summery groove that shows the band hasn’t lost its sense of fun. There are plenty of rockers here as well, which should satisfy the hardcore fans. Additionally, the deluxe edition gets you a bonus of THIRTEEN live songs, which makes it well worth the extra cash.
Video: “Right Action”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqTsUtQLRFk
Belle & Sebastian Third Eye Centre (Matador) – Not a “new” record per se… This is a collection of favorite b-sides from the Glasgow collective’s albums over the last decade or so, including some interesting remixes like the percussion heavy take on “I’m A Cuckoo” by The Avalances, and the funky “Your Cover’s Blown” by Miaoux Miaoux (that sounds a bit like a slightly slower “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk). If you’re a big fan of the band, you won’t want to miss this record, as it’s a convenient way to get all these hard to find songs in one place.
Video: “Your Cover’s Blown”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5JBxByUKY8
Lorde Love Club EP (Universal Import) – This is the “official” debut EP from New Zealand-based artist Ella Yelich O’Connor, even though she’s already well-known from her debut single of last year, “Royals,” which has gone a bit viral, gathering millions of views on YouTube. Lorde combines elements of Florence & The Machine and Sky Ferreira, adding in a more techo-pop vibe, similar to what CHVRCHES has tapped into, and her heartfelt, confessional vocals are reminiscent of Kate Bush in spots. O’Connor seems to have struck gold and this EP will have to hold people over until we get a full-length release out of her.
Video: “Royals”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlcIKh6sBtc
– Mark Reback for The Independent FM