By its quality and its eventful nature, the publication of Billie Eilish’s second album somewhat eclipses everything else. But our role is also to highlight some remarkable international releases of the summer that is coming to an end.
The musical event of the summer (of the year?). Released at the end of July, the second album by the American prodigy (19 years old) combines enormous public and critical success. The young woman, supported by her brother Finneas, signs a river record (56′) strewn with small treasures. She oscillates there between the dark pop #badguy which made her success (I Didn’t Change My Number, Therefore I Am and the bombs Oxytocin and nes) and more glamorous tracks where her voice grows (Getting Older, Your Power, Happy Than Ever). More than a confirmation, a consecration.
The release of an album by the power pop-rock band from Las Vegas is also an event: The Killers have been headlining the biggest festivals for nearly fifteen years thanks to their stadium anthems (Mr Brightside, reference of the genre). Except that Brandon Flowers and his musicians opt here for a collection of intimate and often intense songs (Terrible Thing, Cody, Pressure Machine) with very “Springsteenian” writing. The group does not offer its greatest success there, but it offers a facet that is anything but devoid of interest.
The “veteran” Nas (the mythical Illmatic is already 27 years old!) has released its fourteenth album, the sequel to King’s Disease
rewarded in 2020. The New Yorker has a great know-how and his notoriety brings together the greatest, here Eminem, and Lauryn Hill twenty-five years after the classic If I Ruled the World.
The fourth “long” of Vince Staples surprised as much by its sobriety as by its 22′ (which is very short), but the flow and the subject of the Californian strike in this refined decorum. The real slap comes to us from across the Channel.
Dave (not the beloved Batavian of our mothers, huh), still crowned with his Mercury Prize for Psychodramahit harder with We’re All Alone in This Together, an unusual feat. One hour under tension: dark atmosphere for a very rich musical palette. And some pieces (Three Rivers, Both Sides of A Smile, heartattack) that will remain.
Association of Mike Lindsay of folktronica group Tunng and folk reference Laura Marling, Lump released a successful second album of researching but accessible pop. In the playlist, Bloom At Night, Climb Every Wall and the single We Cannot Resist.
Now alone at the head of Liars, the American Angus Andrew has delivered a disc that is as fascinating as it is distressing. Our favourites: Slow and Turn Inward, Sekwar and grabbing it Star Search.
Finally, if it were necessary to retain only one, it would be Dramathe second album by Rodrigo Amarante. After the immense success of his soundtrack of Narcosthe Brazilian continues the furrow dug on his indestructible cavalry (2014) and continues its bridges between folk and bossa. In the playlist, the whole disc, which will appear in our end-of-year top.
Iron Maiden and imagine Dragons are each releasing a new record this Friday. Next week, album of covers of the legendary Black Album of Metallica and new delivery of the ever more popular James Blake. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett release their second album together on October 1. On October 15, Coldplay will sign his return. And on the 29th, Ed Sheeran will be releasing their fifth collection of songs.
Our strong expectations also relate to the next Parquet Courts, BadBadNotGood and Damon Albarn.
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Billie Eilish, The Killers, Nas, Dave… What music news you may have missed this summer
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