So, in between Reading finishing and the festival season closing with Bestival and then Southseafest, we thought we’d have a look around at some of the bands you may be able to catch as we move fully into the autumn.
Everyone’s excited about the new Arctic Monkeys album next week, and Strangers have offered their own take on the new single ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High’. Bringing something quite different to the already ear-prickling tune, this is a more electronic sound with lots of keys and layered vocals.
You can also listen to the third track in the band’s monthly free download series of six, ‘Don’t Lie to Me’, here.
Anna Calvi has also made a welcome return to the music scene with her new track ‘Eliza’, another song that showcases her incredible vocals and has an ever-so-slightly creepy video. It’s the first single to be released from her sophomore album ‘One Breath’, which is out on 7 October.
The Cottonettes have also released a new EP, the imaginatively titled ‘Demo 1’, and it’s full of 70s-style punk anthems that recall the likes of The Buzzcocks with their catchy hooks and observational lyrics.
Kent’s Rokoko released the first single from their debut album, ‘Hatty Days’, in the summer and the song is bright and breezy with ‘My Fellow Swordsman’ bringing to mind the best of Britpop and a nod towards the breeziness of The Beatles’ early singles. The video also features Rochester Castle, showing a band proud of their hometown.
Post-rock fans will be interested in F.O.E.S (or Fall of Every Sparrow), whose ‘Sewn to the Sail’ sounds like Grammatics covering The Twilight Sad, with a bit of Deftones thrown in for good measure.
For something altogether a bit calmer, you could try the soothing tones of Rue Royale, an Anglo-American duo who will appeal to fans of Laura Marling, Slow Club and Rachel Sermanni.
And finally for this round-up, we’d like to introduce you to Atlanter, a Norwegian band with a Hjaltalin-style approach to their music that you’re sure to revel in. Perhaps a bit like Fleet Foxes but far more interesting, and with a very communal approach to instrumentation and captivating, ‘Kaktos’ is well worth four minutes of your time.