Time to take a wee peek backwards on the year to date with (almost) all new songs. But frustratingly I can’t share with you probably the best song I’ve heard all year (‘Forever 22’ by TV21) since it hasn’t been released yet. So you’ll have to make do with this lot instead:

British Sea Power – Lights Out For Darker Skies (from ‘Do You Like Rock Music?’) [Buy the CD] [Download it]

These guys had passed me by until I took a punt on their 3rd LP via emusic. And it turns out that it’s great – very strong throughout and difficult to pick an outstanding track. Highly recommended.

Kristin Hersh – Static (from ‘Speedbath’) [Get it]

Kristin’s ‘Speedbath’ LP has been drip fed via the web each month since the end of last year. These aren’t quite the final versions of the songs and there will also be additional tracks on the LP when it finally appears. ‘Static’ is one of the more recent tracks to appear and it’s the heaviest song so far.

Cathal Coughlan – Black River Falls [Buy the CD] [Download it]

I finally caught up with one of the former Fatima Mansions’ solo LPs and ‘Black River Falls’ is an excellent LP. The title track is one of the stand-out tracks on the record. CC is someone well worth checking out if you’re not familiar with his work.

The Big Sleep – Bad Blood (from ‘Sleep Forever’) [Buy the CD][Download it]

Another emusic discovery, the Big Sleep build on the strengths of their debut LP with a superb follow-up. Side one in fact is pretty nigh perfect whether with vocals or purely instrumental.

Malcolm Middleton – Blue Plastic Bags (from ‘Sleight of Heart’) [Buy it] [Download it]

SOH was a fairly low key release for Malky coming hot on the heels of last year’s ‘A Brighter Beat’. Stripped back rather than rocking out this time, nonetheless SOH did nothing to damage MM’s reputation in these parts as one of Scotland’s finest songwriters.

More soon …

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