On the eve of the release of The Vines’ fourth album, ‘Melodia’, in July 2008, NME published an official apology for building up the Australian grunge trio. “Let’s get this out of the way, because it’s not something we’re too fond of doing. To those of you who bought the issue of NME dated July 23, 2002, please accept our sincerest and most unreserved apologies,” it read. The writer apologised for that issue's heralding of Craig Nicholls as the de facto saviour of rock’n’roll. "Well, we weren’t right. And for that we’re sorry. But nobody deserved ‘Melodia’,” he wrote.
It takes most bands three or four albums to pluck up the sort of courage and experimentalism Cloud Castle Lake's debut EP 'Dandelion' seeps from every pore. One for fans of Atoms For Peace, Max Richter and Wild Beasts, the Dublin trio's first release is a heart-bruising ballet of monochrome guitars and sophisticated electronic fizz that marks Daniel McAuley, Brendan Jenkinson and Rory O'Connor as future trail-blazers. Don't believe us? Try the brilliant 'A Wolf Howling' on for size.
Protomartyr's second record 'Under Color of Official Right' was released earlier this year, and is already a strong contender for the title of album of the year. On it, the Detroit punk band tell tales of dodgy low-life's and the inner city turmoil that's rife in their poverty-stricken home, all with reference points that range from The Fall to James Joyce. I caught up with frontman Joe Casey recently, as he arrived in Baltimore for a live show on the band's last US tour.
August is traditionally a quieter month for new music before the final quarter of the year with its traditionally big releases. Not 2014. From new music by way of Merchandise, FKA Twigs, Childhood, Falty DL, The Vines and Royal Blood, SOPHIE, Rustie, Cyril Hahn, Leonard Cohen, Ex Hex, Joey Bada$$, Trust Fund and Jessie Ware to Kate Bush's return, we've been pretty spoilt. What's the best thing you've heard this month? Let us know in the comments below.