September was pretty a pretty good month for music, wasn't it? A bounteous crop of new music has sprung up over these past weeks, some of which we didn't even know existed this time last month: huge albums from big names such as Thom Yorke, Aphex Twin, Gerard Way and Jamie T. But what were the stand-out pieces of new music? Were there other treasures to plunder away from the big-hitters? Of course there were.
Few teen-orientated, inspirationally-messaged phenomena have taken off at the speed of The Hunger Games in the past few years. Besides, of course, Lorde. Which why it makes total, utter sense that New Zealand’s prodigal daughter has curated the soundtrack for the next movie installment (titled The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1).
There are some bands who come bursting out of the traps – no holds barred, everything online, straight into the press/radio conveyor belt. Neon Waltz are not one of those bands. I love how slowly they're taking things. It's refreshing, and you can see it paying off already. Here is a band who you can still catch playing incredible sets to clubs that are only two-thirds full, meaning you can tell your mates you were onto them before anyone else.
Zola Jesus has always possessed some of the mightiest lungs in music: her belting, strident voice boomed throughout the moody melodrama of debut 'Stridulum II' and the glitchier follow-up 'Conatus'. New album 'Taiga', though, marries those impressive pipes to some of her biggest, most accessible songs yet. Speaking about the LP herself, the singer – aka Nika Roza Danilova – says: "The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals... It's the most accessible music I've ever made, but also the most earnest and passionate.
A new AC/DC album was announced last week - but without founding guitarist Malcolm Young. Reports soon surfaced that the 61-year-old is suffering from dementia under constant care in a Sydney nursing home.