10 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (2/9/2015)
Sparklehorse Distorted Ghost EP(Odeon)
Distorted Ghost EP(Odeon)
An apt title for this collection of revisions, versions and spare bits and pieces from Mark Linkous and his cantankerous mates - Grandaddy's fuzzy, dysfunctional country cousins. The tone here is cheerier in general than '98's fine, mordant, shit-I-nearly-died 'Good Morning Spider' album, with three out of six song titles featuring the word 'happy'. Could be a ruse, mind, given the standout is two-and-a-half minutes of delicate fatalism called 'Waiting For Nothing' and that Linkous claims, in the exuberant remix of 'Happy Man', "I woke up in a horse's stomach one foggy morning". Not that much fun, realistically.
Former Disney star enlists The Flaming Lips and Ariel Pink on a thrillingly weird surprise album
Abel Tesfaye's dark, twisted album is at odds with the glossy pop world he's been thrust into
The Cavan teenagers attack album two with abandon, largely at the expense of quality
A still-vital John Lydon rages towards retirement on a saucy, scuzzy new album