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It's hard to remember what actual music sounds like anymore. Thanks to the Brazilian World Cup I've become so used to the constant noise of cheering, xenophobic punditry and Jonathan Pearce's constant bafflement that I've forgotten what a melody is.
Actually there is one hook that's screw-drivered it's way into my brain: the snippet of Thiago Thome's recording of 'Aquarela do Brasil' used on the advert breaks during ITV's coverage... "Braziiiiiil, Braziiiiiiiiil, Braziiiiiiiiil"
I'll have to listen to more of Ian Wright's hysterical nationalism to drown out that cloying earworm.
Wait, hang on a minute, I'm forgetting about all the great albums that were released this month. How could I be so silly? (And yet also so amazing at segues?) Here are June's best new albums for your enjoyment and spiritual cleansing.
Come with me as I gaze into the recent past, pausing only briefly to cover up various indiscretions (that Michael Jackson review
) and stoically deflecting the glory of our triumphs (something stupid about heavy metal album titles
) until there’s nothing left but a puddle of word garbage surrounding some albums we quite liked from the previous month.
Strap yourself in, or down, it’s the best new albums of May 2014.
It's a handy guide to April's best new album releases for all of those who couldn't be arsed reading the last four week's worth of Popdin content. As a little musical accompaniment to the following recommendations, why not fire up our best songs of March and April 2014
. It's like a complete multimedia experience! If you like I can also come over and give you a shoulder rub. Only £10. It's a bargain and you don't even have to look me in the eye. You'll have to talk to my 'manager' about extras though.
March had the right idea. In fact, as far as new album releases are concerned, March had it nailed. There's everything from returning favourites, to ear-blistering newbies, from immaculately crafted pop to genre-bending hip-hop.
In fact there were loads more brilliant albums released in March that we haven't even written about in these internet pages yet - Francois and the Atlas Mountains, Polar Bear, Black Lips, Mø - albums we'll probably end up covering in a panicky 'albums we forgot to write about' round-up sometime in November.
For now let's just ignore them. Pretend they're not there. QUIET DOWN FRANCOIS! BACK IN YOUR CAGE!! Here are the best new albums released in March:
Here are February's best new albums, with brand new words by me and links to their full reviews. Apart from Young Fathers. I had to throw together some brief rubbish about them below as I was too tired from staying up till 3am every night trying to complete LEGO Marvel Superheroes to review it in full, much like most of the other new album releases this month.
Anyone else would present this information with an ‘exclusive content’ spin, but not me. You deserve better than that. You’re Popdin readers. You deserve nothing less than transparency, accuracy and a delicious range of hot beverages served from our hostess trolley every weekday morning. Hold tight, she’ll be with you shortly.
In the meantime, why not make the round-up even more enjoyable by listening to the Best Songs of January and February 2014
while skimming the contents to make sure that Bombay Bicycle Club didn’t accidentally slip in somehow.
Don’t worry, this is a safe place.
Ah, the monthly round-up. The time when I get to step out from behind the curtain of ironic detachment and engage with you readers on a more personal level. The job of reviewing is done for another month, I can just sit back in my chair, be a bit over-generous with the rum in my morning coffee and shoot the shit with my fellow human beings.
So how's everything with you guys? Did you see the Grammys? Yeah, neither did I. How about that Primavera line-up though huh? Yeah I can't afford it either. What about Motley Crüe splitting up? Yeah I assumed they had done that years ago too.
Crumbs it's a varied bag this month. We got dance for the ravers, alternative rock for the hipsters, experimental electronica for the intellectuals, Haim for the... uh... non-intellectuals. It's almost like this Best Albums of the Month round-up has been expertly optimised in order to appeal to the maximum amount of music fans as possible. The... uh... non jazz, folk, rap, metal, dubstep, reggae, country, glitch, psych, roots, classical and showtune loving music fans, that is. Sorry.
Who the fuck says 'crumbs'?
Who likes music? Hardly anyone I'd say. It seems like a very niche thing. Not like the mighty artforms of macramé or Punch and Judy performing. Nonetheless there are a few freaks and weirdos who regularly read this site - one of the few to cater for this particular fet... uh... taste - and for them this is a valuable community, one that doesn't single them out as the misfit pariahs they really are. Well not until now anyway. So just for them, here's a round-up of all that was good in album releases for September. You won't need to read this, casual-internet-wanderer, you just need to pity them and move on with your crochet tools and sexually aggressive hand-puppets.
I forgot that in 2012, when I wrote the 'Best Albums' for the summer months, I combined July and August as the music industry shuts down and fucks off to Madrid for two whole months. Agggh, curse my feeble brain! But this regret does nothing to change the fact that I'm now left with a 'Best Albums of August' article to write and barely more than two albums to put in it (I also have to admit that I didn't even get round to listening to one of them as Leon reviewed Ty Segall.)
Right, well I'm going to do some digging around now, you start with Braids, then hopefully by the end of that one I'll have found some other goodies for you.
Nothing comes out in July. You have to scratch around the apocalyptic, cannibal ravaged wasteland of July looking for the tiniest morsels of goodness. It's a hard, miserable and bearded existence.
Luckily Popdin is here to guide you through this hell-hole, whilst carrying our meager possessions in a battered old shopping cart. And yes, to labour the simile further, Popdin is very much the unnamed father from The Road and you are very much Popdin's soon to be orphaned son.
Anyway, best of luck!
Here are the best albums of July 2013: