While I wasn’t an early adopter and didn’t hear of them until their second or third album (can’t remember exactly) I’ve been listening to Idlewild for many years. Even saw them playing in Oxford 12 years ago (and I don’t go to many rock concerts any more). But that’s not the topic of this post. They have (after several years) released a new album today (which I’m listening to while writing this post). Here’s a taster from their YouTube channel:
I’ve played it may be 3-4 times now and my first verdict is positive. While I don’t think there are any instant radio hits on it (which isn’t a bad thing) there are plenty of nice tunes which open up after listening a couple of times. Some are mellower, some are noisier. Roddy has written up how the album came about. I think it was worth the wait.
There’s a lot wrong with the YouTube recommendation algorithm, especially with all the extreme videos it seems to push. Plenty of articles in the press about that. At the same time it can have its good side: Last year I discovered the Regrettes through it. This year I’ve found Jade Bird through it. I think the first song was this one:
This week this song and video followed (with a 61 year old stuntwoman doing the driving):
Her debut album is coming out on 19/Apr/2019, I’m going to pre-order soon. Here’s an interesting interview with three songs:
Can’t legally buy alcohol in most countries, can’t vote in most countries, but they’ve already played most of the late night shows on US television and I believe toured in Europe (they are from Los Angeles, California).
Let’s see if they make it big. They will tour the UK in May before touring more in the US.
A few videos, starting with Seashore (some strong language included):
And a cover I quite like (and how I discovered them via a YouTube recommendation):