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5 Nottingham Albums to Listen to This Month

25 August 20 words: LeftLion

The latest Nottinghamshire releases... 


Gallery 47
Bye and Bye (Album)
With three album releases so far this year, lockdown has been productive for Gallery 47. Album no.2, Bye and Bye, is a journey of grungey fuzz and bedroom sweetness balancing lo-fi with the soft emotiveness of indie pop. Production will make you think of mid 2000’s John Frusciante, especially the drums on tracks like Fresh. The vocals throughout the album add to the overall lo-fi-feel; never too strong and some slight ambient influences can be heard on Change the Weather. Smoking isn’t cool (autobiographical?) is a must listen also. This will definitely make multi-instrumentalists excited. Joe Robinson


Black Viking feat. Meeshxy, Janine Songbird Nicole, Nay Loco, Veronica Caine, Gavin Gordon and Courtney Rose
Pandemic (Single)
Far from letting the bleakness and despair of current times get them down, this talented bunch of local artists have united down at Hyson Green’s Take 1 Studios over the past few weeks to create Pandemic, a stunning collaborative track traversing the emotional landscape of 2020; from coronavirus and racism to post-Brexit feelings. The accompanying socially-distanced video brings this urgent piece of work to life further, and can be viewed over on Take 1’s YouTube channel. Becky Timmins


Joe Egan
Tomorrow Will Be Different (Sofa Session Live Album)
If you think you haven’t heard guitarist Joe Egan play before, you might be wrong; when he’s not freewheeling through solo passages of improvised jazz, he’s one part of hip-hop influenced jazz trio Major Ruse. Very much a believer in doing things differently, Joe’s inaugural live EP was recorded during his performance for our series of Sofa Sessions back in the depths of lockdown, and it’s six tracks of volatile, yet energising, improv that we highly recommend you experience. Becky Timmins


Fanks (Album)
Sonic wizard, Asa, is back with his second album. Like most modern experimental music, Asa’s work falls broadly under the post-punk umbrella, although the album itself nods to many influences ranging from synth-wave and hip-hop to funk and psychedelic. Boasting an anthemic prominence akin to early-noughties guitar-rock bands, Fanks is heavy on distortion, accompanied by unhinged tones and otherworldly synths, comprising a collective jumble of alienlike earworms narrated by distinctly Notts spoken word. Laura Phillips


Clapham Watch
OK (Single)
With ambient piano in a synth-heavy opening, OK has instant chill-step vibes. Lead singer Rachel, born and bred in Nottingham, has a beautifully buoyant tone which flows fittingly over a low-dubbed bass beat that’s more than enough to get you on your feet dancing. The tune then evolves into a fully-fledged pop classic, with upbeat guitar licks, groovy, soul-soaked melodies and angelic reverb: everything you need for your summer party playlist. Ellis Maddison

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