This week we saw Patti Smith play Love Has Come For You and Laura Marling record two new albums. In my absence, I have been gathering music for the best new album of the summer, then that of Christmas, and for coming months. We start with Korean sensation BTS – aka Bangtan Boys – releasing their first non-album release (un-album?) and joining Coldplay to perform K-pop single Persephone at Radio 1’s Big Weekend yesterday. Wrapped around the peaks of the summer are the new works of Laura Marling and Perry Barraud.
Elsewhere, you can get A$AP Rocky-assisted Elliott Smith-esque new album K. I’ll let you discover the different genres being explored by those musical forces of nature that are Tom Dumont and the Haim sisters, while my interviewee of the week, Amy Brookbanks, puts us in her world for something different (they have an all-new EP) and Japan-raised Londoner López-Diaz, is back with something much more spiritual. Until then, enjoy the new music below.
Hello girls! At Radio 1’s Big Weekend, BTS teamed up with Coldplay to perform their hit K-pop song Persephone. Keep up to date with all of our summer music coverage, here.
My latest is named I Don’t Know What I Know, which means if you start to listen to it, you’ll get it. I am confident in saying I am feeling romantic now that I have finished writing the record. I like to surround myself with music of all types – folk, country, pop, electronic – because it helps me express the way I feel.
Perry Barraud is a singer, songwriter and bassist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her latest album uses songs that deal with her own life as she develops as a songwriter and artist, using select songs in guest spots from other artists, including Neko Case, Dan Auerbach, Brandy Clark and Tom Morello. See the lyrics here.
The López-Diaz EP is the follow-up to 2015’s Material, produced by Vibe, aka Tony Vibe. The album features a slew of other talent, including Travis Scott, Robert Glasper, Karen O and Shirley Manson of Garbage.
Aaron Lee Harlow
Aaron Lee Harlow has been a musician and producer since the age of six, winning a major preliminary victory for the nation’s top United States piano player at age 15. His debut recording, Lara, will come out this July, featuring guests Miguel, Chance the Rapper, Lupe Fiasco and Missy Elliott.
Cynthia T Andel
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