After chronicling the best of 2015 so far last month, I’m back with a monthly recap for the hot-as-hell July we just endured. While the month may have lacked in quantity in terms of albums released, the quality of the month’s best is among the best of the year. As for the singles of July 2015, there were some phenomenal ones as well. From the returns of Beach House, Chvrches, Kurt Vile, Lana Del Rey and YG, to Disclosure and Sam Smith’s triumphant reunion, as well as Carly Rae Jepsen’s continuing masterclass display in pop, expect to see a lot of these tracks end up on year-end lists come December.
top tracks. july 2015.
1. Beach House, “Sparks”
2. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Run Away With Me” / “Warm Blood”
3. Chvrches, “Leave a Trace”
4. Daphni, “Vikram”
5. Destroyer, “Girl in a Sling”
It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since the release of Chvrches’ excellent debut The Bones of What You Believe. The band’s been largely quiet since then, no matter how much their music has influenced today’s biggest pop stars.
In what is one of the more curious music-related announcements of the year, BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe has curated an album inspired by, aimed to soundtrack the influential 2011 Nicholas Winding Refn film Drive. While the world might not need another soundtrack (following the official one, as well as the Chromatics’ album Kill For Love, which was intended for use in the film), if you’re going to try to recreate the magic of a soundtrack, it might as well be from one of the decade’s best.
Chvrches use the opportunity to refine their sound further, with Lauren Mayberry sounding more a part of the whole ensemble than apart from it. On their debut, Mayberry’s vocals were front and center, but here, she’s further in the background, but no less stronger.
We’ve reached the last month of 2013, as hard as that may be to believe. As the release schedule shrinks during December, now’s as good time as any to begin reflecting on the highlights of the past 11 months.
Today, I bring you my favorite new artists of 2013. Some of these artists had previously released singles, yet none had unleashed a full length LP to the masses until this year.
Off the heels of “The Mother We Share” (2012) and “Recover” (2013), CHVRCHES’ follow-up single shows the band scoring another instantly rewarding and enduring pop hit held together by Lauren Mayberry’s earnest vocals, emotionally charged and coyly venomous.
Virgin/Goodbye will release “Gun” in the U.K. on 15 July, while the band’s “The Mother We Share” will see a single release on 18 June in the States. Continue reading “CURRENT: CHVRCHES – “Gun””