Surprising all with the glowing reception (except for us Australians who knew it would be soar) for Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John, a full album of Olivia Newton-John covers, the ever restless Hatfield follows that up in 2019 with Weird, a new self-produced album of 11 original songs.
“I often feel cut-off from other people, from my feelings, from technology, from popular culture. I feel weird, I feel like I’m dreaming my life and that I am going to wake up some day,” Hatfield explains. “I wanted to make an album about the contentment of being inside an apartment and living inside a very small radius.” Weird encompasses both the negative and positive sides of radical solitude, the disconnection and the “desire to keep a barrier between me and other people who are trying to get inside of me.”
Weird is released on January 18 through American Laundromat Recordings.… Read the rest
After gradually dipping their reunion toes on the live stage over the last 18 months, feeling the response from Britpop days gone past, the once statuesque Sleeper have decided go all in on their first album in 21 years, entitled The Modern Age.
Louise Wener gives reason for the reunion — “We had no plan to get back together. Sometimes life throws you a massive curve ball. You end up jumping off the cliff, just to see what it feels like”.
The band spent summer 2018 recording The Modern Age with their long time producer, Stephen Street – a relationship that clicked into place again right away.… Read the rest
New York trio Sunflower Bean steamroller over anything that could be considered a sophomore slump on the politicised glam-rock stomp and post-adolescent pop of Twentytwo in Blue, released this week. Speaking to Static’s Chris Berkley, Nick, Julia and Jacob of Sunflower Bean talk about making the album, and stretching out their influences and ideas.
I was equal parts amazed and horrified to realise that all three of you are still only 22, as evidenced by this album’s title Twentytwo in Blue, so you’ve carbon-dated yourselves on this record.
Julia: Yeah, 22 is a funny age. You’re still young enough to make a lot of mistakes and know that you have a lot to learn, but old enough to be able to start accessing some deeper parts of yourself.… Read the rest