The BBC has announced that it will add another regular radio slot with someone from a musical background in the new year: Jarvis Cocker will be given a Sunday afternoon slot on 6 Music. Nice.
- Jarvis Cocker – Further Complications. Grandly sexual rock from the former Pulp frontman. This is such a British album, equal parts pomp and self-deprecation. Jarvis is a classy man, but a wry and ironic one.
- Joe Gideon & The Shark – Harum Scarum. A rough, percussive brother (Joe) and sister (The Shark) duo. As if The White Stripes were influenced by Bauhaus as well as the blues. Spooky and weird and fun and cryptic. “Kathy Ray” is strange, lo-fi, yet inspirational.
- Metric – Fantasies. More of the upbeat indie pop-rock this band’s become known for. Emily Haines’s voice is so effortlessly fun, a perfect balance of winking lightness and head-nodding catchiness. It’s not far from dance music, really. It rocks, but sunnily precisely.
- Mono – Hymn To The Immortal Wind. Instrumental post-rock in the Mogwai/gy!be mold. Heavier on dramatics than dynamics. Moody and slow and majestic and cathartic; good, but nothing new or surprising.