New Music Monday: May 22nd 2023
We've some absolutely huge new releases to kick Monday into gear this week. The Foos, Blur, Lana Del Rey, Róisín Murphy and Lewis Capaldi all dropped new music into our grateful ears in the past seven days.
Blur: The Narcissist
Blur popped in to see Steve Lamacq last Thursday, bringing with them a new single, and the total surprise of a new album. The Ballad Of Darren will be their first long-player since 2015's The Magic Whip. If lead single The Narcissist is anything to go by, the album will be a melancholy affair, but Blur can always be counted on to surprise, so who knows?
Lana Del Rey: Say Yes To Heaven
Demos and live versions of Say Yes To Heaven were floating around the internet around the time of LDR's Ultraviolence album, but the track finally gets an official release just as her 2023 world tour kicks into full swing.
Foo Fighters: Under You
The second release from upcoming album But Here We Are (out June 2nd) sees the band in introspective form. The shadow of late drummer Taylor Hawkinds rests heavy here, with Dave Grohl singing “I woke up and walked a million miles today, I’ve been looking up and down for you, all this time it still feels just like yesterday, that I walked a million miles with you.”
Róisín Murphy: The Universe
There's a delightful disco-wonkiness to the new Róisín Murphy track. Like if California valley-girl met Super Furry Animals on a weird night out in Doncaster. It didn't hit the spot at first, but give it a few listens... it's a grower!
Lewis Capaldi: Haven't You Ever Been In Love Before?
'Real music fans' obviously want to hate Lewis Capaldi, but his ability to write and deliver a soaring, anthemic chorus is undeniable. Yes, it sounds a heck of a lot like Someone You Loved, but dammit, if you'd written that, wouldn't you recycle it at every chance you got?
Words: Thomas Jackson