Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Musical Tuesday - The Big Returns

The new year may have barely started, but yesterday turned into an impromptu tsunami of new music as some of the nations favourite confirmed return releases.


First up, and the most anticipated, was Bloc Party, who confirmed that they will be bringing out a new release following a two year hiatus, in which frontman Kele focused on his solo material. Stating that they have six or seven songs already written, rumours are rife of a summer release, supported by possible festival appearances. Have they finally earnt their status to return to Reading& Leeds as headliners? One would hope so, having allegedly formed as a band at Reading, and having worked their way steadily up the bill over the years in a series of well attended performances, most notably as support for Radiohead back in 2009.

Next up were safetyinsound favourites Elbow, who used Twitter to tell fans that they were returning to the studio early next week to record their 6th album, the follow up to critically lauded Build A Rocket Boys!. Considering how well they have grown into themselves over the past two records, expect more heartfelt british anthems.

In contrast,Scottish sons Biffy Clyro are stepping into the ambitious and unknown, promising no less than a double album in an interview with Q. Frontman Simon Neil told the magazine that the LP will be 'as over the top as we can (go). It's an album about a fork in the road and how your decisions can take you on one path or the other. One path is the right decisions and one path is the wrong decisions - and each album's going to represent each path."

So far so enticing. But the day got better with Miles Kane confirming to Noise11.com that he would be reuniting with his best pal Alex Turner in an attempt to record material for a second Last Shadow Puppets record that would come to fruition either towards the end of this year, or in early 2013. Considering the amount of musical projects now behind young Kane and indeed Turner, it will be very interesting to see how they combine their efforts this time round.

To complete the festivities, early this morning it was confirmed that none other than Las Vegan titans The Killers were also back in the studio. Despite their creative output having waned steadily in quality since their debut, here's hoping that Brandon Flowers, refreshed from his venture into life as a solo artist, will be back on fighting form and ready to deliver more of the indie athems that they have built their legacy on.

Quite a full on day eh? 4 days in and 2012 has the potential to be another excellent one for music. For now, I shall leave you with a track that has not left my stereo since it was released on Christmas day. The Maccabees have long been one of my most favourite bands, and with 'Feel To Follow' as a track, and indeed 'Given To The Wild', out Monday, I can't help feeling that they are set to be 2012's biggest success story. Needless to say, a full review will follow as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. Enjoy!

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