I finally got a copy of the new album by Det Vackra Livet. It has actually only been out for a couple of weeks now but I have been dying to hear this album! I fell hard for the Mary Onettes a couple of years ago when they released their second album Islands in 2009. Things sure seem to happen in cycles. The last Mary Onettes album came out about the same time as the first Cold Cave album and another Morrissey compilation and now all 3 have releases this month again! Maybe Morrissey just releases too many albums...but I don't think there really could ever be enough. Some might say that the debut self titled Mary Onettes album from 2007 is even better than Islands, and I go back and forth on which I like better but they are both essential albums that you should own. The band is from Sweden, which is reason enough to fall in love with the Mary Onettes! I am telling you, I just love Sweden. They mix an 80s sort of Ultravox and Pet Shop Boys sound with maybe some Sigur Ros and the twee sounds of Belle & Sebastian.
The two brothers from The Mary Onettes have just released a new album in their native tongue -- Philip and Henrik Ekstrom are now known as Det Vackra Livet for this new project. It has all of the elements that I love from The Mary Onettes, just without the English. This is beautiful stuff. I have been really loving this new album which was released on the same excellent label that released The Mary Onettes albums, Labrador... which of course has my name right in the middle of it, so of course I was going to love this label! They have put out some of my favorites over the last decade from artists like The Acid House Kings, who also just released a fantastic new album, as well as my favorites Radio Dept. and The Legends. And Pelle Carlberg! And Club 8 and The Sound of Arrows! This label can seriously do no wrong. They have been so consistently awesome that I really don't even understand how they do it. But I thank them for it. Please do yourself a favor and check out this new album from Det Vackra Livet. You will not regret it.
Check out the video for "Viljan" by Det Vackra Livet from their new self titled album...
I didn't really start listening to the Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance until college, but once I started there was really no going back. They quickly became two of my favorite bands. I still listen to them both quite frequently and I still hope every day that somehow the Cocteau Twins will reunite and tour. It is possible -- more possible than my dream of a reunion by The Smiths! Probably even more probable than Kate Bush ever coming to play in Los Angeles, although Kate Bush does have a new album out next week....but I gave up all hope after she didn't tour out here for her album from a couple of years ago. I know Elizabeth Fraser still makes music every once in a while and Robin Guthrie puts out something new every couple of years or so. Robin Guthrie has just released an awesome new album from Darla Records callled Emeralds. He is basically the Cocteau Twins without Elizabeth Fraser and he always borders on New Age but I hate to use that word. It might scare some people away. His new album is another excellent work of instrumental ambient sort of songs. This new album perfect to drift off and go to sleep to. Beautiful stuff. Robin Guthrie is actually on tour right now with Brendan Perry. Brendan Perry is of course the man behind Dead Can Dance with Lisa Gerrard. I have always loved his voice but nothing can really compare to the fantastic dark and lush albums of Dead Can Dance. However, his new solo album comes really close and I was pleasantly surprised to find a great little record. His new album is called Ark and it was released by the black metal/dark ambient label The End Records. It came out last year as an import but it is finally out domestically this month. I am just always happy to have any of these people back in my life. I will go listen to my new albums by Brendan Perry and Robin Guthrie. I will go see them on this new tour and I will love every minute of it. But I will still always be hoping for an upcoming Dead Can Dance or Cocteau Twins tour. How about a double bill with both of them? I can think of nothing better. And I know I am not alone.
Listen to "Warmed by the Winter Sun" by Robin Guthrie from the new album Emeralds...
Listen to "Winter Sun" from the new album Ark by Brendan Perry...
also out 5/17...
Cat's Eyes by Cat's Eyes
Boatman's Call (Collector's Edition) by Nick Cave
Let Love In (Collector's Edition) by Nick Cave
Murder Ballads (Collector's Edition) by Nick Cave
No More Shall We Part (Collector's Edition) by Nick Cave
False Beats & True Hearts by Damon & Naomi
Rome by Danger Mouse & Daniel Luppi
Euphoric Heartbreak by Glasvegas
Beauty & the Beat:30th Anniversary Edition by The Go-Go's
Destroyed by Moby
Queens of the Stone Age (reissue) by Queens of the Stone Age
also out 5/23...
Brilliant! Tragic by Art Brut
Torches by Foster the People
Pala by Friendly Fires
Emeralds by Robin Guthrie
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
Demolished Thoughts by Thurston Moore
Ark by Brendan Perry
Glamazon by Rupaul