- Are The Charlatans the most consistent band in indie? Certainly, it’s difficult to a think of another band still producing quality new material after almost three full decades together. There’s no discernible dip in quality on this 13th album, either, which arrives suitably stuffed with the sort of beatific melodies and laid-back grooves we’ve come to expect from Tim Burgess and pals. Looking at the stellar supporting cast they’ve secured, The Charlatans might well be amongst the most well-respected bands about too. Featuring Modfather Paul Weller and Manchester musical royalty Johnny Marr, cult US musicians Anton Newcombe and Kurt Wagner, and author Ian Rankin and comedian Sharon Horgan, Different Days is a record rammed with diverse collaborations.
- One major perk of achieving commercial success is being afforded total creative freedom, both in terms of what you do and in terms of when precisely you do it. James Vincent McMorrow more than earned that privilege with We Move, plus secured himself a 2016 Choice Music Prize nomination and the opportunity to deliver sell-out performances at some of the world’s most prestigious venues. Now, scarcely nine months since this last LP, the Irish singer-songwriter returns with the surprise follow-up, True Care, justifying his decision thus: “I want to make records when I'm compelled to, and I want to release them when they're still as fresh to me as they are to whomever is hearing them for the first time.” Expect “a futuristic mix of introspection, memory and piercing honesty”.