Broken Record #12
Not ones to stand still The Agency are back with a brand new double A-Side single, not six months since their superb debut For the Brave and Troubled was released to glowing reviews. "She" seems like a natural progression from that debut album, with its distinctive lyrics and subtle strumming that evoke a strange Lynchian world, made more so by some nice Julie Cruise style backing vocals. "The Temple" on the other hand is a total departure, harking back to the 80s, it is surprisingly upbeat and more akin to Echo and The Bunnymen than their usual US influenced folly. The band play a launch gig at Newcastle's Heart Attack & Vine venue on 27th April, but in the meantime they got together to discuss some of their record collection with Crackle. She/The Temple comes out on 29th April as a download only release and you can get it from their bandcamp and all the other usual places.
Roy Harper - One of those days in England
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Christopher Lee - Revelation
Steve doesn't like surprises but Jim does recommend the new Ellie Goulding album Halycon. He wasn't a fan of her earlier material but apparently the latest record has something a bit different about it. I'm going to give a nod to Alice Cooper here. There's one album, From the Inside, which I just find absolutely incredible. It's written about his time spent in a mental hospital whilst recovering from alcoholism. We're told that the songs are based on actual inmates. So, we have this wonderful but truly ludicrous rock opera/concept album about perverts and murderers. The lyrics on songs such as Nurse Rosetta and Millie and Billie are terrifically absurd, I wholeheartedly recommend this strange album as a guilty pleasure.