This week’s Five Songs list features a new material from a couple of greatest hits material and a pretty freaky Blue Velvet trip.
1. Bush, Nowhere to Go But Everywhere
Loaded: The Greatest Hits 1994-2023 (Round Hill Records)
Recommended If You Like: 90s alt-rock
Bush has been around for 31 years and has sold more than 24 million records and Gavin Rossdale has only now decided to release a greatest hits record. (I’m not counting 1997’s Deconstructed because that was a remix album. Besides, that was still more than a quarter-century ago.) The collection features 21 songs, twenty of which are from the band’s career. The twenty-first is this new track.
2. Johnny Marr, Somewhere
Spirit Power (BMG)
RIYL: 80s-inspired jangly goodness
Speaking of greatest hits album, ‘tis the season. Such compilations are usually decent stocking stuffers (for those who still buy physical product) and are good for refreshing the public’s mind about an artist’s career. Johnny Marr would like everyone to know that there’s more to him than those Smiths records back in the 80s. This collection features Johnny’s personal favourites from his career along with two brand-new songs. Fork out for the deluxe double CD set and you’ll also get a bunch of never-heard demos.
3. The Dirty Nil, The Light, The Void and Everything
Free Rein to Passions (Dine Alone Records)
RIYL: David Lynch’s Blue Velvet
Everyone in Dundas, Ontario’s Dirty Nil is a big fan of the films of David Lynch. They had this idea for a video treatment based on Blue Velvet for years but never really found a use for it. That is, until it came time to release this single from their most recent album. Note that Wade McNeil of Alexisonfire plays the role of Frank. Creepy, this.
4. BoyWithUke, Migraine
Lucid Dreams (Mercury Records)
RIYL: Anonymous singers
Who is BoyWithUke? No idea. We know that he was born in Daegu, South Korea (well, maybe), and may or may not currently reside in Boston. Whatever the case, we’ve never seen his face, even when he performs live. He claims he wants people to focus on the music and not his looks. Vanity? Or personal protection? Whatever the case, fans seem to love the mystery. Lucid Dreams, due October 6, is his fourth album (there are also three EPs if you’re interested in going down this rabbit hole.)
5. Fur Trade, Monaco
Dark Celebration (Fantasy Records)
RIYL: When long hiatuses finally come to an end.
Remember Victoria, BC’s Hot Hot Heat? They officially split in 2016 but before then, Steve Bays and Parker Bossley formed Fur Trade and released one record, Don’t Get Heavy, in 2013. One song from the album, Same Temptation, was even nominated for a Prism Prize for its music video. Fur Trade is back with their second album after a break of ten years. Let’s see where this takes them.
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