This one is special. We focus on debut albums with some colourful rock, a touch of pop, some powerfully amazing riffs, and cumbia, a real and unexpected dreamy success. We’re back from holidays and that’s everything we needed! Flashes.
NOTHING’S ON BUT EVERYONE’S WATCHING – DAYTIME TV
With their debut album, Nothing’s On but Everyone’s Watching, Daytime TV is nailing it. True, it’s sometimes a touch too calm and soft at times for me, but these moments are balanced by some heavy bangers. And they open the record with one of them: Side Effects and its powerful bass and catchy chorus. Later on, we also get the exceptional We Can’t Be Friends. It’s fresh, dark, and strong as much as it is chill, as we move through the tracks. With a smooth and clean production and their savoir-faire, there’s no doubt that Daytime TV is going to climb the charts in the coming months. Can’t wait for the sequel of the story.
BACKHAND DEALS – BUZZARD BUZZARD BUZZARD
It’s time to chill with Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard. And Backhand Deals may be their debut album, exploring the idea of honesty in rock music and its ideals, past and present, but what grasps my attention here is its atmosphere, perfect for a lazy day. It’s not the humour and sarcasm that we get in touch along the tracks that will contradict it, though. Absolutely colourful from start to finish, it’s a massive yes for me, a new favourite this year, ironically classic in its rock influence and pretty pop. Good Day, On the Kill Again and Demolition Song, are the tracks I’ll put on repeat.
LET THE FESTIVITIES BEGIN! – LOS BITCHOS
Let The Festivities Begin! Los Bitchos are leading the dance with their brilliant cumbia. This debut album has an incomparable producer: Franz Ferdinand’s leader Alex Kapranos. The result is gold. The band is full of humour and their videos are completing the narrative of their tracks. Detectives or criminals, against or with their Nemesis Las Panteras, following them in their adventures is a real treat. Stealthily in the night, they are escaping and roll their instrumentals tunes as the soundtrack. Because, yes, there’s no ‘song’, only instruments here. It’s rare, but their glamorous enthusiasm is too charming for us to not talk about this bubbly band.
We Can’t be Friends – Daytime TV
Good Day – Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard
Las Panteras – Los Bitchos