Last night my dreams involved a combination of a free-scoring Wayne Rooney returning to the England team, and Pennywise the Dancing Clown. It was surreal and confusing but not unenjoyable.
The featured artists this month (let’s pretend this is a monthly feature and not some totally irregular, basically biennial splurge of words) don’t sleep so easy. Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo sees nightmares of global gloom and knows war is coming (if you want it); James Murphy returns with LCD Soundsystem to ask us how do you sleep; and Nadine Shah, Tyneside born singer-songwriter of Iranian descent, is plagued by the plight of refugees in an intolerant, ungenerous world. EMA’s nightmares may not be veiled by sleep, but the world of a 33 year old nihilistic woman in 2017 is laid bare in her dreamy, angsty new record.
But first some quick ones – some choice singles from the past month or so and some sub-A albums.