What now for Kasabian? Lead-singer Tom Meighan has left the band "by mutual consent" so that he can focus on putting his life back together; it would seem that he has struggled with his mental health since 2016 and has now decided to amicably leave the band that he helped found in 1997. Here's a screenshot from the band's Twitter feed:
UPDATE: here is the band's expanded statement based on Tom's conviction for domestic abuse, which came to light in the past 24 hrs:
This, a live version of the track "Handstand" by British hip hop collective (interesting that rap "groups" are often referred to as "collectives") Monster Florence, is so so solid. You can't help but enjoy, especially as this was done in two takes:
Another case of something outside myself eating my life, and so it's another double week of release reviews. I know, I run the risk of upsetting my army of readers, but I hope you'll forgive me. Less preamble, more reviews!
Sault, 'Black Is...'
- a bit of an unknown in terms of who precisely is behind this collection of interesting snapshots into what it means to feel empowered by your own (black) culture
Phoebe Bridgers, 'Punisher'
- I like Phoebe, really I do, and I know that anyone who can already has given this album glowing praise BUT (and I never thought I would say this, ever) this album is just too much of a downer for me ... it's really well done and really interesting but also filled with abject misery
- final rating: Recommended (on it's musical merits)
Wait, Neil Young AND Bob Dylan released new albums and you aren't going to review them? No, I am not. Experience tells me what I need to know here and if I am missing out then so be it...
Daniel Avery, 'Love + Light'
- I thought Daniel Avery was going to be something huge in the world of EDM/IDM but he's had a bit of an off year having already released an average album early in the year and now this, a surprise release that spends far too much of its runtime repeating itself ... "London Island" and "Infinite Future" still standout but overall this is not a very compelling listen
MIKE, 'Weight of the World'
- any album described as "experimental hip hop" is going to get a listen from me and this quirkily produced album is both experimental and awesome
- final rating: Recommended
A bit of an uninspiring fortnight if you ask me. I listened to a few other albums and EPs but there was nothing that held me. Peace,