Another week, another five tracks. Happy VE Day and Bank Holiday to UK friends. All the self-congratulatory sentiment has become too much for this cynical soul so I’m letting it pass me by.

This week’s selections are generally a calmer bunch (but next week is shaping up already to be livelier – patience my friends).

Playlist on Spotify

Catch Up on past weeks

A Hero’s Death – Fontaine’s D.C.

FDC are wasting no time in following up their cataclysmic breakthrough debut record Dogrel. The full-length LP will be here at the end of July, and this lead single gives us a taste that nothing has changed, but that is a very good thing.

Held Down – Laura Marling

A lot of artists are pushing back their albums in the hope of being able to tour in support closer to the release. Not Laura Marling. Initially scheduled for August this year, she pulled the release forward to April for her eighth studio album. It is as beautiful, honest and comforting as you would expect from Marling.

Dreamland – Glass Animals

A dreamy synthy new single from Davey and the gang ahead of their next album coming out in July. Yet another band releasing music that makes you long for sun-drenched summer music festival fields.

There Must Be More Than Blood – Car Seat Headrest

The next project from Seattle 4-piece headed by Will Toledo takes on more synths and electronics to great an angular, frenetic, at times unhinged but somehow cohesive and enjoyable record on their new album. This track is one of the longer, calmer more reflective moments on the record. More tracks may appear in future weeks…

1/2 Singing Bowl (Ascension) Excerpt – Jon Hopkins

I hesitated putting this on here. Hopkins direction of late is increasingly reflective and meditative. No stranger to ambient music through work with Brian Eno, Hopkins explores the sonic possibilities of limitation here. Only one instrument, one tone and yet your reaction when it starts is likely to be “what on earth?” and by the end “that was lovely”. If this isn’t enough for you, look up the 20-minute extended track (I thought I’d spare you that here!), brew a cup of tea and relax.

Have a good long weekend folks. See you next week.