Reverb Week in Playlist: Sam Smith, Spoon, Ark Life and moreBy Reverb Staff | May 30th, 2014 | No Comments »
By Erin Browne
With everything that happens in the music world on a weekly basis, you couldn’t possibly be expected to keep up with it all. But don’t worry, with the Reverb Week in Playlist we’ll keep our ears to the ground for the important music news and releases of the week and compile it into the most digestible form we know: a playlist.
On June 10, Spoon is either dying or releasing some new tunes
Without warning giant black posters that read “Spoon R.I.P June 10th” have been popping up everywhere including their social media accounts. They’re cryptic. They’re ominous. They’re brief. They’re exciting more than anything. What could possibly be happening? Considering it is just ahead of Spoon’s Governor’s Ball appearance, could it be new tunes? Or much worse, could the Gov Ball appearance be their last show? Let’s hope not. The Texas based band hasn’t released an album since 2010’s “Transference” so it is about time for some new stuff.
Ark Life releases first taste of forthcoming debut album
Ark Life has shared the first taste of its forthcoming debut full length, the advice-filled “Let Your Heart Break.” Earlier this month, the western-rock band announced it had signed with Denver indie label Greater Than Collective and will release “The Dream Of You And Me” on Aug. 9. This new track gives a bit of tough love, building into a soul surge driven by organ swells, backing oohs and Jesse Elliott classic rock vocals. The sprawling Americana track pairs nicely with a local craft beer after a nice long hike in the Foothills.
Catfish and The Bottlemen Latest Single “Fallout”
Even though their name sounds it came from a random word generator, English indie four-piece Catfish and The Bottlemen is an actual band with real and thoughtful music. Their latest single “Fallout” was named the hottest track in the world by BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe last week and with their upcoming slot at Governor’s Ball next week, this is a band that is going to be garnering a lot of buzz stateside before too long. The Bottlemen have an accessible Brit-indie sound that has been becoming increasingly more popular over here the last few years. Other notable tracks include “Rango” and “Kathleen.”
Trailer Released for New Pulp Documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets
Back in December 2012, Pulp performed a homecoming show in Sheffield, England for the first time in more than a decade. Luckily, a film crew was there to catch the entire thing. The film premiered at SXSW and Cannes Film Festival and includes concert footages as well as interviews with the band’s members and various Sheffield residents. The film hits UK cinemas on June 8 and has been picked up for U.S. distribution, so for now sit tight, watch the trailer and wait for some U.S. release dates. And reminisce with this classic Pulp tune.
Sam Smith Comes Out Following New Single “Leave Your Lover”
Soul singer Sam Smith has been generating a lot of talk since appearing on Disclosure’s “Latch,” but he gained even more of it following the video for his latest single “Leave Your Lover.” After the video’s release, Smith came out, speaking frankly with Fader magazine saying that his forthcoming album “The Lonely Hour” is about “a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn’t love me back.” Unrequited love is a seriously relatable topic, and Smith hopes that everyone will be able to find something in his music to grasp onto.
Tweens Announce West Coast Tour with Crocodiles
Just like Catfish and The Bottlemen, Tweens is a band whose name you are going to want to remember. After releasing its debut self-titled album last month, the Cincinnati trash-pop trio has started to make a name for themselves. This summer they will be making their way to the West Coast with the band Crocodiles, but first the make a stop in Denver on Aug. 1. Being a Tween might have been awful, but this band is certainly the exact opposite.
Erin Browne is a New York-based writer and a new contributor to Reverb.