When I dived into the debut album from Black Grape, I really didn’t know what to expect. I was riding on the high of knowing that Shaun Ryder had sung Dare, and I felt that was convincing enough to listen to an entire album’s worth of his work. Blending Madchester melodies with the rise of Britpop, Black Grape’s first album, It’s Great When You’re Straight Yeah, is nothing short of brilliant.
As I broaden my musical horizons by listening solely to artists I vaguely know the name of, I find it odd that I’d put off Gorillaz for so long. Created by the fluffy haired, starry eyed Damon Albarn of Britpop’s Blur fame, it seemed right up my street. A project that transcended music itself and delved into animation and performance art, it couldn’t have come from anyone else but Albarn. Perhaps their most popular and successful album, Demon Days released in the not so distant year of 2005, and it certainly shows.
After my interview with Knox back in January, I should’ve seen a Twin Peaks inspired album coming from a mile off. He spoke with a candid love for the David Lynch series, and he connects this passion for the weird and otherworldly inhabitants of the surrealist 90s cult show with his latest album. The shows revival in the past few years for a third series has rightfully evoked some strong feelings from fans of the show, and Knox has crafted his latest album, Half Heart: Songs from Twin Peaks, as a response to his love for the show and its soundtrack.