Several years in the making, June 1 will see the release of the third Florence and the Machine album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.
The first single from the album ‘What Kind Of Man’ was released midway through last week (doing better in the Scottish charts than the UK ones, for those of you interested in such stats), and the band are being talked about as serious contenders to headline Glastonbury.
The excellent (but NSFW) video for ‘What Kind Of Man’ can be seen below.
The album tracklisting is as follows:
1. Ship To Wreck
2. What Kind Of Man
3. How Big How Blue How Beautiful
4. Queen Of Peace
5. Various Storms & Saints
7. Long & Lost
9. Third Eye
10. St Jude
hope you had a good New Year’s Eve – I had a good one, but even though I don’t drink anymore I still feel exhausted. Ah well…
So what’s up for 2009? Musically, I’m predicting that guitar rock will take a back seat to more electronic sounds. At least, I am worn out with over-produced indie by numbers. It’s not big and it’s getting less and less clever.
As for what the blog offers, expect the usual mix of the painfully obscure and the wildly obvious, bizarre covers, videos, interviews, tips on up and coming bands, occasional updates on the progress of 17 Seconds Records and much more. Including my attempts to try and get to grips with the music that’s out there and succeeding to a limited extent.
I nearly meant it when I was going to call it a day back in December, fed up with the DMCA and their taking down of posts. However, I eventually came round to it, and will be moving this blog elsewhere very soon. Keep it tuned to 17 Seconds!
17 Seconds Records is in discussion with a couple of other bands we are trying to sign, we are also hoping to do another single with Aberfeldy, and will be issuing a download only single by the second act to sign to our label, Ex Lion Tamer called ‘Neon Hearts.’ If you haven’t downloaded the free ‘Christmas’ single ‘Life Support Machine’ here is another chance:
Meanwhile, speaking of great electronic stuff…Ladyhawke‘s self-titled debut will almost certainly dominate in 2009…or I give up. This lady, Pip Brown, is set to become one of New Zealand’s biggest pop acts ever.
AS EVER, IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU HEAR, PLEASE SUPPORT THE ARTISTS. BUY THE MUSIC – ALL THESE TRACKS CAN BE FOUND ON EMUSIC AND ITUNES IF YOUR LOCAL RECORD SHOP DOES NOT HAVE THEM. THESE TRACKS ARE NOT HERE IN PLACE OF YOU BUYING THE MUSIC, THEY ARE HERE TO PROMOTE THE ARTISTS.