Two records are sitting on top of the pile this week, getting all my doting attention. The first is from CONSTANTINES, my favourite Canadian band, who are just about to release their new album Kensington Heights.
Constantines photo by 5500
I've blogged about the Constantines before so i'll just briefly mention that the new album is a more focused, but ragged effort than their previous one Tournament Of Hearts. It doesn't quake with the built up tension and youthful anger of their first two records but songs like the anthemic opener Hard Feelings are impossible to find fault with. I can't wait to see them play the upcoming ATP festival in the UK which is being curated by Explosions In The Sky in May.
If you've never heard them they have a good selection of older and newer material on their myspace to whet your appetite, but other people have described them as a cross between Fugazi, The Clash and early Springsteen. Kensington Heights is released on April 15 in Canada and April 29 in the USA through Arts and Crafts. Constantine tour dates are also online.
Mark Kozelek photo by St Murse
Also helping me through the rainy days since i returned from New York has been the new album from SUN KIL MOON (aka ex Red House Painter Mark Kozelek and co.) their first set of original material since the sensational Ghosts of A Lost Highway from 2003. Again I have previously waxed lyrical in anticipation of this new album and it doesn't disappoint. Its out now (i got the one with the bonus disc) and there's more about April online or you can hear some samples on the Sun Kil Moon myspace.