Hello 2018!

It’s a new year and that means thrilling new musical projects are on the horizon for 2018. The past year gave us quite a few gems including new releases from Tori Amos, Beck, Eminem, The Killers, U2, Guardians of the Galaxy 2’s Awesome Mix Vol. 2 and the first proper solo effort from Liam Gallagher before 2017 ultimately concluding with holiday gifts from Sia, Tom Chaplin and Gwen Stefani.

As we proceed into 2018, we have several exciting items waiting in the wings such as new albums from Florence + the Machine, Father John Misty, Justin Timberlake, MGMT, The 1975 and a new remake of A Star Is Born, containing new music from Lady Gaga. There’s also U2’s highly anticipated Experience + Innocence Tour, so 2018 sounds as if it will be engrossing.

Cheers to a great new year and happy listening to all.


Tom Chaplin: ‘The Wave’


Tom Chaplin, lead singer and frontman of English band Keane, has just released his debut solo album. The Wave is a heartening musical catharsis which waxes poetic of crippling drug addiction and ruined relationships. But the album’s most poignant moments clearly stem from Chaplin’s own realizations of just how close he came to losing everything when confronted with his own mortality (“Bring the Rain” and “Cheating Death”).

Exquisitely produced by Aqualung’s Matt Hales, The Wave is a sparingly orchestrated, but highly emotive affair which sheds new light upon Chaplin’s commanding vocal style and newly presented songwriting acumen.  Key tracks include: the earnest “Still Waiting,” the weighty “The River,” the pensive “Quicksand” and the uplifting “Better Way.”

Chaplin recently kicked off his first solo trek, the Carried By The Wave Tour, which includes North America and Canada before wrapping up in May with final performances across the pond in the United Kingdom.