New Music Friday: Killing Three Birds With One Stone

A Flock of Seagulls

We’ve seen rare sightings of the band members over the years, but now A Flock of Seagulls are finally ready to spread their wings again (couldn’t resist). For the first time since 1984, all four original members of the band appear on-record together for brand new album ‘Ascension’. The recording puts a new and unique spin on their greatest hits by performing orchestral versions with the Prague Philharmonic providing the backing. Having recorded the offering in studios around the world during the past year, the heroes of British new wave era are ready to bring home the victory for a summer release- sadly, without the haircuts.

Grab a copy of Wishing: The Very Best and remind yourself of A Flock of Seagulls biggest and best. 

Satellite Ravens

If you’re a fan of late noughties indie-psych, you’re going to love Satellite Ravens. Empire of the Sun, MGMT, and Passion Pit are duly paid homage to in Carson Rohde’s solo guise. Dig deeper into album ‘The Equinox’ and the funk-bass heavy nods to the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, while the more psychedelic-leaning tracks could sit alongside Foxygen or Tame Impala. Despite the smorgasbord of influences he offers, his intriguing lyrical content and winding vocals cut through the mix. It’s a hugely promising effort from the Californian, especially considering he’s a one-man show. Prepare to follow Satellite Ravens into orbit.

George Swan (aka Big Dik Blak)

George Swan may ruffle some feathers with his unpalatable nickname, but you can’t fault his prolific output when it comes to music. The Canadian-residing artist has released three albums (and counting) for your delectation. Drawing inspiration from his upbringing in an unspecified swamp in the depths of British Columbia, some may call BDB’s sound ‘swamp rock’. Song titles like ‘Smelly Fish’ and ‘Tales from Wreck Dreck’ tell you all you need to know about his music. It’s the heavy, fuzzy, and wigged-out stuff of the 1970s- not so much Deep Purple as hoovering up the leftover brown acid from Woodstock though we should add. Dig into the three albums and you’re almost definitely going to be surprised with what you find…