The Playlist: David Bowie/ Pere Ubu/ Iceage/ Angel Olsen/ Factory Floor


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David Bowie

Where Are We Now?

Bowie is back, returning to the musical fold with this soft, reflective ballad. The fragile, occasionally auto-tuned vocal betrays Bowie's age, but the song's overall melancholy is timeless.

Pere Ubu

414 Seconds

Seven minutes of terrifying industrial noise await the listener here, dragged further into musical nihilism by David Thomas's tormented vocal.



A brutal mish-mash of wailing guitars, screamed vocals and breakneck drums. It may not be the soundtrack to Dave and Nick's political Ronseal-job, but it easily could be.

Angel Olsen

Sweet Dreams

Olsen has started backing her powerful voice with a raw guitar on recent material, giving a PJ Harvey-esque kick to her low-key sound.

Factory Floor

Fall Back

Factory Floor channel the spirit of contemporary German electronica: stark, distant and intimidating, it could reveal a promising new direction.