The Playlist: David Bowie/ Pere Ubu/ Iceage/ Angel Olsen/ Factory Floor
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.
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.
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 channel the spirit of contemporary German electronica: stark, distant and intimidating, it could reveal a promising new direction.
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