S’been five years since we were last graced with a Shipping News album and in that time they seem to have ditched the ponderous, sprawling postrock of yore and gained a taut sense of urgency. Collecting seven new tracks and two familiar cuts, ‘One Less Heartless To Fear’ was recorded live but if it weren’t for the occasional “whoop!“ or smattering of applause you’d barely believe it. Merging brittle, jittery riffing, fraught tremolo-picked flutters with mesmeric drum patterns and tense, semi-spoken vocals the result is as resounding a success as ever and a reassuring testament to the ongoing fertility of the Louisville underground.
There's been some actual news this week. The Movielifereformed, Fightstarreturned from hiatus, and then there was Emoji Artworks. But sadly, today is our last #notthenews round-up of 2014. Try to hold back those tears while we recap all of this week's nonsense.