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August Release Round-Up

by Rich Morris Rating: Release Date:

Well, August - 'silly season' as it's known in the press - may have been a bit quieter than usual on the music front but what it lacked in quantity it certainly made up in quality. First up, the truly incendiary 'Putin Lights Up the Fires' by riot grrrl collective and new protest icons Pussy Riot. Less than three minutes of thrashing, righteous punk fury, it's the best thing to come out of Russia since vast quantities of massively over-priced gas.

How could anything compare to that? It couldn't, but it was still an unusually strong month for music all round. Notable returns came from Swans, Yeasayer, Why? and Six Organs of Admittance, while the likes of CFCF, Teengirl Fantasy, Eugene McGuinness made sure our musical diet stayed varied and surprising.

However, perhaps the month's biggest surprise (besides a politicised girl gang in neon balaclavas making punk the most vital music in the world once more) were the unfussy but widely acclaimed returns of The Darkness and Bloc Party, two bands who have more in common than you might at first suppose: Both found success in the 00s amid blazes of hype and frothing hyperbole; both collapsed amid rumours of fallouts and increasing public indifference; and, somehow, both have just come back after long hiatuses with what are being roundly hailed as their best albums since their debuts. So, that's August, then - maybe not so silly after all.

Here's what Ver Blab had to say about it all:

Pussy Riot - 'Putin Lights Up the Fires'

Swans - The Seer

The Darkness - Hot Cakes

Teengirl Fantasy - Tracer

Why? - Sod in the Seed

Bloc Party - Four

CFCF - Exercises

Yeasayer - Fragrant World

Six Organs of Admittance - Ascent

Eugene McGuinness - Invitation to the Voyage

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