Never realised the breadth of the "Pop-Sike" genre until I heard Fading Yellow, a really fine compilation that hangs together beautifully as an album. That most of the tracks are obscure isn't surprising: everything is a little odd, a little ramshackle, with a strong melancholic undertow and not a little creepiness. Of course, this music is also specific to a particular time in Western pop music history so there's a strong nostalgic element, but the knowledge this music could never be exactly replicated is what also makes it so fascinating. Recommended, in a warm and loving 60s way.
In candid interviews with Bruce McAvaney, 12 Australian Olympians reveal what happens when there are no personal bests left to chase and what, if anything, replaces the euphoria of elite sport. They’ll share the highs and lows, the glory and heartbreak, not just of sport but life itself, in a powerful half hour that goes far beyond the Games.
Ellie Goulding is catching up with herself. No longer running to stand still (well, not all the time, away), she has arrived at a point in her career, in her life, where the songs she is writing bear witness to the place she is in now, after five tumultuous years of professional and personal transformation. Ellie s bold and brilliant new album, Delirium, represents an almighty step change, shaping a new narrative for the next stage in this remarkable singer s journey. Working with writers and producers such as Max Martin, Greg Kurstin, Ryan Tedder, and Disclosure s Guy Lawrence, Ellie made, she says, a conscious decision with this album: that I wanted it to be on another level.