October is mainly music-themed when it comes to the three things we’ve been coveting/excited about, with a sprinkle of nostalgia thrown in for good measure. Here are the three things we’ve been loving this month.
Robyn – Honey
It’s been eight loooooong years since Robyn released her last album, ‘Body Talk’, which we loved for its honesty, vulnerability and accompanying can’t-help-but-move-your-body synths. However, reprieve is in sight as the Swedish-wonder has announced that her latest album, Honey, will be released in the UK on 26 October and we can’t wait.
She’s already released ‘Missing U’, which we welcomed with open arms and ready ears and this month we’ve been treated to the title track, ‘Honey’. It’s been selected as Radio 1’s ‘Tune of the week’, hailed by Rolling Stone as ‘The Song You Need to Know’ and described by Robyn herself as having “…a sensuality and a softness that I don’t think I was able to use in this way before…”. We’re hugely excited about this album and 26 October can’t come quick enough. Until then we’re re-listening to ‘Body Talk’ and dancing on our own.
They Shall Not Grow Old
Peter Jackson’s name is now synonymous with hobbits, Orcs, giant gorillas and mainly creatures of fantasy. His latest venture however is all about bringing real life experience to a modern audience. His film, They Shall Not Grow Old, brings soldiers from the first world war back to life by restoring, colourising and adding voices to old footage taken at the time.
The result, according to reviews, is stunning, heart-wrenching and unforgettable. The footage comes from archives from the BBC and the Imperial War Museum and Jackson used diaries and letters for narrative voiceover. He also used lip-readers to help dub in what the men were actually saying.
On the centenary of the first world war, could there be a more poignant tribute than a film that shows exactly how those thousands of men, and boys, lived during that time? This isn’t dramatisation or a version of the truth. This is exactly how it happened for people just like me and you.
The film is out now in both 2D and 3D and will be aired on BBC One on Armistice Day (11 November). We’ll be watching.
Prodigy – ‘No Tourist’
It’s been 24 years since Prodigy released their second studio album, Music for a jilted generation, an album that had a big impact on MD, Mat Glover. Coming at an exciting time for music and providing the soundtrack for his teenage years, the album also marked the upsurge in popularity of the rave scene (the less said about that the better). And, after seeing Prodigy perform live, he became a lifelong fan, coveting every album since.
The band’s latest album, No Tourist, is set for UK release on 2 November and it’s whipping up excitement in the office already. With the only single release so far, Need Some1, no disappointment, we’re looking forward to the album that they say is just as aggressive as previous releases, but ‘in a different way.’ Let’s see.