Albums Out This Week: W/C 11th January 2010

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Aidan Williamson

11th January 2010
At 12:08 GMT

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With all of us jumping on bands with religious fervour the second their demos have been released online, the début album has become the one most likely to disappoint.

This, of course, takes a lot of pressure off the sophomore - or, second - album by bands. Vampire Weekend find themselves in such a situation this week. Although high expectations abound they still have the comfort that not even Interpol or The Strokes had second releases which failed to live up to the first.

So we guess what we're saying here is: "no pressure guys, we fully expect you to fail", but in a nice way. Same goes for you too You Me At Six.

Vampire Weekend: Contra

American indie sensation Vampire Weekend took the world by storm last year with their début self titled record, this rather innocent storm paved the way for a successful couple of years in which the band have toured the globe and received monumental amounts of air time. You can preview the album through the bands homepage and if you so choose to make the worthy investment via iTunes you will receive an extra two bonus tracks. 

FM Belfast: How to Make Friends

The long awaited début record How To Make Friends has finally arrived this week from Icelandic electro indie collective FM Belfast, after nearly five years of slowly working towards this point the band will be releasing eleven addictive songs through their own label World Champion Records.  The album has already sold nearly 5,000 records in Iceland and received favorable reviews from across the British industry so this L.P may be one record to watch out for this week. 

Strawberry Whiplash: Picture Perfect [EP]

Strawberry Whiplash are yet to release a full length album but this week they'll be releasing their second EP titled Picture Perfect on Matinee Records. You could say that the Scottish Duo manage to blend the magnetic opposites in music, pop and noise, something that has rarely been achieved successfully to date. We were extremely impressed with Strawberry Whiplash's first E.P Who's In Your Dreams so we'll most certainly be giving this record a spin.  

You Me at Six: Hold Me Down

You Me At Six's sophomore album will hit the stores this week, following up their widely successful début Take Off Your Colours from 2008 which reached number 25 in the UK charts. You Me At Six take something of an Americanised approach to the genre with the soaring ballads, the polished sheen of production and the lovelorn tales of rejection and triumph. Luckily they also manage to rock on rare occasions.

Delphic: Acolyte

Delphic are already set to have a momentous year after being selected for the BBC Sound long-list of 2010 and as the first artist from the roster to release an album, we can be sure that this record will be a good appetizer of things to come. Hailing from the historically music rich city of Manchester these four chaps show great promise in their material and we're sure that all ten tracks from this début will be well worth a listen. 

Jeffrey Lee Pierce: We Are Only Riders

Founder of 80's punk band The Gun Club, Jeffrey Lee Pierce released many solo album during the intervening years between his birth in 1958 and his death in 1996. We Are Only Riders sees an assortment of 'friends' paying tribute to the man through the medium of music as this album collects together contributions from the likes of Nick Cave, Debbie Harry, The Raveonettes and Mark Lanegan.

The Irrepressibles: Mirror Mirror

Comprising roughly eleven members, The Irrepressibles make use of many an orchestral instrument - throwing piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet and electronica together - to finalise their cabaret pop style. "The Irrepressibles play in the wasteland of our post-modern capitalist cultural burnout, playing with the embers, crying for their ruin, and making new inventions," which is nice.

Manu Chao: Baionarena (W/Dvd)

Manu Chao (born José-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao on June 21, 1961 in Paris, France) is a French Latin folk singer of Spanish origin, concretely Basque and Galician. He sings in French, Spanish, English, Arabic, and Portuguese and occasionally in a number of other languages. Chao began his musical career with Hot Pants, a French band that combined several musical styles and languages. With friends and his brother Antoine Chao, he founded the band Mano Negra in 1987. He became a solo artist after its breakup in 1995.

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