center_img “The Joke” also gives Carlile’s inimitable voice time to shine. An otherwise quiet song, its chorus finds the singer-songwriter’s voice at its most powerful as she cries “The joke’s on them.”By the Way, I Forgive You arrives Friday, February 16 via Elektra.Still looking for new music? Here are some of our favorite record releases from January. You might find something you like on our grooming and workout playlists. The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Welcome to The Manual’s music preview for February 2018. Below you’ll find three records coming out this month that we can’t wait to hear.Franz Ferdinand – Always AscendingChristopher Polk/Getty ImagesFranz Ferdinand’s breakout single “Take Me Out” encapsulated the sound of the band’s early music and played a significant role in defining the sound of indie rock in the first decade of the 2000s. The group has switched things up multiple times since then, including a 2015 collaboration with Sparks as the supergroup FFS. Their latest, Always Ascending, marks the first album with new addition Julian Corrie.Throughout the band’s career, Franz Ferdinand’s style has shifted from angular and infectious guitar rock to danceable “dirty pop” and back again. A press release describes the forthcoming Always Ascending as “nothing short of a rebirth.” The group’s Alex Kapranos adds, “We were creating a band. A sound … We started from zero: no expectations.”last_img

New Music Preview: Franz Ferdinand, Belle and Sebastian, and Brandi Carlile
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