- First impressions count, which is probably why the enduring image of Linkin Park is of five, fresh-faced rap-rockers circa Hybrid Theory, despite nearly two decades of subsequent experimentation. Maybe One More Light will be the album that finally allows them to draw a line under their legacy; certainly, Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington and co could scarcely have moved further from their nu-metal roots. Swapping the aggressive crunch of guitars for gleaming synths - and featuring cameos from Stormzy, Pusha T and rising R&B singer Kiiara - Linkin Park’s seventh LP is focused on packing surprises rather than pandering to rock purists. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes down.
- Earnestness and folk music are familiar bedfellows, but the sincere singer-songwriter has been out of vogue for a while now, in favour of more poppy iterations. Enter Aldous Harding, New Zealand’s most exciting new voice since Lorde. Or should that be voices, because the most striking thing about Harding is her ability to completely alter the timbre of her voice from one song to the next. This chameleon-like shape-shifting adds an air of theatricality to proceedings, but never undermines the deep pathos expressed unflinchingly throughout. The result is an enigmatic record reminiscent of Linda Perhacs’ seminal early work: hauntingly beautiful.