Everyone has their own musical journey. For some, their eyes were only opened to “good” music the first time they listened to The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. For some, that experience has yet to arrive. One of the first songs that ever blew me away was “Naive” by The Kooks, an alternative British band. I immersed myself in their work for years, never getting sick of their catchy hooks. In a week, The Kooks plan to release their fourth studio album “Listen.” I am so excited to delve deep into the tracks and let the music inspire me. From the sound of it, the album is set to be an incredible one.
“With this record we didn’t do any rehearsing beforehand. I’d write a song with Inflo or on my own, put it up and we’d all play over it. There was a real freedom to the process,” said lead singer Luke Pritchard. “To me this album is about pure expression…Rather than us just being a band in a room, playing our guitars with the vocal over the top, which is what we’d always done before, we were really listening to what was going on around us, picking up ideas.” Sounds like a plan to me. So far, their latest work has not been a disappointment. The first single of the album, “Around Town” is one of the best songs I’ve heard all year.
After writing this short post I’ve come to a realization – without The Kooks there is probably no Apple Seeds Music. For that, we are forever indebted to these talented British musicians. Thank you, thank you, thank you.