Lowlands has got my hunger for new music revved up to the maximum again! Thankfully, there’s lots of great new music out. Or sometimes it’s not so new (damn those tragically late European release dates sometimes!), but at least new-ish to me and maybe to you too. So I thought it might be nice to do a blogtheme this week: one new(ish) album I’m listening to in the spotlight every day (or so).

The Thrills TeenagerThe Thrills TeenagerThe Thrills TeenagerI’ll kick off with The Thrills‘ new album, Teenager [July 2007]. If you loved their previous albums So Much For The City [2003] and Let’s Bottle Bohemia [2004], you can simply walk straight to the check out with this one. The most Californian sounding five-piece ever to come out of Ireland have stuck to their wiThe Thrills TeenagerThe Thrills Teenagernning recipe of sunshine indierock. It’s not innovative or even particularly exciting, but I’m just a sucker for their upbeat jingle jangle guitar sound, the odd banjo or harmonica thrown in and Conor Deasy’s husky and always slightly tired lyric delivery.

If you were hoping The Thrills were going to progress to a different sound, you will be disappointed. But come on, who can be disappointed with more of a good thing when it leads to the likes of Long Forgotten Song? (no video yet, just audio:)

I’ve been listening to this record all weekend, wishing I was already driving along a sun drenched Californian highway, windows wide open, with Nothing Changes Round Here, the first single, blasting from the stereo (just seven weeks and counting until the real deal!).

Other favourite songs include This Year (“this year could be our year!”), I Came All This Way (love the expression “backseat fumblings”) and There’s Joy To Be Found (with some nice Beach Boys harmonies).

On a more critical note, none of the songs grabbed me right from the start in the way some of their past gems did (in particular Big Sur, Don’t Steal Our Sun and Santa Cruz). And although the lyrics often take you back to long teenage summers, bumming about with no particular purpose, they don’t really scratch the surface of what could have been a memorable album capturing those years we spend the rest of our lives nostalgically looking back on.