Liam Gallagher, Alfie Templeman + more, our favourite records of the week

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Liam Gallagher, Alfie Templeman + more, our favourite records of the week

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Words by Mixdown Staff

Liam Gallagher blends madness and classic, Alfie Templeman debuts, and Tate McRae is at the top of her game

This week, Liam Gallagher’s third studio album pivots unexpectedly, Alfie Templeman debuts with polish beyond his years, and Tate McRae shines with the all-stars.

This week’s top picks:

  • Liam Gallagher – C’mon You Know
  • Alfie Templeman –  Mellow Moon
  • Tate McRae – i used to think i could fly

Read all the latest music news here.

Liam Gallagher – C’mon You Know

Liam Gallagher’s first two solo #1 studio albums – As You Were and Why Me? Why Not  – maximised the potential of a simple formula: team Liam’s era-defining voice up with some trusted collaborators, and add some fresh impetus to his classic ‘60s and rock ‘n’ roll influences. 

But it’s the third time around and there’s a twist in the tale with his new album C’mon You Know, out today.

Initially inspired by regular collaborator Andrew Wyatt’s off-kilter bursts of creativity, C’mon You Know instead took a number of weirder, wilder turns. Of course, Liam being Liam, there’s a touch of The Beatles and The Stones about the record, but a quick scan of early comparisons reveals references to everything from T-Rex and Hendrix to The Polyphonic Spree and the Beastie Boys. And it’s a record that’s further coloured by some unexpected collaborators, including Dave Grohl, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, and Nick Zimmer of Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

As Liam summarised in an interview with The Sunday Times, “It’s a bit peculiar in places, which is good: 80 per cent madness and 20 per cent classic. If you’re going to start doing stuff like that on your third album, it helps if there’s a bit of Covid about. Because if it doesn’t take off, and people go, ‘I’m not sure about this, it’s a bit weird,’ we can blame it on the virus and go back to the classic stuff.”

Alfie Templeman – Mellow Moon

19-year-old British sensation Alfie Templeman has today shared his acclaimed debut album Mellow Moon, which he says: “It’s pretty much impossible for an album to define who you are when you’re 19, but I think the real message I want to say with this record is that I’m still figuring my life out, and the ride has only really just begun. 

“I learnt so much about myself since starting Mellow Moon, and I hope that you will too! Here’s to learning much more.” 

He adds of the brand new ‘Colour Me Blue’ video, also out today, “I am done with running. Running is no longer me and I do not associate with it. But it was a great time filming the video, and Martyn my dad made a little Cameo too so see if you can spot him!”

Tate McRae – i used to think i could fly

Multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter and dancer Tate McRae has released her highly anticipated debut album i used to think i could fly, which features a line-up of all-star collaborators and producers including Greg Kurstin, Finneas, Charlie Puth, Alexander 23, Blake Slatkin, Louise Bell and more.

Tate’s global smash ‘she’s all i wanna be’ is certified Gold in Australia and saw her team up with Grammy-Award winning producer Greg Kurstin, as she will head down-under for the first time in July for her sold-out headline tour.