Steve Vai, St. Paul & the Broken Bones + more, our favourite records of the week

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Steve Vai, St. Paul & the Broken Bones + more, our favourite records of the week

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Words by Eli Duxson

Dark disco with MØ, Steve Vai’s Hydra in action, and St. Paul & the Broken Bones’ fever dream

This week, Steve Vai and his three-necked Hydra provide the magic, St. Paul & the Broken Bones take a different direction, and MØ makes disco dark.

This week’s top picks:

  • St. Paul & the Broken Bones – Alien Coast
  • Steve Vai – Inviolate
  • – Motordrome

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St. Paul & the Broken Bones – Alien Coast

The Alabama eight-piece have built their name as proprietors of Southern soul producing some big hits in the past like ‘Call Me’, but they’ve taken a different direction for Alien Coast. 

We couldn’t put it any better than this: “It arrives as a fever dream in sonic form, a dizzying convergence of rock & roll and R&B, psychedelia and stoner metal, gospel and jazz-funk,” their press release read. 

“At turns explosive, elegant, and thrillingly unhinged, that sound makes for a majestic backdrop to St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ visceral exploration of the strangest dimensions of the human psyche.”

Steve Vai – Inviolate

Steve Vai needs no introduction, we all know he’s a master shredder, but the other side of Vai is on display in Inviolate. The maestro who sure as heck knows how to put a bloody song together.

The album has an uncanny ability to draw in a wider audience beyond fans of a shredding virtuoso with a sense of warmth to the tracks. Beyond this, if you’ve seen his three-necked Hydra guitar, then you’ll want to hear it in action!

– Motordrome

Danish pop star MØ has already reached some of the highest points in music with her feature on Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s song ‘Lean On’ becoming one of the highest streamed songs of all time. Her third studio album was spawned out of a time where she was burnt out from that success and the rigours of touring.

While her music had always flirted with darkness, there was always a breezy joviality. Motordrome, however, leans into a darker, dreamlike soundscape, with echoes of MØ’s punk and grunge roots.