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Pack of Three

Our resident gig guru has pored over this month’s music listings and pulled out three (three!) plums.

We Were Promised Jetpacks (pictured) are one of the best bands to come out of Scotland this century and have a clutch of very excellent indie-rock albums under their belts that are replete with pounding melodies, soaring vocals and bags of passion. Their fifth album, 2021’s ‘Enjoy The View’ – their first as a three-piece – saw the band revitalised and operating at the very top of their game. Bold, and imbued with richly encompassing melodies, it is perhaps their most ambitious and fully-rounded release to date. Wyldest, meanwhile, is the artist project (if you will) of London singer, songwriter, composer and producer Zoe Mead. She set plenty of tongues a-clacking with the release of her utterly brilliant ‘Monthly Friend’ album, which was released last year. A pastoral mediation on everything from womanhood to nature to the human condition, sonically it touched on everything from 80s shoegaze to the deliciously jangly and sun-kissed and came wrapped in the kind of swoony melodies that instantly transported you to somewhere up among the clouds. Mm-Mmm! Finally, Jay Electronica is one of those producers/rappers who created a huge buzz while releasing not that much stuff (Erykah Badu and Nas were just two of the artists singing his praises). But when his debut album – ‘A Written Testimony’ – landed in 2020 it didn’t disappoint. It featured guest appearances from Travis Scott, the-Dream and a certain Jay-Z and was swiftly lauded as one of the albums of the year with the likes of Pitchfork frothing: “After years of mounting hype, Jay Electronica’s fantastic debut is a mystical, distinctive work that lives up to all the lore surrounding the rapper.” If you’d like to see that lore up front and personal, then don’t miss this rare chance to see him the north-east. DP

We Were Promised Jetpacks, Friday 9 September, Pop Recs, Sunderland, 7.30pm, £16, seetickets.com; Wyldest, Thursday 22 September, Cluny 2, Newcastle, 8pm, £10; Jay Electronica, Sunday 25 September, The Cluny, Newcastle, 8pm, £20, thecluny.com

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