This has been a long time in the making; another format in which our writers can express their opinions about music (and more) to anyone who is willing to lend their time to listen. Views From The 405 is a new podcast, going alongside the already established 405 Podcast. This one is hosted by 405 writers Kieran Devlin and Reviews Editor Rob Hakimian, casually and passionately discussing recent music news, releases and anything else of interest that might be happening in the world (that may or may not tangentially relate to music).

Since our first episode was recorded right around the middle of the year, we thought a good way to set out our stall and let you all know a little bit about us and what our podcast will be like would be to talk about our favourite music of the year so far. In episode 01 you'll hear Kieran and myself discussing a few each of our favourite albums on 2017 so far, some discussion of our most under-appreciated albums of the year, some underwhelming albums of the year and what we're looking forward to in the next 6 months.

We hope you'll forgive the clumsiness of some of the levels and editing at the start - this is the first episode of a podcast we self-recorded, edited and released. Moreover, we hope you enjoy our effusive comments about all of the music we discuss, and feel as passionately as we do - and as though we're just a bunch of mates all chatting nerdily about some of the best entertainment this planet has to offer. If you want to interact with us, we'd love to hear from you, and you'll almost certainly get a mention on the next episode. You can find me, Rob Hakimian, on Twitter @Temporaryism and Kieran is @NoNotThatDevlin - but if you have something more extensive to say, you can email us at podcast@thefourohfive.com.

If you enjoy it, please subscribe and tell your friends - and look out for episode 02, coming in the near future.

Clips used in episode 01:

Skepta - 'Man' (from Konnichiwa - Boy Better Know, 2016)
Big Thief - 'Mary' (from Capacity - Saddle Creek, 2017)
Jlin - 'Hatsheput' (from Black Orgami - Planet Mu, 2017)
Mount Eerie - 'Ravens' (from A Crow Looked At Me - P.W. Elverum & Sun, 2017)
Sorority Noise - 'First Letter From St. Sean' (from You're Not As ____ As You Think - Triple Crown Records, 2017)
Fleet Foxes - 'Fool's Errand' (from Crack-Up - Nonesuch, 2017)
Father John Misty - 'So I’m Growing Old on Magic Mountain' (from Pure Comedy - Bella Union, 2017)
Paramore - 'Idle Worship' (from After Laughter - Fueled By Ramen, 2017)
Kendrick Lamar - 'HUMBLE.' (from DAMN. - Top Dawg Entertainment, 2017)
Tall Ships - 'Will To Life' (from Impressions - FatCat, 2017)
Sneaks - 'Devo' (from It's A Myth - Merge, 2017)
Lorde - 'The Louvre' (from Melodrama - Republic/Lava, 2017)
Japandroids - 'In A Body Like A Grave' (from Near To The Wild Heart Of Life - Anti-, 2017)
LCD Soundsystem - 'American Dream' (from American Dream - DFA, 2017)