New Releases — April 29, 2022

New Releases for April 29, 2022

CDs + Vinyl:

Bloc Party – Alpha Games CD/LP (BMG)
“Alpha Games was conceived on the road, playing in front of amazing crowds on our last tour and then brought to life with the fire and the frustrations of 2020,” says Kele Okereke on Bloc Party’s first new album in seven years. The first Bloc Party album written and recorded with a new lineup, adding the musicality of Justin Harris (bass) and the unbridled energy and power of Louise Bartle on the drums to capture the spark of their live shows.

Bob Moses – The Silence In Between CD (Astralwerks)
Grammy Award-winning duo Bob Moses delivers their highly anticipated third album, The Silence In Between. One of the most anthemic moments here, “Love Brand New” finds Vancouver-bred musicians/producers Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance tapping into their deep-rooted love for ’90s alt-rock and left-of-center dance music.

Diane Coffee – With People CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
After 2019’s exquisite Internet Arms, which Paste described as “a heady exploration of the distinctions between online and authentic personas,” Diane Coffee, the versatile and ambitious pop project of Shaun Fleming, returns with their fourth album, With People. [A clear vinyl pressing is available.]

Bill Evans – Inner Spirit: The 1979 Concert At The Teatro General San Martin, Buenos Aires 2xCD (Resonance)
The first official release of pianist Bill Evans with Marc Johnson and Joe LaBarbera captured live on September 27, 1979. Remastered from the original tape reels and includes an extensive booklet with rare photos from the actual concert, plus essays and new interviews with Marc Johnson, Joe LaBarbera, and pianist Enrico Pieranunzi.

Frog Eyes – The Bees CD/LP (Paper Bag)
After a brief stint as Soft Plastics, Frog Eyes – comprising Carey Mercer (vocals, guitar), Melanie Campbell (drums), and Shyla Seller (synthesizer, electric piano) – has chosen 2022 to release their latest album, The Bees. The Bees is ten songs that feel expansive-taking the listener on a whirlwind adventure to meet the ghosts of Frog Eyes past, present, and future-each track possessing the tempo necessary to incite a room filled with people to move.

Tigran Hamasyan – StandArt CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan releases his first album of American standards. StandArt includes songs from the 1920s through the 1950s, by Richard Rodgers, Charlie Parker, Jerome Kern, David Raksin, and others; it also includes a piece Hamasyan improvised with his bandmates-bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Justin Brown-and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, who is featured on two of the album’s tracks. Other special guests include saxophonist and label-mate Joshua Redman on Charlie Parker’s “Big Foot” as well as saxophonist Mark Turner on Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s “All the Things You Are”.

Miranda Lambert – Palomino CD/2xLP (Sony Music Nashville)
For superstar Miranda Lambert, each of her seven consecutive No. 1 albums has presented a chance to explore a new theme while pushing herself across varying sonic landscapes. With the progressive 15-song album, Palomino, Lambert has crafted a record that explores the world and the people in it, seeking beauty and adventure all around. A line from the first song written for the album perhaps sums up the project as a whole best: “there’s always been a stranger in my soul / who loves a good goodbye and a good hello,” she sings in “Tourist”.

Let’s Eat Grandma – Two Ribbons CD/LP/LP+MP3 (Transgressive)
Let’s Eat Grandma released their second album, I’m All Ears, in 2018. It came out to a blaze of critical glory, thrilled fans who’d been with them since I, Gemini, and won them interested new listeners as they widened their musical scope. The band’s new album, Two Ribbons, tells the story of the last three years from both Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton’s points of view.

Melody’s Echo Chamber – Emotional Eternal CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Emotional Eternal, the third studio album from Melody’s Echo Chamber, is a deeply human collection of songs full of prolonged moments of sonic transcendency – a record that clearly exhibits its maturity but still regards the world with a childlike wonder. Having swapped Paris for the clean air of the Alps, Melody hopes “the record has that uplifting quality. I made some big and impactful decisions and changes to my life. It took me to where it is peaceful, and I think the record reflects this.”

Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time CD/LP (Legacy)
Willie Nelson is back with his seventy-second solo studio album A Beautiful Time. A full-fledged collection of new studio material produced with long-time collaborator Buddy Cannon, it’s released just in time for Willie’s 89th birthday and shows off just how prolific he continues to be as it includes some of his finest songwriting and performances in years. The fourteen tracks include five amazing new Nelson/Cannon compositions, new songs from Chris Stapleton & Rodney Crowell (the first single “I’ll Love You Till The End Of Time”) and a cadre of top Nashville songwriters, plus a couple of plum covers by Leonard Cohen (“Tower Of Song”) and The Beatles (“With A Little Help From My Friends”) given expert interpretation by Willie.

Rammstein – Zeit CD/2xLP (Virgin)
Zeit, the eighth album from the Berlin musicians follows their untitled No. 1 album that shot the band straight to the top of 14 international charts in 2019, after the longest break between albums of their career to date. Till Lindemann (vocals), Paul Landers (guitar), Richard Z. Kruspe (guitar), Flake (keyboards), Oliver Riedel (bass) and Christoph Schneider (drums) spent two years working on the eleven songs on the new album. Lindemann’s commanding baritone resonates over solemn piano chords and an angelic chorus of sirens on the epic eponymous first single.

Seratones – Love & Algorhythms CD/LP (New West)
Love & Algorhythms is an interstellar synthesis of astral soul, R&B, and sci-fi funk. Working with producer Paul Butler (The Bees, Micheal Kiwanuka, Caroline Rose, Hurray For The Riff Raff), Seratones have taken the invitation to knock at the door of the cosmos.

Caroline Spence – True North CD/LP (Rounder)
True North, the fourth album from Caroline Spence, showcases the singer/songwriter’s refusal to exalt or commodify her own experience, and instead reaches for a far more magnanimous exploration of grief, growth, and the endless complexities of human nature.

Tomberlin – i don’t know who needs to hear this… CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Saddle Creek)
Tomberlin is Sarah Beth Tomberlin, a pastor’s kid born in Florida, raised in rural Illinois. She wrote most of her debut, At Weddings (2018), while living at home. For a while after leaving home and church, she lived in Louisville, Kentucky. She worked a day job and kept writing songs. She posted some of these songs to Bandcamp, which led to her signing a record deal with Saddle Creek.

Toro y Moi – Mahal CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Dead Oceans)
Toro y Moi’s seventh studio album, Mahal, is the boldest and most fascinating journey yet from musical mastermind Chaz Bear. The record spans genre and sound-encompassing the shaggy psychedelic rock of the 1960s and ’70s, and the airy sounds of 1990s mod-post-rock-taking listeners on an auditory expedition, as if they’re riding in the back of Bear’s Filipino jeepney that adorns the album’s cover. [A limited-edition silver color vinyl pressing is available.]

Trombone Shorty – Lifted CD/LP (Blue Note)
An album that captures the energy of his legendary live shows, Lifted combines classic New Orleans sounds (funk, gospel, street rhythms, Mardi Gras Indian chants and second lines) with modern lyrics, melody and beats to create something fresh and unique. Part Jimi Hendrix, part James Brown and all New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is the bandleader and frontman of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a hard-edged funk band that employs brass-band beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition.

Sofi Tukker – Wet Tennis CD (Sofi Tukker LLC)
Sofi Tukker, the genre-defying duo of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, is celebrated for their inclusive and global perspective on electronic music as well as their work’s themes of liberation, unity, and self-empowerment. Wet Tennis is an acronym: When Everyone Tries to Evolve, Nothing Negative Is Safe. Wet Tennis is about forward movement, optimism and growth, no matter what the challenge.

Watain – The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain CD/LP/Cassette (Nuclear Blast)
Seventh studio album from the black metal band.

Ann Wilson – Fierce Bliss CD/LP (Silver Lining Music)
With Fierce Bliss, legendary Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ann Wilson – recognized as one of the greatest singers of all time and co-founder of multi-platinum stars Heart – has created a supremely lavish, warm and seductive slice of rock ‘n’ roll which provides an instant soundtrack whether on the freeway or in front of the fireplace.

Neil Young – Official Release Series Discs 13, 14, 20 & 21 4xCD/4xLP (Reprise)
This box set continues the chronological re-releasing of Neil Young’s official releases, remastered where analog tapes exist. The fourth volume in the series, Official Release Series Discs 13, 14, 20 & 21, includes Hawks & Doves from 1980 (ORS 13), Re*Ac*Tor (with Crazy Horse) from 1981 (ORS 14), This Notes for You from 1988 (ORS 20), and Eldorado from 1989 (ORS 21). These albums bookend the period 1982-1987 when Neil recorded for Geffen Records, hence the non-sequential ORS numbers. This is the first official vinyl release of Eldorado, a 5-track mini-album (previously only released on CD in Australia and Japan) and it includes two much sought-after tracks, “Cocaine Eyes” and “Heavy Love”.

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman – John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman [Reissue/1963] LP (Impulse!)
John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman, released by Impulse! Records in 1963, was recorded on March 7, 1963, at the Van Gelder Studio. Coltrane and Hartman had decided on 10 songs for the album, but en route to the studio they heard Nat King Cole on the radio performing “Lush Life”, and Hartman immediately decided that song had to be included on their record. The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013.

Cowboy Junkies – Songs Of The Recollection LP (Proper)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The new Cowboy Junkies album Songs Of The Recollection features covers of well-known songs by the likes of David Bowie, Gram Parsons, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, and The Cure.

John Craigie – Mermaid Salt LP (Zabriskie Point)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.

Infamous Stringdusters – Toward The Fray LP (American Vibes)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Grammy Award-winning bluegrass, folk and Americana outfit release their first full-length since 2019’s Rise Sun.

Sondre Lerche – Avatars Of Love 2xLP (Sondre Lerche LLC)
Having relocated to his native home of Norway in 2020, indie-pop auteur Sondre Lerche returns with his boldest, most expansive work yet: Avatars Of Love. Written and recorded within the span of a year, the album, as Lerche tells it, “burst into being during a very intense and hyperactive year of my life.” Produced by Lerche and his team of longtime collaborators Matias Tellez (girlinred) and Kato Adland, it features guests AURORA, CHAI, Mary Lattimore, and Felicia Douglass of Dirty Projectors.

Migos – Culture III CD (Quality Control)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl. Culture III is the third installment and finale of Migos’s blockbuster Culture trilogy. As a knockout climax, it spotlights their nimble ad-libs, bulletproof bars, head-spinning hooks, and irreplaceable chemistry. And it’s stacked with A-list co-stars: Cardi B, Drake, Future, Justin Bieber, Polo G, Youngboy NBA and the late Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke to name a few.

Suicidal Tendencies ‎– How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today [Reissue/1988] LP (Red Music Legacy)
Originally released in 1988, Suicidal Tendencies’ third LP, How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today, was a major turning point for Mike Muir and his Venice, CA crew. Led by Muir’s sardonic sneer, How Will I Laugh… grinds with beyond-punk prowess and biting social commentary that pushed Suicidal from Pendelton n’ bandana’d clad, Pepsi-chuggin’ hardcore heroes to flexible skateboard-obsessed thrashers who would give legends like Anthrax, Slayer and Metallica a run for their money.

The Weeknd – Dawn FM 2xLP (Xo)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Dawn FM is the fifth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd.