New Releases for April 5, 2019
Sara Bareilles – Amidst The Chaos CD/2xLP+MP3 (Epic)
“Amidst The Chaos is a collection of songs that came to life over the last couple of years and now they are ready for you,” says singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles on her fifth studio album and highly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Grammy-nominated The Blessed Unrest. “This summer, in Los Angeles, alongside some incredible collaborators and one inimitable producer named T Bone Burnett, the record came together swiftly and softly. It has been a lifelong dream to make music with T Bone, and I was so moved by his wisdom and his interest in soulful human expression, versus perfection.” Showcasing a more roots-based sound than past efforts, Amidst The Chaos is introduced by the powerful feminist anthem “Armor” and the romantically earnest “Fire”, and features a guest appearance by John Legend on “A Safe Place To Land”.
Big Eyes – Streets Of The Lost CD (Greenway)
Since their inception in late 2009, Big Eyes has been a musical chimera. Their distinctive heavy sound glides between punk, power-pop, and hard rock, while their songwriting retains an unwavering classic pop refinement. On their latest album Streets Of The Lost, Kait Eldridge, the bandleader and songwriter behind Big Eyes, combines straight shooting New York punk sensibilities with moody, brooding pacific northwest undertones, evoking a sense of both places the band has called home. Rounded out by the Ridenour brothers, Paul on guitar and back-up vocals, and Jeff on bass, and Scott McPherson on drums, Big Eyes’ sound has never felt richer, darker, and more lived-in. [Vinyl edition due April 12.]
Circa Waves – What’s It Like Over There? CD/LP (Prolifica)
Recorded in just one month, Circa Waves renew their blossoming co-producing relationship with Alan Moulder (Foals, The Killers) for an album that’s creatively unshackled and refuses to stay still. What’s It Like Over There? fuses the visceral thrill of rock music with a slick pop sound, brimming with themes of modern ennui, emotional fragility and the inside-outs and upside-downs of relationships. While the anthemic “Movies” will appeal to the band’s long-standing fanbase, the likes of “Sorry I’m Yours” and “Be Somebody Good” see Circa Waves experiment with a new progressive sound that will surprise and delight in equal measure. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Shana Cleveland – Night Of The Worm Moon CD/LP (Hardly Art)
Shana Cleveland has been beguiling listeners for years in her role as the superlative frontwoman for elastic surf rockers La Luz. Now Cleveland is evolving her sound on the new solo full-length Night of the Worm Moon, a serene album that flows like a warm current while simultaneously wresting open a portal to another dimension. As much a work of California sci-fi as Octavia Butler’s Parable novels, Night of the Worm Moon incorporates everything from alternate realities to divine celestial bodies. Inspired in part by one of her musical idols, the Afro-futurist visionary Sun Ra (the album’s title is a tip of the hat to his 1970 release Night of the Purple Moon), the record blends pastoral folk with cosmic concerns.
The Drums – Brutalism CD/LP (ANTI-)
The Drums released the critically acclaimed Abysmal Thoughts in 2017, marking the band’s first release as a solo project from Jonny Pierce. Two years later, The Drums present their tremendous, self-care focused fifth LP Brutalism. Following a painful divorce and an incredibly difficult stint living solely in Los Angeles, Pierce decided it was time to face his demons, and the making of this record is a part of that process. At its core, it is a pop album with thoroughly modern production and Pierce’s newfound tenderness. Back in The Drums’ previous iterations, the pressure was on Pierce to maintain the innocent and nostalgic sound of this surf-pop indie band and it didn’t allow him to explore sex, drug use, and darker emotions. Abysmal Thoughts was the first occasion he had chance to do that.
Eluveitie – Ategnatos CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Eluveitie is a Swiss death metal band that combines traditional Celtic folk music with melodic death metal, influenced by the classic Gothenburg sound. Their name means “The Helvetian” in Gaulish and is pronounced “El-Vey-Ti”. The band propels mythology, pagan belief and spirituality into our modern world. Ategnatos is a manifesto, a fast-paced, highly dramatic and embellished work on which today’s society sees itself in the mirror of ancient Celtic mythology. For the album, the nine-piece worked with a string quartet and granted harpist Fabienne Erni the space her instrument deserves. Overall, Eluveitie undertook a holistic upgrade resulting in some of the catchiest, most aggressive and epic tunes the Swiss metal nobility has ever offered.
Periphery – Periphery IV: Hail Stan CD/2xLP (3DOT/E1)
Periphery represents the vanguard of addictive, chaotic, challenging and cathartically inviting heavy music for the modern era. The band’s triple-guitar attack and rhythmic dexterity has won them devoted adherents across underground subcultures, regardless of whether those fans were weaned on the passion-fueled sounds of the Vans Warped Tour or the progressive rock of Rush. Periphery IV: Hail Stan is the group’s fifth album and follow-up to 2017’s Grammy-nominated Periphery III: Select Difficulty. “Periphery IV: Hail Stan is the work of a mature prog band with tongue firmly in cheek (besides the fantastic album title that will have people tripping over their eyes… I think is easily their best album thus far; it’s an absolute winner.” – Pure Grain Audio
Tyler Ramsey – For The Morning CD/LP (Concord)
Tyler Ramsey, the former Band of Horses co-writer and lead guitarist, delivers the exquisite new solo album, For The Morning. Inspired by the lush, deep green and stunning landscape of his home in the mountains outside of Asheville, NC, Ramsey threads rock, country and folk into a rich, new branch of American roots music all his own. “This album came about in the midst of a lot of change,” explains Ramsey. “The birth of my daughter, a move to the country, and the steady realization that I needed to switch the road I was on in my life as a musician and songwriter. I tried to express and balance images of life as a constantly traveling and touring musician with the more connected life I live at home and the time I spend hiking in the mountains where I live.” For The Morning connects the listener to this setting with dexterous guitar fingerpicking, radiant acoustic piano, affecting pedal steel and gorgeous languid vocals.
Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
The phantom zone, the parallax, the upside down – there is a rich cultural history of exploring in-between places. Through her latest, Titanic Rising, Weyes Blood aka Natalie Mering, has designed her own universe to soulfully navigate life’s mysteries. Maneuvering through a space-time continuum, she plays the role of melodic, sometimes melancholic, anthropologist. Tellingly, Mering classifies Titanic Rising as the Kinks meet WWII or Bob Seger meets Enya. The latter captures the album’s willful expansiveness (“You can tell there’s not a guy pulling the strings in Enya’s studio,” she notes, admiringly). The former relays her imperative to connect with listeners.
Brooks & Dunn – Reboot CD (SME Nashville)
Reboot is the first album in 12 years from the country music duo. The album is comprised of re-recorded duet versions of their hits with some of the hottest stars in contemporary music. [Vinyl edition due April 19.]
Don Felder – American Rock ‘N’ Roll CD/LP (BMG Rights Management)
The legendary former lead guitarist and songwriter of the Eagles returns with a new solo album featuring guest appearances by Sammy Hagar, Slash, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Peter Frampton, Joe Satriani, Mick Fleetwood, Chad Smith, Bob Weir, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Alex Lifeson and more.
Lee Fields & The Expressions – It Rains Love CD/LP (Big Crown)
Traditional soul sensibilities are mixed with a hip-hop tinged, sample ready sound that is as much an homage to the old as to the new. Some of the songs sound like they could belong to any of the last four decades without it feeling like a throwback, while others are ‘60s soul through and through. Lyrically, Lee runs the gamut from gushing admonishments of love to politically charged calls to action, from proclamations of God’s existence to love letters written to his wife.
Infamous Stringdusters – Rise Sun CD (Tape Time)
On their ninth album, the Grammy-winning quintet expand their signature sound by perfecting their seamless fusion of All-American-bluegrass and rock. [Vinyl edition due May 3.]
Khalid – Free Spirit CD (RCA)
Khalid’s music is primarily R&B and pop. He sings in both the baritone and tenor ranges, effectively rendering him a baritenor. Khalid cites Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Father John Misty, Frank Ocean, Grizzly Bear, Chance The Rapper, Lorde, India. Arie, and James Blake as influences. Free Spirit is his second album.
Jimbo Mathus – Incinerator CD/LP (Big Legal Mess)
Jimbo Mathus has blazed a singular path as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and shaman for 40 years, recording and releasing more than 300 songs that are a testament to his hoodoo craftsmanship and to the sounds, sights and spirits of his inspirations in the deep South. Mathus describes the 11 songs on Incinerator as a huge tapestry of my experiences, hard work and dedication to living a creative life.
People Under The Stairs – Sincerely, The P CD/Cassette (Piecelock 70)
With a career spanning two decades and 11 releases, L.A. hip-hop duo People Under The Stairs bid farewell with their final LP. Their unique style is on full display; lyrically dense spliced with vintage boom bap. Self-produced, self-recorded and no features but with multiple instrumentalists to supplement their trademark dusty breaks. [Vinyl edition due May 3.]
PUP – Morbid Stuff CD/LP (BMG Rights Management)
Morbid Stuff features 11 new songs that ooze passion, emotion and raw energy. This album captures the chaotically catchy, visceral sound that has already made PUP punk rock torchbearers and critical favorites.
Molly Tuttle – When You’re Ready CD/LP (Compass)
An insightful, gifted songwriter who was crowned Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2018 Americana Music Awards on the strength of her EP Rise, Tuttle has broken boundaries and garnered the respect of her peers, winning fans for her incredible flatpicking guitar technique and confessional songwriting. [Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – Gnomes And Badgers LP (MRI Associated)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The first new studio album in over five years from Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe distills the sweeping stylistic range of the band’s concert performances into its own authentic sound. Masterfully incorporating elements of vintage rock, old school soul and classic funk, the inimitable saxophonist/flutist/vocalist Karl Denson and his long-standing six-piece unit.
Eric Church – Carolina [Reissue/2009] LP (Capitol Nashville)
Limited 180gm vinyl reissue of the second studio album by the country music star.
Bob Dylan – Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid – Original Soundtrack Recording [Reissue/1973] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Bob Dylan – Planet Waves [Reissue/1974] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Bob Dylan – Street Legal [Reissue/1978] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissues of Bob Dylan’s 14th and 18th studio albums and his soundtrack to Sam Peckinpah’s surreal 1973 Western Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid which debuted the now-classic track “Knocking On Heaven’s Door”.