New Releases for August 13, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
Joan Armatrading – Consequences CD/LP (BMG)
Consequences, Joan Armatrading’s new album, is one of her most intimate and direct releases yet and one that wears its conscience and its heart on its sleeve. Her 22nd studio effort to date, it ably illustrates the fact that Armatrading never likes to repeat herself. It is a very different follow-up to 2018’s Top 30 hit “Not Too Far Away”.
Devendra Banhart / Noah Georgeson – Refuge CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
Last spring, Devendra Banhart and Noah Georgeson started to make a record that was like nothing they had made before – an ambient album that would be both a haven from a suddenly terrified world and a heartfelt musical dialogue between two men who have been friends and collaborators for over two decades. Refuge is an album of profound meditative beauty which offers the listener a much-needed sense of peace and renewal. [A limited-edition ‘seaglass wave’ color vinyl pressing is available.]
Bendigo Fletcher – Fits Of Laughter CD/LP (Elektra)
Debut album from the Louisville band. On Fits Of Laughter, frontman Ryan Anderson crafts the patchwork poetry of his lyrics by serenely observing the world around him. When matched with the band’s gorgeously jangly collision of country and folk-rock and dreamy psychedelia, the result is story-songs graced with raw humanity, wildly offbeat humor, and a transcendent sense of wonder.
Jade Bird – Different Kinds Of Light CD/2xLP/Cassette (Glassnote)
Acclaimed young British singer-songwriter Jade Bird returns with her sophomore record, Different Kinds Of Light. The RCA studios in Nashville and the North American country/alt-rock music scene feature heavily in the life cycle of this new album as that’s where Jade recorded most of it with powerhouse producer Dave Cobb.
Joey Cape – A Good Year To Forget CD (Fat Wreck Chords)
A Good Year To Forget, a record that was written during a year that saw singer-songwriter Joey Cape lose his father, separate from his wife of 20 years, contract COVID, and move back in with his parents as a result of a livelihood lost. Pretty heavy themes here but all extremely relatable. [Vinyl edition due November 19.]
Sheryl Crow – Live From The Ryman And More 2xCD (Valory)
A 27-song set captured live in 2019 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, Los Angeles’ cutting-edge Ace Theatre and the legendary Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. [Vinyl edition due September 3.]
Dan + Shay – Good Things CD/LP (Warner Nashville)
The first studio album from the country music duo since 2018’s Dan + Shay. Includes the singles “Glad You Exist”, “I Should Probably Go To Bed”, and more.
Foxing – Draw Down The Moon CD/LP (Hopeless)
An album about cosmic insignificance that was inspired by games such as Dungeons And Dragons and Zork, Draw Down The Moon was produced by Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra.
Grateful Dead – Road Trips Vol. 2 No. 2—Carousel 2-14-68 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
“The Grateful Dead’s Valentine’s Day 1968 performance at the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco was only one of the many live and studio sources for Anthem Of The Sun, an elaborately edited and overdubbed effort the assembly of which stretched over many months.” – William Ruhlmann
Jennifer Hudson – Respect [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] CD/2xLP (Epic)
Original soundtrack to the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect starring Jennifer Hudson. Features 18 tracks: 17 Aretha Franklin covers and one original, all performed by Jennifer Hudson.
Jungle – Loving In Stereo CD/LP/Cassette (Caiola)
Jungle’s new album Loving In Stereo is the soundtrack for a summer quite unlike any other. The British producer duo has created a huge disco record for the post-social distancing age, with a life-affirming, dancefloor-igniting, sun-kissed celebration of all the things that make music irresistibly joyful. [A limited-edition indie store exclusive vinyl pressing, and value-added sticker sheet are available.]
The Killers – Pressure Machine CD/LP (Island)
The Killers’ seventh studio album, Pressure Machine, is about the small town of Nephi, Utah where frontman Brandon Flowers spent his youth. The songs are extremely personal and cover a spectrum of emotions in connection to growing up in a rural setting. The album was co-produced by the band, Shawn Everett, and Jonathan Rado (Foxygen), all of whom worked together on 2020’s Imploding The Mirage. When the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the promotional run and worldwide tour for Imploding The Mirage, “everything came to this grinding halt,” says Flowers. “And it was the first time in a long time for me that I was faced with silence. And out of that silence this record began to bloom, full of songs that would have otherwise been too quiet and drowned out by the noise of typical Killers records.”
Nicki Minaj – Beam Me Up Scotty CD (Republic)
This reissue of Minaj’s third mix tape (originally released in 2009) has been updated with the outtake “Boss Ass Bitch (Remix)” with PTAF and Chi-Raq with G Herbo, as well as three brand new tracks “Seeing Green” with Drake & Lil Wayne, “Crocodile Teeth” with Skillibeng and “Fractions”.
Ben Platt – Reverie CD (Atlantic)
Revierie is “a collision of the many sides to Ben Platt. Tales of romantic turbulence are told with emotional availability, spotlighted with dramatic production and showered with unapologetic pop sensibilities that feel wonderfully euphoric. There’s something enchantedly trance-like to Reverie. The vocal often becomes distorted and the tempo gracefully rises and falls like a beating heart. Slick, silky soundscapes leave amble space for exploration, allowing listeners to dive in and explore Ben’s imagination, his anxieties, and his hopes and dreams.” – Clash Music [Vinyl edition due next year.]
Pop Smoke – Faith CD (Victor)
Faith is the second posthumous studio album by rapper Pop Smoke. It serves as the follow-up to Pop Smoke’s commercially and critically successful debut studio album, Shoot Tor The Stars, Aim For The Moon (2020). The album features guest appearances from Kanye West, Pusha T, Rick Ross, The-Dream, 42 Dugg, 21 Savage, Takeoff, Lil Tjay, Swae Lee, Future, Chris Brown, Dua Lipa, Pharrell, Kid Cudi, Quavo and Kodak Black, among others.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise – RKS! Live From Athens Georgia 2xCD/3xLP (Elektra)
Genre-defying, Nashville-based quintet Rainbow Kitten Surprise release their first official live album, RKS! Live From Athens Georgia. The 25-song collection was recorded during a two-night stand at The Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA, on the band’s 2019 sold out North American tour. [Vinyl edition features an etched D-side.]
Watchhouse – Watchhouse CD/LP (Tiptoe Tiger Music)
Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz of Watchhouse – the critically acclaimed roots music duo who until recently were known as Mandolin Orange – deliver their new self-titled album. With the change of name comes an artistic rebirth: While still firmly rooted in poetic Appalachian folk, there’s a sonic adventurousness informed by American primitivism and ambient soundscapes that gives Marlin and Frantz’s songs a new, unknowable allure.
Cub Scout Bowling Pins – Clang Clang Ho LP (Guided By Voice)
Recently released on CD – now available on clear vinyl.
Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead (Skulls & Roses) Live 2021 Remaster 2xLP (Grateful Dead)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. For the Grateful Dead’s second live album, released in 1971 and two years after its predecessor Live/Dead, the band delivered an equally magnificent, but entirely different sound. Whereas Live/Dead was a perfect sonic encapsulation of the band at the peak of their primal Dead era, Skull & Roses captures the quintessential quintet, the original five piece band, playing some of their hardest hitting rock ‘n’ roll (“Johnny B. Goode”, “Not Fade Away”), showing off their authentic Bakersfield bona fides (“Me & My Uncle”, “Mama Tried”, “Me & Bobby McGee”), and some originals that would be important parts of the Dead’s live repertoire for the next 24 years (“Bertha”, “Playing In The Band”, “Wharf Rat”).
The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army (The Glitch Mob Remix) 7” (Third Man)
In 2011, The Glitch Mob created an unofficial remix of “Seven Nation Army” which has amassed underground acclaim including an unforgettable feature in the record-shattering trailer for Battlefield V in 2018.Ten years after its unofficial release, the track is available on 7” vinyl. The B-side is an etching of the Third Man logo.