New Releases for February 14, 2020
Boniface – Boniface CD/LP (PIAS)
The self-titled debut from Canadian solo artist Boniface is a catalogue of his most formative coming-of-age experiences – each moment captured in diary-like detail and set against a magnificently sprawling backdrop. Throughout the album, the musician/producer otherwise known as Micah Visser reflects on falling in love and facing heartbreak whilst struggling with identity, never failing to find an ineffable beauty within all the pain. The result is a body of work both bracingly honest and powerfully exhilarating.
Albert Cummings – Believe CD/LP (Mascot Label Group)
Blues-rock guitarist Albert Cummings’ new album, Believe, features a flavorful mix of blues, country, and rock ‘n’ roll. Recorded at the iconic FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, Cummings takes this release to new heights with the help of Grammy-winning producer, Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana). Together, they drew inspiration from the rich recording legacy of Muscle Shoals and created a timeless album full of rhythm, funk, and soul.
Eden – No Future CD (Astralwerks)
Vocalist/producer/multi-instrumentalist Eden (Dublin-bred artist born Jonathon Ng) returns with No Future, the follow-up to his acclaimed 2018 full-length debut, Vertigo. With its dreamlike textures and heady drum-machine rhythms, the song finds Eden’s graceful vocal work channeling a heavy-hearted surrender.
David Gray – White Ladder [Reissue/1998] CD/2xLP+MP3/2xCD/4xLP+MP3 (iht Records)
David Gray’s fourth studio album White Ladder failed to chart when first released in 1998 but became an enormous success when re-released on ATO Records in 2000. The album spawned five singles including “Babylon”, “Please Forgive Me”, and “Sail Away”. This 20th anniversary reissue is available in regular and deluxe editions. The expanded deluxe edition adds a series of previously unreleased and rare White Ladder-era B-sides and demos.
Huey Lewis & The News – Weather CD/LP (BMG)
Featuring Huey Lewis & The News’ first new, original songs since 2001’s Plan B – plus one cover of the classic Eugene Church soul burner “Pretty Girls Everywhere” – Weather was produced in-house by Huey and the guys, just like every record they’ve made since the early 1980s. Unaware that recording sessions were about to be cut short by a 2018 Ménière’s disease diagnosis (a rare disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes of vertigo) that could keep him from ever singing again, Lewis reflects on fleeting mortality with a rasp as uninhibited, witty, and confident as ever, backed by the same strength of smooth-sailing soul arrangements that first launched the group to international superstardom.
Posehn – Grandpa Metal CD/LP (Megaforce)
Comedian Brian Posehn has friends in metal places. The Uncle Nick star has corralled a murderer’s row of metal and rock help for his new metal album Grandpa Metal. The album features a massive list of guest collaborators, including Fall Out Boy members Patrick Stump and Joe Trohman, Dokken’s Jeff Pilson, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Dethklok‘s Brendon Small, Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Jonathan Donais and Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor. Grandpa Metal’s first single is a thundering death metal take on A-ha‘s iconic “Take On Me”, featuring Rob Cavestany (Death Angel), Jill Janus (Huntress), Chuck Billy and Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Steve Souza (Exodus). Also appearing on the album: Gary Holt (Slayer), Pearl Aday and Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), Jacob Bunton (Mars Electric) and Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil.
Puss N Boots – Sister CD/LP (Blue Note)
Puss N Boots – the charming trio featuring Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper – deliver their second full-length album, Sister – a fetching collection of originals written by the band members collectively and individually, mixed with loving covers of songs by Tom Petty (“Angel Dream”) and Paul Westerberg (“It’s A Wonderful Lie”). Jones, Dobson, and Popper each take turns delivering lead vocals and pick up multiple instruments throughout the album trading off on guitar, bass, and drums.
Nathaniel Rateliff – And It’s Still Alright CD/LP (Stax)
And It’s Still Alright is an intensely personal ten-song album of vibrant country-blues, Badland ballads, ornate Americana and jazz-inflected R&B. Rateliff’s warm baritone, ranging from gently hushed to a guttural howl, imbues these superbly drawn character studies with raw, naked emotion. The feel of the new record, for which Rateliff had been focusing on an unraveling relationship, took a different turn in July 2018 with the death of Richard Swift. His longtime friend and producer of the two hugely-acclaimed albums by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats thus gave poignant inspiration to these ten new songs, on which, now in his solo voice, Rateliff wears his grief and doubt on his sleeve, but always retains a sense of optimism.
Jake Shimabukuro Trio – Trio CD/LP (Mascot Label Group)
Jake Shimabukuro has been redefining what the ukulele is capable of for the last 20 years and he kicks off 2020 with the new album, Trio. Joining Jake on this album are bassist Nolan Verner, who has been a constant presence on stage and in the studio for the past five years, and guitarist Dave Preston, who joined the fold two years ago. From pastoral folk and traditional Hawaiian melodies to incandescent versions of beloved classics like Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”, Trio pushes the possibilities of the ukulele even further into the future.
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush CD/2xLP (Interscope)
The highly anticipated The Slow Rush marks Tame Impala’s (Kevin Parker) fourth full-length album overall and first studio effort since 2015’s Grammy-nominated and BRIT Award-winning Currents. Recorded between Los Angeles and Parker’s studio in his hometown of Fremantle, Australia, the twelve tracks were all recorded, produced and mixed by Parker himself. The Slow Rush is Parker’s deep dive into the oceans of time, conjuring the feeling of a lifetime in a lightning bolt, of major milestones whizzing by while you’re looking at your phone; it’s a paean to creation and destruction and the unending cycle of life. Parker told the New York Times that, “A lot of the songs carry this idea of time passing, of seeing your life flash before your eyes, being able to see clearly your life from this point onwards. I’m being swept by this notion of time passing. There’s something really intoxicating about it.” [Limited indie store exclusive colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Beach Bunny – Honeymoon CD/LP/Cassette (Mom & Pop Music)
Honeymoon is the excellent debut album from Beach Bunny, the four-piece band out of Chicago. Recorded at the iconic Chicago studio Electrical Audio with producer Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Algernon Caldwaller), the nine songs on the LP burst with energy that capture their vital and life-affirming live show. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.
Justin Bieber – Changes CD (Def Jam)
Bieber gives the world insight into events that have taken place in his life over the past four years. From marriage to faith and his new outlook on life, he reflects on changes he’s experienced and the impact they’ve had on him. Changes marks a new chapter in his career. The album hinges on themes of personal growth through life experiences, love and commitment, creatively expressed through music, giving a candid look into his evolution as an artist and human being.
Michael Doucet – Lacher Prise CD/LP (Compass)
Michael Doucet – the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, artist, founder of BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, and overall Cajun legend – crafts the quintessential Louisiana soundtrack to a good time on his new solo album.
Highly Suspect – MCID CD/2xLP (300 Entertainment)
Highly Suspect’s third album, MCID, is an adventurous new chapter for the Grammy-nominated trio spanning rock, hip-hop and pop, and featuring guest appearances by Young Thug, Tee Grizzley, Gojira, and Conor Mason from Nothing But Thieves.
Hollywood Undead – New Empire, Vol. 1 CD/LP (BMG)
Sixth full-length studio album from the California hard rock band. Produced by Matt Good (Sleeping With Sirens, Asking Alexandria), the high-energy nine track collection finds the band embracing a heavier hard rock sound. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Ihsahn – Telemark CDEP/12” (Spinefarm)
The first Telemark EP represents the dark, brutal, and aggressive side of Ihsahn’s compositional identity. With three new original songs and two ferocious cover versions, it represents a celebration of the defiant spirit that first inspired him to follow a creative path and to form Emperor three decades ago.
Kvelertak – Splid CD (Rise)
New album from the Norwegian metal outfit. One hour of catchy riffs, punk rock, and heavy metal influenced by a world in discord. [Vinyl edition due March 13.]
Monsta X – All About Luv CD/LP (Epic)
Monsta X has taken the US by storm with a list of hits permeating the air waves including the fifth single, “Middle of the Night”, from their new record All About Luv, the first all English-language album released by a K-pop group.
Carly Pearce – Carly Pearce CD/LP (Big Machine)
Pearce was 2018’s Radio Disney The Freshest! Country Best New Artist winner and a 2019 ACM Awards New Female Artist of the Year and iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Country Artist nominee. Carly Peace is her sophomore album.
Tennis – Swimmer CD/LP (Mutually Detrimental)
Tennis is an indie pop duo comprising husband and wife Patrick Riley (guitar, keyboards, production) and Alaina Moore (vocals, keyboards). The band wrote their new album Swimmer on land and sea; on their sailboat traveling around Baja California, Mexico and in their recording studio they built in Denver. Alaina and Patrick were driven to elevate their songwriting and experimented with different instrumentation, time changes, and a focus on lyrical storytelling.
John Fahey – Live In Sausalito 1973 LP (Alternative Fox)
This beautiful 1973 performance, delivered in the sleepy town of Sausalito, California, comprises most of Fahey’s Fare Forward Voyagers LP (1973), as well as some earlier material.
Jung Jae Il – Parasite [OST] LP (Sacred Bones)
Original soundtrack to the seventh feature film by Korean director Bong Joon Ho and winner of Best Picture (among others) at this year’s Academy Awards.
The Wood Brothers – Kingdom In My Mind LP (Honey Jar)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.