New Releases for January 17, 2020
Bombay Bicycle Club – Everything Else Has Gone Wrong CD/LP (Caroline)
Everything Else Has Gone Wrong is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the British band’s acclaimed No. 1 charting, Mercury Music Prize nominated fourth album, So Long, See You Tomorrow, released back in 2014. Speaking of the record’s title, vocalist/guitarist Jack Steadman explains: “This is an album for anyone who’s ever turned to music in a time of need. It’s about the solace one can get from listening to music or playing music. For me personally it’s about the frustration of not being able to express myself to others, of leaving conversations feeling dissatisfied and misunderstood. Music’s the way I’m able to truly express myself.”
Robert Glasper – F**k Yo Feelings CD/2xLP (Loma Vista)
Legendary genre-bending, multiple Grammy and Emmy-winning artist and producer Robert Glasper delivers his newest project, F**k Yo Feelings. The 19-track collection is the result of a two-day session in which Glasper invited musician friends to stop by the studio and organically create together, the final result being this mixtape which sonically documents the lost art of improv and on the spot collaborations that can only come from authentic relationships and true artistry. Glasper’s sound can hardly be defined but is built on his unique blend of jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul. Collaborators include Yasiin Bey, Herbie Hancock, Andra Day, YBN Cordae, Terrace Martin, Baby Rose, Bilal, Buddy, Denzel Curry, Mick Jenicks, SiR, Rapsody and more.
G. Love & Special Sauce – The Juice CD/LP (Philadelphonic)
“I’ve been in the game a long time, but I’ve always considered myself a student,” says G. Love. “Finishing this album with Keb Mo’ felt like graduation.” Recorded in Nashville with a slew of special guests including Robert Randolph, Marcus King, and Roosevelt Collier, The Juice is indeed diploma worthy. Co-produced and co-written with Grammy-winning icon Keb Mo’, it’s an electrifying collection, one that tips its cap to more than a century of blues greats even as it offers its own distinctly modern pop spin on the genre, mixing programmed beats and hip-hop grooves with blistering guitar and sacred steel.
Halsey – Maniac CD/LP (Capitol)
“Early on Halsey’s excellent new album, Manic, she samples a bit of movie dialogue: ‘I’m just a f**ked-up girl looking for my own piece of mind. Don’t assign me yours.’ It’s from the film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, spoken by the manic, pixie dream-girl heroine Clementine. But she definitely speaks for Halsey. And as you’ve probably guessed, the singer doesn’t even come close to finding peace of mind in these songs. Still, she knows how to make it a thrilling quest. Manic is Halsey’s raw autobiographical portrait of the artist as a young mess, craving her share of love and tenderness in a hostile world. Yet Halsey’s Ashley Frangipane is a mess who’s a hungrily ambitious artist seeing herself as a mirror for her entire generation.” – Rolling Stone
Marcus King – El Dorado CD/LP (Fantasy)
Already a 23-year-old guitar phenomenon, the Dan Auerbach-produced El Dorado further establishes Marcus King as an innovative songwriter and one of the most soulful voices of his generation. King’s solo debut, El Dorado is a contemporary sonic exploration of classic rock, blues, southern R&B and country-soul where subtle acoustics and pedal steel shines bright alongside raucous electric guitars and blistering solos. Following their previous collaboration on the song “How Long,” King and Auerbach co-wrote twelve songs for El Dorado in only three days in his Easy Eye Sound studio. [Limited indie-exclusive colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Pinegrove – Marigold CD/LP (Rough Trade)
Pinegrove’s new album, Marigold, is an urgent, multivalent meditation – an expanded take on the blend of alt-country, indie rock and cerebral humanism that’s inspired their ardent fan community. Those familiar with the band will recognize signature elements of the band’s sound: literary yet conversational lyrics, geometrically interlocking guitars, the dynamic shifting shadows of rhythm and structure. But this effort marks the most spacious, bold, and well-defined iteration of the project yet. Pinegrove has described their sound as variously as “introspective party music”, and “energetic music in the folk tradition”; in any case they have combined catharsis and inventive structures with irrepressible melodies, resonant lyrics and emotive twang.
AJJ – Good Luck Everybody CD (AJJ Unlimited Ltd.)
A grim glimpse into the tidal wave reality of modern life in America, Good Luck Everybody is a collection of songs that will undoubtedly stand out in the AJJ’s 15-year catalogue; while still rooted in the folk-punk sound AJJ has become known for, the album is unafraid to delve into new territories that test the limits of what the band is capable of. [Vinyl edition due January 24.]
Algiers – There Is No Year CD/LP+7”+MP3 (Matador)
Even those aware of the ideals of this outspoken act will find their latest direction on There Is No Year traversing unprecedented ground. Under the direction of producers Randall Dunn [Sunn O))), Earth] and Ben Greenberg [Uniform, Hubble), There Is No Year encompasses future-minded post-punk R&B from the trapped heart of ATL, where they began; to industrial soundscapes à la 4AD-era Scott Walker or Iggy & Bowie’s Berlin period; to something like the synthetic son of Marvin Gaye and Fever Ray.
… And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – X: The Godless Void And Other Stories CD (Dine Alone)
The Texas alt-rock/prog band cite Talk Talk, Laurie Anderson and Killing Joke as inspirations for the new album, X: The Godless Void And Other Stories. It comes as the duo enters their 25th year together as a band. [Vinyl edition due January 24.]
Anti-Flag – 20/20 Vision CD/LP (Spinefarm)
New album from the veteran political punk band.
British Lion – The Burning CD/2xLP (Explorer1 Music LLC)
New release by this band led by Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris. The album was recorded, engineered and mixed at Barnyard Studios by Tony Newton and produced by Harris.
Brother Ali – Secrets & Escapes CD/LP (Rhymesayers)
Secrets & Escapes is a compendium of Brother Ali’s time with Evidence over the course of three trips to California, recording in a Venice garage with no regard for pleasing the internet or competing with the music industry. Ev chopped up records on old-school samplers and ran them through a compressor (two track) so they couldn’t be re-arranged or mixed. Brother Ali sat with the mic and spit rhymes as they came to him, without writing or organizing them into songs.
Cursive – Get Fixed CD/LP (15 Passenger)
The veteran indie rock band’s new album ripples with the visceral intensity and keen, unexpected melodicism for which Cursive has long been celebrated, as illustrated in searing first single “Barricades”; the alternately pummeling and anthemic “Black Hole Town”; and the more atmospheric, moody “Marigolds”. It’s their eighth LP overall and comes just a year after their last full-length, Vitriola.
Della Mae – Headlight CD/LP (Rounder)
In the making of their fourth album Headlight, Della Mae has claimed a more daring sense of freedom than they’d ever allowed themselves before. Boldly breaking genre convention, the Grammy Award-nominated band pushed beyond their bluegrass roots and followed their instinct to their most sonically adventurous body of work to date.
Dirty Projectors – Sing The Melody CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Sing The Melody, the third installment in the Domino Documents series, captures Dirty Projectors at a peak in their touring powers. It sees the band head into New York City’s Power Station studios to record refined, road-tested live arrangements of standout songs from 2018’s Lamp Lit Prose with thrilling new vocal arrangements, as well as renditions of “Cool Your Heart” and other highlights of Dave Longstreth’s writing and recording history.
Dust – The Fall Of All Things CD/LP (Supreme Chaos)
With The Fall Of All Things, the doom veterans Dust from Bielefeld hit us with their fourth album and tear everything down without any compromises. Their ultra-heavy mixture of doom, metal, sludge and rock with lots of corners and edges wafts out of the speakers in the form of five overlong songs.
Of Montreal – “UR FUN” CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
Inspired by albums like Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual and Janet Jackson’s Control, Kevin Barnes set out to make “UR FUN” into the kind of album where every song could be a single, complete with huge hooky choruses and nostalgic dance grooves. The result is an unstoppably fun album that could also pass for a carefully sequenced greatest-hits collection if taken out of context. It is another fascinating look into what makes Barnes one of the most prolific and gifted songwriters of this decade.
OOIOO – Nijimusi CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Nijimusi is the eighth release from OOIOO. Led by YoshimiO, they’re a band that has stayed relevant long past many of their contemporaries thru constant re-inventions & explorations. It’s recorded with a more traditional rock set up of two guitars, bass & drums, but thanks to an improvisational recording process and technical prowess, this is not an album that could ever get lost in the crowd.
Fall Out Boy – Believers Never Die Volume Two – Greatest Hits 2xLP (Island)
Released on November on CD – now available on vinyl. New hits collection from the alt-rock band. Includes the single “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)” featuring Wyclef Jean. The song marks the band’s first new music since the August 2018 release of the three-song Lake Effect Kid EP, a love letter to their hometown city of Chicago.
Lightning Bolt – Lightning Bolt [Reissue/1999] LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Since their first moment, it seems like Lightning Bolt has been as electric as their name suggests. Their eponymous first album captures that energy in a raw form. Finally available on vinyl again, this is a long-sought-after release for many fans. [Vinyl reissue of Ride The Skies (2001) due February 21.]
The Pharaohs – Awakening [Reissue/1971] LP (Ubiquity)
A limited repressing of Awakening by the legendary Pharaohs which is highly sought after and has been out of print for several years.
Dwight Yoakam – Blame The Vain [Reissue/2005] LP (Yep Roc)
Released on vinyl for the first time in honor of the album’s 15th anniversary. Dwight Yoakam occupies a singular position in contemporary country. No artist has better balanced mainstream commercial success with artistic, alt-country credibility, while somehow managing to embody both the music’s most traditional and its most progressive impulses.