New Releases for July 24, 2020
CDs + Vinyl:
The Acacia Strain – Slow Decay CD/LP (Rise)
The Acacia Strain are often referred to as the heaviest band around. Any doubt of this claim will surely be silenced with their eighth album, Slow Decay, produced by Randy Leboeuf (Every Time I Die, Counterparts, Gideon). The Acacia Strain are pioneers of the deathcore genre, and for almost two decades they’ve been releasing albums that have managed to stand the test of time and become staples in the metalcore community.
Courtney Marie Andrews – Old Flowers CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Created in the aftermath of a long-term relationship, Old Flowers features the acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician’s most vulnerable writing across 10 new songs that chronicle her journey through heartbreak, loneliness and finding herself again after it all. Produced by Andrew Sarlo (Bon Iver, Big Thief), Old Flowers features only three musicians: Andrews (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano), Twain’s Matthew Davidson (bass, celeste, mellotron, pedal steel, piano, pump organ, wurlitzer, background vocals) and Big Thief’s James Krivchenia (drums, percussion).
Arca – KiCk i CD/LP (XL Recordings)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. Produced and recorded by Arca, KiCk i defines a new era of multiplex harmony for the Venezuelan artist, singer, DJ, performer and experimental music composer. Featuring guest appearances by Björk, Rosalía, Shygirl and Sophie, KiCk i is a celebration not only of the joy Arca’s been able to find in her life, but the sometimes arduous journey it took for her to find it. Her struggles to reconcile her Venezuelan heritage and her trans Latinx identity emerge as reggaetón and pop en Español. “I don’t want to be tied to one genre,” Arca says. “I don’t want to be labeled as one thing.”
Jerry Garcia/John Kahn – GarciaLive Volume 14: January 27th, 1986 The Ritz CD (ATO)
GarciaLive Volume 14 showcases a buoyant acoustic performance from Jerry Garcia and longtime friend/bassist John Kahn during the middle of a rare duo tour. Recorded on January 27, 1986 at The Ritz in New York City, Garcia and Kahn deliver two exquisite sets featuring Grateful Dead favorites (“Ripple”, “Friend Of The Devil”, “Dire Wolf”, and “Bird Song”, among others), spirited takes on Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and “Simple Twist of Fate”, and more from Garcia’s songbook. [Vinyl edition due August 14.]
Groundhogs – Split [Reissue/1971] CD/LP (Fire)
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the second of three ground-breaking albums by the ultimate power trio who morphed blues into hard rock and spawned punk.
Haken – Virus CD/3xLP (Century Media)
Since releasing Vector in October 2018, Haken has completed headline tours the world over, played sold-out shows across Europe and North America as support for Devin Townsend. All the while, they have been quietly, secretly working on the follow-up album. Entitled Virus, the album’s seven tracks revealing hints of influences from multiple genres, all intertwined with Haken’s own recognizable sound.
PJ Harvey – Dry – Demos CD/LP (Island)
PJ Harvey – Dry [Reissue/1992] LP (Island)
Archive collection containing demos of PJ Harvey’s seminal 1992 debut album. Dry features the singles “Dress” and “Sheela-Na-Gig” which heralded Harvey’s burst onto the global stage. The Los Angeles Times’ Robert Hilburn described the record as “… a seductive calling card that signals the arrival of an extraordinary new artist.” NME wrote, “Polly dredges these sounds from the pit of her dissected soul and drags them out of her mouth with clenched fists,” while Pitchfork said, “On her debut, Polly Jean Harvey matched Patti Smith’s incandescence with Bessie Smith’s lasciviousness, outplayed everyone on the British indie circuit, and became an instant star.” [Dry has also been reissued this week on 180gm vinyl.]
Make Them Suffer – How To Survive A Funeral CD/LP (Rise)
A dynamic Aussie extreme metal outfit, Make Them Suffer employs a punishing blend of deathcore and blackened symphonic death metal.
The Naked And Famous – Recover CD/LP+MP3 (Somewhat Damaged)
The Naked And Famous’ new album Recover reasserts the duo as one of modern indie-pop’s most exciting sonic trailblazers, taking them to emotionally inspired depths, while maintaining their fresh effervescence. While they have sonically mastered the art of dreamy, hook-laden synth-pop, The Naked And Famous have stuck to their guns as far as intimate storytelling. Recover is largely an autobiographical record rooted in a powerful sentiment of survival, and of the very human process of self-preservation – of saving, choosing and celebrating oneself in a world constantly trying to put us down.
The Residents – Metal Meat & Bone: The Songs Of Dyin’ Dog CD/LP (Cryptic Corp)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. Realizing a career-long ambition, The Residents finally explore the blues. Having been turned on to the music of lost bluesman Alvin Snow, aka Dyin’ Dog, the group presents their interpretations of all ten of Snow’s known recordings, alongside several new compositions inspired by his work. Eric Drew Feldman, Nolan Cook, Black Francis, Carla Fabrizio, Sivan Lioncub and Peter Whitehead all contribute.
STRFKR – Future Past Life CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
STRFKR has always been a constantly evolving entity, growing over the years from rambunctious beginnings into the manicured electro-pop perfection they exhibited on their last studio album, 2016’s pristine Being No One, Going Nowhere. Future Past Life breaks new ground, dialing back some of the high-gloss production they’re known for to craft songs that are stripped down, spaced out and somehow as visceral as they are dream-like. The immaculate but danceable pop that has long been STRFKR’s calling card is pushed into exciting new places on Future Past Life. It’s a strange and beautiful sonic environment, one that finds STRFKR growing as they embrace the chance and spontaneity that brought these songs about in the first place. [Limited opaque orange colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Earl Sweatshirt – Feet Of Clay CD/LP (WB)
Released digitally last year – now available on CD and vinyl. Earl Sweatshirt is the virtuosic byproduct of Los Angeles’ fertile ground where hip-hop sowed its seeds and historic cultural movements were born. The prodigiously gifted writer, lyricist and producer grew from a zeitgeist of which contemporary collectives in hip-hop today are predicated. And while most movements are fleeting as soon as they arrive, Earl pushed forward, documented his growth and self-discovery on record and cemented himself as one of the foremost culturally relevant MC’s in the game. One who never strayed away too far from his Los Angeles beat-scene roots.
X – Alphabetland CD (Fat Possum)
Alphabetland is the eighth studio album by legendary American punk rock band X. It is their first studio release in 27 years and the first with their original line-up in the past 35 years. [Vinyl edition due August 21.]
John Zorn – Les Maudits CD (Tzadik)
A concerto grosso in three movements inspired by the work of radical French poet Charles Baudelaire, and Oviri (‘savage’ in Tahitian) a touching elegy to Paul Gauguin, the influential and complex artist who helped redefine painting in the 20th century.
Devendra Banhart – Vast Ovoid 12” (Nonesuch)
This four-song limited edition vinyl EP features three songs recorded during the sessions for his album Ma as well as the Helado Negro remix of the track “Love Song”.
Thad Cockrell – If In Case You Feel The Same LP (ATO)
Recently released on CD – now available on pink colored vinyl.
Lil Wayne – Funeral 2xLP (Republic)
Vinyl edition of the rapper’s 13th album. Features guest appearances like Big Sean, Lil Baby, Jay Rock, Adam Levine, 2 Chainz, Takeoff, The-Dream, the late XXXTentacion and more.
Spoon – Soft Effects LP”+MP3 (Matador)
Out of print for nearly five years, Soft Effects has been remastered and reissued on vinyl. Soft Effects (1997) features five of Spoon’s strongest songs and marks a leap forward in the band’s repertoire, signaling the great things to come on subsequent Spoon albums. The vinyl repress features blue sky cover never before used in physical packaging.