New Releases — March 20, 2020

New Releases for March 20, 2020

Roger Eno and Brian Eno – Mixing Colours CD/2xLP (Deutsche Grammophon)
Roger and Brian Eno explore the nature of sound in their first ever duo album, Mixing Colours. It is a major milestone in their ongoing creative collaboration featuring eighteen soundscapes that invite listeners to immerse themselves in the infinite space that lies below their surface. Mixing Colours grew over several years, with both artists drawing on their long experience as composers, performers and producers. The album creates bridges between the music’s past and future. Roger’s compositions evoke the yearning melodic style of late Schubert, while Brian’s sound design draws from his ground-breaking conceptual work with electronic music and lifelong fascination with the creative potential of new media.

Game Theory – Across The Barrier Of Sound: PostScript CD/LP (Ominivore)
Throughout the 1980s, the California based Game Theory was one of the most original (and critically acclaimed) indie-rock bands. Their blend of ’60s and ’70s pop influences such as Todd Rundgren and Big Star coupled with a post-punk energy led to a string of diverse albums – nearly all produced by Mitch Easter of Let’s Active. Circa 1989-90, the band was rejuvenated with leader Scott Miller being joined by the legendary Michael Quercio from The Three O’Clock (who had recently broken up).  Across The Barrier Of Sound: PostScript compiles the final recordings from this line-up and features commercially unissued tracks (one previously included on a fan club-only release).

Mapache – From Liberty Street CD/LP (Yep Roc)
Produced by longtime collaborator Dan Horne (Circles Around The Sun, Allah-Las), Mapache’s new album, From Liberty Street, captures the Los Angeles duo at their finest, with Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch weaving airtight harmonies around stripped-down, organic arrangements that blur the lines between traditional folk and modern cosmic country. The songs here reckon with longing, desire, and change, and the arrangements draw on everything from Hawaiian-steeped surf and Mexican boleros (Blasucci spent two years living South of the border) to Bakersfield twang and lonesome cowboy campfire tunes, all delivered with the kind of easygoing charm and natural intuition usually reserved for blood brothers or married couples.

Moaning – Uneasy Laughter CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
What happens when an abrasive rock trio trades guitar for synths, cranks up the beats and leans into the everyday anxieties of simply being a functioning human in the 21st century? The answer is Uneasy Laughter, the new album from Los Angeles-based Moaning. The trio points to first single “Ego” as an embodiment of this evolution. Singer-guitarist Sean Solomon admits Uneasy Laughter could have gone in quite another direction had he not gotten sober and educated himself on such core subjects as gender and mental health.

Morrissey – I Am Not A Dog On A Chain CD/LP (BMG)
Morrissey kicks off the new decade with the release of his thirteenth solo studio album, I Am Not A Dog On A Chain. Lead single “Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know?” features Motown legend Thelma Houston who is perhaps best known for her interpretation of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977. Houston commented, “One of the biggest joys for me in this business is getting the opportunity to collaborate with other top artists. I love the challenge to see if what I do can work with what they’re doing. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. I think the blend of what Morrissey is singing and what I’m singing really works on ‘Bobby.”

Myrkur – Folkesange CD/LP (Relapse)
Amalie Bruun has always paved her own path, challenging underground preconceptions of heavy metal ever since the release of her eponymous debut EP in 2014. Her first two full-length studio albums, 2015’s M and 2017’s Mareridt, recast black metal in the most personal yet expansive of terms, their blending of Amalie’s Danish folk roots with tempestuous internal struggles breathing new life into a subgenre whose followers can be rigidly possessive. With the release of her new album, Folkesange, Bruun has set out to journey into the very heart of the Scandinavian culture that marked her childhood. It relinquishes black metal for a refined yet far-reaching evocation of traditional folk, combining songs ancient and new to sublimely resonant effect.

Pungent Stench – Dr. Heathen Scum Of The Mentors Sessions CD (Dissonance)
Archival release of the controversial Austrian death metallers release final recordings from 2006.

Quartz – Quartz [Reissue/1977] CD (Dissonance)
CD reissue of this 1977 album by the British heavy metal band.

The Revivalists – Made In Muscle Shoals 12” (Loma Vista)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Made In Muscle Shoals finds The Revivalists down at the hallowed Fame Studios offering up re-imagined takes of some of the soulful anthems from their 2018 studio album, Take Good Care including the mega hit “Wish I Knew You”, plus the Bee Gees cover “To Love Somebody” and new song “Bitter End”.

Sea Wolf – Through A Dark Wood CD/LP (Dangerbird)
Everything is alright now. Alex Brown Church – the man behind the dark folk, indie rock band Sea Wolf – wants you to know that from the start. Sea Wolf’s fifth LP, Through A Dark Wood, proves it in 11 textured, sometimes-acoustic, sometimes-electronic, unabashedly honest tracks.

Beneath The Massacre – Fearmonger CD/LP (Century Media)
New album from the Canadian tech-death specialists.

Def Leppard – On Through The Night [Reissue/1980] CD/LP (Mercury)
Def Leppard – High ‘N’ Dry [Reissue/1981] CD/LP (Mercury)
Digitally remastered CD and vinyl editions of Def Leppard’s first two albums.

Dio ‎– Angry Machines [Reissue/1996] CD/LP+7” (BMG)
Dio ‎– Magica [Reissue/1996] CD/LP+7” (BMG)
Dio – Killing The Dragon [Reissue/2002] CD/LP+7” (BMG)
Dio – Master Of The Moon [Reissue/2004] CD/LP+7” (BMG)
Remastered CD and 180gm vinyl LP reissues of Dio’s last four albums: Angry Machines (1996), Magica (2000), Killing The Dragon (2002), and Master Of The Moon (2004). [Limited vinyl pressings includes a bonus 7” single and lenticular LP sixed print.]

Lapsley – Through Water CD/LP (XL Recordings)
Through Water is the follow-up to Låpsley’s acclaimed 2016 debut Long Way Home. The album marks the artist’s coming-of-age, melding richer textures with confident songwriting. [Deluxe vinyl edition adds a poster.]

Gordon Lightfoot – Solo CD (Rhino)
Lightfoot discovered a treasure trove of unreleased material while he was housecleaning last year. Two CDs of songs he recorded nearly two decades ago were tucked away in his office. The songs were created in late 2001 and early 2002 before he suffered a near-fatal abdominal aortic aneurysm later that year. After discovering the songs, he went into Grant Avenue Studio in downtown Hamilton, ON with his guitar to create this beautifully minimal work. [Vinyl edition due April 3.]

The Weeknd – After Hours CD (XO)
The Weeknd’s latest chapter, After Hours, features the global hits “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights”. Filtering R&B, pop, and hip-hop through an ambitious widescreen lens, The Weeknd quietly took over popular music and culture on his own terms. As a result, the multi-platinum two-time Grammy Award winner has emerged as one of the most successful and significant artists of the 21st century.

Animal Collective – Ballet Slippers 3xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Animal Collective releases the live album Ballet Slippers in honor of the 10-year anniversary of their modern classic, Merriweather Post Pavilion. Recorded in the midst of the band’s extensive and acclaimed nine-month tour in ‘09, the album features Merriweather’s greatest hits alongside favorites from Strawberry Jam, Sung Tongs, Feels, and Danse Manatee. The release is culled from several shows from that album’s North American tour and sequenced to reflect a full concert experience, complete with song transitions and interludes, creating a captivating document of the genre-defying group.

Justin Bieber – Changes LP (Def Jam)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.

Colonel Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade – Live Frog Setes 1 & 2 3xLP (Prawn Song)
From the warped mind of Primus’ frontman comes the official release of Colonel Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade’s Live At The Great American Music Hall. This two-set, 12 track collection was recorded live over two nights in San Francisco and is available for the first time ever on a trio of vinyl LPs. [Limited translucent green splatter colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Cocteau Twins – Garlands [Reissue/1982] LP+MP3 (4AD)
Cocteau Twins – Victorialand [Reissue/1986] LP+MP3 (4AD)
Vinyl reissues of Cocteau Twins first and fourth albums.

The Revivalists – Made In Muscle Shoals 12” (Loma Vista)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Made In Muscle Shoals finds The Revivalists down at the hallowed Fame Studios offering up re-imagined takes of some of the soulful anthems from their 2018 studio album, Take Good Care including the mega hit “Wish I Knew You”, plus the Bee Gees cover “To Love Somebody” and new song “Bitter End”.