New Releases for March 25, 2022
CDs + Vinyl:
Abbath – Dread Reaver CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Riff-maestro Abbath Doom Occulta cements his place among the metal hierarchy with Dread Reaver, his third album with eponymous project Abbath. His signature blend of blistering speed metal, traditional metal influences, and touch of ice-cold black metal creates a sound and style that is distinctly his.
Architects – For Those That Wish To Exist At Abbey Road CD/2xLP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Architects’ new album captures a historic live stream performance event at the iconic Abbey Road studios: spiritual home to legends like The Beatles and Pink Floyd. Dubbed For Those That Wish To Exist at Abbey Road, the album features a reimagined orchestral version of their masterpiece album For Those That Wish To Exist, backed by their friends in the Parallax Orchestra, the well-respected UK based orchestra made up of some of England’s best and most versatile classical musicians.
Barrie – Barbara CD/LP/Cassette (Winspear)
On Barbara, the sophomore album from Brooklyn-based songwriter and producer Barrie, she battles the loss of a parent, the start of a new relationship, and the impulse to separate herself from her music. This result is a beautifully peculiar, and quietly ambitious collection of synth-pop, art-pop, indie rock, and folk songs that reflect a new willingness to let listeners into her world
Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver (10th Anniversary Edition) CD/2xLP+MP3 (Jagjaguwar)
Expanded 10th anniversary edition of Bon Iver’s highly acclaimed sophomore release, 2011’s Bon Iver, Bon Iver. This edition features five songs from Bon Iver’s beautiful AIR Studios session, which captures the grand spirit of the album and distills it into sharper focus, as Justin Vernon and Sean Carey perform the songs as a duo, on grand pianos and vocals only. [A white color vinyl edition is available.]
Michael Bublé – Higher CD (WB)
Produced by Greg Wells and Bob Rock along with Alan Chang, Jason ‘Spicy G’ Goldman and Paul McCartney, Higher serves as Michael Bublé’s first studio album in three years and eleventh studio effort overall. The 11-track collection catapults the star’s enormous talent into the stratosphere as he continues his ongoing journey reinventing and interpreting the music of America’s most beloved standards amongst others.
Camp Cope – Running With The Hurricane CD/LP (Run For Cover)
Running With The Hurricane finds Camp Cope on the other side of a storm. The third LP from Melbourne trio Georgia Maq, Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich and Sarah Thompson is about what happens after chaos hits; when you’ve walked through the fire and come out stronger, calmer, and happier than ever before.
Ornette Coleman – Genesis Of Genius: The Contemporary Albums 2xCD (Craft Recordings)
Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Albums combines legendary jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman’s albums for Lester Koenig’s Contemporary Records. It features his first albums as a bandleader – Something Else!!!! and Tomorrow Is The Question! – both of which were originally recorded by legendary engineer Roy DuNann and have been newly mastered by Bernie Grundman. [Vinyl edition due April 22.]
Cowboy Junkies – Songs Of The Recollection CD (Proper)
The brand-new Cowboy Junkies album Songs O The Recollection features covers of well-known songs by the likes of David Bowie, Gram Parsons, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan and The Cure [Vinyl edition due May 13.]
Destroyer – Labyrinthitis CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Destroyer’s new album brims with mystic and intoxicating terrain, the threads of Dan Bejar’s notes woven through by a trove of allusions at once eerily familiar and intimately perplexing. More than an arcane puzzle for the listener, Labyrinthitis warps and winds through unfamiliar territory for Bejar as well. Written largely in 2020 and recorded the following spring, the album most often finds Bejar and frequent collaborator John Collins seeking the mythic artifacts buried somewhere under the dance floor, from the glitzy spiral of “It Takes a Thief” to the Books-ian collage bliss of the title track. Initial song ideas ventured forth from disco, Art Of Noise, and New Order, Bejar and Collins championing the over-the-top madcappery.
Freakons – Freakons CD/LP (Fluff & Gravy)
Mekons (beloved, mythical British rabble-rousing beast) and Freakwater (also beloved, yet often derided as godmothers of alt-country) have allied their sundry song & dance talents for the forces of good. Together they are Freakons, and they have joined forces to sing songs about coal mining, of all things.
Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain [Reissue/2000] CD/LP (Mute)
Felt Mountain is the melodic and moody debut album by English electronic duo Goldfrapp featuring Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory. Originally issued in 2000, the influential album takes inspiration from a variety of musical styles including 1960s pop, cabaret, folk, and electronica.
Guerilla Toss – Famously Alive CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
Dig deep enough inside yourself — start treating your body as your sanctuary rather than your enemy – and eventually you’ll find yourself blooming right back out into the sun. That’s the transformation Guerilla Toss trace on their effervescent new album, Famously Alive.
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Marigold Sky [Reissue/1997] CD/2xLP (BMG)
Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and legendary duo Daryl Hall and John Oates reissue their fifteenth studio album Marigold Sky. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the album, it is available for the first time on double LP, as well as an expanded CD format that includes three bonus tracks previously unavailable on the original album release. Regarded as a fan favorite, Marigold Sky is a collection of exquisitely crafted soul-pop that is irresistibly smooth, laying bare the mastery of the duo’s classic songwriting chops that has been prevalent throughout their career.
Aldous Harding – Warm Chris CD/LP+MP3 (4AD)
An artist of rare caliber, Aldous Harding does more than sing; she conjures a singular intensity. Her debut release with 4AD, Party (produced with the award-winning John Parish; PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) introduced a new pulse to the stark and unpopulated dramatic realm where the likes of Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside. Harding’s 2019 album Designer found the New Zealander hitting her creative stride, touring the world, and making her American television debut. For Warm Chris, the New Zealand musician reunited with Parish.
Hooded Menace – Fulfill The Curse [Reissue/2008] CD (Napalm)
CD reissue of the debut album from the Finnish doom metal band.
Ibibio Sound Machine – Electricity CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Produced by the Grammy Award and Mercury Prize–nominated British synthpop group Hot Chip, Electricity is the fourth and most progressive album from Ibibio Sound Machine. Their collaboration was born out of mutual admiration watching each other on festival stages, as well as a shared love of Francis Bebey and Giorgio Moroder. The fruits of their labor reveal a gleaming, supercharged, Afrofuturist blinder.
Ignite – Ignite CD/LP+CD (Century Media)
After half a decade of not releasing new music Orange County’s most notorious melodic hardcore force Ignite are ready to get back to work with their new vocalist Eli Santana up front and a new album in hand. “It’s a new chapter for Ignite,” reaffirms Brett. “But there’s a lot of looking back to some of our earliest records like Call On My Brothers and having the same feeling writing these songs with a new singer.”
Machine Gun Kelly – Mainstream Sellout CD (Bad Boy/Interscope)
Originally called Born With Horns, Mainstream Sellout is the sixth studio album from the multi-faceted rapper turned rocker Machine Gun Kelly. Following up on the pop-punk sound of 2020’s Tickets To My Downfall, he described the project as TTMD if he “turned the lights off.” With a harder rock sound than TTMD and references to the journey of his career, Mainstream Sellout is an introspective project that reflects on his musical adventures.
Matisyahu – Matisyahu CD/2xLP (Fallen Sparks)
Like all gifted storytellers, Matisyahu spins the rare kind of stories that simultaneously enlighten and enthrall and expand the audience’s sense of possibility. On his eponymous new album, the Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter/rapper shares his most autobiographical work to date, merging that personal revelation with a shapeshifting collision of reggae and hip-hop and boldly inventive pop.
Maren Morris – Humble Quest CD/LP (SME Nashville)
Maren Morris delivers her third album, Humble Quest, which was produced by Greg Kurstin and includes the autobiographical single, “Circles Around This Town”, a tribute to her late friend and producer, Busbee. The introspective 11-track collection finds Morris returning to her country roots and features no collaborations.
Nigo – I Know Nigo CD (Victor)
Global multi-hyphenate (fashion designer, DJ, producer & entrepreneur) Nigo is tapping back into his musical roots to present the new album, I Know Nigo. The album boasts features from A$AP Rocky, Lil Uzi Vert, Kid Cudi, Tyler The Creator, Pop Smoke, A$AP Ferg, Pusha T and more.
Ian Noe – River Fools & Mountain Saints CD/LP (Lock 13)
Like the creeks that run and tributaries that trickle throughout singer-songwriter Ian Noe’s homelands in Eastern Kentucky, water flows throughout his new album. Thoughtfully and intentionally named, River Fools & Mountain Saints highlights Noe’s storytelling prowess through 12 country rockers and Appalachian ballads, depicting contemporary and historical life in the region. Broader in scope and brighter in tone than his lauded debut, 2019’s Between The Country, River Fools & Mountain Saints boasts a fuller sound with more diverse instrumentation.
Placebo – Never Let Me Go CD/LP (BMG)
Nine years on from the release of their last outing Loud Like Love, Placebo return with the long awaited eighth studio album, Never Let Me Go.
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys – Never Slow Down CD (Smithsonian Folkways)
Like seekers finally hitting the open road after a year without its exhilarating freedom, deep-rooted bluegrass troupe The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys kick it into high gear on Never Slow Down, their newest collection of classic songs and soon-to-be-classic originals. Taking on material by their heroes The Stanley Brothers, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, George Jones and more, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys bridge the gap between the past and present, proving the eternal importance of bluegrass and making it accessible to all.
Soul Glo – Diaspora Problems CD (Epitaph)
Philadelphia is a city ripe for a black and brown punk reclaiming. Entire movements have thrived for more than a decade dedicated to promoting art and music by marginalized people. Enter Soul Glo, a band etching dark, interpersonal screeds on ancient parchment cut from the skin of the rotting corpse of hardcore punk.
Wallows – Tell Me That It’s Over CD/LP (Atlantic)
Wallows’ highly anticipated sophomore album, Tell Me That It’s Over, was produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Adele) and contains 10 tracks informed by everything from lo-fi post-punk to indie-folk to early ’90s dance-pop psychedelia. TMTIO is a thrilling continuation of the sonic exploration first begun on Wallows’ 2019 album Nothing Happens featuring their platinum-selling single “Are You Bored Yet?” (feat. Clairo). [A value-added guitar pick pack is available while supplies last.]
Cattle Decapitation – To Serve Man [Reissue/2002] LP (Metal Blade)
Cattle Decapitation – Humanure [Reissue/2004] LP (Metal Blade)
Cattle Decapitation – Karma.Bloody.Karma [Reissue/2006] LP (Metal Blade)
Cattle Decapitation – The Harvest Floor [Reissue/2009] LP (Metal Blade)
Color vinyl reissues of the grindcore/death metal band’s third, fourth, fifth and sixth albums.
Madball – Legacy [Reissue/2005] LP (Good Fight Music)
Originally coming to fruition as an Agnostic Front side-project, Madball quickly established a reputation as being one of the hardest-working and most visceral hardcore bands in the scene, which still holds true to this day. Produced by renowned heavy-music specialist Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Throwdown), 2005’s Legacy served as the group’s first release in half a decade and was a continuation of all the standards that any fan could expect from the group: bruising rhythms and riffs, commanding vocals, and an overall confidence that most hardcore troupes couldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole. 180gm blue color vinyl pressing.
Richard Thompson – A Collection Of Unreleased And Rare Material 1967-1976 [Reissue/1976] 2xLP (Island)
45th Anniversary reissue of the British folk legend’s 1976 collection of rarities with Fairport Convention, Linda Thompson and solo.