New Releases for March 27, 2020
Cavetown – Sleepyhead CD/LP (Sire)
Cavetown’s major-label debut album, Sleepyhead, was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Robin Skinner himself in the bedroom of his London apartment. The 11-song collection is set to prove to the world why he’s become not just a cornerstone of the bedroom pop community, but a torchbearer for the next generation of his genre.
The Chats – High Risk Behavior CD/LP (Bargain Bin)
At a time of deep uncertainty and anxiety across the globe, this unruly, Australian punk rock trio may have stumbled upon the ideal cure, or at least a very noisy and very welcome distraction.
Clem Snide – Forever Just Beyond CD/LP (Ramseur)
The road to Forever Just Beyond, Eef Barzelay’s stunning new album under the Clem Snide moniker, was an unlikely one, to say the least. Produced by Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers, the record is a work of exquisite beauty and profound questioning, a reckoning with faith and reality that rushes headlong into the unknown and the unknowable. The songs here grapple with hope and depression, identity and perception, God and the afterlife, all captured through Barzelay’s uniquely off-kilter lens and rendered with an intimate, understated air that suggests the tender comfort of a late-night conversation between old friends.
Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats – Unlocked CD/LP (Loma Vista)
Denzel Curry kicks off 2020 with a menacing and concise full length produced entirely by Kenny Beats. Unlocked is the product of a manic studio session following Denzel recording an episode for Kenny’s show The Cave and it finds the duo mining sounds outside of what prompted their respective rises in recent years. While Denzel pulls influence from various members of The Wu-Tang Clan, Kenny taps into a sound inspired by Madlib, Dilla and MF Doom.
Deeper – Auto-Pain CD/LP (Fire Talk)
Compositionally sharper, more far-ranging in its musical ideas and more emotionally direct than the band’s celebrated debut, Deeper’s sophomore album, Auto-Pain, sees the trio building on their critically acclaimed eponymous 2018 LP to embrace aggressively angular riffs, synthscapes and a poignant cohesion that runs throughout.
Brian Fallon – Local Honey CD/LP (Lesser Known)
The lead singer of beloved heartland-punk band The Gaslight Anthem, Brian Fallon steps away from that sound and into a stripped-down Americana space on his third solo album, Local Honey. The album showcases Fallon’s songwriting in small vignettes, from a loving devotional for his daughter to a vengeful murder ballad. “Every single song is about right now. There’s nothing on this record that has to do with the past or even the future, it just has to do with the moments that are presented and things that I’ve learned and I’m finding in my day to day,” Fallon explains.
Dana Gavanski – Yesterday Is Gone CD/LP (Ba Da Bing!)
While on a crowded train last spring, Gavanski sang the Macedonian song “Jano Mome” to a cheering group of commuters. The moment, brief but beautiful, lays bare Gavanski’s craving for live spontaneity. But it also reflects her injection of stylish drama and vivid emotion into the folk landscape that inspires her, from contemporary singers H Hawkline and Julia Holter, to stalwarts Fairport Convention, Anne Briggs, Connie Converse, and Judee Sill.
Margaret Glaspy – Devotion CD/LP (ATO)
Devotion is Brooklyn singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy’s first full-length since her acclaimed 2016 debut, Emotions And Math, and marks an entirely new sonic chapter for her. Glaspy has built a reputation as a skilled guitarist, and Emotions And Math was notable for its swaggering electric guitar sounds; on Devotion she shifted gears and built songs with completely different instrumentation as their base. The results – co-produced with Tyler Chester – are rich, sweeping, and melodic, a fittingly enchanting sound for a collection of 12 love songs.
Half Waif – The Caretaker CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
An eleven-song journey through mind, memory and home, The Caretaker finds Nandi Rose aka Half Waif astutely observing inward and outwardly, picking apart what it means to take care – of herself, partners, friends, family – and the shared pain that comes with that.
Lilly Hiatt – Walking Proof CD/LP (New West)
Walking Proof is Hiatt’s fourth and most probing collection to date. Produced by former Cage The Elephant guitarist Lincoln Parish, the record walks the line between Hiatt’s rough, rock and roll exterior and her tender, country roots, exuding a bold vulnerability as she takes a deep and unflinching look in the mirror. What emerges is a newfound maturity in Hiatt’s writing, an abiding sense of calm in the face of chaos as she learns that sometimes, you have to let go in order to get what you want most. [Limited maroon colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Me And That Man – New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol. 1 CD/LP (Napalm)
Three years after their debut, Me And That Man – Adam Nergal Darski’s dark folk/blues solo project – deliver their sophomore release, New Man, New Songs, Same Shit Vol. 1. The album consists of menacing lyrics atop unfiltered blues, gothic-laced folk, outlaw country and Americana-influenced anthems. It visits a completely new spectrum of dark desert vibes and sees notable heavy music icons such as Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Matt Heafy (Trivium) and Siver Høyem (Madrugada) join the pact with the devil.
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – Naked Garden CD (Fantasy)
“When we walked out of Shangri-La recording studio on the sixth day, we knew we had captured something special. The process had been simple: we would gather around a coffee table on the lawn, Lukas would present a new song on an acoustic guitar, and then we’d go inside and roll tape. The atmosphere was joyful and mellow, yet intensely productive—we rarely spent more than two takes on a song before moving on to the next one. It was so productive, in fact, that there was simply no way to fit all the material on one release. So think of this project as something of an epilogue to our previous album, Turn Off The News (Build A Garden).”
Parkway Drive – Viva The Underdogs CD/2xLP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Australian metal band Parkway Drive release Viva The Underdogs, the soundtrack to their documentary film of the same name. Featuring 11 live tracks from the band’s 2019 headlining set at German heavy metal festival Wacken Open Air, the soundtrack also includes three studio tracks recorded in German; “Würgegriff (Vice Grip)”, “Die Leere (The Void)” and “Schattenboxen (Shadow Boxing)” which features German rapper Casper.
Pearl Jam – Gigaton CD/2xLP (Republic)
Co-produced with Josh Evans and introduced by lead single “Dance Of The Clairvoyants”, Gigaton serves as Pearl Jam’s long awaited eleventh studio effort overall and first since 2013’s Grammy Award-winning Lightning Bolt. “Making this record was a long journey,” explains Mike McCready. “It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption. Collaborating with my bandmates on Gigaton ultimately gave me greater love, awareness and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times.” Gigaton’s cover features Canadian photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist Paul Nicklen’s photo “Ice Waterfall”. Taken in Svalbard, Norway, this image features the Nordaustlandet ice cap gushing high volumes of meltwater.
Kandace Springs – The Woman Who Raised Me CD/2xLP (Blue Note)
From the first second of Kandace Springs’ new album – as those warm, hand-plucked bass notes fill the air – you know you’ve arrived at something different. And once she starts singing, well, it’s pretty clear The Women Who Raised Me exists apart from the normal rules that govern space, time, and talent. While 2018’s Indigo album found the Nashville singer-pianist using modern production to bend sound into new genre forms in collaboration with Karriem Riggins, this set adheres sonically to jazz while Springs travels back and forth across a near-century of music.
Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Written immediately in the period following Katie Crutchfield aka Waxahatchee’s decision to get sober, Saint Cloud is an unflinching self-examination. This raw, exposed narrative terrain is aided by a shift in sonic arrangements as well. While her last two records (Out In The Storm and Ivy Tripp) featured the kind of big guitars, well-honed noise, and battering sounds that characterized her Philadelphia scene and strongly influenced a burgeoning new class of singer-songwriters, Saint Cloud strips back those layers to create space for Crutchfield’s voice and lyrics. The result is a classic Americana sound with modern touches befitting an artist who has emerged as one of the signature storytellers of her time.
Jonathan Wilson – Dixie Blur CD/2xLP (BMG)
Jonathan Wilson returns with the new solo album, Dixie Blur. The critically-acclaimed artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer (Father John Misty, Laura Marling, Dawes) spent most of 2017-18 on Roger Waters’ epic Us+Them tour as musical director, guitarist and vocalist, singing the David Gilmour leads. Following the tour, Wilson chose to temporarily leave his Los Angeles-based home and studio and head to Nashville to work with a revered group of musicians and co-producer Pat Sansone of Wilco, to create Dixie Blur, his most personal, accessible and fully realized work to date.
5 Seconds Of Summer – Calm CD/LP (Interscope)
Fourth studio album by Australian pop rock band.
Bon Iver – Blood Bank [Reissue/2009] CDEP/12”+MP3 (Jagjaguwar)
Bon Iver’s Blood Bank EP was originally released in early 2009, hot on the heels of the beloved album For Emma, Forever Ago. The EP was a harbinger of a new sound for Bon Iver: a movement away from the acoustic guitar-led instrumentation of the debut and the beginning of an exploration into the experimental sounds that have evolved but defined Bon Iver ever since. The reissue of this seminal EP is coupled with brand new live renditions of all the EP tracks. [Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Lowell Brams/Sufjan Stevens – Aporia CD/LP (Asthmatic Kitty)
Aporia is a new age album from Sufjan Stevens and his step-father and record label co-owner, Lowell Brams, brimming with moody, hooky, gauzy synthesizer soundscapes and created collaboratively in the spirit of the New Age composers who sanded off the edges of their synths’ sawtooth; Aporia is not a mere curio in the Sufjan Stevens catalog – but a fully realized collaborative musical piece. [Limited yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Basia Bulat – Are You In Love? CD/LP (Secret City)
Are You in Love? is an album that’s gorgeous and startling, quietly strange, a shining desert record with a bit of dusty rose over all its 13 tracks. It’s searching and certain; it’s the sound of a singer who’s refusing to hide. The title track sashays like a girl-group classic; “No Control” flashes like that group’s hard stare. “Already Forgiven” ripples with reverb like a ribbon in a windstorm, whereas “Your Girl” is cruising down the highway – with Bulat doing her best Christine McVie.
Béla Fleck – Throw Down Your Heart: Complete Africa Sessions 3xCD+DVD/2xLP (Craft Recordings)
The award-winning documentary and recordings, Throw Down Your Heart, were produced and recorded by Béla Fleck, documenting his journey across Africa to research the origins of the banjo. This deluxe set offers The Ripple Effect, a complete disc of previously unreleased material from Fleck performing with virtuoso kora player Toumani Diabaté. The DVD includes one-hour of additional video material with 14 bonus performances, commentary by Fleck and director Sascha Paladino with behind-the-scenes insights. The set also offers an expanded essay by Fleck and new notes by Paladino.
In This Moment – Mother CD (Roadrunner)
Seventh album from the heavy metal band. The album features Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless, and Joe Cotella of Ded.
Jim Lauderdale – When Carolina Comes Home Again CD/LP+MP3 (Yep Roc)
Jim Lauderdale returns to his roots with When Carolina Comes Home Again, a bluegrass album of songs old and new. Chocked full of rich stories, tremendous foot stompin’ tunes, and extraordinary musicianship, the album will delight bluegrass enthusiasts and beyond.
Maria McKee – La Vita Nuova CD/LP (Afar)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD.
Nap Eyes – Snapshot Of A Beginner CD/LP (Jagjaguwar)
Snapshot Of A Beginner is Nap Eyes’ boldest, most concentrated and most hi-fi album to date. Almost all the songs of Nap Eyes are whittled into their final form from frontman Nigel Chapman’s unspooling, 20-minute voice-and-guitar free-writing sessions. Each member – drummer Seamus Dalton; bassist Josh Salter or guitarist Brad Loughead – then plays a crucial role in song development, composing around the idiosyncratic structures and directing the overall sound and feel of the songs.
Kim Richey – A Long Way Back: The Songs Of Glimmer CD/LP+MP3 (Yep Roc)
Kim Richey celebrates the 20th anniversary of her album Glimmer with A Long Way Back: The Songs of Glimmer, featuring new recordings of the songs from Kim’s classic album. Produced by Doug Lancio, who also plays most of the instruments, A Long Way Back… allowed Kim to reinterpret these songs and give them a fresh, yet timeless sound. Other musicians on the album include Nielsen Hubbard and Dan Mitchell.
Rustin Man – Clockdust CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Released last week on vinyl – now available on CD.
The Suicide Machines – Revolution Spring CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
Revolution Spring is the seventh studio album by the Detroit, Michigan punk rock band and their first in 15 years.
Kanye West – Jesus Is King CD (Def Jam)
Jesus Is King is the ninth studio album by rapper and producer Kanye West. The album follows a Christian theme, with West describing it as an “expression of the gospel.” [Vinyl edition due May 1.]
Windy & Carl – Allegiance And Conviction CD/LP (Kranky)
Legendary Dearborn duo Windy & Carl has been crafting inner space electric guitar and bass vistas for nearly three decades now, but their latest feels as vital and vaporous as any peak opus in their vast catalog. Written and recorded across six years, the songs swirl between shoegaze minimalism and stargaze drift, over which Windy Weber whispers veiled poetic narratives of transformation, isolation, and escape
Dashboard Confessional – Best Of The Best Ones 2xLP+MP3 (Hidden Note)
Limited double cream colored vinyl pressing in gatefold sleeve. Dashboard Confessional’s first-ever career-spanning compilation is a thoughtfully curated collection of the band’s most beloved songs and features selections from all seven studio albums, the So Impossible and The Drowning EPs, and the band’s legendary, Platinum-certified MTV Unplugged performance.
Miles Davis – Bitches Brew [Reissue/1970] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Miles Davis – A Tribute To Jack Johnson [Reissue/1971] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissues. Bitches Brew marked Davis’ continuing experimentation with electric instruments that he had previously featured on the critically acclaimed In A Silent Way (1969). With these instruments, such as the electric piano and guitar, Davis rejected traditional jazz rhythms in favor of loose, rock-influenced arrangements based on improvisation. In subsequent years, Bitches Brew gained recognition as one of jazz’s greatest albums and a progenitor of the jazz rock genre, as well as a major influence on rock and funk musicians. A Tribute to Jack Johnson was conceived by Davis for Bill Cayton’s documentary of the same name, on the life of boxer Jack Johnson.
Jimi Hendrix – Band Of Gypsys [Reissue/1970] LP (Capitol)
50th Anniversary edition 180gm vinyl pressing of Hendrix’s immortal 1970 live album. Long hailed as a touchstone of blues, funk and rock, these performances was captured on tape during the two spectacular 1970 Fillmore East performances.
John Williams – Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker [OST] 2xLP (Walt Disney)
Released last December on CD – now available on vinyl. Original soundtrack composed by John Williams, who has worked on every Star Wars film since the first one in 1977. Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), and the final episode of the nine-part Skywalker saga.