New Releases for November 5, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
ABBA – Voyage CD/LP/Cassette (Capitol)
The quartet of Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid, one of the most successful pop groups of all time, return with Voyage – their first new album in 40 years. The highly anticipated 10-track collection is introduced by the pair of promising singles “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down”.
AHI – Prospect CD/LP (22nd Sentry)
“Powerfully moving” (NPR) songwriter AHI’s new album Prospect builds on the Toronto musician’s songwriting rooted in the lessons of community, uplift and oneness that he has drawn from years spent backpacking across the world, including extended stays in the Ethiopian Highlands and jungles of Trinidad before pursuing a career in music.
Air – 10 000 Hz Legend [Reissue/2001] 2xCD+Blu-ray Audio (Rhino/Parlophone)
Deluxe two CD + Blu-ray 20th anniversary edition. In 2001, iconic French Touch duo and electronic music pioneers Air released their second proper album 10 000 Hz Legend which recalled everything from classic ’70s rock to ’80s synthesizer experiments while still looking forward to a bright shining digital music future. The second CD of this deluxe edition features three live versions from a 2001 a KCRW session and four previously unreleased demo versions. The Blu-ray audio disc contains a Dolby Atmos Mix, a 5.1 surround mix, and PCM stereo mix of the album.
Bullet For My Valentine – Bullet For My Valentine CD/LP (Spinefarm)
Bullet For My Valentine’s self-titled, seventh album sees the band open a bold new chapter with what is easily their heaviest, fiercest release so far. “I think it’s the most ferocious side of Bullet For My Valentine that I’ve ever known,” adds lead guitarist Michael “Padge” Paget. “It’s time for us to put out a really angry, heavy, aggressive record.”
Brian Fallon – Night Divine CD/LP (Lesser Known)
Night Divine is a series of hymns covered by The Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon. This is a project he’s been wanting to create for a long time, inspired by his time singing in the church choir as a child. “This was the first music I’d ever heard and learned,” Fallon said. “It’s one of the earliest musical memories I have. So, the idea has been churning in my head for a long time. Even when I was making rock ‘n’ roll, this was always in the background.”
Neal Francis – In Plain Sight CD/LP (ATO)
Neal Francis’ sophomore album offers up a body of work both enchanting and painfully self-aware. Recorded entirely on tape and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Dave Fridmann (Spoon, Tame Impala, Flaming Lips), the record spotlights Francis’s refined yet free-spirited piano playing, an instrument he took up at age four.
Hard Feelings – Hard Feelings CD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Hard Feelings is the collaborative project between Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) and Amy Douglas (DFA, Horse Meat Disco). For all intents and purposes Hard Feelings, their self-titled debut album, is “an opera of sad bangers.” Loosely conceptual without being a full concept album, the material is the ultimate immersive cinematic experience for your feet and ears, seated fluidly at the intersections of new wave and synth-pop inspired pop music and full-on dance majesty.
Curtis Harding – If Word Were Flowers CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Simply calling Curtis Harding a soul man feels reductive. Harding’s voice conveys pain, pleasure, longing, tenderness, sadness and strength-a full gamut of emotions. Today his voice takes on an optimistic lilt with his new album, If Words Were Flowers. If Words Were Flowers is Harding’s first new music since 2018, a follow up to his critically acclaimed Face Your Fears
Houndmouth – Good For You CD/LP (Dualtone)
Recorded with Brad Cook (Waxahatchee, Hiss Golden Messenger) and mixed by Jon Ashley (The War On Drugs, B.J. Barham), the fourth full-length album from the Indiana-bred, platinum-selling band marks a return to what Houndmouth does best: “shaggy, swinging, big-screen storytelling” (NPR Music) set to a rustic, home-recorded sound.
Billy Idol – Happy Holidays CD/LP (BMG)
A holiday release from the alt-rock/punk icon. [An indie store exclusive white color vinyl pressing is also available.]
Enrique Iglesias – Final Vol. 1 CD (RCA)
11th album from the Latin singer.
Jethro Tull – Benefit (The 50th Anniversary Enhanced Edition) 4xCD+2xDVD (Rhino/Parlophone)
Features remixes by Steven Wilson, an abundance of previously unreleased material, packaged within a deluxe hardback book, containing 100 pages of commentary from numerous contributors alongside hordes of images of the band creating and performing their first million-selling 1970 album.
Aimee Mann – Queens Of The Summer CD (Super Ego)
New release from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Queens Of The Summer Hotel contains 15 songs inspired by the book Girl Interrupted, written by Susannah Kaysen. [Vinyl edition due November 21.]
Monolord – Your Time To Shine CD/LP (Relapse)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. New album from the Swedish doom metal band.
Radiohead – Kid A Mnesia 3xCD/3xLP (XL)
Twenty-one years since the release of Radiohead’s seminal albums, Kid A and Amnesiac, comes a combined and expanded triple vinyl disc reissue entitled Kid A Mnesia. The release presents the records together as originally intended, with an additional disc of bonus material – including two original unreleased recordings from the era: the never-before-heard “If You Say The Word” and a previously unreleased studio recording of “Follow Me Around”. “We humbly submit Kid A Mnesia,” notes the band. “It’s a coming of age for Kid A and Amnesiac and it’s joined by a new album, Kid Amnesia, a memory palace of half-remembered, half-forgotten sessions and unreleased material.” [A limited-edition indie store exclusive vinyl is available.]
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – The Future CD (Fantasy)
With the highly anticipated new album The Future, Nathaniel Rateliff once again demonstrates that he is a writer and performer of the highest order. The third full-length from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats showcases his unique observations of our world and people’s ongoing struggle in learning how to better understand each other. [Limited-edition indie store exclusive vinyl pressing due November 12.]
Emma Ruth Rundle – Engine Of Hell CD (Sargent House)
Emma Ruth Rundle’s new album Engine Of Hell is stark, intimate, and unflinching. For anyone that’s endured trauma and grief, there’s a beautiful solace in hearing Rundle articulate and humanize that pain not only with her words, but with her mysterious language of melody and timbre. The album captures a moment where a masterful songwriter strips away all flourishes and embellishments in order to make every note and word hit with maximum impact, leaving little to hide behind. [An indie store exclusive white color vinyl pressing is due November 12.]
Snail Mail – Valentine CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Valentine was written and produced by Lindsey Jordan and co-produced by Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Waxahatchee). Written in 2019 – 2020 the album is filled with romance, heartbreak, blood, sweat and tears. The sonic leap forward can be heard from the first moments of the title track – the whispered voice and eerie synths erupting into a full-on stadium-sized adrenaline-rush of a chorus. From there it’s all go – with electronic anthems, baroque FM rockers, smoldering slow-jam R&B, and heart rendering finger-picked ballads. The star of the show however is Lindsey’s voice. Her vocals and words are rawer, deeper, snarlier, and more feeling than ever before. [A limited-edition indie store exclusive vinyl is available.]
The Black Keys – El Camino (10th Anniversary Edition) 3xLP/5xLP (Nonesuch)
This Deluxe three-LP set contains the original album remastered plus a previously unreleased full live concert. [The Super Deluxe five-LP box set adds a BBC Session Recorded in 2012, the 2011 Electro-Vox Session, a photo book, a limited-edition poster and lithograph, and “new car scent” air freshener.] El Camino was produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys and was recorded in the band’s then-new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. [The Super Deluxe four CD edition is due December 3.]
Negativland – No Brain 7” (Seeland)
Four songs in just under nine minutes: what do they have in common? They’ve got No Brain, and they’re the new vinyl EP from your grandparents in Negativland. Each track juxtaposes the voices of media experts from the ancient ’90s with voices culled from the modern landscape of Social Media-from the users still operating under the old rules, to the rationalizations of tech CEOs who invented the software that’s eaten them.
Primus – Green Naugahyde (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) 2xLP (ATO/Virgin)
This 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition color vinyl reissue comes packaged in a gatefold jacket with emboss and spot gloss plus updated artwork (new gatefold image, new inner sleeve art, naugahyde texture printed inside gatefold pockets). Originally released in 2011 after a long hiatus, Green Naugahyde reunited Primus with their early drummer Jay Lane and harkened back to their early days (think Frizzle Fry). Green Naugahyde expands on Primus’ incomparable sound, bringing it into the next millennium. It is a cerebral and complex album that is teeming with the band’s signature blend of whimsy and underlying darkness. The trio were described by Rolling Stone at the time as a “tight knotty rhythm team.”
Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso [Reissue/2014] LP (Psychic Hotline)
Pink color vinyl reissue. Recorded in a little bedroom studio out in Durham, North Carolina, Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn’s debut LP as Sylvan Esso arrived in 2014 at the juncture of pop and experimental. Even now, years later, the LP remains an urgent and fitting introduction to a push-and-pull that would go on to inform the duo’s sound – a thoughtful headiness that also wants you to get out on the dance floor. A blend of analog and digital, Meath and Sanborn were two unexpected puzzle pieces fitting together with singular ease, producing a ten-track LP that was both minimalist and shimmering, with dark undulations rippling beneath the synthy-surface and crystalline quality of Meath’s voice.