New Releases for October 29, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (Deluxe Edition) CD/2xLP (ATO)
Resisting any notion of a sophomore slump and putting to bed the “revivalist soul” label, Alabama Shakes returned in 2015 with a humdinger. Replete with moody vibes, intricate textures, atmospheric grooves, and confident playing, Sound & Color encompasses blues, psychedelia, R&B, and garage rock while ceding the floor to powerhouse singer Brittany Howard. This Deluxe Edition reissue features seven bonus tracks pulled from unreleased studio material, B-sides, and live songs cut at the world-renowned Capitol Records Studio A plus revised artwork and new photos. [A limited-edition color vinyl pressing is also available.]
Tori Amos – Ocean To Ocean CD (Verve)
Despite the various crises that have occurred since 2017’s Native Invader, Tori Amos has emerged with Ocean To Ocean, her most personal work in years – an album bursting with warmth and connection, with deep roots in her earliest song writing. Written during the third lockdown in Cornwall in 2021, Ocean To Ocean is a universal story of going to rock bottom and renewing yourself all over again. [Vinyl edition due January 28.]
Archspire – Bleed The Future CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Following up their mind-bending 2017 album, Relentless Mutation, Archspire unleash their new full-length, Bleed The Future, another unforgiving masterpiece that serves up technical death metal at its most extreme and intricate.
Be’lakor – Coherence CD (Napalm)
Since their debut, The Frail Tide in 2007, Australian progressive death metal powerhouse Be’lakor has made a huge impact on the international metal scene, turning heads with their technical driven yet melodic songwriting. Now, almost 15 years later, the legendary five-piece returns with their new album Coherence, proving themselves to be on top of their game. [Vinyl edition due November 26.]
Black Veil Brides – The Phantom Tomorrow CD (Sumerian)
Committed to uncompromising expression, with a foundation in hard rock tradition and rule-breaking iconoclasm, Black Veil Brides is a transcendent celebration of life-affirming power and anthemic catharsis. A gothic vision first summoned in a small town by an isolated kid fascinated with death, rock, theatricality, and monsters (both real and imagined), Black Veil Brides is now a postmodern heavy metal institution with a legion of like-minded fans and supporters worldwide.
Bnny – Everything CD (Fire Talk)
Everything, the debut album from Chicago quartet Bnny, may as well be a field recording taken from the lone country of grief. Written in sessions that span several years by singer Jess Viscius as she processed the death of her partner, the album is a chronicle of love at its most complex and loss at its most persistent. In the same vein as Sky Blue Sky-era Wilco or the harrowing vulnerability of Tomberlin or Helena Deland, Viscius’ songwriting is evocative and intentional.
Joe Bonamassa – Time Clocks CD (J&R Adventures)
Blues-rock legend Joe Bonamassa is back with a new studio album, Time Clocks. Here, Bonamassa introduces elements of prog and hard rock to intensify his signature blues-rock style. Joe’s co-writers on this record include Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke), Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), James House and Tom Hambridge who help elevate the storytelling to a whole new level. [Vinyl edition due December 17.]
Billy Bragg – The Million Things That Never Happened CD (Cooking Vinyl)
Billy Bragg returns with his tenth studio album, The Million Things That Never Happened. Featuring 12 soulful country rock gems, it’s not only the first pandemic blues album of our times but also a heartfelt paean to human resilience.
Hayes Carll – You Get It All CD/LP (Dualtone Music Group)
With folkie conscience, country simplicity, and a vagabond’s desire for mischief, Hayes Carll has spent over 20 years including anybody who will listen in an easy conversation about what it is we’re all doing here. “I like to tug at heartstrings, find commonality with others, reflect on my own life, and sometimes I do it in a lighthearted way,” says Carll while discussing his eighth album You Get It All. “A lot of musical styles found their way onto this record, but my first and most formative influences came from country music. This is a country singer-songwriter record. It’s just unapologetically me.”
Johnny Cash – Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, At the Carousel Ballroom, April 24, 1968 CD (BMG)
An historic and never-heard live concert recorded in San Francisco by innovative sound wizard Owsley Stanley. Captured in the heart of Haight-Ashbury, just days before the release of Cash’s iconic At Folsom Prison album (and over six months before the arrival of the equally revered At San Quentin), At The Carousel Ballroom serves as a third essential – and wholly unique – live document from the era, a moment of cultural collision, with Cash leaning into songs about society’s outcasts, while playing a venue operated by The Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead. [Vinyl edition due December 3.]
The Doobie Brothers – Liberté CD (Island)
Produced/co-written by John Shanks (Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus,) Liberté contains 12 new tracks. (Due in next week.)
Sam Evian – Time To Melt CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Time To Melt reckons with the weight of our time, even when it sounds largely weightless. Inspired by John Coltrane’s mixture of grace and gravitas and Marvin Gaye’s uncanny ability to turn social issues into personal anthems, Sam strove to give these otherwise-beguiling instrumentals the thoughtfulness and depth these days demand.
Mastodon – Hushed And Grim 2xCD/2xLP (Reprise)
Mastodon returns with their anxiously awaited ninth full-length album, Hushed And Grim. Over the past year, the metal mavericks recorded the album in their hometown of Atlanta, GA, collaborating with producer David Bottrill (Tool, Rush, Muse, Peter Gabriel) behind the board. As their most ambitious body of work to date, it consists of 15 tracks, surveying sonic landscapes of rock, psychedelia, punk, metal, alternative, and prog threaded together by the innately expressive musical interplay of these four musicians. [A limited-edition indie-exclusive vinyl pressing is available.]
Marissa Nadler – The Path Of The Clouds CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
The Path Of The Clouds, Marissa Nadler’s ninth solo album, is the most stylistically adventurous, lyrically transfixing, and melodically sophisticated collection of songs in her already rich discography. Gripped by wanderlust while suddenly housebound at the start of the pandemic in 2020, Nadler escaped into writing, and came back with a stunning set of songs about metamorphosis, love, mysticism, and murder. Blurring the line between reality and fantasy and moving freely between past and present, these 11 deeply personal, self-produced songs find Nadler exploring new landscapes, both sonic and emotional. [A limited-edition silver color vinyl pressing is also available.]
Nightmares On Wax – Shoutout! To Freedom CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
The new release from George Evelyn aka Nightmares On Wax, Shout Out! To Freedom oscillates between electronica, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary styles. The album contains a wealth of guest features, with contributions by Greentea Peng, Shabaka Hutchings, OSHUN and Haile Supreme.
Nicholas Payton – Smoke Sessions CD (Smoke Sessions)
New release from the Grammy winning trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist.
Pentatonix – Evergreen CD (RCA)
The three-time Grammy award-winning quintet release their sixth holiday project – the 14-song Evergreen.
Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (Remixed & Updated) CD/CD+DVD Audio/CD+Blu-ray Audio/2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Originally released in 1987, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason was updated and remixed by David Gilmour and Andy Jackson for The Later Years box set. By returning to some of Richard Wright’s original keyboard parts and by re-recording new drum tracks with Nick Mason, producers David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin restored the creative balance between the three Pink Floyd members. The front cover features an alternative photograph from the original album cover photoshoot. [The deluxe CD+DVD and CD+Blu-ray editions each include bonus material and 5.1 Surround Sound audio, along with a 40-page booklet and envelope containing six exclusive stickers designed by Peter Curzon from Storm Studios.]
Emily Scott Robinson – American Siren CD/LP (Oh Boy)
Colorado songwriter Emily Scott Robinson beckons to those who are lost, lonely, or learning the hard way with American Siren, her first album for John Prine’s Oh Boy Records. With hints of bluegrass, country, and folk, the eloquent collection shares her gift for storytelling through her pristine soprano and the perspective of her unconventional path into music. Though not fully autobiographical, American Siren gracefully blends imagined characters with meaningful people she’s encountered on her journey.
Ed Sheeran – = CD/LP (Atlantic)
= (pronounced ‘Equals’) – the fourth instalment in Ed Sheeran’s symbol album series – is the singer-songwriter’s most accomplished work yet; the evolution of an artist who continues to tread new ground. A body of songs that were made over a four-year period following his seminal ÷ (Divide) album era, thematically, = finds Ed taking stock of his life and the people in it, as he explores the varying degrees of love (“The Joker And The Queen”, “First Times”, “2step”), loss (“Visiting Hours”), resilience (“Can’t Stop The Rain”) and fatherhood (“Sandman”, “Leave Your Life”), while also processing his reality and career (“Tides”).
Ty Segall – Harmonizer CD/LP (Drag City)
For his first new album in two years, Ty glides smoothly into a new wild area via a synthtasm of production overhaul, rebooting guitar and keyboard tones ‘n’ zones. A seething, yet emotionally austere statement, Harmonizer slices through psychic cloud cover, enrapturing the ear with groove moves for the body, mind and soul.
Susto – Time In The Sun CD/LP (New West)
Time In The Sun is the fourth full-length album from Charleston, SC band Susto.
The The – The Comeback Special 2xCD (earMUSIC)
What started as an unforgettable live experience now turns into something even bigger as The The release The Comeback Special. Bonus material includes interviews, radio performances from 2018, as well as an intimate insight in the form of photos and background stories told by Matt Johnson. [Vinyl edition due November 26.]
Various Artists – Flag Day CD (Republic)
Features songs from Cat Power, Glen Hansard, Eddie Vedder & Olivia Vedder. [Vinyl edition due December 10.]
The War On Drugs – I Don’t Live Here Anymore CD/2xLP/Cassette (Atlantic)
The War On Drugs return with I Don’t Live Here Anymore, their first studio album in four years. Over the last 15 years, The War On Drugs has steadily emerged as one of this century’s great rock and roll synthesists, removing the gaps between the underground and the mainstream, between the obtuse and the anthemic, making records that wrestle a fractured past into a unified and engrossing present. The War On Drugs have never done that as well as they do with this uncommon rock album about one of our most common but daunting processes – resilience in the face of despair. I Don’t Live Here Anymore is an expression of rock ‘n’ roll’s power to translate our own experience into songs we can share and words that direct our gaze toward the possibility of what is to come.
Whitechapel – Kin CD/2xLP (Metal Blade)
At this stage in the game, the name Whitechapel command respect. Already sitting on one of the most enviable catalogs in contemporary metal, in 2019 they dropped The Valley, showcasing a confident evolution in their sound and standing as a true landmark release that sets a new standard for the genre. Now, they return with that album’s successor, the mighty Kin, which is an even more dynamic and diverse collection, further advancing the band’s sound into new territory without losing sight of what brought them to this point.
Whitesnake – Restless Heart [Reissue/1997] CD/2xCD/4xCD+DVD/2xLP (Rhino)
In the wake of Whitesnake’s massive global success, the band’s founder and lead singer, David Coverdale, set out to record his third solo album in 1995. However, the plan was derailed when pressure from his record label forced him to change course and release Restless Heart under the David Coverdale & Whitesnake moniker. Despite the changes, the 1997 album was a Top 40 hit in the UK. Surprisingly, the record was never released in the US, until now. [The double-CD edition includes a new remix of the album plus the digitally remastered version of the original 1997 version.]
Béla Fleck – My Bluegrass Heart 2xLP (BMG)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. My Bluegrass Heart is the third chapter of a trilogy which began with the 1988 album, Drive, and continued in 1991 with The Bluegrass Sessions. The project features a who’s who of some of the greatest instrumentalists in bluegrass music’s history alongside some of the best of the new generation of players mandolinists Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, and Chris Thile; fiddlers Michael Cleveland and Stuart Duncan; celebrated multi-instrumentalist Justin Moses, bassists Edgar Meyer and Mark Schatz, and the amazing Bryan Sutton and Molly Tuttle on guitar.
Khruangbin – Mordechai Remixes 2xLP (Dead Oceans)
Entering the tight-knit world of a Khruangbin song can be a little daunting. They have created this entire universe in which the trio seem to function telepathically in the way the music is composed, arranged and played. To mess with their delicate eco-system can invoke feelings like that of an unwanted guest crashing a good-time party. We write our music to be interpreted; this is another wonderful interpretation of the music, reassure Khruangbin. There is something very vulnerable about letting others work on your music. But through the correspondence with the different artists, we gained a bigger connection to the songs themselves.
Lindsay Lohan – Little More Personal (RAW) [Reissue/2005] LP (Casablanca)
Vinyl pressing of Lindsay Lohan’s sophomore album which features the hit single “Confessions Of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father)”.
Mouse Rat – The Awesome Album LP (Dualtone Music Group)
Recently released on CD – now available on orange color vinyl. For years, fans have been eagerly waiting for the release of The Awesome Album by Pawnee, Indiana rock band Mouse Rat. The band is fronted by Parks And Recreation Shoeshine Department employee Andy Dwyer, who has led many local acts through the years such as Angelsnack, Everything Rhymes With Orange, Department Of Homeland Obscurity, Just The Tip and Scarecrow Boat, among others. The hits are all here: “5,000 Candles In The Wind”, “The Pit”, “Two Birds Holding Hands”, “Catch Your Dream (feat. Duke Silver)” and two additional tracks by the Scott Tanner-fronted band Land Ho!.
Pond – 9 LP (Spinning Top)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Quicksand – Distant Populations LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Distant Populations, just the fourth full-length album of Quicksand’s career, comes as a comparatively swift follow-up to Interiors – which itself came a full 22 years after its predecessor, 1995’s Manic Compression. Distant Populations has a punchier, more up-tempo sound than its predecessor; its 11 songs are concise, carved sonic jewels boasting not a single wasted note; and its raw power, its gripping lyricism, leaps out from the very first listening. It is a striking step up for the band.
Bryson Tiller – T R A P S O U L  2xLP (RCA
Bryson Tiller – Anniversary  2xLP (RCA)
Bryson Djuan Tiller is a singer, songwriter and rapper. Born in Louisville, he started his career in 2011, releasing the debut mixtape titled Killer Instinct Vol.1. Tiller initially gained notable recognition following the release of his debut single, “Don’t”. Tiller’s debut studio album, T R A P S O U L, was released in October 2015 and peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 chart.
We Are Scientists – Huffy LP (Masterworks)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.