New Releases — Oct. 8, 2021

New Releases for October 8, 2021

CDs + Vinyl:

Billy Strings – Renewal 2xLP (Rounder)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. One of the top emerging artists across all genres of music, Billy Strings has made his most ambitious album to date with Renewal, a 16-song collection that effortlessly positions him as a singular talent-one who reveres the history of the acoustic music that inspired him, while pushing it forward into new spaces and audiences through his incredible live shows. Serving as a reflection of Strings’ diverse musical influences, Renewal reaches well beyond bluegrass with elements of heavy metal, jam bands, psychedelic music and classic rock – even though it’s still primarily an acoustic record. The album follows his Grammy Award-winning project, Home, as well as industry recognition ranging from Pollstar’s Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic to the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

Aaliyah – I Care 4 U [Reissue/2001] CD (Empire)
I Care 4 U is the first posthumous compilation album by the “Princess of R&B,” Aaliyah. Following her tragic and untimely passing, Blackground Records released a posthumous record including songs from her studio albums and previously unreleased tracks and demos, as well as hit singles and recordings that ultimately did not land on any previous albums.

Aaliyah – Ultimate Aaliyah [Reissue/2005] 2xCD (Empire)
Ultimate Aaliyah is the second and final compilation album by R&B singer Aaliyah. Originally released by Blackground Records in only the UK, Australia, and Japan, the 2005 double album features one disc of Aaliyah’s greatest hits and a disc entitled Are You Feelin’ Me? containing material from soundtracks and featured work with labelmate Timbaland.

Alien Weaponry – Tangaroa CD (Napalm)
In the past few years, no emerging metal band has shaken up the international metal scene like Alien Weaponry – featuring 21-year-old Henry de Jong (drums), 19-year-old Lewis de Jong (guitars, vocals) and 21-year-old new bassist Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds. Tangaroa coalesces Alien Weaponry’s growing maturation with an undisturbed songwriting process, resulting in their most complex, inspired, honest and informed material yet. [Vinyl edition due October 29.]

Atmosphere – WORD? CD/LP (Rhymesayers)
Steering back toward their signature sound, the album further highlights producer Ant’s undeniable talents as the project leans into the classic boom-bap aesthetic, bringing a unique energy out of Slug’s wisdom, wit and delivery.

BadBadNotGood – Talk Memory CD/2xLP (XL)
On Talk Memory, the trio of Alexander Sowinski (drums), Chester Hansen (bass) and Leland Whitty (guitar/woodwinds), return to their instrumental beginnings and pay homage to the musicians, composers, innovators and influences that first informed their work. As a result, the album is an aural odyssey about collective balance and harmony, with all the sense of psychedelic narrative that entails. With guests that include the iconic Brazilian producer and musician Arthur Verocai alongside Laraaji, Terrace Martin, Karriem Riggins, Brandee the Younger, plus the legendary Russell Elevado (D’Angelo’s Voodoo) at the mixing helm, BadBadNotGood have created a heartfelt expression of joy for the music and community they feel lucky to inhabit.

Between The Buried And Me – Colors II CD/LP (Sumerian)
Now available on CD. Tenth studio album from American progressive metal band.

James Blake – Friends That Break Your Heart CD/2xLP (Republic)
With over two years having passed since the release of his critically acclaimed 2019 album Assume Form, UK singer, and electronic musician James Blake returns with his fifth studio album Friends That Break Your Heart. Said to be a concept album, it features 12 tracks including collaborations with SZA, JID, SwaVay, and Monica Martin.

Noah Gundersen – A Pillar Of Salt CD (Cooking Vinyl)
Noah Gundersen returns with his much-anticipated new album, A Pillar of Salt. The project is a return to form for Gundersen, coupling heartfelt lyrics with his signature understated vocal performance. Featuring singles “Sleepless In Seattle” and “Atlantis”, a stunning duet with Phoebe Bridgers, fans old and new will be celebrating this triumphant piece of art. [Vinyl edition due January 28.]

Natalie Hemby – Pins And Needles CD (Fantasy)
Two-time Grammy Award-winner Natalie Hemby is revered as one of the music industry’s most notable songwriters creating hit after hit behind the scenes. Now, she’s poised for a breakout, with the release of her exceptional sophomore album Pins And Needles.  Across the 11-track collection, Hemby delivers unconventional lyrics along with her ingenious turn of phrase, ear-worm anthems to heart-rending ballads, acid-tongued and sharp-witted swagger to deep-grooved rockers.

The Record Company – Play Loud CD (Concord)
The Record Company has outgrown the home recording of previous records and enlisted Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Sardy (Fall Out Boy, A Perfect Circle, Modest Mouse) to work with them on their third studio album, Play Loud. It also finds the band collaborating with outside songwriters for the first time ever, including Kevin Griffin and Sam Hollander on single “How High”. The result is a sonic growth both in music and in songwriting, highlighting an ever-evolving band bringing rock back to the masses.

Sleigh Bells – Texis CD (Mom + Pop Music)
Sleigh Bells’ sixth album Texis is the sound of the duo letting go of all hang-ups and inhibitions and allowing themselves to embrace making the sort of loud, colorful, genre-melting music only they could make. “We stopped worrying about whether or not we’re in or out of our comfort zone, or if we were being repetitive or formulaic,” says guitarist and composer Derek Miller. “In the past we were pretty obsessed with tearing up the rule book and starting from scratch for every record as a means to do something new or different,” he says. “For Texis we didn’t worry about any of that stuff, we just pushed the first domino and hoped that something exciting and inspiring would happen.” [Vinyl edition due February 18.]

Thrice – Horizons/East CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Dynamic and explorative California-based rock band Thrice return with their eleventh studio album, Horizons/East.

Trivium – In The Court Of The Dragon CD (Roadrunner)
“How long does a ‘return to form’ have to last until it’s just ‘form’? You all know Trivium’s story at this point: the highs of instant classic Ascendancy, the troughs of The Crusade and Vengeance Falls and the stunning redemption of 2017’s The Sin And The Sentence and last year’s What The Dead Men Say. Weirdly, despite all of this contextual weight, when approaching In The Court Of The Dragon you just never really ever felt in any doubt that Trivium 2021 would or could let you down. The band have just been so good, so reliable, in the last five years that you really shouldn’t be surprised to hear that (spoiler alert) this album is another exceptional effort.” – Metal Hammer [Vinyl edition TBA.]

The Velveteers – Nightmare Dayream CD (Easy Eye Sound)
Nightmare Daydream, the debut album from the formidable rock trio, The Velveteers, is the culmination of the raw power and electric voice of singer/guitarist Demi Demitro with the primal rhythm of two drummers, Baby Pottersmith and Jonny Fig. Fused with the studio prowess of Grammy Award winning producer, Dan Auerbach, the album is a crushing combination of 70s style psychedelia and the hard rock of the California desert.

The Violent Femmes – Why Do Birds Sing? 2xCD/LP (Craft Recordings)
Digitally remastered edition. Why Do Birds Sing? is the fifth studio album from Violent Femmes, and their last with original drummer, Victor DeLorenzo and features the hit “American Music”, as well as a cover of Culture Club’s “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”.

We Are Scientists – Huffy CD (Masterworks)
Jet-skis ripping across a jewel-green bay. Piña Coladas on ice, shredded in the blender. An alligator drops into a sick-ass guitar solo, then takes the last chorus up a notch with an unusual harmony you simply didn’t see coming. This is Huffy, the brand-new studio album from We Are Scientists.

Yung Bleu – Moon Boy CD (Vandross Music Group)
Yung Bleu, also known as, Bleu Vandross, is a rising hip-gop/R&B artist from Mobile, Alabama.

F.S. Blumm & Nils Frahm – 2X1=4 LP (Leiter)
Limited green color vinyl pressing. Nils Frahm and F. S. Blumm, a revered mainstay of the German underground for over two decades, release their fourth collaborative album. 2X1=4 finds the duo unexpectedly exploring a dub-influenced universe, though in truth it’s one already familiar to both.

Kevin Morby – A Night At The Little Los Angeles Sundowner 4-Track Demos LP (Dead Oceans)
“This is quite simply the sound of me alone in a room with a four-track to catch my songs as they fell out of my mouth.” [A limited silver color vinyl pressing is also available.]

Caitlin Rose – Own Side Now (Deluxe Anniversary Issue) LP+7” (ATO)
Nashville’s Caitlin Rose celebrates the 10-year anniversary of her debut album Own Side Now with a deluxe fully remastered vinyl LP + bonus 7″ reissue.

Billy Strings – Renewal 2xLP (Rounder)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. One of the top emerging artists across all genres of music, Billy Strings has made his most ambitious album to date with Renewal, a 16-song collection that effortlessly positions him as a singular talent-one who reveres the history of the acoustic music that inspired him, while pushing it forward into new spaces and audiences through his incredible live shows. Serving as a reflection of Strings’ diverse musical influences, Renewal reaches well beyond bluegrass with elements of heavy metal, jam bands, psychedelic music and classic rock – even though it’s still primarily an acoustic record. The album follows his Grammy Award-winning project, Home, as well as industry recognition ranging from Pollstar’s Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic to the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

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