New Releases for July 2, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
Marina Allen – Candlepower CD/LP+MP3 (Fire)
Marina Allen glides on angelic highs, surfing the husky deep; she is one of the great new voices of her generation. Writing songs that carry notes from other realms; these are kitchen table tales about love and fear, the capturing of the wild heart, sketching the breaking of dawn, bringing real life back to life. Every song on her stunning debut album Candlepower is a tick box of influences, asides, inspirations, quickfire theories, storylines and melodic progressions that galvanize a chemical reaction for each dramatic scene that unfolds on this genre-traversing seven song epic.
At The Gates – The Nightmare Of Being CD/LP/2xCD+Book/2xLP+3xCD (Century Media)
The undisputed masters of Swedish death metal deliver what can only be described as the finest album of their career to date. A concept album that explores the dark revelations contained in pessimist philosophy, The Nightmare Of Being unveils a newly liberated and adventurous At The Gates, via some of the bravest and most mesmerizing material they have ever written. Quite unlike anything the band has previously released, The Nightmare Of Being plumbs existential depths and conjures some profound questions for anyone bold enough to engage.
Martin Barre and John Carter – Winter Setting CD/LP (Cleopatra)
Legendary guitarist for rock icons Jethro Tull, Martin Barre, teams up with songwriter, John Carter. Features highlights from Carter’s two album – 1997’s Spirit Flying Free and 1999’s Clean The Page. Barre’s dexterous and melodic playing is a perfect complement to Carter’s rich songs.
Born Of Osoris – Angel Or Alien CD/LP (Sumerian)
Sixth album from the Illinois-based progressive metalcore band. [An ultra-clear with neon pink & black splatter color vinyl pressing is also available.
Cub Scout Bowling Pins – Clang Clang Ho CD/LP (Guided By Voice)
Cub Scout Bowling Pins hop in the Magic Taxi, turn on the AM radio and time travel 40 to 45 years back in time. The project is mysteriously presented, but it’s a thinly veiled alias of the ridiculously prolific and talented Guided By Voices. Minus the usual punk and prog influences, there are strong whiffs of bubble gum, psych and soft rock with sugary doses of ornate baroque pop.
The Go! Team – Get Up Sequences Part One CD/LP+MP3 (Memphis Industries)
The Go! Team has created a musical world distinctly of their own making here. A place where routine is outlawed, and perfection is the enemy. Where Ennio Morricone meets the Monkees armed with flutes, glockenspiels, steel drums and a badass analogue attitude. We’re talking widescreen, four-track, channel hopping sounds that are instantly recognizable.
Joni Mitchell – The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) 4xCD/4xLP (Rhino)
The Reprise Years (1968-1971) features newly remastered versions of Joni Mitchell’s first four studio albums – Song To A Seagull (1968), Clouds (1969), Ladies Of The Canyon (1970), and Blue (1971). In the case of Song To A Seagull, the original mix has been recently updated by Mitchell and mixer Matt Lee. The cover art for the set features a previously unseen self-portrait Mitchell drew during the time period and includes an essay by Grammy winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Angel Dream: Songs and Music From The Motion Picture She’s The One) CD/LP (WB)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of She’s The One, Warner Bros. presents a remixed, remastered and re-imagined version of the album. The original album included several songs that were left off the original Wildflowers album (recently included as the All The Rest disc in the Wildflowers & All The Rest reissue), so this re-release is an appropriate ending to the campaign celebrating the Wildflowers-era. Ryan Ulyate (Tom’s longtime engineer and producer) has remixed the audio, and the song selection is designed to work as a Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers album, rather than a soundtrack album. Four unreleased tracks have been added: the rocker “105 Degrees” (written by Petty), a cover of JJ Cale’s “Thirteen Days”, “One Of Life’s Little Mysteries” (another Petty original), and an instrumental (“French Disconnection”) in the same vein as the instrumentals on the original album. An extended version of “Supernatural Radio” is also included.
Queen – Greatest Hits [Reissue/1981] CD/Cassette (Hollywood)
Queen’s Greatest Hits was originally released in 1981 and remains the best-selling album of all time in the UK with over six million copies sold. Featuring the original UK track listing with 17 hits including “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Another One Bites The Dust”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “We Are The Champions”, and more.
Bebe Rexha – Better Mistakes CD (WB)
Singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha’s sophomore album features guest contributions by Doja Cat, Travis Barker, Lil Uzi Vert, Lunay, Ty Dolla $ign, Rick Ross and more “Better Mistakes is by far the most challenging yet fulfilling project I have ever worked on. I want to give listeners a journey of pop paradise fused with elements of rock and hip-hop. It’s important to me that my music continues to recognize ongoing themes of vulnerability, the cycle of self-destruction & self-realization, and female empowerment.” [Vinyl edition due this Fall.)