New releases for 8 July 2022

This week’s choicest new releases start with Found Light, which may be Laura Veirs’ twelfth studio album but it also, in many ways, feels like her debut. If 2020’s My Echo – written and mixed in 2019 just before Veirs split from her husband, long-time producer and the father of her two sons – was…

New releases for 1 July 2022

The first of this week’s pick of the pops is A Very Lonely Solstice, the new album from Fleet Foxes, which captures a poignant moment in time. The recording was originally broadcast as a live-stream event on the winter solstice of 2020, just days after New York declared a state of emergency, tightening restrictions again…

New releases for 24 June 2022

We have six sizzlers for this scorching week. First out of the blocks is Songbird, the very first compilation to spotlight Christine McVie as solo artist. Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer McVie was not only the songwriter and vocalist for many of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits, including ‘Don’t Stop’, ‘Everywhere’ and ‘Little Lies’, she…

Pre-sale of the week: The Beths – Expert In A Dying Field, out 16 September

On The Beths’ new album, Expert In A Dying Field, Elizabeth Stokes’ songwriting positions her somewhere between being a novelist and a documentarian. The songs collected here are autobiographical, but they’re also character sketches of relationships – platonic, familial, romantic – and, more importantly, their aftermaths. The shapes and ghosts left in absences. The question…

New releases for 17 June 2022

There are some fantastic releases out this week. First, Foals take a fresh, thrilling new direction on Life Is Yours, the follow-up to the triumphant two-part Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost. The new album – with its disco-tinged guitars, tight syncopated rhythms and punchy, insistent hooks echoing the band’s roots as purveyors of rambunctious…

Pre-sale of the week: Tim Burgess – Typical Music, out 23 September

Has there been a busier musician over the last two years? A more prolific artist? More creative? More heroic? Tim Burgess – as self-effacing a band leader, solo star, label runner, repeat memoirist and all-round caffeinated can-do kid as you’ll find – would certainly shrink from that last accolade. “A hero??” he’d likely mutter with…