New releases for 19 November 2021

This week’s key releases open with Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, who have reunited some fourteen years after the historic success of their first collaboration, Raising Sand (2007), which reached #2 on the UK album chart, generated multi-platinum sales and earned six Grammy awards including Album of the Year. Like its predecessor, Raise The Roof…

New releases for 12 November 2021

We light the touchpaper on this week’s firecrackers with Crawler, the new album from IDLES. It’s an album of reflection and healing amid a worldwide pandemic that stretched the planet’s collective mental and physical health to the breaking point. Frontman Joe Talbot says: “We want people who’ve gone through trauma, heartbreak, and loss to feel…

Pre-sale of the week: Hurray For The Riff Raff – Life On Earth, out 18 February

Life On Earth is a departure for Hurray For The Riff Raff. Its eleven new ‘nature-punk’ tracks on the theme of survival are music for a world in flux – songs about thriving, not just surviving, while disaster is happening. For her eighth full-length album, the Bronx-born, New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Alynda Segarra drew inspiration from…

New releases for 5 November 2021

Our six spooky sparklers start with Kid A Mnesia, which collects Radiohead’s fourth and fifth albums alongside the debut of a newly compiled third disc titled Kid Amnesiae. Exclusive to this release, Kid Amnesiae comprises material unearthed from the Kid A and Amnesiac sessions. Along with alternate versions and elements of Kid A and Amnesiac…

Pre-sale of the week: Midlake – For The Sake Of Bethel Woods, out 18 March

Loss and hope, isolation and communion, the cessation and renewal of purpose. Timeless and salient, these themes echo throughout the fifth album from Midlake, their first since Antiphon in 2013. Produced to layered, loving perfection by John Congleton, For The Sake Of Bethel Woods is an album of immersive warmth and mystery from a band…

New releases for 29 October 2021

We kick off our pick of this week’s releases with The War On Drugs, who have steadily emerged over the past 15 years 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…

Pre-sale of the week: Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Barn, out 10 December

Barn, the new studio album from Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features 10 new songs that capture “the raw, idiosyncratic rock and roll spirit and lyrical beauty that epitomises a classic Neil Young Crazy Horse collaboration”. The line-up is: Neil Young, Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Nils Lofgren. The album was recorded this past summer,…

New releases for 22 October 2021

We begin our best of the week’s releases with Parquet Courts, whose thought-provoking rock is dancing to a new tune. Sympathy For Life finds the Brooklyn band at both their most instinctive and electronic, spinning their bewitching, psychedelic storytelling into fresh territory, yet maintaining their unique identity. Biffy Clyro’s surprise new project, The Myth Of…

Pre-sale of the week: Tears For Fears – The Tipping Point, out 25 February

Some forty years into one of music’s most impactful, sometimes tense and yet curiously enduring partnerships, Tears For Fears have finally arrived together at The Tipping Point – the group’s ambitious, accomplished and surprising first new studio album in nearly two decades. Note: The LP is available on green vinyl, exclusive to record shops. Click…