Pre-sale of the week: The National – First Two Pages Of Frankenstein, out 28 April

Anchored by evocative melodies and an enthralling lyrical narrative, First Two Pages Of Frankenstein signals a thrilling new chapter in the The National’s discography. The 11-song album was produced by the band at Long Pond Studios in upstate New York and features guest appearances by Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers and Sufjan Stevens. First Two Pages…

Pre-sale of the week: Everything But The Girl – Fuse, out 21 April

Having pursued solo careers since the release of Temperamental, Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt have reformed Everything But The Girl an are about to release a hugely anticipated and long-overdue brand-new studio album, Fuse – their first for over two decades, would you believe!? Note: The LP is initially available on limited-edition forest green vinyl.…

Pre-sale of the week: The Reytons – What’s Rock and Roll?, out 27 January

Released 100% independently, with no label backing, The Reytons’s second album, What’s Rock and Roll?, follows their debut album that rocketed to Number 11 in the Official UK Charts, with over 20,000 sales to date. Setting The Reytons apart from the competition is their fiercely independent approach to the way they work. Not exactly welcomed…

Pre-sale of the week: Lana Del Rey – Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd, out 10 March

Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd is the ninth studio album from acclaimed singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey, comprising 16 tracks and interludes with featured artists including Father John Misty, Tommy Genesis, Jon Batiste, Bleachers and more. It follows the prolific artist’s 2021 albums Chemtrails Over The Country Club and Blue Banisters.…

Pre-sale of the week: Fever Ray – Radical Romantics, out 10 March

Visionary Swedish singer-songwriter and producer Fever Ray has finally returned to us grateful fans with a splendid new long-playern some five years after their last outing (2017’s Plunge). Radical Romantics is a return characterised with a somewhat darker and more brooding mood and feel. Now, I know what you’re thinking; yes, this work is most…

Pre-sale of the week: Sampa The Great – As Above, So Below, out 20 January

Sampa The Great’s latest masterpiece, As Above So Below, is a celebration of family and heritage, taking inspiration from Zamrock, Zambia’s fusion genre. Relocating home to Zambia during the pandemic, Sampa sought to reconnect with a different side of herself, a side that is freer and closer in resemblance to the younger artistry she cultivated…

Pre-sale of the week: Shame – Food For Worms, out 24 February

If Songs Of Praise was fuelled by pint-sloshing teenage vitriol, then Drunk Tank Pink delved into a different kind of intensity. Wading into uncharted musical waters, emboldened by their wit and earned cynicism, Shame created something with the abandon of a band who had nothing to lose. Having forced their way through their second album’s…

Pre-sale of the week: Delays – Faded Seaside Glamour on LP, out 27 January

Faded Seaside Glamour, the atmospheric and evocative debut album from Southampton’s very own Delays, gets its first outing on vinyl. Originally released in 2004, the fragile strength of frontman Greg Gilbert’s vocals intertwine intoxicatedly with the forward-looking synths of his brother Aaron, Colin Fox’s bass and Rowly’s drumming to create a series of affecting songs…