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Releases for 16 August 2019

We have a small but perfectly formed batch of four new releases to recommend for 16 August. Any one of them could have been our album of the week! First up, the magisterial Sleater-Kinney return with The Center Won’t Hold, which asks what remains of a person, a relationship, a city or a country after it has been fractured and frayed by age or loss, by internecine politics or by trauma. These personal stories are couched in a sonic palette that unabashedly takes up space, and what remains is a tale of survival: a treatise on female friendship, inner strength, resilience, and community. Hundred Records favourite Eilen Jewell, who has been described by American Songwriter as “one of Americana’s most intriguing and creative voices”, has written 11 new songs for Gypsy and is calling it her favourite album yet. It’s a mixture of new sounds with old sounds; electric-guitar-driven rockers, classic country and tender ballads. Gypsy continues to solidify Jewell’s reputation as one of the most distinctive and potent voices in Americana today. Frank Turner’s eighth studio album, No Man’s Land, is an intriguing idea: an album of songs about different women and their stories. What ‘right’ does Frank have to tell those stories, seeing as he’s a man? you might ask; well, click here to read a thoughtful post from Frank himself.

Our album of the week is This Is Not A Safe Place, which sees rejuvenated Oxford four-piece Ride reunite with revered DJ, producer and remixer Erol Alkan, who was on production duties for 2017’s Weather Diaries. Once again Ride push their sound forward, with hypnotic rhythms and washes of lush guitars melding with left-field electronic influences. The combination creates a sound that is simultaneously rich in their trademark shoegaze atmosphere and that sounds fresh and creatively ambitious.

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  • This Is Not A Safe Place sees rejuvenated Oxford four-piece Ride reunite with revered DJ, producer and remixer Erol Alkan, who was on production duties for 2017’s Weather Diaries. Rekindling that creative partnership has once again seen Ride push their sound forward, as hypnotic rhythms and washes of lush guitars come together with left-field electronic influences. The combination creates a sound that is simultaneously rich in their trademark shoegaze atmosphere and that sounds fresh and creatively ambitious.
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  • The magisterial Sleater-Kinney return with their 10th studio album, The Center Won’t Hold, which addresses transformation as it relates to the corrosion and decomposition of forms. These eleven songs ask what remains of a body, a human spirit, a relationship, a city or a country after it has been fractured and frayed by age or loss, by internecine politics, by trauma or depression. The narrators sing from the brink of madness, corruption, loss, or grief. And though they speak to us from the narrow, near-desperate strands to which they are consigned by others, or to which they’ve exiled themselves – feeling small, fearing obsolescence – they ask to be heard on the most sprawling of canvasses. By couching these personal stories in a sonic palette that unabashedly takes up space, what remains is a tale of survival: a treatise on female friendship, inner strength, resilience, and community.
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  • Hundred Records favourite Eilen Jewell, who has been described by American Songwriter as “one of Americana’s most intriguing and creative voices”, has written 11 new songs for Gypsy and is calling it her favourite album yet. It’s a mixture of new sounds with old sounds; electric-guitar-driven rockers, classic country and tender ballads. Gypsy continues to solidify Jewell’s reputation as one of the most distinctive and potent voices in Americana today.
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  • Frank Turner’s new album, No Man’s Land, tells the fascinating stories of women whose incredible lives have all too often been overlooked, from Kassiani, a Byzantine princess, to Egyptian feminist activist Huda Sha’arawi and Nica Rothschild, a jazz-obsessed heiress who fought for the Free French.
  • These stories should have been told already, and I suspect if they were men they would be better known,” says Turner. “It’s bringing together my two main interests in life, which have always been separate from each other – history and songwriting. No-one else is writing these songs right now. That’s why I want to share these stories.
  • Note: the LP is available on white vinyl, exclusive to record shops.
 

 

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Releases for 9 August 2019

Kicking off 9 August’s famous five is Any Human Friend, which London-based indie-rock provocateur Marika Hackman wrote over a year in moments of grief after a painful break-up. “This is me diving into myself and peeling back the skin further and further,” Hackman says. “It’s blunt, but not offensive. It’s mischievous.The New Adventures Of P.P. Arnold is the first new solo album in decades from this ’60s soul icon, singer of timeless hits such as ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest’. This album of stunning new material features contributions from, among others, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Cradock and The Specials. Thee Oh Sees release their umpteenth album, Facestabber. The band’s driving force, John Dwyer, has this to say: “Take a breath, you’re going to need it. Take drugs, you’re going to need those just to stand in line at the air and water reclamation centre soon enough. If you don’t like it then don’t listen, bub. Back to the comments section with you!” No, me neither – however, it is a great album! The mighty, blistering Slipknot unleash We Are Not Your Kind, their first full-length release for five years. Guitarist Jim Root said: “This is the most time we’ve had to write a record, and work stuff out together. … One of my inspirations this time around was those artists that recorded full-length albums – not just songs. Slipknot wanted to make an album experience, front to back.

Whisper it quietly, but our album of the week is Tallulah, the latest from Feeder, a band in the midst of a renaissance. That renewed power continues with what is perhaps the band’s most creative yet also concise record, an album that takes real chances while remaining committed to their trademark punk-edged melodies and crisp song construction.

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  • Tallulah is the latest from Feeder, a band in the midst of a renaissance, having scored consecutive Top 10 albums with 2016’s All Bright Electric and the 2017 Best Of. That renewed power continues with their tenth studio album, Tallulah. It is perhaps the band’s most creative yet also concise record, an album that takes real chances while remaining committed to their trademark punk-edged melodies and crisp song construction.
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  • London-based indie-rock provocateur Marika Hackman’s third album, Any Human Friend, was written over a year in moments of grief after a painful break-up. It’s a cathartic ode to empty intimacies and emotional detachment from relationships. The result is a darker departure from her sophomore release, 2017’s I’m Not Your Man. “This whole record is me diving into myself and peeling back the skin further and further, exposing myself in quite a big way. It can be quite sexual,” Hackman says. “It’s blunt, but not offensive. It’s mischievous.
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  • The New Adventures Of P.P. Arnold is the first new solo album in decades from this ’60s soul icon, singer of timeless pop hits such as ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest’ and ‘Angel Of The Morning’ on the ultra-hip Immediate label. This album of stunning new material features contributions from, among others, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Cradock and The Specials.
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  • Thee Oh Sees release their umpteenth album, Facestabber. The band’s driving force, John Dwyer, has this to say: “Take a breath, you’re going to need it. Take drugs, you’re going to need those just to stand in line at the air and water reclamation centre soon enough. There’s no fruit, buddy. You’re at the bleak-peak. They will squeeze you til you’re all squeezed out. For fans of fried prog burn out, squished old-school drool, double drums, lead weight bass, wizard keys (now with poison), old-ass guitar and horrible words with daft meanings. If you don’t like it then don’t listen, bub. Back to the comments section with you! Easy. Over and out.” No, me neither – however, it is a great album!
  • Note: the LP is available on indies-only coloured vinyl.
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  • The mighty, blistering Slipknot unleash their sixth album, We Are Not Your Kind. This is their first full-length release for five years. Guitarist Jim Root said: “This is the most time we’ve had to write a record, and work stuff out together. … One of my inspirations this time around was those artists that recorded full-length albums – not just songs. While the industry is moving toward singles, Slipknot wanted to make an album experience, front to back.
 

 

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Releases for 26 July 2019

This week we focus on releases for the next two weeks.

The first of 26th July’s recommended releases is Duck, the seventh studio album from Kaiser Chiefs, a band inspired by the new wave and punk rock music of the late 1970s and 1980s. “Why’s it called Duck?” you may well ask; well, according to singer Ricky Wilson, it just is! Delbert McClinton is a legend among Texas roots-music aficionados for his ability to combine country, blues, soul and rock’n’roll as if there were no distinctions between them. Performing since the late ’50s, his new album, Tall, Dark & Handsome, is very definitely worth the wait. Moving on to 2nd August’s goodies, Ty Segall brings us First Taste, on which he gets introspective after the extroversions of Freedom’s Goblin – yet somehow just as steeped in party beats, even as Ty trails through his back pages; feeling, as if for the first time, the duplexity of core truths. Multi platinum-selling Danish rockers Volbeat build on the psychobilly/punk-tinged rock’n’roll sound they’re known for on Rewind, Replay & Rebound, while reaching for new creative summits: “The whole point for us going into the studio is because you still have something to prove – not just for the fans, but mostly for yourself,” says frontman Michael Poulsen. And finally, 50 years after the fact, Creedence Clearwater Revival release the entire 11-song set they performed Live At Woodstock on 16 August 1969, when they hit peak CCR!

Our album of the week is Guesswork, on which Lloyd Cole has collaborated with, among others, former Commotions bandmates Neil Clark and Blair Cowan, who found themselves working together on an album with Lloyd for the first time since 1987’s Mainstream. However, anyone expecting a Commotions sound is in for a surprise: Guesswork is predominantly an ‘electronic’ album, built around classic and modern keyboards, modular and drum synthesizers; though guitars, played by both Lloyd and Neil, do feature. Lloyd’s ear for a melody, his lyrical smarts and his unmistakable voice ensure these songs stand shoulder to shoulder with anything he has previously written.

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  • Lloyd Cole has collaborated with a number of other musicians on Guesswork. Among them are two former bandmates – guitarist Neil Clark and keyboard player Blair Cowan – who found themselves working together on an album with Lloyd for the first time since The Commotions’ swansong Mainstream in 1987. However, anyone expecting a Commotions sound will be on the wrong tack: Guesswork is predominantly an ‘electronic’ album. Lloyd has fashioned the sound of this album from classic and modern keyboards, modular and drum synthesizers; though guitars, played by both Lloyd and Neil Clark, do feature. Lloyd’s ear for a melody, his lyrical smarts and his unmistakable voice ensure these songs stand shoulder to shoulder with anything he has previously written.
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  • Duck is the seventh studio album from Kaiser Chiefs, a band primarily inspired by the new wave and punk rock music of the late 1970s and 1980s. The follow-up to their 2016 album Stay Together includes the single ‘Record Collection’. “Why’s it called Duck?” you may well ask – well, according to singer Ricky Wilson, it just is!
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  • Delbert McClinton is a legend among Texas roots-music aficionados – not only for his amazing longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul and rock’n’roll as if there were no distinctions between them. A formidable harmonica player long before he started recording as a singer, McClinton performed with legends like Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reid and more. His career began in the late ’50s, yet it took him nearly two decades to evolve into a bona-fide solo artist. His new album, Tall, Dark & Handsome, is very definitely worth the wait.
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  • “Our salivating makes it all taste worse,” croons Ty Segall in the first salvo of First Taste. He’s talking about us: how we’re the masters of our own destiny, tellers of our own prophecy, makers of our own sickened choices. It’s a warning, but this time the finger is pointing back at him too. He’s one with us. Contradictions are rife. First Taste is an introspective set after the extroversions of Freedom’s Goblin – yet somehow just as steeped in party beats, even as Ty trails through his back pages, reflecting on family, re-encountering pasts, anticipating futures. Feeling, like it was the first time, the duplexity of core truths.
  • Note: this album is due for release on 2 August.
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  • Multi platinum-selling Danish rockers Volbeat release their seventh studio album, Rewind, Replay & Rebound. It builds on the distinctive psychobilly/punk-tinged rock’n’roll sound they’re known for, while reaching for new creative summits. “The whole point for us going into the studio is because you still have something to prove – not just for the fans, but mostly for yourself,” says Michael Poulsen (guitar/vocals). “We would not be able to do this record if it wasn’t for the work we have done in the past. No matter how old the band gets or how many records we do, there is always going to be that signature sound.
  • Note: this album is due for release on 2 August.
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  • Finally, 50 years after the fact, Creedence Clearwater Revival release the entire 11-song set they performed Live At Woodstock on 16 August 1969, when they hit peak CCR!
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Releases for 19 July 2019

19 July brings some more summer sizzlers your way! The Flaming Lips, one of the most innovative – or weird, take your pick! – outfits out there, once again tread uncharted territory on King’s Mouth: Music And Songs, threaded together by cinematic narration courtesy of The Clash’s Mick Jones. Freya Ridings, possessing one of the most powerful voices of her generation, explores themes of doubt, pain, regret and vulnerability on her self-titled debut album. Her songs have an alchemical incandescence, and her extraordinary voice elevates them into greatness. To mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in July 1969, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois & Roger Eno’s seminal ambient masterpiece Apollo – Atmospheres & Soundtracks is being reissued, lovingly remastered and accompanied by a whole disc of new music by the trio. Order In Decline is the seventh studio album by Canadian pop-punk band Sum 41, a follow-up to 2016’s 13 Voices that sees the return of guitarist Dave Baksh, who left the band in 2006.

Our album of the week is Thom Yorke’s third solo album, Anima, the first of his solo works to feel truly complete without his band behind him. It floats through the uneasy space between societal turmoil and internal monologue. If glitchy dark electronica is your thing, you will love this.

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  • Thom Yorke’s third solo album, Anima, is the first one to feel truly complete without his band behind him. It floats through the uneasy space between societal turmoil and internal monologue. If glitchy dark electronica is your thing, you will love this.
  • The LP versions are pressed on 180g orange vinyl in a wide-spine single sleeve with an additional 10th track, ‘Ladies & Gentlemen, Thank You For Coming’, plus a download card.
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  • The deluxe 2-LP version is packaged in a beautiful hardback book containing both the lyrics and many strange drawings done in pencil by Stanley Donwood & Dr Tchock. Printed onto Italian Fedrigoni Special Brown material paper and section sewn, the book is made up with an exposed orange cloth spine and orange gilt edging and finished with Bodonian Binding.
  • Note: the deluxe LP version will be on released 2 August.
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  • The Flaming Lips are one of the most innovative – or weird, take your pick! – outfits out there, and King’s Mouth: Music And Songs sees them once again treading uncharted territory. The 12 originals on this album are threaded together by cinematic narration courtesy of The Clash’s Mick Jones. Additionally, the music parallels front-man Wayne Coyne’s immersive art installation of the same name.
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  • Freya Ridings explores themes of doubt, pain, regret and vulnerability on her self-titled debut album, within songs of alchemical incandescence. Freya’s extraordinary, vibrato-rich voice elevates these songs into greatness – she has a vocal gift that’s undoubtedly one of the most powerful voices of her generation.
  • Underpinning her world-class credentials as a songwriter, Freya wrote or co-wrote all of the eleven songs that feature on the album. In an era in which hits are so often written by committee, ‘Lost Without You’ saw Freya become the first female artist to have an entirely self-penned Top 10 hit since Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ returned to the charts in 2012.
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  • To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 spaceflight and moon landing in July 1969, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois & Roger Eno’s seminal ambient masterpiece Apollo – Atmospheres & Soundtracks is being reissued. Originally written as a score for director Al Reinert’s landmark feature-length documentary ‘For All Mankind’, the original album has been lovingly remastered by Abbey Road’s Miles Showell. It also comes with a whole disc of new music: 11 new instrumental compositions which reimagine the soundtrack to the film, marking the first time the three musicians have collaborated since the original sessions in 1983.
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  • Order In Decline is the seventh studio album by Canadian pop-punk band Sum 41. The album is a follow-up to 2016’s 13 Voices and marks the first appearance by of guitarist Dave Baksh since his departure from the band in 2006.
 

 

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Releases for 12 July 2019

12 July’s summer smashers kick off with Swedish power-metallers Sabaton’s first concept album, The Great War. As bassist Per Sundstrom says: “This is the biggest album we have taken on so far; there is so much depth and story around the songs that we never had before.” And most importantly, all riffs are present and correct! No.6 Collaborations Project is something that Ed Sheeran has wanted to make since being signed in 2011; these 15 collaborations, each with a different artist, will help you see this superstar in a new light. Silent Alarm Live is a special edition of Bloc Party’s debut album, played live at last year’s homecoming show at Alexandra Palace and European tour. Silent Alarm was released in 2005 to widespread critical and commercial success, and has since been heralded as one of the most influential and important of the decade. An old friend has returned: yes, Purple Mountains is the new nom-de-rock of David Berman and the title of what will become known as one of his greatest albums – full of double-jointed wit and wisdom, up to the neck in his special recipe of handcrafted country-rock joys and sorrows. III is the third studio album from American singer-songwriter Banks. Possessing a voice that can break hearts, she continues to plough her unique furrow, and has been compared to everyone from Feist to Erykah Badu via Lauryn Hill and Fiona Apple. This is the album on which Banks grows up.

Our album of the week comes from New Order, who returned in June 2017 to the stage at Manchester’s Old Granada Studios where Joy Division made their television debut on Tony Wilson’s ‘So It Goes’ programme in 1978. For the celebrated show Σ(No,12k,Lg,17Mif): So It Goes…, the legendary band deconstructed, rethought and rebuilt a wealth of material from throughout their career and performed it live with a 12-strong synthesiser ensemble. Featuring tracks ranging from ‘Disorder’, never played since their Joy Division days, to new fan favourites like ‘Plastic’ from 2015’s critically acclaimed Music Complete, this is the perfect document of those five magical nights.

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  • In June 2017, New Order returned to the stage at Manchester’s Old Granada Studios where Joy Division made their television debut on Tony Wilson’s ‘So It Goes’ programme in 1978. For the celebrated show Σ(No,12k,Lg,17Mif): So It Goes…, the legendary band deconstructed, rethought and rebuilt a wealth of material from throughout their career – familiar and obscure, old and new – and performed it live with a 12-strong synthesiser ensemble in a dynamic stage set created by artist Liam Gillick in a dynamic stage set created by artist Liam Gillick. Featuring tracks ranging from ‘Disorder’, never played since their Joy Division days, to new fan favourites like ‘Plastic’ from 2015’s critically acclaimed Music Complete, this is the perfect document of those five magical nights.
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  • Sabaton’s ninth studio album, The Great War, is the first concept album from the Swedish power-metallers. As bassist Per Sundstrom says: “This is the biggest album we have taken on so far; there is so much depth and story around the songs that we never had before.” But most importantly, all riffs are present and correct!
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  • Superstar Ed Sheeran returns with the curiously named No.6 Collaborations Project. Ed himself says: “Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called ‘No.5 Collaborations Project’. Since then, I’ve always wanted to do another, so I started ‘No.6’ on my laptop when I was on tour last year. I’m a huge fan of all the artists I’ve collaborated with and it’s been a lot of fun to make.” These 15 collaborations, each with a different artist, will help you see Ed Sheeran in a new light.
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  • Bloc Party are releasing Silent Alarm Live, a special edition of their debut album, comprising live recordings from last year’s homecoming show at Alexandra Palace and European tour, in which the band played the album in full. Silent Alarm was released in 2005 to widespread critical and commercial success, achieving multi-platinum sales and earning Bloc Party a Mercury Prize nomination. The album has since been heralded as one of the most influential and important of the decade.
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  • Well I don’t really like talking to myself, but someone’s got to say it, hell …” You know this voice. An old friend has returned. It was some years back that you dropped the needle on the record and heard it say: “No, I don’t really wanna die …” Like so many lines you couldn’t possibly have guessed the finish to. Yes, Purple Mountains is the new nom-de-rock of David Berman. Purple Mountains is also the title of what will become known as one of his greatest albums – full of double-jointed wit and wisdom, up to the neck in his special recipe of handcrafted country-rock joys and sorrows that sing legendary in cracked and broken hearts.
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  • Banks’ third studio album, unimaginatively entitled III, arrives. Possessing a voice that can break hearts, this American singer-songwriter continues to plough her unique furrow, and has been compared to everyone from Feist to Erykah Badu via Lauryn Hill and Fiona Apple. This is the album on which Banks grows up.
 

 

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