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Releases for 24 January 2020

This week’s 6 lovelies start with Wolf Parade’s fifth album, Thin Mind, whose post-apocalyptic and dystopian narratives emerged while working at Risqué Disque, a studio housed in a stone barn in the middle of the woods. Navarasa: Nine Emotions is the transporting third album by Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, which has at its heart the nine (nava) emotions or sentiments (rasa) of the arts. Wire continue to be astonishingly forward-looking for such a long-established act, and Mind Hive has no problem vaulting over the high bar set by 2017’s Silver/Lead. Career retrospective The Strange Ones 1994–2008 reminds us how good Supergrass were (and still are), as they reform after a ten-year haitus. And Elton John’s seminal performance Live From Moscow 1979 with percussionist Ray Cooper finally gets a full release; it’s a sensation from start to finish, and Elton himself says it was one of his best-ever concerts.

Our release of the week is Hotspot, the last of the trilogy of albums produced by Stuart Price for Pet Shop Boys. Recording the album in Hansa Studios in Berlin has added a new dimension to their trademark sound.

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  • Hotspot is the last instalment of the trilogy of Pet Shop Boys albums produced by Stuart Price, following Electric in 2013 and Super in 2016. Hotspot was mostly recorded in Hansa Studios, Berlin, and mixed at The Record Plant, Los Angeles. Pet Shop Boys say: “We’ve written much of our music over the last ten years in Berlin and it was an exciting experience to work on this album in the legendary Hansa studios there and add a new dimension to our sound.
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  • Wolf Parade’s fifth album, Thin Mind, has sci-fi, post-apocalyptic and dystopian narratives interwoven throughout. These themes emerged while working at Risqué Disque, which Dan Boeckner jokingly describes as a Dutchman’s failed utopia, a problematic structure with a post-apocalyptic vibe: the studio is housed in a stone barn hand-built by a Dutchman in the middle of the woods, using local materials.
  • Note: the LP is available on indies-only coloured vinyl.
  • Yorkston/Thorne/Khan - Navarasa: Nine Emotions
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  • Navarasa: Nine Emotions is Yorkston/Thorne/Khan’s third release, and takes their journey many, many leagues on. At the heart of YTK’s transporting new album is the navarasa; the nine (nava) emotions or sentiments (rasa) of the arts. This central unifying underpinning is a centuries-old organising principle. The individual artistic emotions range from shringara (love, beauty) through hasya (laughter, mirth, comedy), raudra (anger), karuna (sorrow, compassion or mercy), bibhatsya (disgust), bhayanaka (horror, terror), veera (heroism, courage), adbutha (surprise, wonder) to shanta (peace, tranquillity).
  • Note: the LP is available on indies-only coloured vinyl.
  • Wire - Mind Hive
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  • Wire exhibit little inclination to look back – rather, they remain resolutely focused on producing music which is smart, vital and defiantly modern. Mind Hive is the group’s first newly recorded material since 2017’s Silver/Lead. That album garnered rave reviews and career best sales. Yet, if Silver/Lead set the bar pretty high, Mind Hive seems to have no problem vaulting over it. It is difficult to understand quite how a group that has been operating for such a long period is still able to produce such exciting and essential work. And yet here we are …
  • Note: the LP is available on indies-only coloured vinyl.
  • Supergrass - The Strange Ones 1994–2008
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  • Formed in Oxford in 1993, Supergrass went on to sell millions of albums, including six top ten albums and ten top 20 singles. After a ten-year haitus, the band have re-formed. Career retrospective The Strange Ones reminds us how good they were (and still are) and charts their success with classics from 1994 to 2008.
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  • 40 years after Elton John became the first major Western pop star to play the USSR, the seminal performance Live From Moscow 1979 with percussionist Ray Cooper finally gets a full release. A sensation from start to finish, with pared-down, unique versions of Elton classics like ‘Daniel’, ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’ and ‘Bennie And The Jets’, plus cover versions of ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, ‘Get Back’ and ‘Back In The USSR’, the 1979 Russian tour has gone down in history as one of the landmark moments in rock history as well as being a personal career highlight for Elton, who says: “It was one of the most memorable and happy tours I have been on. The last show was probably one of the best concerts I’ve ever given in my life.
 

 

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Releases for 17 January 2020

Our super six for 10 & 17 January start with Courteeners, one of the last old-fashioned Big British Guitar Bands, who scrapped an album’s-worth of songs and then created the bold but ambiguously titled More. Again. Forever. Mercury Prize-nominated British post-punk group The Big Moon are an enormous lungful of fresh air, unleashing song after song fizzing with melody and charm on their second album Walking Like We Do (out on 10 Jan). Nada Surf’s ninth studio album, Never Not Together, is a wide-ranging collection of catchy rock songs with sharply drawn yet tenderly felt lyrics. British indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club’s fifth, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong, is an album for anyone who’s ever turned to music in a time of crisis, whether personal or political. Pinegrove’s new album, Marigold, begins with a breath and ends with a shimmering exhalation, and is an expanded take on the blend of alt-country, indie rock and cerebral humanism that’s inspired the band’s ardent fan community.

Our album of the week is Making A New World (out on 10 Jan), a 19-track song cycle by Field Music about the after-effects of the First World War, which grew from a project for the Imperial War Museum and includes modern concerns such as air traffic control and gender reassignment surgery.

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  • Making A New World is a 19-track song cycle by Field Music about the after-effects of the First World War. But this is not an album about war and it is not, in any traditional sense, an album about remembrance. There are songs here about air traffic control and gender reassignment surgery. There are songs about Tiananmen Square and about ultrasound. There are even songs about Becontree Housing Estate and about sanitary towels. The songs grew from a project the band undertook for the Imperial War Museum and were first performed at their sites in Sanford and London in January 2019.
  • Note: the LP will be available on indies-only coloured vinyl.
  • Note: this album will be released on 10 January.
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  • The Courteeners, as much maligned as worshiped, are undoubtedly one of the very last of the old-fashioned Big British Guitar Bands. Having completely scrapped an album’s-worth of songs, Liam Fray and his faithful lieutenants created their sixth studio album and have given it the bold but ambiguous title More. Again. Forever.
  • Note: the LP is available on indies-only coloured vinyl.
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  • British post-punk group The Big Moon, fronted by Juliette Jackson, are an enormous lungful of fresh air. Their Mercury Prize-nominated debut, Love In The 4th Dimension, unleashed song after song fizzing with melody and charm. Walking Like We Do, their second album, was recorded in Atlanta alongside Grammy-winning producer Ben H. Allen III (M.I.A./Deerhunter/Bombay Bicycle Club).
  • Note: this album will be released on 10 January.
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  • With their ninth studio album, Nada Surf – Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca, Ira Elliot, and their long-time friend and collaborator Louie Lino – continue to pursue their humanistic vision of the world through hooky, catchy rock songs with sharply drawn yet tenderly felt lyrics. Never Not Together is a wide-ranging collection of songs that display the group’s ability to evoke and reflect grand and intricately wrought emotions, whether through sweeping guitar solos or hushed-whisper vocals.
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  • Everything Else Has Gone Wrong, the fifth studio album by the British indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club, comes nearly six years after the chart-topping So Long, See You Tomorrow released back in 2014. About the record’s title, the band said: “This is an album for anyone who’s ever turned to music in a time of crisis, whether personal or political. It’s about the solace one can get from listening to music or playing music when everything else has gone wrong. It’s about finding kernels of hope and renewal in dire situations.” Bombay Bicycle Club have continued to grow, develop and evolve since the release of their debut album, I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose, back in 2009 when they signalled their arrival as young teenagers. Rarely in recent years has there been a British guitar band who have the craft and ability to avoid categorisation whilst uniting hundreds of thousands of fans across the globe. With an innate ear for melody and invention, the four-piece are a very welcome return to the fold just as British guitar music makes a timely renaissance.
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  • Pinegrove’s new album begins with a breath and ends with a shimmering exhalation. In between is Marigold, an urgent, multivalent meditation – and an expanded take on the blend of alt-country, indie rock and cerebral humanism that’s inspired the band’s ardent fan community. Marigold offers what songwriter Evan Stephens Hall calls a “heart-first” perspective. Those familiar with Pinegrove will recognise signature elements of the band’s sound: literary yet conversational lyrics, geometrically interlocking guitars, the dynamic shifting shadows of rhythm and structure. But this effort marks the most spacious, bold, and well defined iteration of the project yet.
  • Note: the LP is available on indies-only coloured vinyl.
 

 

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