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Releases for 5 June 2020

Our super six for 5 June start with Sideways To New Italy, a return to home for Australian guitar-pop five-piece Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever after the relentless touring schedule for their critically regarded 2018 debut, Hope Downs. Artistically, they were inspired by a “bizarre place” that captured the feeling of manufacturing a sense of home: New Italy, a remote village in NSW founded by Venetian immigrants, with replica Roman statues dotted like alien souvenirs on the otherwise rural landscape. Already a three-time Grammy winner at just 28 years old, Sarah Jarosz explores the competing desires to escape and to stay put on World On The Ground. With the scope of a novel and a sound inspired by classic Texas songwriting, she paints a portrait that exists outside of time. To complete their album reissue programme, The Blue Nile worked diligently on High, released as a deluxe 2-CD set featuring more than 32 minutes of new music and for the very first time on LP – a reissue fans will truly enjoy. Quickies features twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields, ranging in length from thirteen seconds to two and a half minutes and inspired by micro-fiction and baroque harpsichord music. Merritt used small notebooks to keep his creativity tightly focused. From its opening track, Teddy Thompson’s new album, Heartbreaker Please, reckons with the breakdown of love with a wistful levity as satisfying as it is devastatingly honest. It’s also a projection of his relationship with New York City, where this son of legends Linda and Richard settled after leaving home at 18. Teddy is a commanding artist at the top of his craft.

When a musical ensemble chooses to self-title an album mid-career, it usually signifies their conviction that they’ve struck the motherlode and arrived at a long-striven-for pinnacle. After months of aural alchemy in their native Manchester, propulsive jazz trio GoGo Penguin now take their upward trajectory to its next stage with this wondrously ambitious breakbeat-infused new album, which is our release of the week.

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  • When a musical ensemble chooses to self-title an album mid-career, it usually signifies their conviction that they’ve struck the motherlode, hit the jackpot, stepped up and generally arrived at a point they’ve always striven for but never quite attained before. After months of aural alchemy in their native Manchester, propulsive jazz trio GoGo Penguin are now ready to go back into the wider world again and take their upward trajectory to its next stage with this wondrously ambitious breakbeat-infused new album.
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  • After years spent looking out at landscapes and loved ones and an increasingly unstable world, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have turned their gaze inward, to their individual pasts and the places that inform them, on their second album, Sideways To New Italy. Led by singer-songwriter-guitarists Tom Russo, Joe White and Fran Keaney, the guitar-pop five-piece returned home to Australia after the relentless touring schedule that came following their critically regarded 2018 debut, Hope Downs.
  • Feeling the literal and metaphorical ground under their feet had shifted, the band began grasping for something reliable. For Keaney, that translated into writing “pure romantic fiction” and consciously avoiding the temptation of angsty break-up songs, while Russo looked north to a “bizarre place” that captured the feeling of manufacturing a sense of home when his own had disappeared. The New Italy of the new album’s title is a village near New South Wales’ Northern Rivers – the area drummer Marcel Tussie is from. A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it pit-stop of a place with fewer than 200 residents, it was founded by Venetian immigrants in the late 1800s and now serves as something of a living monument to Italians’ contribution to Australia, with replica Roman statues dotted like alien souvenirs on the otherwise rural landscape.
  • Note: the LP is available on indies-only coloured vinyl.
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  • At just 28 years old, Sarah Jarosz is already a three-time Grammy winner. And World On The Ground is her first new album in four years. It’s a collection of stories both real and imagined that explore the tension and inertia of small-town living. Jarosz, a small-town Texan native currently living in New York City, explores the competing desires to escape and to stay put. The album is populated by sensitive souls, aimless wanderers and back-porch daydreamers, whose stories are illuminated by the album’s spacious yet intricate arrangements and Jarosz’s captivating voice and richly detailed songwriting. With the scope of a novel and a sound inspired by classic Texas songwriting, World On The Ground paints a portrait that exists outside of time.
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  • To complete their album reissue programme, The Blue Nile have been working alongside long-term producer/engineer partner Calum Malcolm on High. The album has been produced as a deluxe 2-CD set, featuring nine remastered tracks plus a bonus disc consisting of four previously unreleased songs plus two extended remixes – over 32 minutes of new music. The album is also available on LP for the very first time, produced on 180g black vinyl.
  • The band’s fanbase has been waiting patiently for the reissue of High to complete the set, and so the band has worked diligently to deliver an album that fans will truly enjoy.
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  • Quickies is a new set from Magnetic Fields that features twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt, ranging in length from thirteen seconds to two and a half minutes. “I’ve been reading a lot of very short fiction,” says Merritt, “and enjoyed writing 101 Two Letter Words, the poetry book about the shortest words you can use in Scrabble. Also I’ve been listening to a lot of French baroque harpsichord music. Harpsichord doesn’t lend itself to languor. I’ve been thinking about one instrument at a time, playing for about a minute or so and then stopping, and narratives that are only a few lines long. To make the album, I used a lot of small notebooks, so when I reach the bottom of the page, I’ve only gone a short way.
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  • Teddy Thompson - Heartbreaker Please
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    • Teddy Thompson  Heartbreaker Please  Pre-sale offer CD £12.99 / LP £19.99
  • From its opening track, Teddy Thompson’s new album, Heartbreaker Please, reckons with the breakdown of love with a wistful levity as satisfying as it is devastatingly honest. As he sings frankly: “You don’t love me anymore. I can tell you’ve got one foot out the door.” And while the album is drawn from the demise of a real-life relationship, as told from Thompson’s perspective, it might also be seen as a projection of his relationship with New York City, the place he has called home for the better part of two decades. A member of the British musical dynasty started by his parents, Linda and Richard Thompson, he left London for the States at 18, settling in New York five years later. “At the time I was just taking a long vacation that never ended,” he says. “I wanted to reinvent myself and it was easier to leave it behind and go somewhere new to announce myself as a musician, rather than explain to all the people who’ve known you since you were a kid. And you can actually reinvent yourself in America, step off the plane, say ‘my name is whatever’.” Twenty years later, Heartbreaker Please finds Teddy Thompson perfectly himself, a commanding artist at the top of his craft.
 

 

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Releases for 29 May 2020

We swing back into the new release groove with a selection from 22 & 29 May, starting with Banana Skin Shoes (out 22 May), a huge statement of intent from Badly Drawn Boy and the most glorious, colourful, warming, honest pop record you’ll hear this year. If that’s not enough to tempt you, we have a free limited edition poster to give away with each pre-order. Tim Burgess, who’s been hosting numerous Twitter listening parties during lock-down, releases I Love The New Sky (out 22 May), written in the middle of nowhere with no distractions, just dreaming away with music. James Elkington’s new album, Ever-Roving Eye (out 22 May), moves from the traditions of 1970s folk revival to rope in echoes of British library music, horror-film soundtracks, demure psychedelia and more rocking elements of folk-rock. The result is a record even more elaborate, shrewd, thoughtful and confessional than its predecessor. Hether Blether (out 29 May) is the third and final album in a trilogy of releases shaped by the Orkneys, where contemporary composer and multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper grew up. He has previously explored their birdlife and seas and, on this record, the land, manifesting an immersive collection of music, words and imagery. Lady Gaga’s highly anticipated sixth studio album, Chromatica (out 29 May), features collaborations with Ariana Grande, Elton John and Blackpink. Whether or not her machine-tooled pop extravaganzas are your thing, one thing Chromatica won’t be is boring!

If you’re a fan of Steve Earle, the fact that Ghosts Of West Virginia (out 22 May) centres on the Upper Big Branch coal-mine explosion that killed twenty-nine men in 2010 in that state in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history shouldn’t surprise. Earle “thought that, given the way things are now, it was maybe my responsibility to make a record that spoke to and for people who didn’t vote the way that I did.” It’s our release of the week.

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  • Ghosts Of West Virginia (out 22 May) centres on one of the worst mining disasters in American history: the Upper Big Branch coal-mine explosion that killed twenty-nine men in 2010. When asked about what drove him to craft his deeply evocative new album, Steve Earle says: “I thought that, given the way things are now, it was maybe my responsibility to make a record that spoke to and for people who didn’t vote the way that I did. … This is one move toward something that might take a generation to change. I wanted to do something where that dialogue could begin.
  • Note: the LP is available on indies-only coloured vinyl.
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  • Banana Skin Shoes (out 22 May), the ninth album from Damon Gough a.k.a. Badly Drawn Boy, comprises 14 tracks including previously released track ‘Is This A Dream?’ Always one to wear his heart on his sleeve, Gough’s ninth album is a truly personal and heartfelt collection of songs, a huge statement of intent and the most glorious, colourful warming, honest pop record you’ll hear this year.
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  • The twelve tunes on I Love The New Sky (out 22 May) were written, says Tim Burgess, “in Norfolk, in the middle of the countryside, with the nearest shop eight miles away. There are no distractions, and I guess that way things happen. I wrote everything on acoustic guitar, and the chords were really considered. The guitar lines would lead the melody, and the melody would inform the lyrics – just dreaming away with music.
  • Note: The LP is available on clear splatter vinyl.
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  • Where James Elkington’s first record was more firmly situated in the sonic tradition of England’s more interesting 1970s folk revivalists, Ever-Roving Eye (out 22 May) engages in a broader wrassle, roping in echoes of British library music, horror-film soundtracks, demure psychedelia, and more rocking elements of folk-rock. The result is a record even more elaborate, shrewd, thoughtful and confessional than its predecessor.
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  • Hether Blether (out 29 May) is the third and final album in a trilogy of releases shaped by the islands where Erland Cooper grew up. Hailing from the archipelago of Orkney in Scotland, the contemporary composer and multi-instrumentalist has explored the birdlife (2018’s Solan Goose), seas (2019’s Sule Skerry) and, on Hether Blether, the land, manifesting an immersive collection of music, words and imagery.
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  • Lady Gaga’s highly anticipated sixth studio album, Chromatica (out 29 May), features collaborations with Ariana Grande, Elton John and Blackpink. Gaga’s last full-length studio album was 2016’s Joanne. In 2018 she released the soundtrack for A Star Is Born, which won her four Grammy Awards as well as an Oscar for the hit song ‘Shallow’.
  • Whether or not Lady Gaga’s machine-tooled pop extravaganzas are your thing, one thing Chromatica won’t be is boring!
  • Note: the LP is available on milky-clear vinyl.
 

 

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Releases for 15 May 2020

As we get back into the weekly new release cycle, we bring you three gems released on 15 May. First up, Sleaford Mods stepped out of 2019 with a Top Ten album, Eton Alive, under their belt, their biggest sold-out tour to date and the swagger of a band that have never been more relevant, topically challenging and downright entertaining. Now they’re set to continue their onslaught into 2020 with the release of All That Glue, a collection of songs spanning the last seven years of the band’s career: an array of crowd-pleasers, B sides, unheard tracks and rarities for fans and the curious. On record you can hear their sinews, live you can touch their veins. Biffy Clyro have announced their new album, A Celebration Of Endings. “This is a very forward-looking album from a personal perspective and a societal perspective,” explains frontman Simon Neil. “The title is about seeing the joy in things changing, rather than the sadness. Change means progression and evolution. You can retain everything you loved before, but let’s lose the bad stuff. It’s about trying to take back control.

Our release of the week comes from former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell, who have once again come together with The 400 Unit for a new album, Reunions, their follow-up to 2017’s Grammy-winning The Nashville Sound. Isbell explains the album’s title thus: “There are a lot of ghosts on this album. Sometimes the songs are about the ghosts of people who aren’t around anymore, but they’re also about who I used to be, the ghost of myself. I found myself writing songs that I wanted to write 15 years ago, but in those days, I hadn’t written enough songs to know how to do it yet. Just now have I been able to pull it off to my own satisfaction. In that sense, it’s a reunion with the me I was back then.

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  • Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit come together again for a new album, Reunions, their follow-up to 2017’s Grammy-winning The Nashville Sound. Isbell explains the album’s title thus: “There are a lot of ghosts on this album. Sometimes the songs are about the ghosts of people who aren’t around anymore, but they’re also about who I used to be, the ghost of myself. I found myself writing songs that I wanted to write 15 years ago, but in those days, I hadn’t written enough songs to know how to do it yet. Just now have I been able to pull it off to my own satisfaction. In that sense, it’s a reunion with the me I was back then.
  • Note: the LP is available on indies-only opaque creamsicle coloured vinyl.
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  • Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn stepped out of 2019 with a Top Ten album, Eton Alive, under their belt, their biggest sold-out tour to date and the swagger of a band that have never been more relevant, topically challenging and downright entertaining. Sleaford Mods are set to continue their onslaught into 2020 with the release of All That Glue, a collection of songs spanning the last seven years of the band’s career: an array of crowd-pleasers, B sides, unheard tracks and rarities for fans and the curious.
  • Over the past few years Sleaford Mods have become one of the most intractable British pop stories. One of its best. Their music is drawn at a flawless fault-line of anger, tenderness and humour, a triumvirate of raw energy which frequently jostles in the space of a cadence for supremacy. On record you can hear their sinews, live you can touch their veins.
  • Note: The LP is available on indies-only coloured vinyl.
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  • Biffy Clyro have announced their new album, A Celebration Of Endings. “This is a very forward-looking album from a personal perspective and a societal perspective,” explains frontman Simon Neil. “The title is about seeing the joy in things changing, rather than the sadness. Change means progression and evolution. You can retain everything you loved before, but let’s lose the bad stuff. It’s about trying to take back control.
  • Note: the LP is on indies-only coloured vinyl.
 

 

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