Releases from July–August 2020
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Releases for 28 August 2020
There are some absolute smashers released on 28 August. Grammy award-winning singing sensation Gregory Porter takes us higher than ever with the uplifting All Rise, a heart-felt, joyful celebration of the evolution of his art to something even more emphatic, emotive, intimate, and universal. Molly Tuttle is a virtuosic, award-winning guitarist with a gift for insightful songwriting, and …but i’d rather be with you, some powerful songs, all united by Tuttle’s clear, true voice, astonishing range and incredible musicianship. The Waterfall II was massively inspired by My Morning Jacket’s idyllic surroundings in Stinson Beach, California, where they created over two dozen songs. The second half of the project is now released as The Waterfall II, an unforeseen and timely continuation of a psychic and sonic journey begun long ago. Western Swing & Waltzes And Other Punchy Songs is the latest from Colter Wall, whose music has accompanied films such as Peanut Butter Falcon, Hell or High Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Deadwood. And for a complete change of pace, S&M2 is a Metallica live album recorded with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. The concert was held on March 18, 2019 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the original ‘S&M’ concert in 1999.
Our album of the week is Angel Olsen’s rather fabulous Whole New Mess, full of heartsore explorations of broken relationships, forming an emotional portrait so intimate and vulnerable you can hear her find meaning in these crises in real time.
- Whole New Mess is an intimate and vulnerable emotional portrait that shows Angel Olsen grappling with a period of personal tumult, working through her open wounds and raw nerves with just a few guitars and some microphones, isolated in a century-old church in the Pacific Northwest. Olsen realised in the fading summer of 2018 that it was time to take her new songs out of the house. Her 2016 marvel, My Woman, had been a career breakthrough, but it catalysed a period of personal tumult, too: a painful breakup, an uneasy recovery, an inadequate reckoning. At home in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Olsen penned songs that finally grappled with these troubles, particularly love – how forever is too much to promise, how relationships can lock us into static versions of ourselves, how you can go through hell just to make someone else happy. These heartsore explorations shape Whole New Mess, Olsen’s first solo album since her 2012 debut and an emotional portrait so intimate and vulnerable you can hear her find meaning in these crises in real time.
- Note: the LP is available on transparent smoke vinyl, only from indie shops.
- Grammy award-winning singing sensation Gregory Porter’s 6th studio album, All Rise, is a heart-felt, joyful celebration of the evolution of his art to something even more emphatic, emotive, intimate, and universal. Along with producer Troy Miller (Laura Mvula, Jamie Cullum, Emili Sandé), Gregory takes us higher than ever with this uplifting album.
- Note: the deluxe CD features a 32-page casebound book plus 2 extra tracks.
- A virtuosic, award-winning guitarist with a gift for insightful songwriting, Molly Tuttle established herself as a new artist to watch with her boundary-breaking debut album, When You’re Ready. In March 2020, the Nashville-based artist experienced the devastating tornado that tore through much of East Nashville, followed by the global pandemic. Tuttle, who grew up in California and has toured as a solo artist for years, suddenly found herself – along with the rest of the musician community – sheltering at home. She found solace in revisiting favourite songs from throughout her life in an attempt to “remind myself why I love music.” She conceptualized an idea for a record with renowned LA producer Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Andrew Bird) to be recorded over 2,000 miles apart. Tuttle taught herself how to use ProTools, recorded and engineered all of her parts alone before sending them to Berg in Los Angeles. The result is 10 tracks that cross the musical spectrum and the decades, from FKA Twigs to Cat Stevens, from Rancid to Karen Dalton, that will be released as …but i’d rather be with you on Compass Records. The songs range from a shimmering version of The National’s ‘Fake Empire’ to her version of The Rolling Stones’ ‘She’s a Rainbow’, all united by Tuttle’s clear, true voice, astonishing range and incredible musicianship. “I love so many types of music, and it’s exciting to be a part of different musical worlds,” she says, “but when I’m creating, I don’t think about genres or how it will fit into any particular format – it’s just music.”
- The Waterfall II was massively inspired by My Morning Jacket’s idyllic surroundings in Stinson Beach, California – and a sense of charmed isolation that frontman Jim James likened to “living on our own little moon.” There, the Kentucky-bred five-piece ended up creating over two dozen songs at the mountaintop studio known as Panoramic House. Though they flirted with the idea of putting out what would have been a triple album, the band ultimately decided that less would be more at the time and divided the project into two halves, releasing the first segment as The Waterfall: a 2015 full-length that earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. My Morning Jacket are now set to share the second half of the project as The Waterfall II, an unforeseen and timely continuation of a psychic and sonic journey begun long ago.
- Note: the limited LP on clear vinyl; the deluxe LP is on iridescent vinyl, only from indie shops.
- From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada and recently seen on Austin City Limits, Colter Wall sings songs of the great West. Heralded by icon Steve Earle and touted as a favourite of celebrity Jason Mamoa, the music of Colter Wall has graced the silver screen many times, in films such as Peanut Butter Falcon, Hell or High Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Deadwood. Characterised by his distinct, gritty baritone, Colter Wall’s career has been marked with critical praise from his breakout EP, Imaginary Appalachia, to his debut and sophomore albums produced by Dave Cobb. Whether headlining music festivals in Norway, or playing legendary stages like Newport Folk Festival, Colter Wall continues to garner attention from the world. On his third full-length release, Western Swing & Waltzes And Other Punchy Songs, fans will hear Colter Wall in the producer’s chair.
- The S&M2 concerts by Metallica with San Francisco Symphony in September 2019 were historic on multiple levels, serving as the grand opening of San Francisco’s Chase Center, reuniting the band and orchestra for the first time since the 1999 performances captured on the Grammy-winning S&M album, and featuring the first-ever symphonic renditions of songs written and released since those original S&M shows. The sold-out shows were rapturously received by the 40,000 fans who travelled from nearly 70 countries.
- S&M2 is a landmark release in the Metallica catalogue, both sonically and visually. Produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, the S&M2 live album captures more than two and a half hours of James, Lars, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo joining forces with the nearly 80-strong San Francisco Symphony, the orchestra’s legendary musical director Michael Tilson Thomas and conductor Edwin Outwater. The concert film has been freshly edited by Joe Hutching (Through The Never) and both the audio and visuals have been taken to the next level from the October 2019 theatrical version that played in over 3,700 cinemas worldwide.
- S&M2 is available in the following versions:
- 2-CD set with 36-page booklet
- 2-CD + blu-ray set with 36-page booklet
- 4-LP set on orange marbled vinyl, with photobook and download card (exclusive to indie shops).
- Limited-edition super-deluxe 4-LP box set on orange/grey marbled vinyl, with exclusive photobook, 2 CDs, blu-ray, sheet music, five guitar picks, poster, download card.
- Track Listing: The Ecstasy of Gold / The Call of Ktulu / For Whom the Bell Tolls / The Day that Never Comes / The Memory Remains / Confusion / Moth Into Flame / The Outlaw Torn / No Leaf Clover / Halo on Fire / Intro to Scythian Suite / Scythian Suite, Opus 20 II: The Enemy God and the Dance of the Dark Spirits / Intro to The Iron Foundry / The Iron Foundry, Opus 19 / The Unforgiven III / All Within My Hands / (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth / Wherever I May Roam / One / Master of Puppets / Nothing Else Matters / Enter Sandman
Releases for 7 August 2020
Our pick of 7 August’s releases starts with Eight Gates, the last collection of solo studio recordings Jason Molina made in London before his death, recorded in London around the time of the supposed spider bite and Jimi’s supposed parakeets; some of the songs are fully realised – dark, moody textures that call to mind his earlier work on The Lioness. 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Bossanova, the third studio album by Pixies, which showed a less primal side to the band and even more cryptic, sci-fi influenced lyrics from Black Francis. This limited red-vinyl edition comes with the original 16-page booklet. “If you’re going to deconstruct the modern psyche,” says Liela Moss, “you might as well dance to it.” On her second solo album, Who The Power, Moss shows a questioning intensity, with a expressive force in her voice and synth-loaded drama – and, crucially, backed by the urgent grooves needed for the job. Influential jazz collective Idris Ackamoor And The Pyramids return with an epic opus, Shaman!, more introspective than 2018’s acclaimed An Angel Fell and featuring a fresh line-up. Hans Zimmer’s Grammy-nominated soundtrack to The Dark Knight Rises is ambitious and experimental, featuring a beautiful array of distinctive, unforgettable pieces that capture the essence of the characters, the film’s major sequences/moments and exemplary pacing.
Our release of the week is Whoosh!, which sees Deep Purple joining forces for the third time with producer Bob Ezrin, stretching out in all directions without limitation, letting their creativity go, and “putting the Deep back into Purple”.
- Whoosh! sees Deep Purple joining forces for the third time with producer Bob Ezrin, who invited the band to Nashville to write and record new songs. Together they created the most versatile album in their collaboration. Deep Purple ‘stretched out in all directions’ without any limitation, letting their creativity go. “Putting the Deep back into Purple” was the half-joking motto in the studio after the first songs made it clear that Ezrin and Purple were on their path to creating an album pushing the boundaries of time, while voicing their resentment about the current situation of the world and addressing all generations.
- Note: the limited edition box set contains a 2-LP in a gatefold sleeve, a CD+DVD Mediabook, 3 coloured 10" records containing The inFinite Live Recordings Vol. 2, an exclusive Deep Purple T-shirt and 3 art prints.
- At some point in 2006 or 2007, Jason Molina moved from the American midwest to London. Separated from his bandmates and friends and never one for idleness, Molina explored his new home with fervour. The ‘Eighth Gate’ was Molina’s way into London. In many ways, it is incarnate: mythical, passable only in the mind, built for himself and part-way imaginary but shared, thankfully, with us.
- Eight Gates is the last collection of solo studio recordings Molina made before he died from complications related to alcoholism in 2013. Recorded in London around the time of the supposed spider bite and Jimi’s supposed parakeets, some of the songs (‘Whispered Away’, ‘Thistle Blue’) are fully realised – dark, moody textures that call to mind his earlier work on The Lioness.
- Note: the LP is available on indies-only ‘shortcake’ vinyl.
- 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Bossanova, the third studio album by Pixies.
- Their third album in as many years, 1990 was a particularly fertile time for the band with Kim Deal also having success with The Breeders, who released their debut album Pod just a few months prior.
- Featuring the singles ‘Allison’ (a tribute to jazz and blues pianist Mose Allison), ‘Dig For Fire’ and ‘Velouria’, plus the first cover to feature on one of their albums ‘Cecilia Ann’ (originally by The Surftones), Bossanova showed a less primal side to the band, with surf and space rock rising to the fore. Lyrically, Black Francis is even more cryptic with a recurring sci-fi theme running throughout, which in turn influenced Vaughan Oliver’s classic planet design for the sleeve.
- To celebrate Bossanova hitting its third decade, 4AD are releasing a limited red vinyl edition with the original 16-page booklet being reinserted, having previously only been available with the initial UK LP pressing.
- “If you’re going to deconstruct the modern psyche,” says Liela Moss, “you might as well dance to it.” On her second solo album, Who The Power, Moss fulfils that remit with all the power its title calls for. After 2018’s deeply personal My Name Is Safe In Your Mouth – a debut solo album at times serene, at others stormy, on every front sumptuous – Moss entered a period of profound creative and personal self-reflection. When she emerged, she forged an album of questioning intensity and synth-loaded drama, with the expressive force in her voice refuelled by the urgent desire to interrogate the role of selfhood in fraught times. And, crucially, backed by the urgent grooves needed for the job.
- Note: the LP is available on yellow vinyl.
- Influential jazz collective Idris Ackamoor And The Pyramids return with an epic opus, Shaman!, featuring a fresh line-up including original 1970s Pyramids member Dr. Margaux Simmons on flute, Bobby Cobb on guitar, long-term associate Sandra Poindexter on violin, Ruben Ramos on bass, Gioele Pagliaccia on drums and Jack Yglesias on percussion. The band transitions from the political and social commentaries of 2018’s acclaimed An Angel Fell into more introspective themes.
- The Dark Knight Rises is a Grammy-nominated soundtrack to the film directed by Christopher Nolan, composed by the legendary Hans Zimmer (Inception, Interstellar, Gladiator). Zimmer said that in his attempt to create a sound that nobody has ever heard, he had a very ambitious idea for the film, but that it was so experimental, he didn’t know if it would actually work. As with the soundtracks for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, this album features a beautiful array of distinctive, unforgettable pieces that capture the essence of the characters, the film’s major sequences/moments and exemplary pacing.
- The Dark Knight Rises is available as a limited edition of 600 for the UK individually numbered copies on silver & black marbled vinyl. The wonderful package includes a 4-page insert, liner notes by Christopher Nolan, an exclusive litho of movie poster and a magnifique fridge magnet.
Releases for 31 July 2020
We kick of our super six for 31 July with Dublin’s Fontaines D.C., who have returned with an intensely confident, patient and complex follow-up album to their hugely acclaimed debut. A Hero’s Death arrives battered and bruised, albeit beautiful – a heady and philosophical take on the modern world and its great uncertainty. The concept album The Delta Sweete is Bobbie Gentry’s most critically acclaimed album but has been unavailable since 1972. Newly mixed and mastered from multi-tracks, the album is supplemented by out-takes and demos, and the CD also features the original mono mix. Sex, Death And The Infinite Void is the second studio album by English punk band Creeper, whose devoted fan base were devastated when frontman Will Gould announced the end of the band during a sold-out Koko show in 2018, but who will now be delighted by this confident return. Such Pretty Forks In The Road is the ninth studio album by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette – her first since 2012’s Havoc And Bright Lights – and features the singles ‘Reasons I Drink’, ‘Smiling’, and ‘Diagnosis’. At a time of high racial tension after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Thelonious Monk played the largely white college town Palo Alto in a show that almost didn’t happen but that turned out to be a triumph, and this historic concert is finally available.
Our release of the week comes from The Psychedelic Furs, whose first album in nearly 30 years sounds like the Furs and them alone. From its exhilarating opening bars to its close, Made Of Rain is a joy to listen to, and the Furs sound fresher than ever. They really are a cut above the rest.
- Yes, you heard that right – highly influential post-punk stars The Psychedelic Furs have recorded their first album in nearly 30 years! From its exhilarating opening bars to its close, Made Of Rain sounds like the Furs and them alone. It’s a joy to hear this sound again, and it sounds fresher than ever. Their peerless permutations of art, aggression and ambience drive the dynamics, and it’s always been this originality which has set them apart. They really are a cut above the rest.
- Barely a year after the release of their hugely acclaimed debut album Dogrel, which earned a Mercury Prize nomination and Album of the Year 2019 at both BBC 6Music and Rough Trade record store, Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. have returned with an intensely confident, patient and complex follow-up album. A Hero’s Death arrives battered and bruised, albeit beautiful – a heady and philosophical take on the modern world and its great uncertainty.
- Track list: 1. I Don’t Belong / 2. Love Is The Main Thing / 3. Televised Mind / 4. A Lucid Dream / 5. You Said / 6. Oh Such A Spring / 7. A Hero’s Death / 8. Living In America / 9. I Was Not Born / 10. Sunny / 11. No.
- Note: the LP is available on stormy blue vinyl.
- The Delta Sweete is the second studio album by Bobbie Gentry: a concept album inspired by her Mississippi childhood, it was originally released on 5th February 1968. It is Gentry’s most critically acclaimed album and has not been pressed in the UK or US since 1972. Interest in the album is at a high after Uncut recently placed it fourth in their ‘Ultimate Genre Guide’ to the best singer-songwriter albums of all time.
- This 2-CD / 2-LP reissue features the original album newly mixed and mastered from multi-tracks by Andrew Batt, and is supplemented by out-takes and demos, featuring two previously unreleased tracks. The CD edition also features the original mono mix of the album, which has not appeared on CD before. Sleeve notes are supplied by Andrew, and are illustrated with unseen images from the Capitol archive.
- Sex, Death And The Infinite Void is the second studio album by English punk band Creeper. The band’s devoted fan base were devastated when frontman Will Gould announced the end of the band during a sold-out Koko show in 2018; but, a year to the day later, the band were reborn during a secret show under the Fugitives Of Heaven pseudonym. Their reanimation was completed when they dropped the track ‘Born Cold’ – with Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter leading the celebrations by playing the track an unprecedented three times in a row.
- Note: the LP is available on purple vinyl.
- Such Pretty Forks In The Road is the ninth (and seventh international) studio album by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette. It is her first studio album in eight years, following 2012’s Havoc And Bright Lights, and features the singles ‘Reasons I Drink’, ‘Smiling’, and ‘Diagnosis’.
- After the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968, racial tensions rose across the USA. Palo Alto, a largely white college town in California, was not immune to the events of the day. Danny Scher, a rising junior at Palo Alto High School, had a dream to bring Thelonious Monk to the town to perform and help bring about racial unity in his community as well as raise funds for his school’s International Committee. After somehow securing Monk’s services to perform on Sunday 27 October, Scher initially had trouble selling tickets and convincing people that Monk was even going to show up. With many twists and turns along the way and several hundred people waiting in the school’s parking lot to await Monk’s arrival before purchasing tickets, the concert eventually happened and was a triumph in more ways that Monk or Scher could have imagined. This is a recording of that historic concert.
- The line-up is: Thelonious Monk – piano / Charlie Rouse – tenor saxophone / Larry Gales – bass / Ben Riley – drums.
Releases for 24 July 2020
We kick off 24 July’s goodies with Fetch The Bolt Cutters, the fifth studio album from Fiona Apple, which is astonishing, intimate and demonstrates a refusal to be silenced. It’s as if she has returned to reinvent sound – the rhythms pleasing but unusual, and is full of visceral, jittery, wonderfully imperfect performances that make the album feel like a dream-like concert at Largo. Shirley Collins is now singing so well that you can’t believe she was away for so long, and Heart’s Ease is even stronger than Lodestar, as compelling and original as Shirley’s great albums from the ’60s and ’70s, mixing traditional material with more new songs than in the past. Dry is the critically lauded debut studio album by PJ Harvey, remastered and available on vinyl for the first time in almost 20 years. The accompanying Dry Demos contains demo versions of each song from the album, and is being made available for the first time since it came as a bonus LP with the limited 1st pressing of the album proper. Love And Peace finds Seasick Steve mixing up all his much-loved ingredients to deliver a fresh record that offers the perfect antidote for the troubled times in which we live. Full of hope for the future, it’s a great mix of boogie, blues, rock, Americana and folk – all delivered in Steve’s unique style.
Our album of the week comes from Courtney Marie Andrews, who has seemingly pulled all the songwriting skill, vocal prowess, and musicianship displayed on her previous albums into a single career-defining statement. Old Flowers is a break-up record, though CMA’s extraordinary storytelling gifts make it more of a modern-day tale of love won, love sustained and, unfortunately, love’s inevitable dissolution.
- On her third album for both Fat Possum and Loose Records, Courtney Marie Andrews has seemingly pulled all the songwriting skill, vocal prowess, and musicianship displayed on previous albums into a single career-defining statement. Old Flowers is a break-up record for sure, though due to CMA’s extraordinary storytelling gifts it’s more of a modern-day coming-of-age tale of love won, love sustained and, unfortunately, love’s inevitable dissolution.
- Fetch The Bolt Cutters, the fifth studio album from Fiona Apple, is astonishing, intimate and demonstrates a refusal to be silenced. It’s as if she has returned to reinvent sound – the rhythms pleasing but counter, and unusual. On the title track she half-sings over a makeshift orchestra of kitchen implements, dog barks and cat yowls. The beat on ‘Under The Table’ has a seething back-and-forth pace; the extraordinary ‘For Her’ beds double-Dutch skipping-rope rhythms beneath a chorus of female voices. It’s striking how intimate Apple’s voice sounds here – half-conversational, half-self-mutters, allowing every scuff, breath and feral yelp. She is at her most familiar on ‘Ladies’, hollering over a soulful backdrop, chewing her own voice like tobacco, then letting it take sweet, sudden flight. Fetch The Bolt Cutters is full of visceral, jittery, wonderfully imperfect performances that make the album feel like a dream-like concert at Largo. It features contributions from Davíd Garza, Sebastian Steinberg and Amy Aileen Wood.
- Note: the pearl opaque vinyl is available only from record shops.
- Shirley Collins is a singer who has completely regained her confidence and is singing so well that you can’t believe she was away for so long. Recorded at Metway in Brighton, Heart’s Ease is even stronger than Lodestar, as compelling and original as Shirley’s great albums from the ’60s and ’70s. There are traditional songs, of course, from England and the USA, but there are also more new songs than in the past, and there’s even a burst of experimentation that hints at possible new directions to come.
- Dry is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter and musician PJ Harvey, originally released on Too Pure Records on 30 March 1992. The album was recorded at The Icehouse, a local studio in Yeovil. Critically lauded both on release and retrospectively, the album contains the singles ‘Dress’ and ‘Sheela-Na-Gig’.
- The album is now available on vinyl for the first time in almost 20 years. The album was remastered by the original producer, Head, and has been replicated to the original version as much as possible.
- Pitchfork: “On her debut, Polly Jean Harvey matched Patti Smith’s incandescence with Bessie Smith’s lasciviousness, outplayed everyone on the British indie circuit, and became an instant star – 9.2”
- Dry Demos is an 11-track collection of demos of all songs from the debut studio album Dry by PJ Harvey, available for the first time since 1992, and previously released as a bonus LP with the limited 1st pressing of the album proper. This release features brand-new artwork with previously unseen photos by Maria Mochnacz.
- Love And Peace finds Seasick Steve mixing up all his much-loved ingredients to deliver a fresh record that offers the perfect antidote for the troubled times in which we live. Full of hope for the future, it’s a great mix of boogie, blues, rock, Americana and folk – all delivered in Steve’s unique style. It’s a sizzler of an album that sees him breaking with tradition: while some of it was recorded in his barn, the majority was recorded at Studio 606 and East West Studio in Los Angeles. The album was mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton) and Steve at East West. Steve’s long-term drummer Dan Magnusson (a.k.a. Crazy Dan) is of course featured on the record, along with some amazing contributions from guitarist Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) and harmonica player Malcolm Arison (The BossHoss).
- Note: The LP is available on indies-only clear vinyl.
Releases for 17 July 2020
We kick off 17 July’s picks with superstars, renegades, innovators, heroes, villains and mothers The Chicks (formerly Dixie Chicks) have grown from a band into a cultural phenomenon; Gaslighter is their fifth studio album and their first new album since 2006’s Grammy Award-winning Taking The Long Way. Originally released in 1991, Tin Machine II’s reputation has only increased over the years, containing some great David Bowie songs. Uncut magazine placed the album on their list of 50 Great Lost Albums, calling it ‘extraordinary’. House Of Noise is 12 tracks of quintessentially British hard rock ’n’ roll with an energy that it’s impossible not to get swept up in, thanks to singer Baz Mills’ mesmerising, animated and infectious showmanship and Massive Wagons’ musical muscle. Lianne La Havas is an album of startling beauty and insight from the English singer-songwriter, made entirely on her own terms while travelling and exploring her own identity; as a result, the new album feels spacious and luminous.
Our release of the week is from JARV IS…, whose debut album, Beyond The Pale, is Jarvis Cocker’s first new music since 2009 and which was written in collaboration with live audiences, whose reactions helped the band monitor how the songs were developing.
- JARV IS… pleased to announce its debut album, Beyond The Pale, which is the first original music from Jarvis Cocker since the Further Complications album in 2009.
- JARV IS… a band featuring Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar, percussion), Serafina Steer (harp, keyboards, vocals), Emma Smith (violin, guitar vocals), Andrew McKinney (bass, vocals), Jason Buckle (synthesiser & electronic treatments) & Adam Betts (drums, percussion, vocals).
- JARV IS… conceived as a way of writing songs in collaboration with an audience. As the material they were playing was in a state of flux the band decided to record their live shows so that they could monitor how the songs were developing. After an appearance at the Desert Daze festival in California, Geoff Barrow (Portishead, Beak>) suggested that these recordings could be used as the basis for an album. Overdubs & vocals were added at Narcissus Studios in Neasden, London. Post-production work took place at Jason Buckle’s Place du Big Boss studio in Raynes Park, London. The album was mixed by Craig Silvey at Toast Studios in West London.
- Note: the LP is available on indies-only transparent orange vinyl.
- Superstars, renegades, innovators, heroes, villains and mothers The Chicks (formerly Dixie Chicks) have grown from a band into a cultural phenomenon. Since the release of their debut album, Wide Open Spaces, in 1998, their music has stirred emotions in fans across the world, making them one of the biggest and most influential bands of our time. Gaslighter is their fifth studio album and their first new album since 2006’s Taking The Long Way, which won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The album is produced by Jack Antonoff along with the band themselves.
- Originally released in 1991, Tin Machine II’s reputation has only increased over the years. It was also the band’s last: after the supporting tour, frontman David Bowie resumed his solo career. Uncut magazine placed the album on their list of 50 Great Lost Albums (their list of great albums not currently available for purchase), calling the album ‘extraordinary’. As with all Bowie albums, there are plenty of strong tracks here to make this a must-have. The first single, ‘You Belong in Rock n’ Roll’, was released ahead of the album and peaked at No.33 in the UK charts. The second single, ‘Baby Universal’, achieved success in the USA, and the third and last single, ‘One Shot’, became an even bigger hit, reaching No.3 there. Now is the perfect time to discover this album once again, or for the first time.
- Note: the LP is available on limited edition numbered silver vinyl.
- House Of Noise is 12 tracks of quintessentially British hard rock ’n’ roll with an energy that it’s impossible not to get swept up in, thanks to singer Baz Mills’ mesmerising, animated and infectious showmanship and the bands’ musical muscle. Massive Wagons have forged a formidable live reputation after relentlessly touring the UK with hundreds of gigs a year. Now they are selling out shows up and down the country with a fast-growing cult following among rock fans in the UK with their brand of honest, witty and fiery British rock. The album was produced by Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Those Damn Crows, Machine Head) and is the follow-up to 2018’s Full Nelson, which gate-crashed the UK Albums Chart at #16.
- Lianne La Havas is the singer’s third album and her first in five years. This is an album of startling beauty and insight, made entirely on her own terms, which has been quite a journey, both geographically and metaphorically: La Havas spent a lot of time moving back and forth between the UK and the States while working on writing and exploring her own identity. As a result, the new album feels spacious and luminous. Its sunbaked sounds recall, in places, the Brazilian singer and guitarist Milton Nascimento.
- Note: the LP is available on coloured vinyl, only from independent shops.
Releases for 10 July 2020
We open our bag of musical goodies for 10 July with That’s How Rumors Get Started, on which Margo Price has committed her genre-bending rock-and-roll show to record for the first time, stretching out into sky-high soft-rock, burning psychedelic rock ballads, stomping road songs, and sprinkles of pop. Unfollow The Rules is Rufus Wainwright’s ninth album of original material, and his first pop album since the Mark Ronson-produced Out Of The Game in 2012. The title track features a performance from Sarah Jessica Parker recorded for the 2018 film ‘Here And Now’. None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive, the first album from The Streets in nearly a decade, features an eclectic collection of artists, including IDLES, Hak Baker, Ms Banks, Jimothy Lacoste and Dapz On The Map, and focuses on communication in this over-connected modern world. The Grateful Dead’s third album, which brought the mass acclaim, is celebrated with the deluxe remastered set Workingman’s Dead: 50th Anniversary Edition, which includes an unreleased 1971 concert noted as a great night in a legendary run of live performances. Dreamland is the first album from Glass Animals since drummer Joe Seaward was hit by a lorry. Frontman Dave Bayley says: “The idea for this album came when I didn’t know if my best friend would make it. The future was damn scary and completely unknown. Now a lot of people are experiencing a similar sort of confusion, and it seems like the most insane but also the most apt time to reveal this record.”
Our release of the week is Song For Our Daughter, the exquisite seventh album from Laura Marling, which instantly and tenderly offers a sense of purpose, clarity and calm. As a balm for the soul, this full-blooded new collection could be posited as Laura’s richest to date – it’s another incredibly fine record by this British artist.
- Laura Marling’s exquisite seventh album, Song For Our Daughter, arrives almost without preamble or warning in the midst of uncharted global chaos, and yet instantly and tenderly offers a sense of purpose, clarity and calm. As a balm for the soul, this full-blooded new collection could be posited as Laura’s richest to date, but in truth it’s another incredibly fine record by a British artist who rarely strays from delivering incredibly fine records.
- “Everybody wants to know how I feel and what I think,” sings Margo Price in her emotive, bittersweet twang, halfway through her third full-length record. On That’s How Rumors Get Started, Price has committed her genre-bending rock-and-roll show to record for the first time, stretching out into sky-high soft-rock, burning psychedelic rock ballads, stomping road songs, and sprinkles of pop.
- Note: The bonus 7" is exclusive to independent record shops.
- Unfollow The Rules is Rufus Wainwright’s ninth album of original material, and his first pop album since the Mark Ronson-produced Out Of The Game in 2012. The title track features a performance from Sarah Jessica Parker recorded for the 2018 film ‘Here And Now’.
- The 12-track mixtape None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive, the first album from The Streets in nearly a decade, wasn’t planned at all. Mike Skinner initially set out to record a new record for his supergroup TONGA project with rap collective Murkage. Instead, he began recording with an eclectic collection of artists, including the Mercury Prize-nominated punk group IDLES, teenage wünderkind Jimothy Lacoste and Birmingham legend, Dapz On The Map.
- In an official statement, the Birmingham-based Skinner shared that one of the biggest themes on his mixtape revolves around communication in this over-connected modern world. “One thing I’ve ended up doing is talking about being on my phone,” he said. “It was very easy on my first album to say, well: where am I? I’m in a pub. I’m at home. I’m in a betting shop. I’m getting a kebab. It felt fairly straightforward and no one had really written about it. Whereas when making this record, everything now basically happens on your phone.”
- Note: The LP is available on coloured vinyl, exclusive to physical record shops.
- While the Grateful Dead’s first three studio albums had their fans, the group couldn’t achieve the mass breakthrough that would make the entire world take notice of this band of misfits from the Bay Area. Workingman’s Dead, released on 14 June 1970, changed all that. With eight perfect songs – like ‘Casey Jones’ and ‘High Time’ – the album solidified the Jerry Garcia–Robert Hunter songwriting tandem as one of the best, and most important, songwriting collaborations in music history. This landmark album is now celebrated with the deluxe remastered set Workingman’s Dead: 50th Anniversary Edition.
- Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernan, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart recorded the album in about 10 days at Pacific High Recording Studio in San Francisco with Bob Matthews and Betty Cantor – the band’s live sound engineers – as producers. Fifty years on, every song sounds fresh, alive, and new.
- The 3-CD deluxe set includes the original album with newly remastered sound, plus an unreleased concert recorded on 21 February 1971 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The show featured a plethora of songs from both Workingman’s Dead and the band’s follow-up album, American Beauty, which was released in November 1970. Some highlights include Weir’s moving vocal take on ‘Me And Bobby McGee’, Pigpen’s whiskey-seasoned growl on ‘Easy Wind’ and a stellar run through ‘Uncle John’s Band’ to close out the show. Music journalist David Fricke says of this performance: “The complete Port Chester evening in this 50th-anniversary edition of Workingman’s Dead … was a great night in what has long been deemed a legendary run, another turning point as the band entered a live era combining the focus of Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty with the exploratory verve of Live/Dead. Many of the classic songs spread across Dead LPs in 1971 and ’72 were introduced that week at the Capitol, and many of them are in this concert, still fresh off the griddle.” The live recording has been mixed from the 16-track analogue master tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Bob Weir’s Marin County TRI Studios and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer David Glasser.
- Dreamland, the new album from British four-piece Glass Animals, is the follow-up to 2016’s How To Be A Human Being. It’s the band’s first album since drummer Joe Seaward was hit by a lorry while cycling in Dublin in 2018, forcing them to cancel their remaining tour dates that year. Frontman Dave Bayley says: “The idea for this album came at a time of confusion and uncertainty. My best friend was in the hospital. I didn’t know if he’d make it. The future was damn scary and completely unknown. Speaking to friends and family, I’ve realized that a lot of people are experiencing a similar sort of confusion now. Everything that we thought we could see clearly in front of us has been thrown into the air, and all the while, we can’t be out finding our footing. Somehow, in all the uncertainty and before all the unknowns right now seems like the most insane, but also the most apt time to reveal this record.”
- Note: The LP is available on coloured vinyl, exclusive to physical record shops.
Releases for 3 July 2020
Our fantastic five for 3 July start with A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, the latest from propulsive pop perennials Sparks – brothers Ron and Russell Mael – in which the evergreen masters of the musical vignette show no loss of appetite for their singular sonic adventures. Jazz On The Corner Two sees Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller return for another bite at the cherry after volume one was declared to be “the best jazz compilation of the last 20 years” by Jazz FM’s Chris Phillips. The expanded reissue of The Charlatans’s classic album Between 10th & 11th contains the original album plus remastered tracks from the oft-bootlegged live show from Chicago in 1991, known as Isolation 21.2.91, a holy grail amongst fans. Bury Tomorrow confirm their place in metal’s upper echelons with Cannibal, their most technical, anthemic album yet. Dani Winter Bates has long been one of metal’s loudest advocates for discussing mental health, and this time he’s delved explicitly into his own experiences, writing his most brutally personal lyrics to date.
Our release of the week is On Sunset, the fifteenth studio album by the English singer-songwriter and legend Paul Weller. It’s at heart a soul album. At the same time, it’s an electronic album, an orchestral album, an album packed with masterly pop songs and heart-tugging ballads, and an album filled with touches of experimentalism. It’s also an album that sees Weller taking a rare glance into the rear-view mirror as he speeds into the 2020s.
- On Sunset is the fifteenth studio album by the English singer-songwriter and legend Paul Weller. It’s at heart a soul album. At the same time, it’s an electronic album, an orchestral album, an album packed with masterly pop songs and heart-tugging ballads, and an album filled with touches of experimentalism. It’s also an album that sees Weller taking a rare glance into the rear-view mirror as he speeds into the 2020s.
- Track listing: Mirror Ball / Baptiste / Old Father Thyme / Village / More / On Sunset / Equanimity / Walkin’ / Earth Beat / Rocket
- Note: The LP is available on indies-only purple vinyl.
- Propulsive pop perennials Sparks – brothers Ron and Russell Mael – lift the lid on their new album, A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, with the release of ‘Self-Effacing’, in which the evergreen masters of the musical vignette show no loss of appetite for their singular sonic adventures.
- Note: The picture disc LP is exclusive to physical record shops.
- A follow-up to 2018’s Jazz On The Corner, which has now sold over 10,000 copies, and last year’s equally successful Soul On The Corner, this compilation sees Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller return to the world of jazz for another bite at the cherry after volume one was declared to be “the best jazz compilation of the last 20 years” by Jazz FM’s Chris Phillips.
- Available on double clear vinyl and double CD, this expanded reissue of The Charlatans’s classic album Between 10th & 11th contains the original album plus remastered tracks from the oft-bootlegged live show from Chicago in 1991, known as Isolation 21.2.91, a holy grail amongst fans.
- Track listing
- Disc 1: I Don’t Want To See The Sights / Ignition / Page One / Tremelo Song / The End Of Everything / Subtitle / Can’t Even Be Bothered / Weirdo / Chewing Gum Weekend / (No One) Not Even The Rain
- Disc 2: Imperial 109 / The Only One I Know / Not Very Well * / Believe You Me * / Then / Happen To Die / Flower * / White Shirt / Indian Rope / Opportunity / Sproston Green / 10th and 11th *
- (* CD only)
- Bury Tomorrow’s 2018 album Black Flame catapulted them into metal’s upper echelons. It was the band’s third consecutive UK Top 40 album and saw them undertake an imposing tour, which culminated with a huge show at London’s iconic Roundhouse. But with follow-up, Cannibal, the band have taken another leap forward. To record it, they reunited with Black Flame producer Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns), while mixing and mastering was completed by Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood and Ermin Hamidovic, the dream team behind Architects’ Holy Hell. The result is Bury Tomorrow’s most technical, anthemic album yet. While vocalist and lyricist Dani Winter Bates has long been one of metal’s loudest advocates for the importance of discussing mental health, this time he’s delved explicitly into his own experiences, writing his most brutally personal lyrics to date.
Other releases for 2020
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