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Releases for 21 January 2022

21 January’s new releases open with Aoife O’Donovan, co-founder of the trio I’m With Her, who continues her passion for collaboration on Age Of Apathy, an album that includes guest appearances by Madison Cunningham and Allison Russell. Formed shortly before the pandemic, Yard Act have incredibly only played three gigs but have already released two superb singles, and debut album The Overload pulses with post-punk indie dance, their creativity thriving in difficult times. While the rest of the world was put on hold, alt-rock stalwarts The Sherlocks underwent a rebirth, with a new guitarist and bassist joining vocalist Kiaran Crook and drummer brother Brandon, and World I Understand stands as the band’s most unshackled and ambitious album to date. Acclaimed folk performer Jake Xerxes Fussell’s fourth album, Good And Green Again, is the most conceptually focused, breathtakingly rendered and enigmatically poignant record of his wondrous catalogue, and includes his first original compositions with atmospheric arrangements. And Ludovico Einaudi returns to the ivories for his first solo piano record of new material since I Giorni in 2001. Underwater was written with a fresh approach in mind, which can be heard in its memorable melodies.

Our release of the week is Things Are Great, the first studio album in more than five years from Band Of Horses. Sonically, it’s a return to the raw ethos of their earlier work, and it’s emotionally intense, both on a personal and elemental level, with founder Ben Bridwell more autobiographical than he’s ever been on record.

  • Band Of Horses - Things Are Great
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    • Band Of Horses  Things Are Great  CD £11.99 / LP £21.99
  • Things Are Great is Band Of Horses’ sixth studio album and their first record in more than five years. Sonically, the album is a return to their earlier work and the kind of raw ethos that lies at the heart of Band Of Horses. Emotionally intense, both on a personal and elemental level, on Things Are Great we find the band’s founder Ben Bridwell more autobiographical than he’s ever been on record, detailing the nebulous frustrations and quiet indignities of relationship changes and what a person will do to make things right.
  • Note: the LP is available on rust-coloured vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Aoife O’Donovan - Age Of Apathy
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    • Aoife O’Donovan  Age Of Apathy  CD £12.99 / Deluxe 2-CD £18.99 / Limited Edition LP £25.99 / Deluxe Limited Edition 2-LP £31.99
  • Aoife O’Donovan, co-founder of the trio I’m With Her, continues her passion for collaboration on Age Of Apathy, an album that includes guest appearances by Madison Cunningham and Allison Russell. The album’s singles include ‘Phoenix’, ‘Passengers’ and ‘Prodigal Daughter’.
  • Note: the LP is available on limited-edition bone vinyl, and the deluxe limited-edition double LP is pressed on tie-dyed vinyl.
  • Yard Act - The Overload
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    • Yard Act  The Overload  CD £12.99 / LP £23.99
  • Formed in 2019, Yard Act began life when friends Ryan Needham (bass) and James Smith (vocals) started creating minimalist rock tracks using a primitive drum machine and a borrowed bass guitar. They later drafted in George Townend on drums and Sammy Robinson on guitars, who they met at their spiritual home The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. The quartet have only played three gigs but have already released two superb singles, and their debut album, The Overload, pulses with post-punk indie dance, their creativity thriving despite reduced circumstances this last year.
  • Note: the LP is available on green vinyl.
  • The Sherlocks - World I Understand
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    • The Sherlocks  World I Understand  CD £12.99 / LP £26.99
  • While the rest of the world was put on hold, alt-rock stalwarts The Sherlocks were undergoing a rebirth, with the Davidson brothers Josh and Andy stepping down and two new band members, Alex Proctor (guitar) and Trent Jackson (bass), joining Kiaran Crook (vocals) and Brandon Crook (drums). Working closely alongside Manic Street Preachers producer Dave Eringa, World I Understand stands as The Sherlocks’ most unshackled and ambitious album to date.
  • Note: the LP is available on limited-edition splatter vinyl.
  • Jake Xerxes Fussell - Good And Green Again
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    • Jake Xerxes Fussell  Good And Green Again  CD £12.99 / LP £24.99
  • Jake Xerxes Fussell’s fourth album, Good And Green Again, finds the acclaimed guitarist, singer and interpreter of folk songs navigating fresh sonic and compositional landscapes on the most conceptually focused, breathtakingly rendered and enigmatically poignant record of his wondrous catalogue. Produced by James Elkington and featuring formidable players both familiar (Casey Toll, Libby Rodenbough) and new (Joe Westerlund, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy), it includes Jake’s first original compositions and atmospheric arrangements with pedal steel, horns, and strings.
  • Ludovico Einaudi - Underwater
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    • Ludovico Einaudi  Underwater  CD £12.99 / 2-LP £28.99
  • Ludovico Einaudi returns to the piano for his first solo piano record of new material in 20 years, since I Giorni in 2001. Underwater was written with “songwriting, not composing. A fresh approach” in mind, which can be heard in its memorable melodies. Ludovico says: “a song is like a breath, it needs nothing more. The album is a place to freely reflect, a place without boundaries.
 

 

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Releases for 7 & 14 January 2022

Our pick of the new year’s releases opens with The Boy Named If (14 Jan), a new album of urgent, immediate songs from Elvis Costello & The Imposters with bright melodies, guitar solos that sting and a quick step to the rhythm. The Wombats have produced some of the most captivating, inventive and forward-thinking music of their career to date while working over Zoom from their bases in Los Angeles, Oslo and London to create Fix Yourself, Not The World (7 Jan). In the afterglow of her acclaimed 2020 album Silver Ladders, Los Angeles-based harpist Mary Lattimore returns with a culminating counterpart release, Collected Pieces 2015–2020 (14 Jan), featuring new and previously unreleased material, Bandcamp-only singles and other obscurities. The Temperance Movement is one of Britain’s finest rock bands of the past decade, and Caught On Stage (Live & Acoustic) (14 Jan) features a collection of rare live tracks recorded in various locations, including intimate acoustic live shows, radio sessions with Planet Rock and rehearsal-room recordings, and it’s a must-have for any fan of the band. Arriving in the wake of his critically acclaimed debut solo album A Quickening, Orlando Weeks’ new record once again leans into themes of new life and parenthood, and Hop Up (14 Jan) is an altogether more joyous and life-affirming statement.

Our release of the week is Toy:Box (7 Jan). Following his triumphant Glastonbury 2000 performance, David Bowie entered the studio with his band to record new interpretations of songs he’d first recorded from 1964–71 in the ‘old school’ way with the band playing live. This fascinating album now finally sees the light of day in a set packed with alternative mixes and versions including proposed B-sides.

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  • 7 January: Following his triumphant Glastonbury 2000 performance, David Bowie entered the studio with his band – Mark Plati, Sterling Campbell, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Holly Palmer and Emm Gryner – to record new interpretations of songs he’d first recorded from 1964–71. David planned to record the album ‘old school’ with the band playing live, choose the best takes and then release it as soon as humanly possible in a remarkably prescient manner. Unfortunately, in 2001 the concept of the ‘surprise drop’ album release and the technology to support it were still quite a few years off, making it impossible to release Toy, as the album was now named, out to fans as instantly as David wanted. In the interim, David did what he did best; he moved on to something new.
  • Elvis Costello & The Imposters - The Boy Named If
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    • Elvis Costello & The Imposters  The Boy Named If  CD £12.99 / 2-LP £36.99
  • 14 January: Elvis Costello & The Imposters release The Boy Named If, a new album of urgent, immediate songs with bright melodies, guitar solos that sting and a quick step to the rhythm. Costello tells us: “The full title of this record is The Boy Named If (And Other Children’s Stories). ‘If’ is a nickname for your imaginary friend; your secret self, the one who knows everything you deny, the one you blame for the shattered crockery and the hearts you break, even your own.
  • Note: the LP is available on purple vinyl, exclusive to record shops.
  • The Wombats - Fix Yourself, Not The World
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    • The Wombats  Fix Yourself, Not The World  CD £10.99 / LP £18.99
  • 7 January: Recording remotely over the past year from their respective homes, The Wombats have been working hard to produce some of the most captivating, inventive and forward-thinking music of their career to date. With frontman Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy in Los Angeles, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen in Oslo and drummer Dan Haggis in London, they discussed each day’s plan via Zoom, then recorded separately to create Fix Yourself, Not The World.
  • Note: the LP is available on blur vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Mary Lattimore - Collected Pieces 2015–2020
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    • Mary Lattimore  Collected Pieces 2015–2020  CD £14.99 / LP £26.99
  • 14 January: In the afterglow of her acclaimed 2020 album Silver Ladders (a year-end favourite of NPR, Pitchfork, the New Yorker and others), Los Angeles-based harpist Mary Lattimore returns with a culminating counterpart release, Collected Pieces 2015–2020, featuring new and previously unreleased material, Bandcamp-only singles and other obscurities alongside standouts from her 2017 tape Collected Pieces.
  • Note: the LP is available on limited-edition gold ripple vinyl.
  • The Temperance Movement - Caught On Stage (Live & Acoustic)
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    • The Temperance Movement  Caught On Stage (Live & Acoustic)  CD £11.99 / LP £24.99
  • 14 January: The Temperance Movement is one of Britain’s finest rock bands of the past decade. Formed in London but with a Glaswegian singer, they are simultaneously anthemic, defiant and cathartic. Their special new release, Caught On Stage (Live & Acoustic), features a collection of rare live tracks recorded in various locations, including intimate acoustic live shows, radio sessions with Planet Rock and rehearsal-room recordings. This is a must-have for any fan of The Temperance Movement.
  • Orlando Weeks - Hop Up
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    • Orlando Weeks  Hop Up  CD £10.99 / LP £24.99
  • 14 January: Arriving in the wake of his critically acclaimed debut solo album A Quickening, Orlando Weeks’ new record once again leans into themes of new life and parenthood. Whereas his previous work catalogued the emotions, expectations and anxieties that accompany imminent parenthood, Hop Up is an altogether more joyous and life-affirming statement.
 

 

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