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Releases for 29 April 2022

29 April’s lovelies kick off with Zeit, composed and recorded by Rammstein during 2020’s lockdowns and, as a result, with ‘less distraction’ and ‘more time to think of new things’. Two Ribbons, the latest from Let’s Eat Grandma – Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth – concludes with its stunning title track: a slow, melancholic moment of quiet that contrasts with their almost industrial dancefloor fillers. Emotional Eternal is a deeply human collection of songs full of prolonged moments of sonic transcendency from Melody’s Echo Chamber – a record that clearly exhibits maturity but still regards the world with a childlike wonder and an uplifting quality. Blossoms’ new album, Ribbon Around The Bomb, was inspired by a Frida Kahlo painting and the idea of dressing up things that have a darkness lying beneath them. Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré – renowned worldwide for her vibrant and powerful music, which often features revolutionary messages about women’s rights, tradition and poverty – returns with Timbuktu, a stunning collection fusing her distinctive sound and voice with elements of blues, folk and rock. And Eli “Paperboy” Reed pays homage to country legend Merle Haggard on Down Every Road by putting a soulful spin on some classic tunes, tapping into all the heartache of Haggard’s iconic catalogue and channelling it into explosive, high-octane performances.

Our release of the week is Alpha Games, the first studio album from the current Bloc Party line-up, with the added musicality of Justin Harris (bass) and Louise Bartle’s unbridled energy and power on the drums combining to capture the spark of their live shows and deliver the most exciting Bloc Party album yet.

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    • Bloc Party  Alpha Games  CD £12.99 / LP £23.99 / Red LP £25.99
  • Bloc Party’s sixth studio album, Alpha Games, is the band’s first studio album since 2016’s Hymns, and the first album written and recorded by the current Bloc Party line-up, with the musicality of Justin Harris (bass) and Louise Bartle’s unbridled energy and power on the drums combining to capture the spark of their live shows and deliver the most exciting Bloc Party album yet.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on red vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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    • Rammstein  Zeit  CD £18.99 / Deluxe CD £26.99 / 2-LP £38.99
  • Rock titans Rammstein finished recording their eighth studio album, Zeit, during 2020’s lockdowns. Flake Lorenz confirmed that the recording sessions for the album were unplanned and that the quarantine caused by the pandemic had allowed for ‘less distraction’ and ‘more time to think of new things’. In October 2021, a song from the album was premiered on the International Space Station to French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. Now is the time for Zeit to appear, prior to the slated resumption of Rammstein’s Stadium Tour that has been postponed to 2022.
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  • Let’s Eat Grandma – the duo of songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth – release their third full-length album, Two Ribbons, co-produced by the duo and David Wrench. The album concludes with its stunning title track: a slow, melancholic moment of quiet that contrasts with their almost industrial dancefloor fillers and contains reflections from Jenny on how the pair are still bound together through their compassion for each other, tight as ever, although slightly frayed and world-worn.
  • Note: The LP + 7" package is exclusive to independent shops.
  • Melody’s Echo Chamber - Emotional Eternal
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  • Emotional Eternal, the third studio album from Melody’s Echo Chamber, is a deeply human collection of songs full of prolonged moments of sonic transcendency – a record that clearly exhibits maturity but still regards the world with a childlike wonder. Having swapped Paris for the clean air of the Alps, Melody hopes the record has an uplifting quality. “I made some big and impactful decisions and changes to my life. It took me to where it is peaceful, and I think the record reflects this.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on brilliant red vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Blossoms - Ribbon Around The Bomb
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    • Blossoms  Ribbon Around The Bomb  CD £12.99 / 2-CD £16.99 / LP £26.99
  • Speaking about the new album, Blossoms’ Tom Ogden says: “While on tour in 2019 in Mexico, I visited Frida Kahlo’s house. Looking at her paintings on show, someone had described one of them as being like a ‘ribbon around a bomb’. I immediately thought that it was a great title for a song and album because of the imagery that it evoked in my mind. I thought about how lots of things in life could be described as being a ribbon around a bomb in the sense that as people we often dress things up which have a darkness lying beneath them.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on gold vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Oumou Sangaré - Timbuktu
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  • Grammy award-winning Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré – renowned worldwide for her vibrant and powerful music, which often features revolutionary messages about women’s rights, tradition and poverty – returns with her most ambitious work to date. Timbuktu (out 29 April) is a stunning collection of songs, fusing her distinctive sound and voice with elements of blues, folk and rock – resulting in a timeless body of work, free from borders and genres. Written and recorded in the US during coronavirus lockdowns, the album is the latest chapter in an unparalleled musical epic which has seen an artist born in the poorest districts of Bamako, Mali, become the greatest and most influential African singer alive, as well as a powerful feminist icon.
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  • Eli “Paperboy” Reed pays homage to country legend Merle Haggard by putting a soulful spin on some classic tunes. Recorded in Brooklyn with long-time collaborator Vince Chiarito (Black Pumas, Charles Bradley), on Down Every Road Reed taps into all the heartache of Haggard’s iconic catalogue and channels it into explosive, high-octane performances that blur the lines of genre, geography and race to reveal the common, distinctly American threads tying them all together.
 

 

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Releases for 22 April 2022

We unwrap 22 April’s Easter eggs with Giving The World Away, the new album from Hatchie, on which she distils the core of herself into a record full of dazzling dream-pop and shoegaze tangle. During lockdown last year, J Spaceman would walk through an empty ‘Roman London’, trying to make sense of all the music playing in his head at the time, and Everything Was Beautiful contains some of the most ‘live’ sounding recordings that Spiritualized have released. for you who are the wronged is the much anticipated third album from pianist Kathryn Joseph, and will appeal to fans of Lana Del Ray, Laura Marling, Kate Bush, Aidan Moffat, and Erland Cooper. Just Like That… was recorded by Bonnie Raitt in summer 2021 with both longtime members of her band and new collaborators, with Bonnie at the producer reins.

Our release of the week is Skinty Fia, the third record from Fontaines D.C. in as many years: part bittersweet romance, part darkly political triumph, the songs ultimately form a long-distance love letter, one that laments an increasingly privatised culture in danger of going the way of the extinct Irish giant deer.

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  • 2020’s A Hero’s Death saw Fontaines D.C. land a #2 album in the UK, receive nominations at the Grammys, Brits and Ivor Novello Awards, and sell out London’s iconic Alexandra Palace. Now the band return with their third record in as many years: Skinty Fia. Used colloquially as an expletive, the title roughly translates from the Irish language into English as ‘the damnation of the deer’; the spelling crassly anglicised, and its meaning diluted through generations. Part bittersweet romance, part darkly political triumph, the songs ultimately form a long-distance love letter, one that laments an increasingly privatised culture in danger of going the way of the extinct Irish giant deer.
  • Note: The LP is available initially on limited-edition red or yellow vinyl.
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  • Giving The World Away, the new album from Hatchie, is the truest introduction to the songwriter at the helm of the project, Harriette Pilbeam. Although her sound – a dazzling dream-pop and shoegaze tangle – arrived fully-formed, it’s here that she distils the core of herself into a record. “There’s more to me than just writing songs about being in love or being heartbroken – there’s a bigger picture than that,” Pilbeam explains. “This album really just feels like the beginning to me, and scratching the surface – and even though it’s my third release as Hatchie, I feel like I’m rebooting from scratch.
  • Note: The LP is available initially on coke bottle clear vinyl.
  • Spiritualized - Everything Was Beautiful
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  • During lockdown last year, J Spaceman would walk through an empty ‘Roman London’ where the world was ‘full of birdsong and strangeness’, trying to make sense of all the music playing in his head at the time. The mixers and mixes of his new record weren’t working out yet. Spaceman plays 16 different instruments on Everything Was Beautiful, which was put down at 11 different studios as well as at his home. Eventually the mixes got there and the result is some of the most ‘live’ sounding recordings that Spiritualized have released since the Live At The Albert Hall record of 1998, around the time of Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space.
  • Kathryn Joseph - for you who are the wronged
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  • for you who are the wronged is the much anticipated follow-up to Kathryn Joseph’s 2018 album from when i wake the want is and her debut bones you have thrown me and blood i’ve spilled, which won 2015’s Scottish Album of the Year award. If from when i wake… was written for love to return, this is where she fights tooth and claw to protect it. for you who are the wronged was written and co-produced by Kathryn Joseph, and recorded at The Lengths Studio in Fort William with producer Lomond Campbell (also a recording artist for Heavenly Records who has previously produced King Creosote). Kathryn is signed to Rock Action Records, run by fellow Scottish musicians Mogwai. The album will appeal to those that have bought Kathryn’s earlier albums plus fans of Lana Del Ray, Laura Marling, Kate Bush, Aidan Moffat, and Erland Cooper.
  • Note: The LP is available initially on flesh-coloured vinyl and comes with a lyric booklet (CD also) and download code.
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  • Just Like That… was recorded in the summer of 2021 in Sausalito, California. The players include two longtime members of Bonnie Raitt’s band, bassist James ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson and drummer Ricky Fataar, as well as two new musicians, Canadian Glenn Patscha on keyboards and backing vocals and Nashville guitarist Kenny Greenberg. Raitt’s longtime guitarist and songwriting partner George Marinelli also joined in, playing and singing on ‘Livin’ For The Ones’, the song they co-wrote for the album. Once again, Bonnie took the producer reins, reuniting with her favourite recording and mixing engineer, Ryan Freeland, for their third collaboration (they each earned Grammy Awards for Raitt’s 2012 release, Slipstream)
  • Note: The LP is available initially on teal vinyl, exclusive to independent shops
 

 

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Releases for 15 April 2022

We open the lid on 15 April’s tempting tidbits with one of the most thrilling rock albums of recent years: Shoot Me Your Ace is a blast of unadulterated rock’n’roll joy that showcases Reef’s talents, from the swaggering opening salvo to rollercoaster closer ‘Strangelove’. The Original George Thorogood is a collection of hard-stompin’, party-down, original songs performed along with his unstoppable band The Destroyers, all served up with classic Thorogood swagger and tongue-in-cheek panache. Social Dissonance is an incendiary 2019 performance by Pye Corner Audio at The Social in London, mixing improvisations with reworked material from across his career. Made In Timeland is a long-lost King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard record mysteriously unearthed recently that is being released on vinyl only: it will not be available for streaming anywhere. For Revelation, their third studio album, Stone Broken decided it was time to turn up the volume – to build on past glories with the intention of making everything bigger, bolder and generally the best version of Stone Broken there’s even been.

Our release of the week is ( watch my moves ), the major-label debut album from Kurt Vile, on which he pulls his talents as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer in unexpected directions – and the result is a vibrant yet meditative record propelled by laid-back charm and curious spirit.

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  • On his major label debut album, ( watch my moves ), Kurt Vile pulls his talents as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer in unexpected directions – and the result is a vibrant yet meditative record propelled by laid-back charm and curious spirit.
  • Note: The LP is available initially on limited-edition green vinyl.
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  • Shoot Me Your Ace is one of the most thrilling rock albums of recent years. Produced by former Duran Duran/Power Station guitarist Andy Taylor, Shoot Me Your Ace showcases Reef’s talents and is a blast of unadulterated rock’n’roll joy that – from the title track’s swaggering opening salvo to rollercoaster closer ‘Strangelove’ – doesn’t just match such classic Reef albums as 1995 breakout debut Replenish or 1997’s transcendent Glow but actually manages to exceed them.
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  • The Original George Thorogood is a collection of hard-stompin’, party-down, original songs penned from the rock-and-roll heart of the great man. Along with his unstoppable long-time band The Destroyers, the album showcases tracks like the tour-de-force anthem ‘Gear Jammer’, the heartfelt country ballad ‘Oklahoma Sweetheart’ and the previously unreleased ‘Back In The U.S.A’, plus hard-hitting barnburners like ‘I Really Like Girls’ and ‘If You Don’t Start Drinkin’ (I’m Gonna Leave)’, all served up with classic Thorogood swagger and tongue-in-cheek panache.
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  • On 23 October 2019, Pye Corner Audio headlined Sonic Cathedral’s 15th birthday bash at The Social in London on a bill that also included bdrmm and Andy Bell. Now, following a limited cassette release in 2020, this incendiary performance – which mixes improvisations with reworked material from across his career – has been remastered by Antony Ryan (ISAN) and is to be made available on vinyl for the first time. Wryly titled Social Dissonance, it comes packaged in a striking fluoro-green and neon-blue sleeve by designer Marc Jones.
  • Note: The LP is available initially on green-and-blue swirl vinyl.
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Made In Timeland
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    • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard  Made In Timeland  LP £23.99
  • Made In Timeland is a long-lost King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard record mysteriously unearthed on the eve of 2022. It will not appear on any digital streaming platforms anywhere, making the physical product a highly coveted collector’s item. The LP is housed in a brown paper bag to help combat the environmental impact of vinyl manufacturing.
  • Note: The LP is available initially on lucky-dip rainbow eco vinyl.
  • Stone Broken - Revelation
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    • Stone Broken  Revelation  CD £14.99 / LP £27.99
  • For Revelation, their third studio album, Stone Broken decided it was time to turn up the volume – to build on past glories with the intention of making everything bigger, bolder and generally the best version of Stone Broken there’s even been. The result is 11 tracks successfully combining the band’s signature emotive style with inventive arrangements and an open-minded approach to recording that saw them venturing into a host of fresh areas, including greater use of backing vocals and piano, plus the subtle use of electronics to make the choruses even more likely to stick in the mind.
  • Note: The LP is available initially on black/blue/red splatter vinyl.
 

 

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Releases for 8 April 2022

8 April’s batch of lovelies opens with Fear Of The Dawn, the fourth studio album from Jack White, recorded and entirely produced at White’s Third Man Studio facilities. Calexico return with their luminous tenth studio album, El Mirador: a hopeful, kaleidoscopic beacon of rock, bluesy ruminations and Latin American sounds and an evocative love letter to the desert borderlands that nourished them for over 20 years. Father John Misty returns with Chloë And The Next 20th Century, his fifth album and first new material since the release of God’s Favorite Customer in 2018. And Kae Tempest’s new record, The Line Is A Curve, plays like a chronicle of pressures: maintaining relationships, of battling illness, addiction, poor mental health, the vacuous life of our online selves; as we move through these chronicles, however, the mood brightens.

Our release of the week is the joyous debut album from Wet Leg’s Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, who produced two of the hottest singles of last year and were catapulted from their confines on the Isle of Wight to sold-out venues across the UK and packed-out tents at festivals, causing giddy excitement wherever they went.

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    • Wet Leg  Wet Leg  CD £10.99 / LP £25.99
  • After releasing two of the hottest singles of the year, Wet Leg’s Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers were catapulted from their confines on the Isle of Wight to sold-out venues across the UK and packed-out tents at festivals, causing giddy excitement wherever they went. Now the duo is thrilled to unveil their debut album.
  • Note: The LP is available on transparent yellow vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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    • Jack White  Fear Of The Dawn  CD £12.99 / LP £22.99
  • Fear Of The Dawn is the fourth studio album from Jack White, founding member of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather. True to his DIY roots, this record was recorded at White’s Third Man Studio during the course of 2021, mastered by Third Man Mastering, pressed to vinyl at Third Man Pressing and released by Third Man Records.
  • Note: The LP is available on astronomical blue vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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    • Calexico  El Mirador  CD £12.99 / LP £25.99
  • Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino return with their luminous tenth studio album, El Mirador: a hopeful, kaleidoscopic beacon of rock, bluesy ruminations and Latin American sounds. Convening at longtime bandmate Sergio Mendoza’s home studio in Tucson, Arizona, the ensemble recorded throughout the summer of 2021, crafting one of their most riveting and whimsical productions to date. Convertino, who now resides in El Paso, and Burns, who relocated to Boise in 2020, channelled cherished memories of Southwestern landscapes and joyful barrio melting pots into an evocative love letter to the desert borderlands that nourished them for over 20 years.
  • Note: The LP is available on red vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Father John Misty - Chloë And The Next 20th Century
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    • Father John Misty  Chloë And The Next 20th Century  CD £10.99 / LP £26.99 / Limited edition LP £30.99
  • Father John Misty returns with Chloë And The Next 20th Century, his fifth album and first new material since the release of God’s Favorite Customer in 2018. The album was written and recorded between August and December 2020 and features arrangements by Drew Erickson. The album sees Misty (Joshua Tillman) and producer/multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Wilson resume their long-term collaboration, with Dave Cerminara returning as engineer and mixer. Basic tracks were recorded at Wilson’s Five Star Studios with strings, brass and woodwinds recorded at United Recordings in a session featuring Dan Higgins and Wayne Bergeron, among others.
  • Note: The LP is available on limited-edition blue vinyl. The box set is exclusive to independent record shops.
  • Kae Tempest - The Line Is A Curve
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    • Kae Tempest  The Line Is A Curve  CD £12.99 / Deluxe CD £15.99 / LP £23.99
  • Kae Tempest’s new record, The Line Is A Curve, is about letting go. At its core is the idea that the pressures we face do not always have to be heavy burdens, but can be reframed; the more pressure a person is under, the greater the possibility for release. The album plays like a chronicle of pressures – the mind-numbing pursuit of a comfortable life, the eternal striving for more, the pressures of the city, the country, the times. The pressures of maintaining relationships, of battling illness, addiction, poor mental health, the vacuous life of our online selves. As we move through these chronicles, however, the mood brightens.
  • Note: The LP is available on orange vinyl, exclusive to record shops.
 

 

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Releases for 1 April 2022

The first of 1 April’s peaches is Country Coming Down from Paul Cauthen, a roots-rock musician whose talent has been compared to all four Highwaymen rolled into one. Crooked Tree is the bluegrass record Molly Tuttle has always wanted to make, reflecting the musical traditions of her own family. The Unfolding is an extraordinary eight-part collaboration between composer Hannah Peel and Paraorchestra, with a mix of disabled and non-disabled musicians mixing analogue, digital and assistive instruments to create magic. Artifacts is a Beirut retrospective that is much more than a mere compilation: it contains an entire extra record’s-worth of music, remixed and remastered. Last but not least, North Mississippi Allstars create roots music of remarkable variety, and they pursue their self-described sound of ‘primitive modernism’ – a melding of the new and the old, traditional and futuristic – on Set Sail.

Our release of the week is Unlimited Love, the latest from Red Hot Chili Peppers, which marks their first recording with guitarist John Frusciante since 2006 and first with producer and longtime collaborator Rick Rubin since 2011. It’s the result of thousands of hours listening to each other, composing, jamming freely, and arranging the fruit of those jams with great care and purpose.

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  • Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album, Unlimited Love, marks their first recording with guitarist John Frusciante since 2006 and first with producer and longtime collaborator Rick Rubin since 2011. “Our only goal is to get lost in the music. We [John, Anthony, Chad and Flea] spent thousands of hours, collectively and individually, honing our craft and showing up for one another, to make the best album we could. Our antennae attuned to the divine cosmos, we were just so damn grateful for the opportunity to be in a room together, and, once again, try to get better. Days, weeks and months spent listening to each other, composing, jamming freely, and arranging the fruit of those jams with great care and purpose. The sounds, rhythms, vibrations, words and melodies had us enrapt.
  • Note: The LP is available on red vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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  • Paul Cauthen first earned his reputation as a fire-breathing truth-teller with the acclaimed roots-rock band Sons of Fathers, but it wasn’t until the 2016 release of his solo debut, My Gospel, that he truly tapped into the full depth of his prodigious talents. Vice Noisey dubbed it “a sombre reminder of how lucky we are to be alive,” while Texas Monthly raved that Cauthen “sound[s] like the Highwaymen all rolled into one: he’s got Willie’s phrasing, Johnny’s haggard quiver, Kristofferson’s knack for storytelling, and Waylon’s baritone.” The album landed on a slew of best-of lists at the year’s end and earned festival appearances from Austin City Limits and Pickathon to Stagecoach and Tumbleweed along with dates opening for Elle King, Margo Price, Midland, Cody Jinks, Social Distortion and more. Two albums and 6 years down the road, Paul will be releasing the highly anticipated new studio album Country Coming Down.
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  • I always knew I wanted to make a bluegrass record someday,” says Molly Tuttle of her new album, Crooked Tree. “Once I started writing, everything flowed so easily: sometimes I’ve felt an internal pressure to come up with a sound no one’s heard before, but this time my intention was just to make an album that reflected the music that’s been passed down through generations in my family. I found a way to do that while writing songs that feel true to who I am, and it really helped me to grow as a songwriter.
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  • There are pieces of music that seek to tell us deeper stories, and others that harness the talents of the players at their disposal in adventurous ways. Then there are the rare, generous works that make us think back to our roots as human beings and to our shared beginnings in the universe, that lift us in their melodies, rhythms and textures, that carry us with them. The Unfolding is all of these things. An extraordinary eight-part collaboration between composer Hannah Peel (Mercury Prize and Emmy nominee) and Paraorchestra, it was made over three years in precious morsels of time around a global pandemic. These circumstances – unexpected when the collaboration began – add weight to its explorations in sound about who we are, where we came from, and who we could all be. The Unfolding also explores Paraorchestra’s progressive idea of what an orchestra should be, mixing analogue, digital and assistive instruments with a unique ensemble of disabled and non-disabled musicians to make magic happen, and accessible to all.
  • Beirut - Artifacts
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  • Artifacts began humbly as a means of compiling a few early Beirut EPs for a proper physical release. However, as Zach Condon explains in album’s excellent liner notes, reconnecting with old recordings through fresh ears turned a simple reissue project into something much more expansive. “When the decision came to re-release this collection, I found myself digging through hard drives looking for something extra to add to the compilation. What started as a few extra unreleased tracks from my formative recording years quickly grew into an entire extra record’s-worth of music from my past, and a larger project of remixing and remastering everything I found for good measure.
  • North Mississippi Allstars - Set Sail
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  • North Mississippi Allstars create roots music that displays remarkable variety. With their latest record, Set Sail, the band build on their self-described sound of ‘primitive modernism’ – a melding of the new and the old, traditional and futuristic, crafted lyrics and improvisational music.
  • Note: The LP is available on ‘Gotham’ coloured vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
 

 

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Releases for 25 March 2022

25 March’s spring selection bursts open with Cowboy Junkies – long admired for the carefully chosen cover versions of songs that have been part of their repertoire from the very beginning – who perform nine inspired, and inspiring, covers on Songs Of The Recollection. Maren Morris began writing the songs on Humble Quest at the beginning of the pandemic as she felt control over life quickly slipping until she had a freeing realisation – she was never in control in the first place – and this clarity amid darkness informs Maren’s most genuine songs yet. Outside Looking In is true to Stone Foundation’s collaborative spirit, featuring vocal contributions from disco diva Melba Moore, Sulene Fleming, Laville, Sheree Dubois and Graziella Affinita, plus Paul Weller of course. Aldous Harding’s new studio album, Warm Chris, finds him reunited with producer John Parish, with contributions from H. Hawkline, Seb Rochford, Gavin Fitzjohn, John and Hopey Parish and Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods. And legendary duo Daryl Hall and John Oates reissue Marigold Sky, their first studio album to be released as independent artists in 1997; regarded as a fan favourite, it’s a collection of exquisitely crafted soul-pop that is irresistibly smooth, laying bare the mastery of the duo’s impressive songwriting chops.

Our release of the week is Never Let Me Go, the latest album from those great masters in cataloguing the human condition, Placebo, whose unique way of examining both its flaws and beauty finds fertile ground in the current time. Theirs is a voice that has rarely felt more significant to contemporary discourse.

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  • Never Let Me Go is the latest album from those great masters in cataloguing the human condition, Placebo, whose unique way of examining both its flaws and beauty finds fertile ground in the current time. Crawling out of the pandemic into a landscape of intolerance, division, tech-saturation and imminent eco-catastrophe, theirs is a voice that has rarely felt more significant to contemporary discourse, and more appropriate to sing these stories to the world.
  • Note: The LP is available on limited-edition red vinyl.
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    • Cowboy Junkies  Songs Of The Recollection  CD £10.99 / LP £21.99
  • Long admired for the carefully chosen cover versions of songs that have been part of their repertoire from the very beginning, Cowboy Junkies release Songs Of The Recollection, which consists of nine covers: some newly recorded and others curated from previous album projects. This inspired, and inspiring, collection features tracks from David Bowie, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Vic Chesnutt and The Cure.
  • Maren Morris - Humble Quest
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    • Maren Morris  Humble Quest  CD £12.99 / LP £21.99
  • Maren Morris began writing the songs on Humble Quest at the beginning of the pandemic as a series of major life changes unfolded: new motherhood, an upended career, the death of beloved friend and collaborator Michael Busbee and more, further compounded by lockdown. She felt control over life quickly slipping until she had a freeing realisation – she was never in control in the first place. It’s from this place of personal truth and clarity amid darkness that Maren’s most genuine songs yet began to flow, creating an important distraction from the times rather than a snapshot of them.
  • Stone Foundation - Outside Looking In
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    • Stone Foundation  Outside Looking In  CD £12.99 / Cassette £9.99 / LP £25.99
  • Throughout their nearly 25 years together, Midlands-based soul band Stone Foundation have been known for their collaborative spirit and inclusive approach, and Outside Looking In is true to that legacy. Recorded, as always, at Paul Weller’s Black Barn Studio and featuring a few vocal and instrumental contributions from the man himself, the album also features a knockout guest lead vocal from legendary disco diva Melba Moore on ‘Now That You Want Me Back’, plus slots from Sulene Fleming, Laville, Sheree Dubois and Graziella Affinita. While Stone Foundation always bring a fresh new approach to each record, and a point of contrast to what came before, some things just do not need to be altered.
  • Note: The LP is available on pink vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Aldous Harding - Warm Chris
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    • Aldous Harding  Warm Chris  CD £10.99 / LP £21.99
  • Aldous Harding’s new studio album finds him reunited with producer John Parish, continuing a professional partnership that has forged pivotal bodies of work: 2017’s Party and 2019’s Designer. All ten tracks on the new album, Warm Chris, were recorded at Rockfield Studios, with contributions from H. Hawkline, Seb Rochford, Gavin Fitzjohn, John and Hopey Parish and Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods.
  • Daryl Hall And John Oates - Marigold Sky
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    • Daryl Hall And John Oates  Marigold Sky  CD £12.99 / 2-LP £26.99
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and legendary duo Daryl Hall and John Oates reissue Marigold Sky, their fifteenth studio album and their first to be released as independent artists in 1997. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the album is being made available for the first time on double LP, as well as in an expanded CD format that includes remixes and B-sides from the era. Regarded as a fan favourite, Marigold Sky is a collection of exquisitely crafted soul-pop – including the singles ‘Promise Ain’t Enough’, ‘Romeo Is Bleeding’ and ‘The Sky Is Falling’ – that is irresistibly smooth, laying bare the mastery of the duo’s impressive songwriting chops.
 

 

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Releases for 18 March 2022

18 March’s zingers start with Torpedo, which signals a band refreshed and acts as a connecting thread between all that Feeder have journeyed through to date and all they can still become in the future. Cypress Hill has regularly revolutionised rap, reaching superstar status in the process, and Back In Black finds the group flexing its musical muscles and pushing itself creatively, with a mesmerising mix of celebratory, confrontational, inspirational, reflective and rugged songs. King Rocker, a documentary by Stewart Lee spotlighting The Nightingales as one of the best bands in Britain, proved to be one of 2021’s break-out successes, and this special deluxe bookback DVD+CD package includes the full-length feature film plus over 90 minutes of extras and unseen footage, alongside the soundtrack. Georgia Gothic, a magic third in Mattiel’s run of full-length albums, was shaped in the quiet seclusion of a woodland cabin, in which the duo of Atina Mattiel Brown and Jonah Swilley worked in a truly collaborative way for the first time. Island Family is the fifth album from Isle-of-Eigg-dwelling electro-acoustic psych-pop wonder Pictish Trail, and it’s a strange, unpredictable, sardonic and yet deeply personal record inspired by everything from Fever Ray to The Flaming Lips, Liars, Mercury Rev and Beck.

Our release of the week is For The Sake Of Bethel Woods, an album of immersive warmth and mystery from Midlake, a band of ardent seekers, and one of our generation’s finest. Themes of loss and hope, isolation and communion, the cessation and renewal of purpose echo throughout the album.

  • Midlake - For The Sake Of Bethel Woods
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    • Midlake  For The Sake Of Bethel Woods  CD £10.99 / LP £23.99
  • Loss and hope, isolation and communion, the cessation and renewal of purpose. Timeless and salient, these themes echo throughout the fifth album from Midlake, their first since Antiphon in 2013. Produced to layered, loving perfection by John Congleton, For The Sake Of Bethel Woods is an album of immersive warmth and mystery from a band of ardent seekers, one of our generation’s finest: a band once feared lost themselves by fans, perhaps, but here revivified with freshness and constancy of intent.
  • Note: The LP is available on white vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Feeder - Torpedo
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    • Feeder  Torpedo  CD £11.99 / Cassette £9.99 / Picture Disc LP £24.99
  • Torpedo signals a band refreshed, inspired by the new and not resting on the strength of their considerable successes. Like so many of Feeder’s high points, Torpedo is a communal experience that considers the processes through which we deal with what’s in front of us. Musically it acts as a connecting thread between all they’ve journeyed through to date and all they can still become in the future.
  • Cypress Hill - Back In Black
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    • Cypress Hill  Back In Black  CD £14.99 / LP £23.99
  • Cypress Hill shifts culture. Since releasing its eponymous debut album in 1991, the California rap group has regularly revolutionised rap, and B-Real and Sen Dog’s innovative lyrics, distinctive voices and poignant street-centred subject matter catapulted the group to superstar status. That debut sold more than 2 million units and the follow-up, 1993’s Black Sunday, outdid even that thanks to the Grammy-nominated singles ‘Insane In The Brain’ and ‘I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That’. Back In Black, the group’s forthcoming tenth studio project, finds the group flexing its musical muscles and pushing itself creatively, with a mesmerising mix of celebratory, confrontational, inspirational, reflective and rugged songs.
  • The Nightingales - King Rocker O.S.T.
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    • The Nightingales  King Rocker O.S.T.  CD + DVD £24.99 / LP £24.99
  • King Rocker, a documentary by Stewart Lee spotlighting The Nightingales as one of the best bands in Britain, proved to be one of 2021’s break-out successes. This special deluxe bookback DVD+CD package includes the full-length feature film plus over 90 minutes of extras and unseen footage, alongside the soundtrack. This collector’s edition is beautifully encased with 20 pages of unreleased behind-the-scenes photos and liner notes from Michael Cumming and Stewart Lee.
  • Note: The LP is available on limited-edition red vinyl.
  • Mattiel - Georgia Gothic
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    • Mattiel  Georgia Gothic  CD £10.99 / LP £21.99
  • Georgia Gothic, a magic third in Mattiel’s run of full-length albums, was shaped in the quiet seclusion of a woodland cabin in the north of the Atlanta duo’s mother-state; “Some faraway place that just Jonah and I could go where there would be no distractions, nothing else going on, and we could turn everything off and only focus on writing songs,” reflects Atina Mattiel Brown. Where 2017’s self-titled debut and its 2019 sequel, Satis Factory, were written with what Jonah Swilley refers to as a ‘hands-off’ approach – he arranging the music and Brown the lyrics and vocals, the two working largely separately – the making of Georgia Gothic was, for the first time, a truly collaborative undertaking.
  • Note: The LP is available on brilliant red vinyl.
  • Pictish Trail - Island Family
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    • Pictish Trail  Island Family  CD £12.99 / LP £25.99
  • Island Family is the fifth album from Isle-of-Eigg-dwelling electro-acoustic psych-pop wonder Pictish Trail, a.k.a. Johnny Lynch. A strange, unpredictable, sardonic and yet deeply personal record inspired by everything from Fever Ray to The Flaming Lips, Liars, Mercury Rev and Beck, Island Family is Pictish Trail’s contrarian view of arcadia; a search for the euphoric in the bucolic, bound up in sometimes conflicting ideas and feelings around nature and environment, sincerity and artifice, escapism and belonging. It’s an album about how no man can remain an island, however hard he might try.
  • Note: The LP is available on green vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
 

 

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Releases for 11 March 2022

We kick of this week’s releases with Keep On With Falling, the first album of all-new music in 24 years from The Boo Radleys, whose bright melodies crashing into effusive choruses evoke the band’s glittering nineties past, blended with altogether less sunny lyrical preoccupations. Broken Equipment, the new album from Brooklyn art-punk incendiaries Bodega, was inspired by passionate debates on works of philosophy in their lockdown book club, captured here with tongue-in-cheek humour, highly personal lyrics and irresistible grooves. Rex Orange County made Who Cares? in close partnership with musician Benny Sings over the course of ten days in Sings’ Amsterdam studio, and it’s a playful record by an artist in a playful mood. Norwegian musician and novelist Jenny Hval’s new album, Classic Objects, is a map of places: places she used to haunt, places she missed during lockdown, future places, and the impossible places of dreams, hallucinations and art; the album combines heavenly things and plain things. Psych, drone, acid-rock, post-rock, space-rock band Loop return with Sonancy, their first album since 1990’s A Gilded Eternity, and it’s the perfect document for these strange times: dynamic, dystopian, righteously angry, this is the sound of Loop in the 21st century.

Our release of the week is The Hope Six Demolition Project – Demos, a collection of ten unreleased demos written for P J Harvey’s ninth studio album. The record includes demos of ‘The Wheel’ and ‘The Community Of Hope’ and features brand-new artwork with cover art based on a drawing by Polly Jean Harvey, plus previously unseen photos by Maria Mochnacz and Seamus Murphy.

  • P J Harvey - The  Hope Six Demolition Project – Demos
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    • P J Harvey  The Hope Six Demolition Project – Demos  CD £12.99 / LP £23.99
  • The schedule of reissues of P J Harvey’s classic studio albums continues with a collection of ten unreleased demos written for her ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project. The record includes demos of ‘The Wheel’ and ‘The Community Of Hope’ and features brand-new artwork with cover art based on a drawing by Polly Jean Harvey, plus previously unseen photos by Maria Mochnacz and Seamus Murphy.
  • The Boo Radleys - Keep On With Falling
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    • The Boo Radleys  Keep On With Falling  CD £12.99 / 2-CD £15.99 / LP £23.99
  • Responding to the warm welcome that greeted news of their reformation earlier this year, The Boo Radleys announce their first album of all-new music in 24 years, the 11-track Keep On With Falling. Rising from cult-shoegaze band to the very forefront of British guitar pop inside one eventful decade, The Boo Radleys began their new chapter in July by surprise-releasing the single ‘A Full Syringe And Memories Of You’, followed by a four-track EP of the same name. Memories of the band’s glittering nineties past remain present in bright melodies crashing into effusive choruses, blended with altogether less sunny lyrical preoccupations.
  • Note: The LP is available on cornflower-blue vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Bodega - Broken Equipment
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    • Bodega  Broken Equipment  CD £12.99 / LP £22.99
  • The follow-up to Bodega’s acclaimed debut album, Endless Scroll (2018), and 2019’s Shiny New Model EP, new album Broken Equipment was inspired by a book club. In the early months of 2020, the Brooklyn art-punk incendiaries gathered together with close friends to study the works of a wide range of philosophers. Passionate debates lasting long into the night became a regular occurrence, motivating the band to become as ideologically unified as the weighty tomes they were reading. Broken Equipment is Bodega’s attempt to interrogate the external factors that make them who they are, propelling existential quandaries with tongue-in-cheek humour, highly personal lyrics and irresistible grooves.
  • Note: The LP is available on pink vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Rex Orange County - Who Cares?
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    • Rex Orange County  Who Cares?  CD £12.99 / LP £22.99
  • Rex Orange County made Who Cares? in close partnership with musician Benny Sings over the course of a few sessions in Sings’ Amsterdam studio. What started as sessions without expectations turned into an incredibly productive 48-hour window of recording with Benny, prompting a follow-up trip to Amsterdam. The subsequent 10 days of work together produced Rex Orange County’s fourth album, a playful record by an artist in a playful mood.
  • Jenny Hval - Classic Objects
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    • Jenny Hval  Classic Objects  CD £10.99 / LP £24.99
  • Norwegian musician and novelist Jenny Hval’s new album, Classic Objects, is a map of places; past places, like the old empty Melbourne pubs Hval’s band used to play in, public places Hval missed throughout lockdown; imagined, future places; and impossible places where dreams, hallucinations, death and art can take you. It is interested in combining heavenly things and plain things.
  • Note: The LP is available on limited-edition blue vinyl.
  • Loop - Sonancy
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    • Loop  Sonancy  CD £12.99 / LP £21.99
  • Psych, drone, acid-rock, post-rock, space-rock band Loop return with Sonancy, their first album since 1990’s A Gilded Eternity. It’s the perfect document for these strange times: dynamic, dystopian, righteously angry and unashamedly Loop-ian, this is an album that marks a vital re-emergence for Hampson and co. With its rich mixture of styles and cadences, Sonancy is the sound of Loop in the 21st century.
  • Note: The LP is available in very limited quantities on galaxy-effect vinyl.
 

 

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Releases for 4 March 2022

We kick off 4 March’s sparkling six with Stereophonics, who celebrate 25 years as one of the UK’s most loved bands with Oochya!, on which Kelly Jones continues to cement his place amongst the great British songwriters. How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars is a ballads album that The Weather Station made during Covid lockdown of 2020: it’s quieter, more subdued, than TWS’ breakout success Ignorance. VIII is the aptly named 8th solo studio album from Dire Straits bass player John Illsley, which instantly evokes the sound of the much-loved band and which will be a delight to fans old and new. Jack Cooper – under his Modern Nature guise – has never stopped looking ahead, exploring, and reaching for something further since the demise of Ultimate Painting, and Island Of Noise presents an obvious new peak in his discography.

Our release of the week is Things Are Great, a return to the sonic landscape of Band Of Horses’ earlier work and the kind of raw ethos that lies at the band’s heart: it’s emotionally intense, both on a personal and elemental level.

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    • Band Of Horses  Things Are Great  CD £12.99 / LP £21.99
  • Things Are Great, the sixth studio album and first record in more than five years from Band Of Horses, is a return to the sonic landscape of their earlier work and the kind of raw ethos that lies at the band’s heart. Emotionally intense, both on a personal and elemental level, on Things Are Great we find 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 translucent rust-coloured vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Stereophonics - Oochya!
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    • Stereophonics  Oochya!  CD £12.99 / 2-LP £28.99
  • Oochya! is the brand new studio album by Stereophonics, featuring 15 tracks, including the brand new single ‘Hanging On Your Hinges’. As Stereophonics celebrate 25 years as one of the UK’s most loved bands, Kelly Jones continues to cement his place amongst the great British songwriters with Oochya! Having now achieved 7 number 1 albums and more than 8 million albums sold in the UK alone, Stereophonics stand as undeniable giants of British music.
  • The Weather Station - How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars
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    • The Weather Station  How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars  CD £12.99 / LP £23.99
  • How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars is the album The Weather Station made during Covid lockdown of 2020. This is a ballads album, containing songs that are quieter, more subdued, than TWS’ breakout success Ignorance.
  • Note: The LP is available on gold vinyl, exclusive to record shops.
  • John Illsley - VIII
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    • John Illsley  VIII  CD £12.99 / LP £26.99
  • John Illsley, bass player of Dire Straits, returns with his 8th solo studio album, the aptly named VIII. Following the publication of the successful autobiography My Life in Dire Straits, John’s new album instantly evokes the sound of the band and will be a delight to fans old and new. The album features 8 brand-new songs plus a newly recorded studio version of the classic Beatles track ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ which John performed at the virtual Dear John concert in 2020 to celebrate John Lennon’s 80th birthday.
  • Note: The LP is available on limited-edition purple vinyl
  • Modern Nature - Island Of Noise
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    • Modern Nature  Island Of Noise  CD £10.99 / LP £23.99
  • Since the demise of his previous band, Ultimate Painting, Jack Cooper – under his Modern Nature guise – has never stopped looking ahead, exploring, and reaching for something further. Since 2019, he’s released an EP, mini album Annual, one full-length LP, one 7" and three live cassettes – in the process mapping out astonishing new terrain. Island Of Noise presents an obvious new peak in his discography.
 

 

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