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Releases for 7 October 2022

We open 7 October’s six scorchers with As The Moon Rests, the second album by London-based singer-songwriter A.A. Williams: a brilliantly dramatic fusion of post-rock and post-classical, by turns glacial and volcanic, blissful and violent, with moments both of disarming quiet and explosive volume, equally appealing to alt-rock and metal camps. N.K-Pop is the fifth studio album by Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, both formerly members of The Beautiful South, which follows 2020’s No.1 album Manchester Calling and adds another clutch of deliciously barbed pop songs to Heaton’s Ivor Novello Award-winning song collection. Bonny Light Horseman is a band working at the edge of modern folk, and the original songs on Rolling Golden Holy take the spirit of the traditional tunes that they cherish to new frontiers, the sounds and situations of history given the gravity and shape of now, and the trio’s chemistry shines through every note. Alvvays & forever! What a time to be alive. These dream-pop delights have taken their time to create a third album well worth the wait – expect indelible melodic hooks and shimmering walls of synth and guitar reverb on Blue Rev, where classic indie-pop dynamics meet sweetly dark lyrical turns for an album that improves with each listen. Welcome back Alvvays, we’ve missed you! And Our Roots Run Deep captures Kodaline live in a stripped-down acoustic show at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in early March 2022 that they put on as a thank-you to the audience that they have built such a symbiotic relationship with, and it’s a spectacular showcase for the purity of their artistry and the profound musical impact they’ve had on a generation.

Our release of the week come from Courtney Marie Andrews, who found self-love and her voice in a beach shack on the honey shores of Cape Cod, walking for miles each morning and meditating on her life, perusing old memories and mental patterns like browsing a used bookshop. After more than a decade on the road, she finally had the space to process all the highs and lows of a life of constants. She was finally ready to make a record of triumph, while not completely forgetting the years that made her. Loose Future is that record.

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  • In a beach shack on the honey shores of Cape Cod, Courtney Marie Andrews found self-love and her voice. Every morning, she’d walk 6 to 8 miles around the back trails of an island and meditate on her life, perusing old memories and mental patterns like browsing a used bookshop. After more than a decade on the road, the Phoenix-born songwriter, poet and painter finally had the space to process all the highs and lows of a life of constants. She was finally ready to make a record of triumph, while not completely forgetting the years that made her. Loose Future is that record.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on red vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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  • London-based singer-songwriter A.A. Williams returns with As The Moon Rests, the follow-up to 2020’s debut Forever Blue, a brilliantly dramatic, unique and intimate walk on the dark side that fused bold and smouldering hues of post-rock and post-classical: by turns glacial and volcanic, blissful and violent, with moments both of disarming quiet and explosive volume, equally appealing to alt-rock and metal camps. As The Moon Rests is heavier and softer, with more texture and weight, plus a string ensemble – it’s Forever Blue times ten!
  • Note: The LP is initially available on gold vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - N.K-Pop
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  • N.K-Pop is the fifth studio album by Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, both formerly members of The Beautiful South. The release follows previous studio album Manchester Calling, which reached No.1 in March 2020, and adds another clutch of deliciously barbed pop songs to Heaton’s Ivor Novello Award-winning song collection. Earlier this year Heaton received nationwide coverage when he marked his 60th birthday by putting £1000 behind the bar at 60 pubs across the UK.
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  • The songs on Rolling Golden Holy, all originals, follow the paths of the traditional tunes that Bonny Light Horseman cherish to new frontiers, the sounds and situations of history given the gravity and shape of now. This is a band working at the edge of modern folk. After the release of their debut, Anaïs Mitchell, Josh Kaufman and Eric D. Johnson began discussing their next steps, loosely planning on writing and recording stints. Those sessions were delayed for all the unpredictable but now-familiar reasons until spring 2021, when the trio reconvened, with their families in tow, in upstate New York. Their chemistry, thankfully, remained intact.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on galaxy blue vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Alvvays - Blue Rev
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  • Alvvays & forever! What a time to be alive. These dream-pop delights have taken their time to create a third album well worth the wait – expect indelible melodic hooks and shimmering walls of synth and guitar reverb on Blue Rev, where classic indie-pop dynamics meet sweetly dark lyrical turns for an album that improves with each listen. Welcome back Alvvays, we’ve missed you!
  • Note: The LP is initially available on clear vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Kodaline - Our Roots Run Deep
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  • When Kodaline stepped on stage at Dublin’s cozy, sold-out Olympia Theatre in early March 2022, the beloved Irish quartet also felt a sense of release. Two years of pandemic-related separation, from each other and from the audience they had built meticulously since 2011, had underscored how essential that symbiotic relationship really is.
  • This album is something we’ve wanted to do for a very long time, it’s also something entirely new to us,” explain the band. “It’s a stripped-down acoustic show with no click, which basically means, it’s very raw and unfiltered. We wanted to try and capture the energy and atmosphere of the night as best we could. It was an intimate show recorded in one of our favourite venues in the world, in Dublin City at home in Ireland. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed playing it.
  • Our Roots Run Deep is a spectacular showcase for the purity of their artistry and the profound musical impact they’ve had on a generation. Their next step is around the corner, till then, this is Kodaline – unguarded, simple, essential.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on maroon vinyl, exclusive to physical record shops.
 

 

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Releases for 30 September 2022

Our picks for 30 September start with Fossora, the astonishing 10th album from Björk: an organic, spacious work of depth and tenderness, inspired by thoughts of landing on the earth and digging feet into the ground. Angels & Queens Part 1 is the first of a two-part debut album from the undeniably ethereal, soulful LA/UK-based pop trio Gabriels, which follows a triumphant summer featuring sold-out shows and festival performances. The opener to John Fullbright’s new record, The Liar, details piano-playing as a refuge, from childhood right up to the present day, counteracting those of his songs that speak explicitly about mining one’s angst in order to make music; Fullbright is still thinking about his songwriting, but not in quite the way he was before. Iowan thrash icons Slipknot’s widely anticipated new album, The End For Now, was produced by the band and Joe Barresi and includes last year’s surprise single, ‘The Chapeltown Rag’, and follows the widely celebrated We Are Not Your Kind. And Yeah Yeah Yeahs have a thunderstorm of a return in store for us on Cool It Down, their first studio album in 9 years and one bound to be a landmark in their catalogue – it’s an expert distillation of their best gifts that impels you to move, and cry, and listen closely.

Our release of the week is Doggerel, the new album from the iconic Pixies. It’s a mature yet visceral record of gruesome folk, ballroom pop and brutal rock, haunted by the ghosts of affairs and indulgences, driven wild by cosmic forces and envisioning digital afterlives where no god has provided one. And all the while, right there on the news, another distant storm approaches.

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  • Doggerel, the new album from the iconic Pixies, is a mature yet visceral record of gruesome folk, ballroom pop and brutal rock, haunted by the ghosts of affairs and indulgences, driven wild by cosmic forces and envisioning digital afterlives where no god has provided one. And all the while, right there on the news, another distant storm approaches.
  • Pixies forged an influential path for alt-rock during their first era, while their post-2004 reunion has seen them alchemise more sophisticated dark arts – a return since which they have added another three UK Top 10 albums to the three they achieved on their first run.
  • Note: The LP is pressed on red vinyl, and also initially available on yellow vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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  • Björk returns with her 10th album, Fossora, whose title is the feminine form of the Latin word for digger. “Each album always starts with a feeling that I try to shape into sound; this time around the feeling was landing on the earth and digging my feet into the ground,” she explains. The album is organic, spacious and has depth and tenderness. It’s an astonishing piece of work that is both complex yet easy to digest with a dream-like quality. Björk once again gives her body and soul to this stunning album.
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  • Angels & Queens Part 1 is the first of a two-part debut album from the undeniably ethereal, soulful LA/UK-based pop trio Gabriels. The release of the album follows a triumphant summer featuring a sold-out headline show at Koko, support tour with Celeste and festival highlight performances at BST with Elton John and on Glastonbury’s Park Stage.
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  • “If you can’t say it, you don’t have to,” sings John Fullbright on ‘Bearden 1645’, the opening track to his new record, The Liar. The song details Fullbright finding refuge in playing the piano, from childhood right up to the present day. For fans, it may feel like a bit of a rebuttal to ‘Happy’, the opener from 2014’s Songs, one of several in his repertoire that speak explicitly about mining one’s angst in order to make music. In that way, ‘Bearden 1645’ is also a firm nod to the fourth wall: Fullbright knows you’re thinking about his songwriting. He is, too – but not in quite the way he was before.
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  • Iowan thrash icons Slipknot’s widely anticipated new album, The End For Now, was produced by the band and Joe Barresi and includes last year’s surprise single, ‘The Chapeltown Rag’. The album follows Slipknot’s widely celebrated 2019 album, We Are Not Your Kind, which marked the band’s third consecutive number 1 on the Billboard 200 and debuted at #1 on the UK Album Chart.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on neon yellow vinyl, exclusive to physical record shops.
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Cool It Down
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  • It could only be called alchemy, the transformative magic that happens during Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ most tuned-in moments in the studio, when their unique chemistry sparks open a portal out of which comes a song like ‘Maps’ or ‘Zero’ or the latest addition to their canon, ‘Spitting off the Edge of the World’ (featuring Perfume Genius) – an epic shot to the heart of pure beauty and power. A thunderstorm of a return is what the trio has in store for us on Cool It Down, their fifth studio album and their first since 2013’s Mosquito. The eight-track collection, bound to be a landmark in their catalogue, is an expert distillation of their best gifts that impels you to move, and cry, and listen closely.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on red/blue splatter vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
 

 

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Releases for 23 September 2022

23 September’s aural fireworks start with a bang as Mercury Prize-nominated trio The Comet Is Coming create a musical landscape that is as cerebral as it is physically enthralling on Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam, leaning further into heavy dance-hall themes and hypnotic electronic soundscapes over a jazz base. Vieux Farka Touré (aka ‘the Hendrix of the Sahara’) joins with Khruangbin to pay homage to his legendary father Ali, recreating some of his most resonant work and putting new twists on it while maintaining the original’s integrity to form a fitting tribute. In These Times is a collection of polytemporal compositions inspired as much by broader cultural struggles as by Makaya McCraven’s personal experience as a product of a multinational working-class musician community, including contributions from more than a dozen musicians and creative partners from his tight-knit circle of collaborators. Gulp! is the second studio album from one of Britain’s most exciting breakthrough bands of recent years, Sports Team – a band, according to NME, that you’ll either love or hate – and it signposts a bold and ambitious new era for them. Finally, Denim & Diamonds embraces a more rock-oriented sound with the gritty guitar and machine-gun snare of ’70s rock added to highway queen Nikki Lane’s trademark outlaw country sound and stylised story-telling, making a record that sounds both new and old, both familiar and surprising.

Our release of the week is the latest and possibly greatest yet from Beth Orton, who rediscovered music as a tethering force in the past few tumultuous years, stripping back the sound on Weather Alive to nothing more than her voice and a ‘cheap, crappy’ upright piano installed in a shed in her garden, conjuring a deeply meditative atmosphere that remains long after the final note has evaporated.

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  • Many musicians turn inward when the world around them seems chaotic and unreliable; reframing one’s perception of self can often reveal new personal truths both uncomfortable and profound. For Beth Orton, music has re-emerged as a tethering force in the past several years even when her own life felt more tumultuous than ever. Indeed, the foundations of the songs on Orton’s stunning new album, Weather Alive, are nothing more than her voice and a ‘cheap, crappy’ upright piano installed in a shed in her garden, conjuring a deeply meditative atmosphere that remains long after the final note has evaporated.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on limited-edition clear vinyl.
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  • The Comet Is Coming returns with their second full-length album on Impulse! Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam, the newest effort from King Shabaka, Danalogue and Betamax finds the Mercury Prize-nominated trio creating a musical landscape that is as cerebral as it is physically enthralling. While containing elements of jazz throughout, this release leans further into heavy dance-hall themes, providing hypnotic electronic soundscapes to dance to while keeping you intellectually stimulated.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on orange vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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  • Ali Farka Touré trekked the world, bringing his beloved Malian music to the masses. He was dubbed ‘the African John Lee Hooker’ and there were strong connections between the two: both employed a style of play with gritty textures that express calm and fury in equal measure. While the influence of American blues music remained strong, Touré created a West African blend of ‘desert blues’ that garnered Grammy awards and widespread reverence. Ali’s musical legacy lives on through his son, Vieux Farka Touré (aka ‘the Hendrix of the Sahara’), an accomplished guitarist and champion of Malian music in his own right. On Ali, his collaborative album with Khruangbin, Vieux pays homage to his father by recreating some of his most resonant work, putting new twists on it while maintaining the original’s integrity. The result is a rightful ode to a legend.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on jade vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Makaya McCraven - In These Times
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  • In These Times is a collection of polytemporal compositions inspired as much by broader cultural struggles as by Makaya McCraven’s personal experience as a product of a multinational working-class musician community. With contributions from more than a dozen musicians and creative partners from his tight-knit circle of collaborators – including Jeff Parker, Junius Paul, Brandee Younger, Joel Ross and Marquis Hill – the music was recorded in five different studios and four live performance spaces, while McCraven engaged in extensive post-production work at home.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on white vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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  • Gulp! is the second studio album from one of Britain’s most exciting breakthrough bands of recent years, Sports Team, and it signposts a bold and ambitious new era for the band. Of lead track ‘R Entertainment’, the band explain that it explores “the packaging down of all human experience into entertainment, prompted by the infinite scroll through social feeds and the manic formlessness of the images we are hit with every day. Graphic news interrupted by ads for season 17 of The Bodyguard, news as a rubbernecking, passively waiting for the next drop of horror as we flick through recipes.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on green vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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  • On Denim & Diamonds, produced by Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), highway queen Nikki Lane embraces a more rock-oriented sound while still maintaining the heartfelt outlaw country sound she has developed over her previous three releases. Denim & Diamonds still has the fuck-off flare for which Nikki has come to be known and her stylised story-telling lyrics are all there as well as her catchy country hooks, but the outlaw country sound is now balanced out with a gritty guitar and a machine-gun snare that echoes the sound of ’70s rock. Nikki Lane has made a record that sounds both new and old, both familiar and surprising.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on yellow vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
 

 

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Releases for 16 September 2022

First of 16 September’s smashers is The Beths’ new album, Expert In A Dying Field, on which Elizabeth Stokes’ songwriting positions her somewhere between novelist and documentarian, with character sketches of relationships and their aftermaths: the shapes and ghosts left in absences. Wilderness Of Mirrors expertly refines The Black Angels’ psychedelic rock attack alongside a host of intriguing sounds and textures, with melancholy acoustic experiments, keyboards and strings joining classic blasts of fuzzed-out guitars. Death Cab For Cutie entered the ranks of the definitive bands of the 2000s, fuelled in large part by the remarkable power of Benjamin Gibbard’s complex, often bittersweet songcraft, and Asphalt Meadows finds them exploring further into their own unique sound. Midnight Scorchers is Adrian Sherwood’s ‘sound system’ take on the original sessions for Horace Andy’s critically acclaimed album Midnight Rocker, featuring new tracks, radical dancehall re-works with MC interjections from Daddy Freddy and Lone Ranger, and stripped-back instrumental excursions in classic dub-reggae style – it’s a powerful album in its own right. And the new, self-titled album from The Mars Volta finds them at their most mature, concise and focused – channelling their sound and fury to great effect and distilling all the passion, poetry and power at their fingertips, this album is the most accessible music the group have ever recorded.

Our release of the week is the brand-new album from Suede. As the band began work on the songs that would become Autofiction, they decided to go back to basics. In a move that recalled their formative days, the five band members schlepped to a rehearsal studio in deserted Kings Cross to collect a key, humped their own gear, set up and started playing. Brett Anderson calls this their ‘punk’ record, with no whistles and bells.

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  • As Suede began work on the songs that would become Autofiction, they decided to go back to basics. In a move that recalled their formative days, Brett Anderson, Mat Osman, Simon Gilbert, Richard Oakes and Neil Codling schlepped to a rehearsal studio in deserted Kings Cross to collect a key, humped their own gear, set up and started playing. Speaking about Autofiction, Brett Anderson said: “Autofiction is our punk record. No whistles and bells. Just the five of us in a room with all the glitches; the band themselves exposed in all their primal mess.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on grey vinyl, exclusive to record shops.
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  • On The Beths’ new album, Expert In A Dying Field, Elizabeth Stokes’ songwriting positions her somewhere between being a novelist and a documentarian. The songs collected here are autobiographical, but they’re also character sketches of relationships – platonic, familial, romantic – and, more importantly, their aftermaths: the shapes and ghosts left in absences. The question hangs in the air: what do you do with how intimately versed you’ve become in a person once they’re gone from your life?
  • Note: The LP is initially available on limited-edition canary yellow vinyl.
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  • Wilderness Of Mirrors expertly refines The Black Angels’ psychedelic rock attack alongside a host of intriguing sounds and textures. There are classic blasts of fuzzed-out guitars meant to simultaneously perk up the ears and jumpstart the mind, alongside melancholy, newfound acoustic guitar-driven experiments. Mellotron, other keyboards and strings also play a more prominent role on Wilderness Of Mirrors than ever before.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on blue/red vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Death Cab For Cutie - Asphalt Meadows
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  • Formed in Bellingham in Washington state in 1997, Death Cab For Cutie almost immediately entered the ranks of the era’s definitive bands, fuelled in large part by the remarkable power of co-founder, vocalist, guitarist and lead songwriter Benjamin Gibbard’s complex, often bittersweet songcraft. Asphalt Meadows, their tenth studio album, finds them exploring further into their own unique sound.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on pink vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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  • Midnight Scorchers is a companion to the critically acclaimed Horace Andy album Midnight Rocker – in fact, it’s Adrian Sherwood’s ‘sound system’ take on the original sessions, featuring new tracks, radical dancehall re-works with MC interjections from Daddy Freddy and Lone Ranger, and stripped-back instrumental excursions in classic dub-reggae style.
  • Continuing the series that Sherwood began with Heavy Rain, his re-working of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Rainford album, Midnight Scorchers is both an essential sequel to Midnight Rocker as well as being a powerful album in its own right.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on orange vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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  • This self-titled album is The Mars Volta at their most mature, most concise, most focused. The Mars Volta channels their sound and fury to greatest effect, with Omar Rodríguez-López’s subterranean pop melodies driving Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s dark sci-fi tales of the occult and malevolent governments. Distilling all the passion, poetry and power at their fingertips, this album is the most accessible music the group have ever recorded.
 

 

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Releases for 9 September 2022

Kicking off 9 September’s peaches is How Do You Burn?, which finds The Afghan Whigs in peak form and making the most thrilling music of their lives and reaches corners of sound that, twenty-six years on, take them to an apex. One of the UK’s most exciting bands, The Amazons, release the stratospheric, anthem-packed How Will I Know If Heaven Will Find Me?, formed from the songs Matt Thomson wrote for his girlfriend during the long months spent apart in lockdown. London-based duo Jockstrap release their hotly anticipated debut full-length record, I Love You Jennifer B, each track of which is pretty singular sounding – there should be something that speaks to each listener and says “I’m a banger.” Grammy-nominated Scottish musician KT Tunstall has followed 2016’s KIN, her ‘soul’ record, and 2018’s WAX, her ‘body’ record, with the ‘mind’ record NUT; on it, she tried to shake things up and push into something new to make an exciting, meaningful record while having fun doing it. Flood finds Stella Donnelly wading into uncharted territory on a record of rediscovery: the product of months of risky experimentation, hard moments of introspection and a lot of moving around while paying closer attention to the natural world around her.

Our release of the week is the anniversary version of Manic Street Preachers’ classic album Know Your Enemy, which has been entirely remixed and reconstructed from the original tapes that Nicky Wire had made in the studio during recording sessions to form the two separate albums, Solidarity and Door To The River, that the band had originally planned to make. The new mixes would bring a clarity to each record, losing extraneous studio effects and orchestration to let the songs and the band’s performance shine through.

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  • The anniversary version of Manic Street Preachers’ classic album Know Your Enemy has been entirely remixed and reconstructed to form two separate albums. While going through the band’s archive in preparation for this anniversary edition, Nicky Wire found the original tapes of Solidarity and Door To The River, the two albums the band had originally planned to make, that he’d made in the studio during recording. When he put forward the idea of recreating those records, James Dean Bradfield agreed on the condition that he could remix the entire record with the band’s long-time studio partner Dave Eringa. The new mixes would bring a clarity to each record, losing extraneous studio effects and digital noise from the Solidarity songs and stripping away unnecessary orchestration and embellishment from the tracks that made up Door To The River.
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  • How Do You Burn?, the ninth studio album from The Afghan Whigs, finds the band in peak form and making the most thrilling music of their lives. The album is virile, ready for action, and frontman Greg Dulli is as swaggering, enigmatic and darkly charismatic as ever, and singing up a storm. The album reaches corners of sound that, twenty-six years after the band’s inception, take them to an apex.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on baby pink vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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  • Following two huge Top 10 records and sold-out shows across the globe, The Amazons – one of the UK’s most exciting bands – release their stratospheric, anthem-packed new album, How Will I Know If Heaven Will Find Me?. The album was inspired largely by the long-distance relationship Matt Thomson has been in over the last couple years and, more specifically, the 7 months spent apart in 2020, and the songs that went on to make up this record were originally only to be shared with his girlfriend. Writing and sharing music became a way for him to feel that he retained some power to bridge the distance between them.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on blue sparkle vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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  • London-based duo Jockstrap (Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye) release their hotly anticipated debut full-length record, I Love You Jennifer B. They previously hinted at the record’s impending release with their previous singles ‘50/50’ and ‘Concrete Over Water’, both of which were playlisted by BBC Radio 6 Music and were the subject of universal acclaim in the national and international press. Ellery and Skye have said about the album: “I Love You Jennifer B is a collection of Jockstrap tracks that have been 3 years in the making. Everything on it is pretty singular sounding so we hope there is a track on there for everyone and something that speaks to you and says ‘I’m a banger.’
  • Note: The LP is initially available on green vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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    • KT Tunstall  NUT  CD £12.99 / LP £28.99
  • Over the past few years, Grammy-nominated Scottish musician KT Tunstall has expanded on her musical selves by focusing on a trilogy of records, each of which zeroes in on a single concept: soul, body and mind. The first, 2016’s KIN, was the ‘soul’ record; 2018’s WAX was the ‘body’ record, and the new NUT is the ‘mind’ record. KT says of the new album: “It was necessary in the circumstances to make NUT completely differently from any other record I’ve made. But I was excited and ready for that. The reason I pursued music was because I had to avoid a repetitive job. I need to feel a constant sense of exploration in life. I’ve realised you can easily fall into repetition even in this job. And so for NUT, I was like, ‘Come on, let’s do what we said we were going to do. Let’s push into something new.’ What’s always most important is making an exciting, meaningful record that I love, and to have fun while I’m doing it.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on limited-edition green vinyl.
  • Stella Donnelly - Flood
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    • Stella Donnelly  Flood  CD £10.99 / Cassette £8.99 / LP £24.99
  • Like the many banded stilts that spread across the cover of her new album, Flood, Stella Donnelly is wading into uncharted territory. Here she finds herself discovering who she is as an artist among the flock, and how abundant one individual can be. Flood is Donnelly’s record of this rediscovery: the product of months of risky experimentation, hard moments of introspection and a lot of moving around. Donnelly’s early reflections on the relationship between the individual and the many can be traced back to her time in the rainforests of Bellingen, where she took to birdwatching as both a hobby and an escape in a border-restricted world. By paying closer attention to the natural world around her, Donnelly recalls, “I was able to lose that feeling of anyone’s reaction to me. I forgot who I was as a musician, which was a humbling experience of just being: being my small self.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on red vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
 

 

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Releases for 2 September 2022

2 September’s sensational six start with This Is Midpoint, the first album in which Tom Chaplin presents his whole self: as writer, singer, husband, an artist with a past and, now, a middle-aged man, and it’s a beautiful collection of songs of reflection and imagination, full of warmth and empathy. Megadeth’s explosive new album The Sick, The Dying … And The Dead will melt the minds of fans of the heavy worldwide with twelve blistering new tracks from the titans of thrash metal! Yungblud is the self-titled third album by the 24-year-old rock’n’roll poster child of Gen-Z, who fearlessly advocates for the weirdos, the freaks and the marginalised in the world, and it’s a reclamation of his own narrative and the consolidation of his artistic identity. In Pulse Of The Early Brain, the fifth in their ‘Switched On’ series of retrospective albums, Stereolab have taken another trip through their entire back catalogue, pulling out some more choice releases in need of a good re-airing alongside some ear-opening rarities. Rounding up, David Sylvian’s classic Manafon – an intimate, dynamic, emotive, democratic and economical work on which Sylvian brought together some of the world’s leading musical improvisors and innovators – is lovingly issued on vinyl for the first time.

Our release of the week is Jerry Jeff, held over from last week, on which Steve Earle & The Dukes follow tributes to mentors Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark with a 10-song collection of songs written by the gypsy songman Jerry Jeff Walker to which they have given the full-band treatment. Definitely not one to be missed!

  • Steve Earle & The Dukes - Jerry Jeff
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    • Steve Earle & The Dukes  Jerry Jeff  CD £12.99 / LP £29.99
  • Steve Earle has been creating intimate and personal music for well over four decades now. His songwriting has wound itself along a path from Texas to Tennessee and his education came in the form of learning from the best: 2009’s Grammy-nominated Townes was a tribute to his dear friend and mentor, Townes Van Zandt; and, ten years later, Earle released Guy, an album paying homage to the late Guy Clark and the indelible friendship that they had formed in stories told through song. 2022 welcomes the release of Jerry Jeff, a 10-song collection of songs written by the gypsy songman Jerry Jeff Walker. Featuring hits like ‘Mr Bojangles’ and ‘Gettin’ By’, Earle & The Dukes honour the late Texan by amplifying the concept and sound of each song with a full-band recording.
  • Note: There will initially be versions of both CD and LP available exclusive through independent shops: the CD will contain bonus tracks, and the LP will be available on clear vinyl.
  • Tom Chaplin - Midpoint
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    • Tom Chaplin  Midpoint  CD £12.99 / LP £29.99
  • This Is Midpoint is the first album in which Tom Chaplin presents his whole self: as a writer, a singer, a husband, a world-beating artist with a past – and all the ups and downs that come with it – and, now, as a middle-aged man. It’s a beautiful collection of songs of reflection and imagination, warmly produced by Ethan Johns (Laura Marling, Paul McCartney), empathetically played by a small group of hand-picked supporting musicians and recorded in six productive weeks at the end of last year in studios including Peter Gabriel’s Real World in Bath and Paul Epworth’s The Church in North London.
  • Megadeth - The Sick, The Dying … And The Dead
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    • Megadeth  The Sick, The Dying … And The Dead  CD £12.99 / 2-LP £26.99
  • Megadeth’s explosive new album The Sick, The Dying … And The Dead features twelve new tracks from the titans of thrash metal! Produced by Dave Mustaine and Chris Rakestraw, the band’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed, Grammy-award winning album Dystopia will melt Megadeth fans’ minds worldwide with tracks like ‘We’ll Be Back’, the new hit ‘Killing Time’ and ‘Night Stalkers’ – the last of which features icon Ice T.
  • Yungblud - Yungblud
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    • Yungblud  Yungblud  CD £12.99 / LP £24.99 / Pink LP £26.99
  • Yungblud is the self-titled third album by 24-year-old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Yungblud (Dominic Harrison). Following the success of 2018’s 21st Century Liability and 2020’s weird!, his third record is a reclamation of his own narrative and the consolidation of his artistic identity. Yungblud is an artist of a type that rarely comes along, and he has undeniably become Gen-Z’s rock’n’roll poster child. Fearlessly advocating for the weirdos, the freaks and the marginalised in the world from the ground up, Yungblud has amassed legions of dedicated fans all over the world, who flock to his sold-out shows and scream every word along to his songs as if their lives depend on it.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on neon pink vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Stereolab - Pulse Of The Early Brain
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    • Stereolab  Pulse Of The Early Brain  2-CD £ 14.99 / 3-LP £39.99
  • In Pulse Of The Early Brain, the fifth in their ‘Switched On’ series of retrospective albums, Stereolab have taken another trip through their entire back catalogue, pulling out some more choice releases in need of a good re-airing, alongside some ear-opening rarities.
  • Note: The triple LP is initially available as a special numbered edition, exclusive to independent shops.
  • David Sylvian - Manafon
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    • David Sylvian  Manafon  2-LP £31.99
  • David Sylvian describes his second solo album for his own Samadhisound label, now lovingly reissued on vinyl, as being “a modern kind of chamber music. Intimate, dynamic, emotive, democratic, economical.” Recorded in London, Vienna and Tokyo, the 8 songs and 1 instrumental on Manafon bring together some of the world’s leading improvisors, and innovators – artists who explore free improvisation, space-specific performance and live electronics – including Evan Parker, Keith Rowe, Christian Fennesz, Sachiko M, Otomo Yoshihide, John Tilbury and members of Polwechs.
 

 

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