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Releases for 3 & 10 February

Our pick of the releases for 3 & 10 February starts with Heavy Heavy (3 Feb), the new album from Mercury Prize-winning Edinburgh trio Young Fathers, one of Britain’s most vital and distinguished bands. On This Is Why (10 Feb), Tennessee rock band Paramore find themselves out of their comfort zones, wanting both want to march at every protest for social justice and to go home, plant a garden, and become a distant memory to the outside world. The Future Is Your Past (10 Feb), the 20th studio album from The Brian Jonestown Massacre, was recorded in Berlin and remotely between 2020 and 2021 by Anton Newcombe, who was joined in the studio for this album by Hakon Adalsteinsson (guitar) and Uri Rennert (drums). This Stupid World (10 Feb) is the most live-sounding Yo La Tengo album in years, dropping outside producers and mixers in favour of doing everying by themselves, with their judgement keeping things to the band’s high standards while also making things new. Barefoot On Diamond Road (10 Feb) is the third album from Dutch singer-songwriter Amber Arcades: a juxtaposition of textures, from skittery, uneasy dancefloor beats to symphonic kosmische, a baroque pop tapestry side-stitched with cellos and harps that’s like My Bloody Valentine gone acoustic – it shouldn’t work but it does.

Our release of the week is the 8th solo album from acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Robert Forster, who has followed a very different creative path on The Candle And The Flame (10 Feb) from his previous works, finding himself on a journey of creating music with family and friends with a need to find joy and solace in the face of adversity.

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    • Robert Forster  The Candle & The Flame  CD £14.99 / LP £26.99
  • 3 February: On his 8th solo album, The Candle And The Flame, acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Robert Forster has followed a very different creative path from his previous works. The first single, titled ‘She’s A Fighter’, reveals just a part of what became a journey of creating music with family and friends with a need to find joy and solace in the face of adversity.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on clear vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Young Fathers - Heavy Heavy
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  • 3 February: Mercury Prize-winning Edinburgh trio Young Fathers are back with Heavy Heavy, their follow-up to 2018’s standout Cocoa Sugar. The band – Alloysious Massaquoi, Graham ‘G’ Hastings and Kayus Bankole – have long been recognised as one of Britain’s most vital and distinguished bands, merging incendiary and thought-provoking lyrics with cutting-edge visuals and an undeniably propulsive live show.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on red vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Paramore - This Is Why
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  • 10 February:The public sphere we find ourselves re-entering after 4 years at home, in our comfort zones, is an entirely different thing than the one we knew. The restlessness, the anxiety, and the compulsion to take action – it all feels like a contradiction. On one hand, we have a legitimate platform to use which makes me want to march at every protest for social justice and devote every waking second to every single cause I believe in. On the other, I just want to go home, plant a garden, and become a distant memory to the outside world.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on clear vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre - The Future Is Your Past
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    • The Brian Jonestown Massacre  The Future Is Your Past  CD £12.99 / LP £24.99
  • 10 February: The Future Is Your Past, the 20th full-length studio album from The Brian Jonestown Massacre, was recorded in Berlin and remotely between 2020 and 2021 by Anton Newcombe, who was joined in the studio for this album by Hakon Adalsteinsson (guitar) and Uri Rennert (drums).
  • Note: The LP is initially available on clear vinyl in a black-and-white sleeve complete with a pack of 6 colour pencils so you can colour in your own album cover!
  • Yo La Tengo - This Stupid World
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    • Yo La Tengo  This Stupid World  CD £12.99 / 2-LP £28.99
  • 10 February: This Stupid World is the most live-sounding Yo La Tengo album in years. Times have changed for Yo La Tengo as much as they have for everyone else. In the past, the band has often worked with outside producers and mixers; but on their latest effort, their first full-length in five years, they worked all by themselves. And their time-tested judgement is both sturdy enough to keep things to the band’s high standards and nimble enough to make things new.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on limited-edition transparent blue vinyl.
  • Amber Arcades - Barefoot On Diamond Road
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    • Amber Arcades  Barefoot On Diamond Road  CD £14.99 / LP £24.99
  • 10 February: Barefoot On Diamond Road is the third album from Dutch singer-songwriter Amber Arcades. This is a record of engaging maturity, filled with slow-motion builds and epic lifts that elevate it to dizzying heights. Immersed in an all-consuming wall of sound, Barefoot On Diamond Road is like My Bloody Valentine gone acoustic – it shouldn’t work but it does. It’s a juxtaposition of textures, from skittery, uneasy dancefloor beats to symphonic kosmische, a baroque pop tapestry side-stitched with cellos and harps with a plaintive steel guitar echoing in the distance.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on limited-edition silver vinyl.
 

 

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Releases for 27 January 2023

We kick off 27 January’s six smashers with one of the most highly anticipated releases in the Bob Dylan Bootleg Series: Fragments: Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996–1997) follows the evolution of songs written for one of Dylan’s most commercially successful and critically acclaimed albums, from intimate, previously unreleased early incarnations to incandescent live renditions. Greatest Hits Live In ’76 is a live performance from Marvin Gaye recorded during his 1976 European tour that features a fantastic set of songs highlighting a wealth of material from throughout the course of his legendary career. Faded Seaside Glamour, the atmospheric and evocative 2004 debut album from Southampton’s very own Delays, gets its first outing on vinyl; its affecting songs deliver an immediate pop hit and leave a deep and wistful impact worthy of the album’s enticing title. The Reytons’ fiercely independent approach to the way they work sets apart from the competition, and the band channel their working-class grit and determination to overcome every obstacle thrown at them, releasing their second album, What’s Rock and Roll?, 100% independently, with no label backing. Chaos & Colour, the energetic and triumphant 25th studio album from British hard-rock legends and progenators Uriah Heep, bristles with explosive classic rock guitars, supreme harmonies and Heep’s famously generous keyboard foundation, and exudes light, love and, ultimately, positivity.

Our release of the week is Electrophonic Chronic, the much-anticipated follow-up to The Arcs’ 2015 debut, Yours, Dreamily. The freewheeling sessions for that debut became the bedrock on which the surviving members fleshed out this new collection of psychedelic rock, gritty funk and heady, soulful grooves.

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    • The Arcs  Electrophonic Chronic  CD £14.99 / LP £32.99 / Clear LP £35.99
  • In 2015, Dan Auerbach entered the studio with Leon Michels, Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss and Richard Swift (who passed away in 2018) to record The Arcs’ debut album, Yours, Dreamily, in a handful of freewheeling sessions over two weeks. Now, more than 7 years later, those same sessions became the bedrock on which the surviving members fleshed out their much-anticipated follow-up album, Electrophonic Chronic: a collection of psychedelic rock, gritty funk and heady, soulful grooves.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on clear vinyl, exclusive to independent record shops.
  • Bob Dylan - Fragments: Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series Vol.17
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    • Bob Dylan  Fragments: Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series Vol.17  2-CD £28.99 / 5-CD Box set £129.99 / 4-LP £109.99
  • Time Out Of Mind is one of Bob Dylan’s most commercially successful and critically acclaimed albums and it won three Grammy Awards, including album of the year. It includes such iconic songs as ‘Love Sick’, ‘Not Dark Yet’ and ‘Make You Feel My Love’, which became a modern standard after it was covered by artists as diverse as Billy Joel, Garth Brooks and, of course, Adele. Fragments: Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996–1997) is one of the most highly anticipated Bootleg Series releases and it follows the evolution of songs written for the album, from intimate early incarnations in the previously unreleased 1996 Teatro sessions through incandescent live renditions showcasing Dylan and his touring ensemble channelling the songs on stage between 1998 and 2001.
  • Marvin Gaye - Greatest Hits Live in ’76
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    • Marvin Gaye  Greatest Hits Live in ’76  CD £16.99 / LP £36.99
  • Greatest Hits Live In ’76 is a live performance from Marvin Gaye recorded at the Edenhalle Concert Hall in Amsterdam during his 1976 European tour. The recording features a fantastic set of 23 songs (22 on the LP) highlighting a wealth of material from the course of his legendary career, including ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, ‘Let’s Get It On’, ‘Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)’ (all US #1 hits), ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and many more.
  • Delays - Faded Seaside Glamour
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    • Delays  Faded Seaside Glamour  LP £23.99 / Limited Edition Deluxe LP £30.99
  • A space of wonderment and exhilaration, the home of true heart and a timeless soul, Faded Seaside Glamour, the atmospheric and evocative 2004 debut album from Southampton’s very own Delays, gets its first outing on vinyl. The fragile strength of frontman Greg Gilbert’s vocals intertwine in an intoxicating way with the forward-looking synths of his brother Aaron, Colin Fox’s bass and Rowly’s drumming to create a series of affecting songs that deliver an immediate pop hit and that also leave a deep and wistful impact worthy of the album’s enticing title. Its iconic singles ‘Nearer Than Heaven’ and ‘Long Time Coming’ became immediate yet lasting focal points, while tracks including the melancholic ‘No Ending’, the smooth beats of ‘Stay Where You Are’ and chiming opener ‘Wanderlust’ demonstrated the remarkable depth of this unique debut.
  • Note: The limited-edition deluxe LP is pressed on orange vinyl.
  • The Reytons - What’s Rock and Roll?
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    • The Reytons  What’s Rock and Roll?  CD £10.99 / LP £22.99
  • Setting The Reytons apart from the competition is their fiercely independent approach to the way they work. Not exactly welcomed with open arms by the industry from the very start, the band channel their working-class grit and determination to overcome every obstacle thrown at them, and their second album, What’s Rock and Roll?, is being released 100% independently, with no label backing. Aided by the masses of their loyal fans, no achievement is out of reach.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on limited-edition milky-white vinyl.
  • Uriah Heep - Chaos & Colour
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    • Uriah Heep  Chaos & Colour  CD £13.99 / LP £30.99
  • Chaos & Colour, the energetic and triumphant 25th studio album from British hard-rock legends and progenators Uriah Heep, bristles with explosive classic rock guitars, supreme harmonies and Heep’s famously generous keyboard foundation. Led by founding member Mick Box, it is no surprise that themes of light, love and, ultimately, positivity are constant through the eleven tracks. Opener ‘Save Me Tonight’ shows the band’s weighty yet blistering chops, while ‘One Nation, One Sun’ is a journey of soaring balladic contemplation.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on turquoise vinyl, exclusive to physical record shops.
 

 

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Releases for 13 & 20 January

Our six lovelies due for release on 13 & 20 January start with Billy Nomates, who received widespread critical acclaim for her eponymous 2020 debut album and who has taken a huge step up on CACTI (13 Jan) that sees her further develop her instinctive, inventive songwriting and production. Don’t ask Rozi Plain to explain her spellbinding fifth album, Prize (13 Jan); its ten hypnotic, gently askew songs exist as if in another realm, where feelings matter more than meanings, where thoughts have room to roam and where you can live in the moment for as long as you like, and the album marks Rozi as one of our most innovative and engaging songwriters. John Cale enlists some of music’s most curious young minds for Mercy (20 Jan): Animal Collective, Sylvan Esso, Laurel Halo, Tei Shi, Actress are only some of the astounding cast on this latest transfixing find of Cale’s ever-unsatisfied mind. We Are Scientists return with their eighth studio album, Lobes (20 Jan), which stays glued to the indie dance floor but showcases a darker, more electronic pop alongside the catchy melodies and soaring choruses which have become the band’s calling card over their near two-decade career. For Gigi’s Recovery (20 Jan), their second studio album, The Murder Capital had to learn to navigate their personal relationships through the relationships they harnessed with these new songs, and the result is an album that is totally pure yet completely confident in its direction.

Our release of the week Strays, the result of the best recording sessions of Margo Price’s career. Instilled with a newfound confidence and a comfort with experimenting and exploring like never before, Price and her longtime band, Pricetags, channelled their telepathic abilities into songs that span rock’n’roll, psychedelic country, rhythm & blues and glistening, iridescent pop.

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    • Margo Price  Strays  CD £14.99 / LP £28.99
  • 13 January: While most of the songwriting for Strays took place the previous summer – during a six-day, mushroom-filled trip that Margo Price and her husband Jeremy Ivey took to South Carolina – it was amongst the hallucinatory hills of western Los Angeles that Price experienced the best recording sessions of her career. Instilled with a newfound confidence and a comfort with experimenting and exploring like never before, Price and her longtime band, Pricetags, channelled their telepathic abilities into songs that span rock’n’roll, psychedelic country, rhythm & blues and glistening, iridescent pop.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on shrimp-pink vinyl.
  • Billy Nomates - CACTI
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  • 13 January: Recorded at her flat and Invada Studios, CACTI is a huge step up for Billy Nomates, who received widespread critical acclaim for her eponymous 2020 debut album, with heavy airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music and support from luminaries such as Iggy Pop, Florence Welsh and Steve Albini. Though every bit as unrepentant as her debut, CACTI comes from a far more exposed place and sees her further develop her instinctive, inventive songwriting and production.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on clear vinyl, exclusive to independent record shops.
  • Rozi Plain - Prize
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    • Rozi Plain  Prize  CD £10.99 / LP £23.99 / Clear LP £26.99
  • 13 January: Don’t ask Rozi Plain to explain her spellbinding fifth album, Prize. Its ten hypnotic, gently askew songs exist as if in another realm, where feelings matter more than meanings, where thoughts have room to roam and where you can live in the moment for as long as you like, and the album marks Rozi as one of our most innovative and engaging songwriters.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on clear vinyl, exclusive to independent record shops.
  • John Cale - Mercy
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    • John Cale  Mercy  CD £10.99 / LP £25.99 / Pink LP £26.99
  • 20 January: Mercy enlists some of music’s most curious young minds: Animal Collective, Sylvan Esso, Laurel Halo, Tei Shi, Actress. They’re only some of the astounding cast here, brilliant musicians who climb inside John Cale’s consummate vision of the world and help him redecorate there. Cale turned 80 in March, and he’s watched as many peers have passed away, particularly during the last decade. This is a musician who has always searched for new ways to explore old ideas of alienation, hurt, and joy; Mercy is the latest transfixing find of his unsatisfied mind.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on transparent pink vinyl, exclusive to independent record shops.
  • We Are Scientists - Lobes
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    • We Are Scientists  Lobes  CD £14.99 / LP £23.99
  • 20 January: Hot on the heels of 2021’s Huffy (which reached #1 on the UK indie chart), New York indie rock legends We Are Scientists return with their eighth studio album, Lobes. Largely written at the same time as Huffy and once again self-produced, Lobes stays glued to the indie dance floor but showcases a darker, more electronic pop sound than its rock-indebted predecessor. Always present, though, are the catchy melodies and soaring choruses which have become the band’s calling card over their near two-decade career.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on cathode blue vinyl, exclusive to independent record shops.
  • The Murder Capital - Gigi’s Recovery
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    • The Murder Capital  Gigi’s Recovery  CD £12.99 / LP £24.99
  • 20 January: For Gigi’s Recovery, their second studio album, The Murder Capital had to learn to navigate their personal relationships through the relationships they harnessed with these new songs. Although they didn’t know what these songs would actually sound like, the band knew what they wanted them to feel like – and worked backwards from there. “We had this slightly tongue-in-cheek mantra at the near-beginning of writing this record, it was – The evolution will not be compromised. This kept us on a course, even when we didn’t know where we were going.” And that’s exactly how The Murder Capital ended up with an album that is totally pure yet completely confident in its direction.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on pink vinyl, exclusive to independent record shops.
 

 

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