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Releases for 25 August 2023

The first of our six scorchers for 25 August is João, a love letter from Bebel Gilberto to her father, widely regarded as the father of bossa nova music, and it’s the first time she has covered the music that influenced her during her youngest years. Haunted Mountain, the new album from Texas-bred singer/songwriter and Big Thief guitarist Buck Meek, is about love and … something bigger than love, something that doesn’t challenge love exactly but stands in contrast to it: a soulfulness, or a soul-seeking fullness. Jump for Joy is an expression of Hiss Golden Messenger’s songwriter M.C. Taylor feeling truly alive in the “outlaw life” of leading a band and crew on the road all over the globe through dingy graffiti-scrawled green rooms, venerated music halls and dust-blown roadside motels. More Than a Whisper is an all-star celebration of the life and legacy of the Grammy-award-winning singer, guitarist, and songwriter Nanci Griffith (1953–2021), who began writing and performing songs as a teenager, drawing inspiration from Loretta Lynn and Townes Van Zandt as well as Southern literary heroes like Carson McCullers and Tennessee Williams. And there’s a welcome vinyl reissue for Zero to Infinity, the tenth album from Gong, which follows the later progress of the Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy’s Zero the Hero, in which he is shown a path to possible liberation on a non-physical plane.

Our release of the week comes from the 28-year-old Morgan Wade, who now finds herself eager and ready to reveal herself to her ever-growing legion of dedicated fans like never before, peeling back layers of her psyche to let people in, and her second full-length studio album is a no-holds-barred meditation that dives deep into life’s oft-twisted path to the present.

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    • Morgan Wade  Psychopath 
  • The now 28-year-old Morgan Wade – the same person who not long ago felt as if she “didn’t have anything” – now finds herself eager and ready to reveal herself to her ever-growing legion of dedicated fans like never before. To hear Wade tell it, it’s time to peel back layers of her psyche and let people in. “I realised the more authentic you are and the more you pour yourself into your songs, and most importantly if you’re being honest, people will connect to that,” Wade explains of her highly personal motivation when crafting Psychopath. Her second full-length studio album is a no-holds-barred meditation of an LP that dives deep into life’s oft-twisted path to the present. “I want every song to get the credit it deserves.
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    • Bebel Gilberto  João 
  • João is a collection of songs made famous by Bebel Gilberto’s father. João Gilberto, widely regarded as the father of bossa nova music, passed away in 2019 after a 70-year career in music. Bebel began singing with him as a small child and the songs she sings on this new album have been with her all her life. Says Bebel: “João is a love letter to my father. Since my first album I’ve never really covered any of my Dad’s music. Now it’s time to present to the public the songs from João Gilberto that have influenced me since I was born – and even before.
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    • Buck Meek  Haunted Mountain 
  • Haunted Mountain is the new album from Texas-bred singer/songwriter and Big Thief guitarist Buck Meek, following his beloved 2021 album, Two Saviors. Haunted Mountain is about love and … something other. Something bigger than love, something that doesn’t challenge love exactly but stands in contrast to it. A soulfulness, or a soul-seeking fullness. Meek says that loves songs are the hardest write. “Not break-up songs, but an actual love song written in earnest? That is taboo now,” he says. “Sometimes it can feel like all the great love songs have already been written.
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    • Hiss Golden Messenger  Jump for Joy 
  • It’s spring 2023 in the North Carolina Piedmont, and songwriter and singer M.C. Taylor, leader of the band Hiss Golden Messenger, is feeling alive. Joyful. Eternal, he might say. For the Grammy-nominated musician, whose albums have traced an internal path through adulthood, fatherhood, spirituality, and depression for well over a decade, this is something new. “The tunes on Jump for Joy were composed in free moments throughout 2022, a year during which Hiss was on the road more or less constantly,” explains Taylor. “And perhaps because the post-pandemic energy out in the world felt so chaotic and uncertain, I found myself thinking a lot about the role that music has played in my life and how exactly I ended up in the rarefied position of leading a band and crew all over the globe through dingy graffiti-scrawled green rooms, venerated music halls, dust-blown roadside motels. Sometimes playing in front of 5,000; sometimes 200. Sleeping sitting up. Laughing until my stomach hurts. Not being able to fall asleep at 3 a.m. in some anonymous bed because my mind is spinning with anxiety or depression or adrenaline, or because my ears are still ringing. Robbing Peter to pay Paul, then robbing Paul to pay Peter back. Over and over again. It’s an outlaw life but one, I’m coming to realize, that makes me happy.
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    • Various Artists  More Than a Whisper: Celebrating the Music of Nanci Griffith 
  • More Than a Whisper is an all-star celebration of the life and legacy of the Grammy-award-winning singer, guitarist, and songwriter Nanci Griffith (1953–2021). Born in Seguin, Texas and raised in Austin, Griffith began writing and performing songs as a teenager, drawing inspiration from Loretta Lynn and Townes Van Zandt as well as Southern literary heroes like Carson McCullers and Tennessee Williams. Featured artists on this tribute include Brandy Clark, Shawn Colvin, Iris Dement, Steve Earle, Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, Sarah Jarosz, Lyle Lovett and Kathy Mattea, Ida Mae, John Prine and Kelsey Waldon, Todd Snider, Billy Strings and Molly Tuttle, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and The War And Treaty covering some of Griffith’s most notable releases.
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    • Gong  Zero to Infinity 
  • Zero to Infinity is the tenth album from Gong, and the fifth instalment in the evolving saga of Zero the Hero. Unavailable as a standalone album for almost 20 years, it is now being released on vinyl on the original commissioning record label for the first time and features re-purposed album artwork by Daevid Allen. The album’s concept is based on Zero the Hero, the character introduced on the famous Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy: Flying Teapot, Angel’s Egg and You, in which the protagonist was seemingly trapped in the ever-repeating cycle of life and death. Zero is then shown a path to possible liberation through love where he evolves to exist on a non-physical plane, leading us to Zero to Infinity, where our hero discovers the advantages of a body-free, virtual existence.
 

 

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Releases for 18 August 2023

First out of the gates on 18 August is Intercepted Message: a pop record for tired times from Osees, sugared with bits of shatterproof glass to put more crack in your strap; an early-grade garage pop meets proto-synthpunk suicide-repellant. Multi-platinum British singer-songwriter Birdy is back with Portraits – a new chapter and confident change in direction that sees her take a liberated leap into the unknown, her timeless songwriting style now infused with a fresh, exuberant rush of energy and inventive, off-kilter production flourishes. One of Joe Strummer’s last performances, a benefit for striking firefighters from November 2002, just a month before his death, is captured on Live at Acton Town Hall, and includes a guest appearance by Mick Jones, his former bandmate from The Clash. Unreal Unearth is the incredible third album by peerless singer-songwriter Hozier, recorded with a stellar cast of producers and featuring sounds, styles and influences from folk to rock, to blues, to soul, to anthemic pop, and all that’s in between. Echo the Diamond, the third album from Margaret Glaspy, emerged from a deliberate stripping-away of artifice to reveal life for all its harsh truths and ineffable beauty, and the result is an object of startling luminosity, one capable of cutting through the most elaborately constructed façades.

Our release of the week is You’re the One, the third solo studio album by Grammy- and MacArthur-winning singer, composer and instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, which follows 2017’s critically acclaimed Freedom Highway. This collection of 12 original songs written over the course of Giddens’ career bursts with life-affirming energy, drawing from the folk music that she knows so deeply, as well as its pop descendants.

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    • Rhiannon Giddens  You’re The One 
  • You’re the One is the third solo studio album by Grammy- and MacArthur-winning singer, composer and instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, following 2017’s critically acclaimed Freedom Highway. This collection of 12 original songs written over the course of Giddens’ career bursts with life-affirming energy, drawing from the folk music that she knows so deeply, as well as its pop descendants. The album was produced by Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Alicia Keys, Valerie June, Tank and the Bangas) and recorded at Criteria Recording Studios in Miami with a band featuring Giddens’s closest musical collaborators from the past decade alongside musicians from Splash’s own Rolodex, topped off with a horn section, making an impressive ten- to twelve-person ensemble.
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    • Osees  Intercepted Message 
  • Intercepted Message is a pop record for tired times. Sugared with bits of shatterproof glass to put more crack in your strap. At long last, verse–chorus. A weathered thesaurus. This is Osees’ bookend sound. Early-grade garage pop meets proto-synthpunk suicide-repellant. Have a whack at the grass or listen while flat on your ass. Heaps of electronic whirling accelerants to gum up your cheapskate broadband. Social media toilet scrapers unite! Allow your 24-hour news-cycle eyes to squint at this smiling abattoir doorman. You can find your place here at long last. All are welcome from the get-go to the finale … a distant crackling transmission of ’80s synth last-dance-of-the-night tune for your lost loves. Suffering from Politic amnesia? Bored of AI-generated pop slop? Then this one is for you, our friends. Wasteland wanderer, stick around.
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    • Birdy  Portraits 
  • Multi-platinum British singer-songwriter Birdy is back with her fifth studio album, Portraits – a new chapter and confident change in direction for an artist who has achieved an unbelievable amount since releasing her eponymous debut album in 2011. Her most confident album yet, Portraits sees Birdy take a liberated leap into the unknown, her timeless songwriting style now infused with a fresh, exuberant rush of energy and inventive, off-kilter production flourishes. It’s the sound of a creative step into a new world and, thrillingly, finding her true voice.
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    • Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros  Live at Acton Town Hall 
  • Recorded on 15 November 2002, the concert featured on Live at Acton Town Hall was a benefit for striking firefighters and would be one of Joe Strummer’s last performances – he passed away a month later. The performance reunited Strummer on stage for three songs with Mick Jones, his former bandmate from The Clash, for the first time in almost twenty years. It would also be their last time on stage together.
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    • Hozier  Unreal Unearth 
  • Unreal Unearth is the incredible third album by Hozier. The peerless singer-songwriter recorded this remarkable album with a stellar cast of producers, including Bekon (Kendrick Lamar, Drake), Jennifer Decilveo (Miley Cyrus, Bat For Lashes) and Jeff Gitelman (The Weeknd, H.E.R.). The sounds, styles and influences throughout the record range from folk to rock, to blues, to soul, to anthemic pop, and all that’s in between.
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    • Margaret Glaspy  Echo the Diamond 
  • Echo the Diamond, the third album from Margaret Glaspy, emerged from a deliberate stripping-away of artifice to reveal life for all its harsh truths and ineffable beauty. Like the precious gem of its title, the result is an object of startling luminosity, one capable of cutting through the most elaborately constructed façades. “This record came from trying to meet life on life’s terms, instead of looking for a happy ending in everything,” says the New York-based musician. “The whole experience of creating it felt like effortless catharsis.
 

 

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Releases for 11 August 2023

The first of 11 August’s sizzlers is the exciting creative collaboration of two rock icons from different generations: Face to Face is an album of original duets written by KT Tunstall and Suzi Quatro that covers themes of love and loss, fear and triumph – all essential to their experiences as groundbreaking women in rock. Volcano – the new album from acclaimed UK duo Jungle – has a free-spirited energy that reflects how organically it came together, and the album includes a wider variety of voices, including Erick The Architect, Bas, Roots Manuva, Channel Tres and JNR Williams. Ryan Bingham’s new release, Watch Out for the Wolf, finds the Grammy award-winning artist crafting his most raw and intimate work to date, with the haunting and evocative songs on this collection seamlessly intertwining to capture a moment suspended in time, filtered through the stillness and echoes of the desolate surroundings in which they were created. Chrome Dreams, the legendary lost 1977 album by Neil Young, which includes the original versions of some of rock’s most unforgettable songs, is finally set to be released as he envisioned it, alongside a selection of studio recordings from 1974 to 1976, including several previously unreleased recordings. The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons, the colossal new album from The Hives, reignites the band’s lore in arresting fashion, exploring the disappearance of the band’s mysterious sixth member; the band hope that maybe, just maybe, the release of new music will get Randy’s attention and bring him back from the void …

Our replease of the week comes from Public Image Ltd (PiL), who began writing and recording End of World, their 11th studio album and first in 8 years, in 2018 during their 40th anniversary tour. After The Great Pause, the band regrouped in the studio and, as John Lydon says, “there was just this massive explosion of ideas.” The result finds PiL set to release 13 of the best tracks they have ever written.

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    • Public Image Ltd  End of World 
  • Public Image Ltd (PiL) began writing and recording End of World, their 11th studio album and first in 8 years, in 2018 during their 40th anniversary tour. After The Great Pause, the band regrouped in the studio and, as John Lydon says, “there was just this massive explosion of ideas.” The result finds PiL set to release 13 of the best tracks they have ever written.
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    • Suzi Quatro & KT Tunstall  Face to Face 
  • Rock icons from two generations join forces on Face to Face, the exciting creative collaboration between KT Tunstall and Suzi Quatro. This album of original duets written by KT and Suzi covers themes of love and loss, fear and triumph – all essential to their experiences as groundbreaking women in rock. Tracks like ‘Shine a Light’ and ‘Truth Is My Weapon’ showcase the dynamic flow Suzi and KT created while recording together in England.
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    • Jungle  Volcano 
  • Volcano follows Jungle’s previous album, Loving in Stereo, which proved to be a landmark moment for the acclaimed UK duo. The free-spirited energy that runs right through Volcano reflects how organically it came together. J and T wrote most of the record on tour while staying in an Airbnb in Los Angeles, and it was later recorded and completed back home in London at their favourite location, Studio B at Metropolis Studios. This time around, the duo wanted to include a wider variety of voices within the album. In addition to Erick The Architect, they reunited with Bas (who previously featured on the Loving in Stereo single ‘Romeo’) for ‘Pretty Little Thing’, as well as calling on talents in the shape of Roots Manuva, Channel Tres and JNR Williams.
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    • Ryan Bingham  Watch Out for the Wolf 
  • Ryan Bingham’s new release, Watch Out for the Wolf, finds the Grammy award-winning artist crafting his most raw and intimate work to date. Written and recorded by Bingham in the wilderness of Montana, the haunting and evocative songs on this collection seamlessly intertwine to capture a moment suspended in time, filtered through the stillness and echoes of the desolate surroundings in which they were created. Guided by his signature poetic lyricism and soulful delivery, Watch Out for the Wolf is the first project produced, performed, and mixed entirely by Bingham – carving a distinctive space in the singer-songwriter’s ever-evolving catalogue.
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    • Neil Young  Chrome Dreams 
  • Chrome Dreams, one of Neil Young’s most individual and powerful albums, was scheduled to be released in 1977; but, as is often the case with Young, things change. And then change again. And now this legendary lost album, which includes some of rock’s most unforgettable songs, is finally set to be released as Neil Young envisioned it.
  • Alongside the original album, which includes the original versions of a number of songs that would become classics when featured on later albums, this release includes a selection of studio recordings from 1974 to 1976, including two previously unreleased versions and four tracks never before released on vinyl.
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    • The Hives  The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons 
  • The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons, the colossal new album from The Hives, reignites the band’s lore in arresting fashion, exploring the disappearance of the band’s mysterious sixth member, Randy Fitzsimmons. The band are without their best man, who went missing some time ago, and things are not well in the manor. Maybe, just maybe, the release of new music will get Randy’s attention and bring him back from the void …
 

 

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Releases for 4 August 2023

The first of 4 August’s smashers is Prestige, the much-anticipated third album from Girl Ray, which takes the shambolic charm and the indiefied R&B of their earlier work and injects a booster shot of Hi-NRG eighties disco-pop. Smile, the new albusm from Skindred, is going to be hailed as the band’s masterpiece, bringing together all facets of Skindred’s music – from reggae to metal, rock to pop, dub to electro – into the most mind-expanding and potent collection of songs. Wilco’s 12th studio album, Cruel Country, is the band’s exploration of the genre they’ve often been defined by but, until now, never fully embraced, and was made almost entirely of live takes, created with all six members together in The Loft for the first time since 2011’s The Whole Love. Few albums define a particular era as does The Lexicon of Love: namechecked, referenced and, now, frequently featured in ‘best of all time’ polls, the album opened up the ’80s wide, in full, glorious Technicolor and made ABC the toast of the world in 1982, since when it has transcended its origins to become an ever-evolving testament to youth, wit, creativity, technology, emotion, masterplan and happy accident. Shoegaze legends Ride reissue the final pair of their early classic albums on CD and LP with remastered audio: Carnival of Light, their third album, and Tarantula, the fourth and final album before their split.

Our release of the week is Sunset 666, a new live album from The Jesus and Mary Chain, recorded at the Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles in 2018. Almost thirty years after they asked upcoming US noise act Nine Inch Nails to support them on their 1990 US tour, the invitation was returned, and the Reid brothers opened for Nine Inch Nails on their own North American tour.

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  • Recorded at the Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles in 2018, Sunset 666 is a new live album from The Jesus and Mary Chain. In 1990 a young American band, full of a precise kind of noise and darkness, were special guests on the US tour being undertaken by a group famed for their noise and darkness, poise and catharsis. The young band: Nine Inch Nails. Those headliners: The Jesus and Mary Chain. Almost thirty years later, an invitation was extended: would the Reid brothers care to reverse the roles and open for Nine Inch Nails on their own North American tour? Trent Reznor had been a fan of the Mary Chain and influenced by them since hearing Psychocandy, so it felt a good fit and the Reid brothers accepted.
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    • Girl Ray  Prestige 
  • Girl Ray, the three-piece comprising Poppy Hankin, Iris McConnell and Sophie Moss, release their much-anticipated third album, Prestige. Co-produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Ben H. Allen (M.I.A., Gnarls Barkley, Christina Aguilera, Deerhunter) with the band’s singer and songwriter Hankin, Prestige takes the shambolic charm of their debut, Earl Grey (2017), and the indiefied R&B of 2019’s Girl and injects a booster shot of Hi-NRG eighties disco-pop.
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    • Skindred  Smile 
  • Skindred – one of the UK’s most exciting live acts – celebrate their 25th anniversary with the release of their brand-new album, Smile, their eighth long-player. From the hard-hitting ‘Gimme That Boom’ to the pop-reggae triumph of ‘L.O.V.E. (Smile Please)’, these two sides of the album, ranging from joy to rage and love to fury, suggest that Smile is going to be hailed as the band’s masterpiece. It’s an album that brings together all facets of Skindred’s music – from reggae to metal, rock to pop, dub to electro – into the most mind-expanding and potent collection of songs, designed to melt stereos around the world!
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    • Wilco  Cruel Country 
  • At long last, Wilco’s 12th studio album, Cruel Country, gets a UK vinyl release. This is the band’s exploration of the genre they’ve often been defined by but, until now, never fully embraced. The double album features 21 Jeff Tweedy-penned tracks, made almost entirely of live takes, created with all six members together in The Loft for the first time since 2011’s The Whole Love.
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    • ABC  The Lexicon of Love 
  • Few albums define a particular era as does The Lexicon of Love. It’s embedded deep in the fabric of popular culture: namechecked, referenced and, now, frequently featured in ‘best of all time’ polls. The album opened up the ’80s wide, in full, glorious Technicolor. In 1982, ABC became the toast of the world with this album, which also launched the production career of Trevor Horn. Like the greatest landmark albums, it has transcended its origins and is simply there, an ever-evolving testament to its marriage of youth, wit, creativity, technology, emotion, masterplan and happy accident.
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  • Shoegaze legends Ride reissue two more of their early classic albums on CD and LP, following last year’s reissues of Nowhere, 4EPs and Going Blank Again from their days on Creation Records. All the original audio has been reworked and refined.
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  • Carnival of Light, the band’s third album, comes on transparent glow-in-the-dark green double vinyl, and comes with a 12"x12" insert.
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  • Tarantula, the fourth and final album before their split, is released on limited-edition transparent orange vinyl and CD, and includes three bonus tracks.
 

 

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Releases for 28 July 2023

Kicking off 28 July’s hotties is Starcatcher, on which Greta Van Fleet capture the pure energy of their world-renowned live performances in an exploration of the duality of fantasy versus reality and the contrast between light and darkness. Blackbox Life Recorder 21f / In a Room7 F760 is, tantalisingly, the first new music from Aphex Twin in five years. Not to be missed! As if to outdo Aphex, Dexys return a full 11 years since the release of their last album of original music with a stunning new record, The Feminine Divine, on which they examine the whole concept of masculinity to dizzying effect. At Newport is a recording of Joni Mitchell’s surprise performance – her first in 20 years – at the Newport Folk Festival last summer when she delivered a heartfelt set filled with some of her greatest songs, backed by a star-studded band led by Brandi Carlile. William The Conqueror’s fourth album, Excuse Me While I Vanish, finds the indie-rock trio firing on all cylinders, marrying earworm tunes with insistent, imperious, soaring rock shapes, punctuated by chorus hooks that are simultaneously nuanced and anthemic.

Our release of the week comes from Blur, one of the most successful British bands of the last three decades, whose first new album in over 8 years, The Ballad of Darren, is the sound of a band at the very top of their game.

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    • Blur  The Ballad of Darren 
  • Blur, one of the most successful British bands of the last three decades, are back with their first new album in over 8 years: The Ballad of Darren, preceded by first single ‘The Narcissist’. The album was produced by James Ford and recorded in Studio 13, London and Devon. It’s the sound of a band at the very top of their game, and comes with artwork featuring an image by British photographer Martin Parr.
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  • Starcatcher was written and recorded by Greta Van Fleet – lead singer Josh Kizska, guitarist Jake Kizska, bassist/keyboardist Sam Kizska and drummer Danny Wagner – alongside Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb at the legendary RCA Studios in Nashville, using the large recording room to capture the pure energy of their world-renowned live performances.
  • Throughout the ten-song collection the band explores the duality of fantasy versus reality and the contrast between light and darkness. “We had this idea that we wanted to tell these stories to build a universe,” says Wagner. “We wanted to introduce characters and motifs and these ideas that would come about here and there throughout our careers through this world. When I imagine the world of Starcatcher, I think of the cosmos,” he says. “It makes me ask a lot of questions, like ‘Where did we come from?’ or ‘What are we doing here?’ But it’s also questions like, ‘What is this consciousness that we have, and where did it come from?’
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    • Aphex Twin  Blackbox Life Recorder 21f / In a Room7 F760 
  • Blackbox Life Recorder 21f / In a Room7 F760 is the first new music from Aphex Twin in five years. Not to be missed!
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    • Dexys  The Feminine Divine 
  • Dexys are back! 11 years since the release of their last album of original music, the acclaimed One Day I’m Going to Soar, the band return with a stunning new record, The Feminine Divine. This is Dexys’ fifth album of original material, produced once again by Pete Schwier, along with acclaimed session musician and producer Toby Chapman.
  • After taking some time out to refocus his energy, Kevin Rowland came back to music with a fresh perspective and new-found positivity. The Feminine Divine is a personal, if not strictly autobiographical, record portraying a man whose views – not just on women, but the whole concept of masculinity he had been raised with – have evolved over time. This education and un-learning is traced across the arc of The Feminine Divine to dizzying effect.
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    • Joni Mitchell  At Newport 
  • Joni Mitchell stunned the Newport Folk Festival audience last summer when she gave a surprise performance – her first in 20 years – delivering a heartfelt set filled with some of her greatest songs. Mitchell’s triumphant return to the stage on 24 July 2022 is now featured on a new live album, At Newport, which has been produced by close collaborator Brandi Carlile along with Mitchell.
  • Mitchell was joined on the festival stage by a star-studded band led by Carlile, including Phil and Tim Hanseroth, plus Wynonna Judd, Marcus Mumford, Celisse, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and more.
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    • William The Conqueror  Excuse Me While I Vanish 
  • William The Conqueror’s fourth album, Excuse Me While I Vanish, finds the indie-rock trio firing on all cylinders as frontman Ruarri Joseph confronts the thin line between creativity and madness, inspired by compassion for the real-life angels of the world. Produced by the band in a playground of vintage gear and mixed by Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Sam Fender, Kasabian), the resulting album’s ten tracks marry earworm tunes with insistent, imperious, soaring rock shapes, punctuated by chorus hooks that are simultaneously nuanced and anthemic.
 

 

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Releases for 7 July 2023

The first of 7 July’s goodies is The Greater Wings, a testament to Julie Byrne’s patience and determination and her willingness to transform through the desolation of loss, as she emerges from a deeply trying and generative period with the most powerful, lustrous and life-affirming music of her career. All Around Man is a previously unreleased concert from Rory Gallagher’s late 1990 UK tour, sourced from recently found multi-tracks and featuring a 23-song set of live career classics as well as material from his then-latest albums Fresh Evidence and Defender. Gabriels’ debut album, Angels & Queens, gets its full 13-track release after Part 1, released back in September, picked up widespread acclaim across the globe. Nothing But Thieves open an innovative new chapter with their fourth album, Dead Club City, featuring a more left-field sound with an experimental funk edge and ’80s influences and introducting us to the world of the ‘DCC’. Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) is is a re-recording of American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift’s third studio album, part of her project to regain control over her early work after a dispute over the original master tapes.

Our release of the week is P J Harvey’s tenth studio album, I Inside the Old Year Dying, her first new release in seven years, on which she builds a sonic universe somehow located in a space between life’s opposites, and between recent history and the ancient past. Scattered with biblical imagery and references to Shakespeare, all of these distinctions ultimately dissolve into something profoundly uplifting and redemptive.

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    • P J Harvey  I Inside the Old Year Dying 
  • P J Harvey’s tenth studio album, I Inside the Old Year Dying, marks her first new release in seven years. On this album, which was recorded with long-time creative collaborators John Parish and Flood, P J Harvey builds a sonic universe somehow located in a space between life’s opposites, and between recent history and the ancient past. Scattered with biblical imagery and references to Shakespeare, all of these distinctions ultimately dissolve into something profoundly uplifting and redemptive.
  • Julie Byrne - The Greater Wings
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    • Julie Byrne  The Greater Wings 
  • The Greater Wings, the first album in over six years from American songwriter Julie Byrne, is a testament to patience and determination, the willingness to transform through the desolation of loss, the vitality of renewal, and the courage to rise, forever changed. For nearly a decade, Byrne has moved through the world as a characteristically private artist largely outside the public eye. A self-taught musician who has committed her life to her work, she now emerges from a deeply trying and generative period with the most powerful, lustrous and life-affirming music of her career. While they hold the plasticity of grief and trauma, the songs on The Greater Wings are universally resonant, unbridled in their devotion and joy, held up by the love and alliance of a chosen family.
  • Rory Gallagher - All Around Man – Live in London
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    • Rory Gallagher  All Around Man – Live in London 
  • All Around Man contains the recording of a previously unreleased concert from Rory Gallagher’s late 1990 UK tour, featuring a 23-song set of live career classics as well as material from his then-latest albums Fresh Evidence and Defender. This new album has been mixed from recently discovered multi-tracks and mastered at Abbey Road.
  • Gabriels - Angels & Queens
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    • Gabriels  Angels & Queens 
  • Gabriels return with the full release of their debut album, Angels & Queens, produced by fellow Compton local, the Grammy-winning Sounwave. Angels & Queens Part I was released back in September, picking up widespread acclaim across the globe. Its release was governed by the band’s desire to push through the release of new recordings, so they have released the album in two distinct chapters. The second chapter now completes the album’s full 13-track programme. The album incorporates a brand-new recording of the band’s seminal debut single, ‘Love and Hate in a Different Time’ plus songs that have already become staples of the band’s live set: ‘Offering’, ‘Glory’ and ‘Great Wind’.
  • Nothing But Thieves - Dead Club City
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    • Nothing But Thieves  Dead Club City 
  • With socially insightful lyrics and an adept ability to progress their sound and experiment between the diverse genres that shape them as a band, Nothing But Thieves are making a statement return, marking an innovative new chapter with their fourth album, Dead Club City. ‘Welcome to the DCC’, the first single from the album, not only signals the band’s more left-field sound but also advertises the world of ‘DCC’, otherwise known as ‘Dead Club City’, and the songs and ideas to come. A rock song, but with an experimental funk edge and ’80s influences, the track builds through the opening tension, breaking to upbeat synths and a huge soaring chorus. The band add: “Welcome to the DCC, Dead Club City. All the Heaven, all the time.
  • Taylor Swift - Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)
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    • Taylor Swift  Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) 
  • Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) is is a re-recording of American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift’s third studio album, 2010’s Speak Now, and follows the release in 2021 of re-recorded versions of her first two albums, Fearless and Red. The re-recording is a part of Swift’s counteraction to her 2019 masters dispute, and features collaborations with American rock acts Fall Out Boy and Hayley Williams.
 

 

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