New Releases: 12th March 2021
Updated: Mar 12
Ben brings you all the new releases and reissues to arrive at The Vinyl Whistle this week, featuring releases ranging from indie, rock, post punk, techno, ambient, experimental, hip-hop, electronica, folk, soul, jazz, dance, disco and pop. To order, you can find the items on the links below. Here's Ben's roundup of his Top 10 Picks of the week:
Cool Ghouls - a band fledged in San Francisco on house shows, minimum wage jobs, BBQ's in Golden Gate Park and the romance of a city’s psychedelic history turns 10 this year. What better a decennial celebration than the release of their fourth album, At George's Zoo!
These guys have a real commitment to elevating as songwriters, musicians and ensemble players. It's always been for the music with Cool Ghouls and this long-awaited self-produced outing is a track by track display of the ground they've covered and heights they can achieve. At George's Zoo is a beautiful keepsake from the Before Times when we used to stand in living rooms together while bands played.
Nottingham’s Do Nothing release a 5 Track EP Glueland on their own label Exact Truth. The band, comprised of childhood friends vocalist Chris Bailey, guitarist Kasper Sandstrom, bassist Charles Howarth and Andrew Harrison on drums, have had a breakout 2020, with all three singles from debut EP Zero Dollar Bill - ‘Contraband’, ‘Fits’ and ‘LeBron James’ - landing on the BBC Radio 6 Music playlist. This new EP was produced by Ali Chant at Toybox Studios in Bristol and mixed by Tom Rees, lead vocalist and guitarist of Cardiff band Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard.
Lead track Glueland is a sleazy and low slung dirty groove monster that hints at The Talking Heads, Arctic Monkeys, LCD Soundsytem and Mark E Smith with lyrics about being stuck in limbo land. It's an instant golden nugget.
Down To Earth brings the band thematically back to basics, with a set of songs built around the band woodshedding and writing together in the studio, and working to capture more of the overall, razor tight sound of their live sets. Much of the record was recorded in London, with the band meeting up whenever the lockdown permitted, managing to write together, record, and mix at Crosstown Studios, which is owned by bassist/producer Toby Davies and drummer Ben McKone (of General Roots, Hollie Cook's band). Guest spots by Hollie Cook and Gardna (who also appeared extensively on the very successful Pound For Poundalbum that paired Gentleman’s Dub Club with The Nextmen in 2018) add to the magic.
Tom Grennan has announced his highly anticipated second album, ‘Evering Road’, due for release March 5th 2021 via Insanity Records. Powerful, gospel-tinged new single ‘Amen’ is also released today, with European headline tour dates announced for April 2021.
‘Evering Road’ marks a bold and exciting new chapter for Tom Grennan, blasting back with a sophomore album shot through with raw emotion and searing honesty. Named after the East London address Tom shared with his then-girlfriend, it’s a hub of love, heartbreak and redemption. Set to include soaring first single ‘This Is The Place’, the soulful, introspective ‘Oh Please’ and now ‘Amen’, a gospel-inspired awakening as Tom roars, “I don’t go to church, but Amen!”
Packed with defiant songs to define the new decade and torch listeners’ hearts along the way, ‘Evering Road’ also serves a deeply reflective and personal body of work. Speaking of the reformative and empowering writing experience, Tom hopes that showing his scars will help others who have endured similar emotional hardships.