• Ben Lee

New Releases: 16th October 2020

Ben brings you all the new releases to arrive at The Vinyl Whistle this week, pop into the Headingley store to get your copy or order online on the links below. Here's his roundup of his Top 5 Picks of the week:

Matt Berninger - Serpentine Prison


Serpentine Prison, the debut solo record from Matt Berninger—front man of internationally acclaimed group The National. It's soulful,poetic and understated. The album, produced by renowned Memphis multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones (of Booker T. and The MG’s fame) and released via Book Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in conjunction with Concord Records.


Black Pumas - Deluxe Edition


Deluxe edition of their grammy nominated breakout self-titled debut album. The new edition features new artwork with unpublished in-studio and live photographs, as well as a bonus tracks including three new unreleased originals; three live in-studio versions (Colors, Oct 33, Confines); a live version of Know You Betterrecorded at C-Boys Heart and Soul, the Austin club where the band first made a name for itself; and covers of the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby, Death’s Politicians in My Eyes, Bobby “Blue” Bland’s Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City, and Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car.


Blue Note Re:imagined - Various


Blue Note Re:imagined is a brand-new collection of classic Blue Note tracks, reworked and newly recorded by a selection of the UK scene’s most exciting young talents. Representing a bridge between the ground-breaking label’s past and future, the project features contributions from a rollcall of 16 revered UK acts including Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia, Poppy Ajudha, Jordan Rakei and Brit Award-winning Jorja Smith. Blue Note, which celebrated its milestone 80th anniversary in 2019, boasts an illustrious catalogue that traces the entire history of jazz and the Re:imagined project features music originally created by some of its most legendary artists.


Delmer Darion - Morning Pageants


Delmer Darion is the West Midlands-born and North London-based experimental electronic / IDM project of Tom Lenton and Oliver Jack, taking its name from the deep-sea diver found at the top of a charred tree after a forest fire in Paul Thomas Anderson’s cult film Magnolia.  Their debut album Morning Pageants has been five-years in the making: a sprawling, industrial ten-track account of the death of the devil as a tragedy for the imagination, inspired by a line in the Wallace Stevens poem Esthétique du Mal, released on Practise Music (Squid, Shards, William Doyle). For fans of Fennesz, Flaming Tunes, Lapalux, Against All Logic.


Sigur Ros - Takk


Sigur Rós reissue Takk on their own label Krunk. Their award winning highly lauded 4th studio album features the singles and fan favourites Glósóli, Hoppípolla and Sæglópur.Takk has been out of print for over a decade in the UK and is sold out world-wide. Takk was the one where they finally got happy, albeit in their own inimitable and deeply inscrutable, north Atlantic way. This is the record that gave the world Hoppípolla, a song which cemented Sigur Rós’s reputation for being the go-to band for anyone wanting a sense of wonderful possibility in their film/TV show. The record also harboured moments of definitive Sigur Rós drama in singles Glósóli and Sæglópur,and high beauty in Sé Lest and Svo Hljótt.


Here are the rest of the new releases arriving at The Vinyl Whistle this week:


Autechre - Sign


Long awaited new album from electronic pioeneers. SIGN follows the legendary duo’s last five-part album in 2016, Elseq 1-5, as well as their NTS Sessions 1-4 boxset in 2018, also released on Warp. SIGN is a album of bristling and concise electronic nuggets.


Beabadoobee - Fake It Flowers


Born in the Philippines and raised in London, Bea Kristi began recording music as Beabadoobee in 2017. At just 20 years old, Beabadoobee has built her huge, dedicated Gen-Z fan base with her flawless output of confessional bedroom grunge pop songs and DIY aesthetic. Fake It Flowers is her debut album wear she wears her heart on her sleeve backed by music that has a strong grunge and slacker feel. It's instant, joyous and absolutely golden.


Cordovas - Destiny Hotel


The latest full-length from Cordovas, Destiny Hotel is a work of wild poetry and wide-eyed abandon, set to a glorious collision of folk and country and groove-heavy rock-and-roll. In a major creative milestone for the Tennessee-based band - vocalist/bassist Joe Firstman, keyboardist Sevans Henderson, guitarists Lucca Soria and Toby Weaver - the album harnesses the freewheeling energy of their live show more fully than ever, all while lifting their songwriting to a whole new level of sophistication. The result is a batch of songs that ruminate and rhapsodize with equal intensity, inviting endless celebration on the way to transcendence.


Matt Costa - Yellow Coat

Yellow Coat is a masterpiece of heartbreak from a preternatural tunesmith, its raw emotion channeled into gently swinging, hooky love songs, most of them awash in strings and mellotron and harmonies and groove. From the insinuating acoustic riffs and lo-fi beats of Avenal and the snappy fatalism of Slow to the almost church-like fragility of Last Love Song, Yellow Coat is equal parts lost ‘60s AM radio hits, folk-pop beauty and dark night of the soul music too.


The Damned - The Rockfield Files EP


In 1980 / 1981, The Damned went to Rockfield for a series of sessions that eventually became The Black Album, The Friday 13th EP and Strawberries. Their time there produced some of the Damned’s greatest musical moments and memorable stories of horses, cows, vampires, rifles and Lemmy. In 2019 The Damned returned to Rockfield studios to record the first new music since 2018’s Top Ten Evil Spirits album. The line-up included three out of the four Damned members that were at the original sessions – David Vanian, Captain Sensible and Paul Gray. There was also Monty Oxymoron on keyboards and Pinch on drums. Unbeknown to the band, this was to be the last recordings with the long-time drummer Pinch, who departed The Damned after their legendary show at The London Palladium, last Halloween.


Catherine Anne Davies and Bernard Butler - In Memory of My Feelings


In Memory Of My Feelings is the result of a one-off collaboration between Catherine Anne Davies and Bernard Butler. Catherine is best known for her work as The Anchoress, whilst Bernard Butler is a founding member of Suede, with whom he co-wrote and performed two era-defining albums.The album was recorded over writing and recording sessions covering a four year period, but amounting to just fifteen days in total. Prior to the creation of the record, the two had never met. There are ten songs featured in total on In Memory Of My Feelings. Key tracks include the unearthly end-of-days address The Breakdown, the triumphant four-to-the-floor excoriations of Sabotage (Looks So Easy) and the luxuriant glam ache of No More Tears To Cry.


Def Leppard - Hits Vegas Live at Planet Hollywood


Just after their induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Def Leppard undertook a residency in Las Vegas at Zappos Theatre in Planet Hollywood. Hits Vegas, Live at Planet Hollywood is a 28-song deep dive into not only their greatest hits, but rarities such as “too late for love,” “billy’s got a gun,” and “slang,” and “promises.”


Serge Gainsbourg - Intoxicated Man


Serge Gainsbourg, the French synonym for cool, brought the French tradition of chanson and rock music together in a unique and hip amalgam. Chant du Monde have brought together a specially curated collection of songs from the zenith of Gainsbourg’s career, 1958 - 62.


Mav Karlo - Strangers Like Us


On his first full length effort, singer / songwriter Mav Karlo, otherwise known as Menno Versteeg, offers up a much more elaborately realized, yet no less intensely intimate body of work. With its gracefully sparse arrangements, the album centres on Versteeg’s lyrical storytelling, revealing a narrative voice deeply attuned to the beauty in the ordinary and routinely overlooked. Strangers Like Us closely documents an especially tough period in Versteeg’s life but the album ultimately showcases an undeniable courage in its commitment to truth-telling and unsparing self- examination


Katie Melua - Album No 8


One of the UK’s best-selling female recording artists of all time, Katie Melua returns with Album No. 8.


Kevin Morby - Sundowner


Songs, like sunsets, are fleeting, and it’s only due to a willingness and desire to catch them that you ever, if even only for a moment, grab a hold of one. When writing Sundowner, Kevin Morby was lucky to have had the Tascam 424 there to help capture both. Sundowner is his attempt to put the Middle American twilight - it’s beauty profound, though not always immediate - into sound. It is a depiction of isolation. Of the past. Of an uncertain future. Of provisions. Of an omen. Of a dead deer. Of an icon. Of a Los Angeles themed hotel in rural Kansas. Of billowing campfires, a mermaid and a highway lined in rabbit fur. It is a depiction of the nervous feeling that comes with the sky’s proud announcement that another day will be soon coming to a close as the pink light recedes and the street lamps and house lights suddenly click on.


New Kids On The Block - Hangin' Tough


Second album from the group that would become one of the biggest acts in pop music. Hangin' Tough features many of the groups signature like the title track, The Right Stuff and Please Don't Go Girl. A classic album in the time line of teen pop.


Old 97's - Twelfth