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:
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.
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 The new edition features new artwork with unpublished in-studio and live photographs, as well as a bonus tracks including three new unreleased originals; three live in-studio versions (Colors, Oct 33, Confines); a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 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 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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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
One of the UK’s best-selling female recording artists of all time, Katie Melua returns with Album No. 8.
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.
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 return with their aptly titled 12th studio album, Twelfth, recorded this spring in Nashville, Tennessee between a tornado and a pandemic. Loose and raw, the record is an ecstatic celebration of survival, a resounding ode to endurance and resilience from a veteran group that refuses to rest on their considerable laurels.
The new 12 track album from highly acclaimed rapper Open Mike Eagle. Featuring production from Black Milk, Gold Panda, and Frank Leone. This is the follow up to "Brick Body Kids Still Daydream" which made year end lists from NPR to Pitchfork. It is the first new OME album in 3 years and features verses from Kari Faux and Video Dave.
Malin Pettersen’s new album Wildhorse is a collection of travelling songs, and her career has definitely been acting like a wild horse lately. It is constantly taking her in new and different directions, delivering unknown opportunities and placing her in front of unfamiliar audiences. Recorded with seasoned musicians who have performed alongside Kacey Musgraves, Nikki Lane, Colter Wall and the house band at the Grand Ole Opry, there is no shortage of musical chops on display. "You know, I just got on a plane to go record with these four guys I had barely met before," Pettersen said of the experience. "And I really do feel like we made something special."
An expanded version of Tom Petty’s seminal album Wildflowers. Entitled Wildflowers and All The Rest, this release finally gathers together all 25 songs from the original recording sessions - the 15 songs from Wildflowers, plus All The Rest - the 10 songs that were left off the original release.
The Phoenix Foundation have lived many lives. From high school distortion addicts to indie folk trippers to masters of motorik dream pop. It’s been five years since their last album, Give Up Your Dreams, but that downtime has been well spent. The New Zealand outfit have been writing, recording, touring with a symphony orchestra, creating the acclaimed soundtrack for Taika Waititi's Hunt For The Wilderpeople, building shrines to light, creating scores for VR, producing other bands and, that most lockdown-friendly activity, baking sourdough. Whilst Friend Ship, as you would expect, weaves seamlessly between dreamy introspective pop, stretched out grooves and psychedelic rock, it also exists as a collection of masterfully crafted songs. Friend Ship features vocals from Nadia Reid, Tiny Ruins’ Hollie Fullbrook and Anita Clark aka Motte plus sumptuous string arrangements performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Pixies release a limited edition double A-side single. Pressed on 12” yellow vinyl, it features the new track Hear Me Out alongside the band’s gritty interpretation of the T-Rex classic Mambo Sun. Hear Me Out represents the first new material from Pixies since the release of their seventh album Beneath The Eyrie last year, which entered the UK official album charts at #7. The song offers a brighter contrast to the previous record’s foreboding ambience, with bassist Paz Lenchantin’s honeyed, hypnotic vocals delivering a message that has grown in relevance since it was written. Delivering melody and visceral power in equal measure, it captures the Pixies’ classic style, and is elevated with a spaghetti western-style guitar motif courtesy of Joey Santiago.
Soul II Soul’s Funki Dred Records is back after nearly thirty years in hiatus, still bridging the gap between street and sophistication with a schedule of totally 21st Century takes on club classics, and passing the Dred Head banner on to a selection of new young stars.
Bounce to the rhythm of a remix by Zepherin Saint who reimagines Soul II Soul's classic with an energetic Afro-Beat groove. Back To Life gives you a new reason to get down as the song takes on a new vibe of African rhythm and festive energy.
From their early singles and their 1993 Mercury Music Prize-winning debut album to their break-up in 2003, Suede were a fixture in the single and album charts, and in the music press too. They scored twenty hit singles and five hit albums (three of which debuted at number 1), and a double album of B-sides even charted at number 9. Compiled by the band, this set features the huge 90s hits like Metal Mickey, Animal Nitrate, Stay Together, The Wild Ones, Trash, Filmstar, Beautiful Ones, Saturday Night, She’s In Fashion, Everything Will Flow and Can’t Get Enough, along with favourite B-sides like To The Birds, My Insatiable One and Killing Of A Flashboy. Also featured are classic album tracks like The Asphalt World and By The Sea. The collection brings the story up to date with seven tracks from the three recent albums, including Life Is Golden, It Starts And Ends With You and Outsiders.
After logging thousands of miles as an in-demand vocalist on tour with Lenny Kravitz, Chic, Duran Duran, Kid Rock and most recently Little Steven and The Disciples Of Soul, Jessie Wagner reveals a very personal collection of songs with Shoes Droppin. Displaying an impressive range encompassing bluesy R&B, neo-soul, acoustic balladry and rock a la John Mayer’s more confessional side, Shoes maintains a unified sound rooted in ’60s and ’70s style production. The songs trace times of darkness and redemption for the Norfolk, Virginia native, now based in New York City, who also fronts the rock/soul band Army of the Underdog.
Instrument-swapping London / Margate trio Wicketkeeper release their debut LP, Shonk, via Meritorio Records. Fourteen tracks of DIY outsider guitar-pop with nods to Pavement and Sebadoh, Shonk was recorded at the Gun Factory in Homerton with producer Lindsay Corstorphine (Sauna Youth, Primitive Parts) and captures the trio - comprised of brothers Simon (vocals, drums, guitar) and Alex Morley (bass, drums, guitar), and Ryan Oxley (bass, guitar) - at the peak of their insouciant powers.