New Releases: 2nd April 2021
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, drum n bass, experimental, hip-hop, electronica, folk, soul, jazz, funk, dance, post-rock 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:
Dry Cleaning will release their debut studio album New Long Leg on 2 April, on 4AD. The 10-track long-player, which includes ‘Strong Feelings’ and last year’s single ‘Scratchcard Lanyard’, was recorded over two weeks last summer at Rockfield Studios in rural Wales with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding).
Following on from their thrillingly taut 2019 EPs Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks and Sweet Princess, New Long Leg is more ambitious and complex, with Shaw’s spoken vocals tightly intertwined with the band’s restless instrumentals. With lyrics preoccupied by themes like dissociation, escapism, daydreaming, complicated feelings of love, anger, revenge, anxiety, the kitchen, lethargy, forgetfulness, and survival, Shaw says, “the title is ambiguous; a new long leg could be an expensive present or a growth or a table repair.”
Dry Cleaning was formed by friends Tom Dowse, Nick Buxton and Lewis Maynard after a karaoke party in 2017 inspired a collaboration. They wrote instrumentally to begin with until six months later Florence Shaw, a visual artist, university lecturer and picture researcher by day – with no prior musical experience – turned up to a band rehearsal armed with reams of her own collected writing and a copy of Michael Bernard Loggins’ Fears Of Your Life to read out over the music. Before long she was the group’s frontperson, contributing words of her own, and serving as the perfect foil to the band’s music.
On her second full-length record, Head of Roses, Jenn Wasner follows a winding thread of intuition into the unknown and into healing, led by gut feelings and the near-spiritual experience of visceral songwriting. The result is a combination of Wasner’s ability to embrace new levels of vulnerability, honesty and openness, with the self-assuredness that comes with a decade-plus career as a songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and prolific collaborator. Simply put, Head of Roses is a record about heartbreak, but from a dualistic perspective. It’s about the experience of having one’s heart broken and breaking someone else’s heart at the same time. But beyond that, it’s about having to reconcile the experience of one’s own pain with the understanding that it’s impossible to go through life without being the source of great pain for someone else. “Part of the journey for me has been learning to take responsibility for the parts of things that are mine, even when I’m in a lot of pain through some behavior or action of someone else. If I’m expecting to be forgiven for the things I’ve done and the choices I’ve made and the mistakes that I’ve made, it would be incredibly cowardly and hypocritical to not also do the work that’s required to forgive others the pain they caused me.” Showcasing the depth of Wasner’s songwriting capabilities and the complexity of her vision, Head of Roses calls upon her singular ability to create a fully-formed sonic universe via genre-bending amalgamation of songs and her poetic and gut punch lyrics. It’s the soundtrack of Wasner letting go – of control, of heartbreak, and of hiding who she is: “I think I’ve finally reached a point in my career where I feel comfortable enough with myself and what I do, that I’m able to relax into a certain simplicity or straight forwardness that I wasn’t comfortable with before.”
The Fratellis return with the news of a brand new album Half Drunk Under The Full Moon. Lead track Six Days In June is an upbeat and foot- stomping anthem that sure to put a big smile on the face of any Fratellis' fan!
Half Drunk Under The Full Moon follows their critically acclaimed album In Your Own Sweet Time, their first top 5 UK album in 10 years, and this new album very much continues on this upward trajectory and is likely to become a signature moment in the band's career.
The inimitable Godspeed You! Black Emperor returns with another soundtrack for our times. As the heretical anarcho-punk spirit of the title implies, Godspeed harnesses some particularly raw power, spittle and grit across two riveting 20-minute side-length trajectories of noise-drenched widescreen post-rock: inexorable chug blossoms into blown-out twang, as some of the band’s most soaring, searing melodies ricochet and converge amidst violin and bassline counterpoint. Field recordings and roiling semi-improvised passages frame these fervent epics, and two shorter self-contained 6-minute pieces find the band at its most devastatingly beautiful, haunting and elegiac. Poignant atmospherics, noise-drenched orchestration, drone, hypnotic swingtime crescendos, inexorably-layered towers of distorted clarion sound: State's End encapsulates every beloved facet of the band. Twenty-five years on, this new album is as vital, stirring, timely and implacable as any in Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s storied discography. Recorded and mixed by Jace Lasek, the veteran award-winning indie producer (and co-founder of The Besnard Lakes) who works with Godspeed for the first time on this recording.
Political punk rock legend returns with a much needed current situation skewering. First release in six years! Features supergroup of members of UK Subs, The Mob, Victims Family, Triclops and more!
Tea Party Revenge Porn, the first full album since 2014 by Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, is finally here! This is very strong stuff. Hear the inimitable Mr. B skewer the place the country has put itself in like no one else would or could as he and The Guantanamo School Of Medicine capture the full power of their live shows on disc as never before.
Only so many artists have a track record of lyrics this good, and back it up with music as good or better. It’s usually one of the other, but rarely this fierce, thanks to the wall of sound production of the mysterious Marshall Lawless, with Kurt Schlegel at the board this time. Co-conspirators now feature both string-titans of longtime AT mainstay Victims Family: guitarist Ralph Spight (also Freak Accident) and wonder bassist Larry Boothroyd (also Triclops, Brubaker); plus drummer / metal percussionist Jason Willer (UK Subs, Nik Turner, Charger, The Mob).
For fans of Waxahatchee, Big Thief, Faye Webster and Julia Jacklin.
Access, the second album by Major Murphy, via Winspear, is an album born out of being at a crossroads. It’s also, without question, an album to blast at an unruly volume to soundtrack an experience one might have standing at that crossroads. It’s remarkably cohesive - a striking relic in an age where ardent and true “album-making” is a fading art form full of heavy rock’n'roll sounds and textured atmospheres fused with pro-idea, hyper-creative jittery warmth. In nine songs, it somehow takes a listener backwards and forwards at once, reckoning with intrinsic anxieties while conceptualizing a fantastical and vibrant happening, soothing in its familia familiar, occasionally childlike tone.
Behind the sturdy and poetic architecture lies a story of new parents, navigating uncertainty and seeking a sense of agency in the new unknown. Throughout Access, songwriter Jacob Bullard recounts memories of teaching his young son to breathe through his nose and laments missing his son and his partner and bandmate Jacki Warren.
On “In the Meantime”, Bullard expresses the timeless anxiety of recent parenthood, written in the wake of the terrifying experience of their son suffering from lead poisoning. While the title track “Access” is as much a personal plea for patience and humility as it is a pep talk for setting the bar high and working hard to ascend. Together with Brian Voortman and Chad Houseman, the Grand Rapids, Michigan four-piece makes a laudable case for pushing forward against a pervasive resistance.
The Snuts release their raucous, hook laden debut album, W.L. on Parlophone Records.
Hailing from Whitburn, West Lothian, The Snuts have well and truly found their stride on W.L.. Produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Phoenix, M83) and recorded at the Firepit London, the album encapsulates the band’s journey from four working class kids growing up with a dream in Whitburn, to becoming one of the UK’s most exciting and vital bands of the new decade. The album opens with the poignant ‘Top Deck’, winding through a voyage of genres including the raw, rousing, hip-hop driven ‘Elephants, heart-wrenchingly honest ‘Boardwalk’, the undeniable pop banger ‘Somebody Loves You’, the hauntingly heartfelt anthem ‘Always’ and the main stage festival ready hymn, ‘All Your Friends’.
Before drum‘n’bass there was Jungle. Born on the progressive reggae sound systems of the early 1990s, jungle was the UK’s answer to dancehall and one of Soul II Soul’s enduring legacies - take what’s already there and adapt it to make it unique. Fittingly, next up on the Funki Dred label are two of 1995’s most elusive jungle mixes: the sought after version of 'Missing You', giving vocal outtakes a deserved new life; and Dillinger’s Genius mix of 'Do You Love Enuff'. Both only previously available as limited-edition white labels, each has a strictly junglist foundation – edgy, headrush and dubwise haziness – overlaid with dreamy Funki Dred-style vocals, as Soul II Soul in the jungle gives a distinctive take on an under-appreciated black British style.
Sydney Sprague makes music for the end of the world. With everything seemingly imploding in on itself, there’s one thing we can all try to be authentic and it’s the one word that best describes Sydney’s songwriting. Sydney carries the same fire, creativity, and wit of her 90’s pop idols, combined with her familiar-yet-surprising hooks and hard hitting, topical lyrics.
Tune-Yards release their fifth studio album, Sketchy on 4AD.
Tune-Yards’ last release I can feel you creep into my private life, was a self-reflexive question mark at the end of a decade of outspoken, polyphonic indie music. From 2009 to 2018, Tune-Yards (both Merrill and her partner and collaborator Nate Brenner) released four critically acclaimed albums, travelled the world relentlessly to play live shows, and composed the psychedelic score to Boots Riley's surrealist cinematic masterpiece Sorry To Bother You. "We had really been non-stop hustling," Merrill reflects. "And when we're hustling, we're complicit in all of the systems that I really don't believe in."
Interrogating these systems and her role within them had left Merrill feeling heavy with grief and lost about how to move forward. The duo pressed on, inspired by the Beastie Boys Book and Questlove’s Creative Quest, and began jamming daily for hours in their home rehearsal studio “like athletes”. They ditched computer screens for live instruments (Merrill on drums, Nate on bass) and before long full songs started to emerge.
Unlike the lyrical introspection of previous outing I can feel you..., on sketchy. Merrill balances self-inspection and reflection with bombastic rallying cries, reminiscent of the furious tones of early days Tune-Yards. The result is a colourful and joyous record with lyrics that cut to the bone. "I started remembering that people come to us to be entertained, to move, to feel joy. And together, I think, we can wake up.”
Here are the best reissues coming out this week at The Vinyl Whistle:
Robert Zimmerman, aka the rock-folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1941. His first three albums – Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changing – reoriented both folk music and rock. His early songs were largely inspired by Woody Guthrie, and in turn provided inspiration (and soon a religion) to many music fans around the globe.
There is no doubt that the baby-boomers of 1968 – a whole generation – were seeking an ideal, and the promise of change in Dylan’s first songs transformed a merely average nasal-toned folk singer into a figurehead of the protest movement, and later one of its high priests.
But there are also those who will remember how Dylan invented his own life-story as an orphan with Indian blood who spent his childhood in a circus / Or how he happily explained to 'Time' why their magazine was pointless (and to CBS News why opinions expressed by media were useless and harmful.) Of course they were, and so Bob was there to change the world. Times, indeed, they were changing, and Bob began wearing silk shirts way before he was handed the Nobel Prize for Literature. We need more Jesus Christs and Bob Dylans as world-changers.
The Infotainment Scan was first released in 1993 on Permanent Records and became the Fall’s highest charting album when it entered the UK Albums Chart at #9. The album is considered the Fall’s most accessible album and stands as a highpoint in their vast and varied catalogue.
Highlights include a cover of Sister Sledge’s Lost in Music, Paranoia Man in Cheap Sh*t Room and Glam Racket.
Back on vinyl for the first time in nearly three decades, this new edition is pressed on 140g clear vinyl and housed in a printed inner sleeve featuring new designs by original cover artist Pascal Le Gras.
After the success of 1993’s The Infotainment Scan, the Fall returned to the studio to record Middle Class Revolt. Whilst it didn’t reach the same commercial heights, the album includes some of the Fall’s post popular tracks. Highlights include Hey! Student, 15 Ways and Behind The Counter as well as covers of War and Shut Up!.
Back on vinyl for the first time in over 25 years, this new edition is pressed on 140g clear vinyl and housed in a printed inner sleeve featuring new designs by original cover artist Pascal Le Gras.
The Twenty-Seven Points is an album of live recordings made by the Fall between 1991 and 1995. Often seen by fans as one of the only ‘proper’ Fall albums, the recordings capture the chaotic atmosphere of the band’s live shows (complete with onstage mishaps and walk-offs).
Featuring performances of songs from across the Fall’s back-catalogue including Big New Prinz, Lost in Music and Mr Pharmacist. Back on vinyl for the first time in nearly 25 years, this new edition is pressed on two 140g clear vinyl and housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with printed inner bags.
Father John Misty is the nom-de-plume of Josh Tillman, who has been recording and releasing solo albums under his own name since 2003 and who recently left Seattle’s Fleet Foxes after playing drums with them from 2008-2011. When discussing Father John Misty, Tillman paraphrases Philip Roth: “‘It’s all of me and none of me, if you can’t see that, you won’t get it.’”
Fear Fun, Father John Misty’s album from 2012 and now available again through Sub Pop, began gestating during what Tillman describes as an “immobilizing period of depression” in his former Seattle home, when he had lost interest in songwriting and wound up finding his voice by writing a novel. After breaking from Seattle and settling in a spider-infested Laurel Canyon treehouse, Tillman spent months demoing songs, eventually liberating himself from his creative impasse. With the help of LA producer/songwriter/pal Jonathan Wilson, a wealth of talented musicians kicking around LA and producer Phil Ek (who everyone knows has worked with Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes), Fear Fun blossomed into a fully-formed expression of Tillman’s unrestrained vision.
Fear Fun consists of such disparate elements as Waylon Jennings, Harry Nilsson, Arthur Russell, All Things Must Pass and Physical Graffiti, often within the same song. Tillman’s voice has never been better and often sounds like Roy Orbison at his most joyous, while the music maintains a dark, mysterious yet playful, almost Dionysian quality.
International psych explorers Flamingods are back with brand new album Levitation coming out on via Moshi Moshi Records. Inspired largely by the disco, funk and psychedelic sounds coming out of the Middle East and South Asia in the 70s, the album channels these influences through a vision soaked in mysticism, positivity and sun-drenched imagery. During the process of writing and recording Levitation, Flamingods for the first time in four years found themselves living in the same continent, it’s this new unified feel that defines the confident and eclectic sound of the album. Levitation is the follow-up to Flamingods’ breakthrough 2016 album Majesty and follows their Kewali EP release for Moshi Moshi in 2017 and a one-off release with Dan Carey for his Speedy Wunderground singles club.
Death Trip by Iggy Pop and The Stooges is a mix of songs recorded in 1973 during rehearsals before the release of the famous and unmissable Raw Power. Here you will find and feel the raw energy of the Detroit’s Iguane and his famous sidemen : the Asheton’s brothers (Ron on bass and Scott on drums), James Williamson (on guitar) and accompanied at this time (1973-74) by Scott Thurston on piano.
The VILLAIN was laying low on the fog shrouded Tin Islands when Bishop’s
X-Wing crashed into his swamp.
It was April 2013, and that’s a metaphor for Bishop’s first meeting with DOOM before a show at the 100 Club. The future collaborators were booked to play in the tiny ancient jazz venue with Ghostface Killah that night.
A month earlier Bishop had been co-signed on stage at SXSW by Nas. There was mad anticipation for his next project. Stakes were high. At the 100 Club, VILLAIN saw what Nas had seen, a real MC.
In the months that followed Metal Fingers sent Bishop Yousendit links to fold- ers of beats and Bishop laid down bars. The two worked remotely and then fol- lowed up with sessions in the studio.Amongst many swell reviews the mini-al- bum caught a lot of criticism. Not least because it was so short, just 32 minutes. To mark the 5th anniversary, we’ve reduced the running time to 27 minutes.
Scientist's name will be found on many dub releases in peoples record colections. His connection to King Tubby is inseperable and many would say that when dub had fallen on quiter times it was Scientist who breathed new life into it. His paired down mixing style suited the new danchall reggae sound that came as the 70s rolled into the 80s. Such was his stature that albums were now sold with his name on their jacket, Scientist vs Prince Jammy and Scientist meets the Space Invaders to name but two. Here Jamaican Recordings have compiled some tuff tracks from that same period, before everything went digital.
Camper Van Beethoven's classic debut single from the 1985 album Telephone Free Landslide Victory, which became a UK indie top 10 hit in 1986. Their classic debut single became an indie top 10 hit and featured in John Peel's festive 50. On it’s release it picked up substantial airplay and is still played frequently on radio shows across the globe. Later covered by Teenage Fanclub and Manic Street Preachers and featured in the Michael Moore film ‘Bowling For Columbine’.
Superb unreleased soundtrack from British 1972 sex comedy starring Gabrielle Drake (Nick Drake’s sister) and Rchard O’Sullivan (Gilbert O’Sullivan’s brother!). Brilliant music on many levels, 17 sexy tracks of swinging jet-set jazz, groovy scatty vocals, hell it must be good because it’s on Trunk Records. Full colour sleeve featuring original poster artwork of Miss Drake wearing a 69 belt. Of course she is.
Dwight’s Used Records features several cuts that Yoakam contributed to several tribute compilations, duets that appeared on other artists’ albums, and a few unreleased covers. The album sounds remarkably cohesive despite the various sources and artists involved, and speaks to the consistent run of strong recordings Yoakam and producer Pete Anderson developed over their nearly twenty-year run. The collection contains the rootsy blend of country and bluegrass that has always been at the heart of Yoakam’s music.
Here are the best of the rest of the new releases arriving at The Vinyl Whistle this week:
Ryan Adams’ first album in three years, Wednesdays, is purely raw, vulnerable, and honest. The music takes you on a deep dive exploring the complex heart of Ryan Adams, through a journey of love, pain, and heartbreak. The album so effortlessly creates an immediate connection with anyone who has ever experienced love lost -the type of love that haunts you in quiet places of your mind.
While the lyrics walk you through the vast emotional layers of grief, they also remind you of the rich memories of a love that will forever remain a part of you. The Vinyl LP will include an exclusive 7” with two extra tracks.
The shadow that Gary Bartz casts over the last six decades of progressive Black music, and his continued dedication to same, makes him a logical and very welcome contributor to the Jazz Is Dead label. An alto saxophonist steeped in the history and tradition of his instrument who is also restlessly experimental and not prone to purism of any kind, he enjoys both the respect and admiration of his peers and the hero worship of several generations after him – including Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, which inevitably led to Gary Bartz JID 006.
A look at his body of work reveals dalliances with bebop, hard bop, free jazz, spiritual jazz, soul jazz, jazz-funk, fusion and acid jazz, all while resolutely remaining unmistakably Gary Bartz.
The socio-political content of much of Bartz’s work, particularly during the early ‘70s, is another factor that has captured the attention of and influenced many. He was wide awake to the pressing issues of his day, which sadly haven't changed much in a half-century—long before the term "woke" was ever coined—which adds continued relevance and resonance to albums like the two Harlem Bush Music LPs. Speaking his mind and expressing thoughts and feelings lyrically and vocally were a consistent aspect of his work during this era, but even with all this there's always still a space within Gary's oeuvre for the celebration of simple and beautiful basic truths. “Working with Gary Bartz epitomizes the ethos behind Jazz Is Dead,” says Younge. “He’s a luminary that has contributed so much to music culture, for decades. His musical ability is expanding with age and we’re honored to be a part of his world.”
"Day By Day" brings Bartz full circle by placing him in a more modern context which he contributed to creating in the first place. It takes certain sonic cues from Muhammad's old group, A Tribe Called Quest, while also calling to mind neo-soul a little bit. But the icing on the cake is the unexpected and gorgeous vocal chorus which is like the sun coming out and which once again harks back to an element familiar to Mizell fans. With its propulsive bassline steadily prodding the track along, "The Message" is strongly rooted in classic ‘70s modal jazz and serves as the spiritual and emotional centerpiece of the album. The instrumental interplay and textures would have been perfectly at home on the Black Jazz label even though there's also a certain almost intangible postmodern, 21st century approach to that style, perfectly in keeping with Bartz's well-known tendency to look forward, not backwards.
Frontman of Nottingham punk band Kagoule, Cai Burns, returns as Blood Wizard. Arriving with no fixed direction, Blood Wizard is a project that sees Burns explore himself as a brand new entity, an artist beyond boundaries and preconceptions.
Filled with crisp hooks, it is an album that has a predominant folk undertone that also expertedly navigates through various textures and dark melodies. There was not an album in mind when Burns first started recording with Tom Towle at Random Recording Studio - just fragments of songs that all came together when the world paused in the spring and Burns realised that what he had been working on over the last few months could become a full record. The structure of the album follows suit, chopping and changing between harder-edged sounds and acoustic meanderings. There is a forward honesty and a witty wryness to Blood Wizard.
John Carroll Kirby follows up his Stones Throw debut My Garden with a vinyl release of a collection of ambient pieces for piano. For fans of: Nils Frahm, Max Richter, Ólafur Arnalds, Brambles, Jóhann Jóhannsson, William Basinski, Peter Broderick, Rafael Anton Irisarri and more.
Conflict is an album on inviting peace in from pianist, producer and composer John Carroll Kirby. Intended as a balm for this time of crisis, Conflict aims to provide a welcome opportunity to step away from the breakneck pace and profound anxiety of the news cycle and take a moment instead to listen and reflect. Released digitally at the height of the pandemic in 2020, this soothing compilation of keys and winds of ambience is now available on vinyl.
Grammy-nominated band Cha Wa return with My People, a new collection that draws from the rich and vibrant street culture of New Orleans. Arriving via the renowned southern independent label Single Lock Records, My Peopleexuberantly infuses contemporary sounds with the music of street parades and the Mardi Gras Indian community a group of Black New Orleanians who pay respect to Native American tribes their wardrobe, music and dialect. Packed with a vivid assemblage of New Orleans sounds and stories, this collection of new original songs draws from the grooves of ‘70s New Orleans funk bands like The Meters (particularly on offerings like “Wildman” and “Bow Down”) and takes clear influence from the city's history of Brass band music, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, rock, soul and African-inspired arrangements (including a chilling cover of Bob Dylan’s “Masters Of War” in this style).
diane cluck co-produced her eighth album alongside multi-instrumentalist colin killalea.
“it’s the first album i’ve recorded in my adopted hometown of charlottesville, virginia, and i let sounds of the region influence its making and bend my songwriting. i wanted to collaborate, and to focus on deep emotion including golden-yellow joyful. i wanted to make an album that honored my family and could resonate with young and old.” spaciously arranged instrumentation highlights the strength of diane’s lyricism and signature vocal style, described by npr as “turning a pitch wheel with one hand and a tone knob with the other.” the album features an array of accompanying musicians including longtime collaborator isabel castellvi on cello, john d’earth on flugelhorn, michelle oliva on bass clarinet, john ashley murphy on harmonica, brian caputo on drums and curtis fye on bass. diane and co-producer colin killalea each play piano, guitar, drums and percussion. common wealth deftly weaves disparate elements of old-time music, classical, folk, jazz improvisation and church hymn into something uniquely vibrant.
Steve spent his youth in various different bands, The Boys and ultimately Ocean colour Scene releasing Moseley Shoals which sold over a million records. In fact, Steve’s guitar riff from the hit single “The Riverboat Song” was the soundtrack to one of UK’s biggest pop culture phenomenon’s of its time, TFI Friday hosted by Chris Evans. Steve began his apprenticeship with Paul Weller as his young side kick guitar player. “Incredible really and we’re still playing music together 28 years later. He’s one of my soul mates for sure, I still get really excited working with him, He’s huge inspiration, it’s a total joy working with him it really is.” Seven years ago, he was asked to tour with The Specials after Roddy Radiation left the band. He is now a firm live member and thrilled to be playing with them. Steve produced PP Arnold’s comeback album, The New Adventures of PP Arnold. Steve has juggled touring, writing, producing and recording with many Artists even DJ’s from time to time and is still as busy as ever. As well as releasing his own solo records, he has put out music from PP Arnold, Yasmin Kiddle, and Leah Weller. Steve’s 4th solo album is due for release at the end of 2021. In the meantime He has remixed and mastered his 3rd solo album Peace City West for vinyl release.
Fargo is a fantastic dark comedy-crime drama television series created and written by Noah Hawley and inspired by Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1996 movie of the same name. Both Coen brothers serve as executive producers on the series. The show stars Martin Freeman (The Hobbit trilogy), Billy Bob Thornton, Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) and more.
The soundtrack features selections from the show’s original music composed by Jeff Russo (Power, Necessary Roughness, About Cherry). Its score is well done, with different motifs or instruments assigned to different characters. For Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman’s character) it’s that nearly-whimsical main theme. For the drifter Lorne Malvo (Thornton’s character) it’s sleigh bell chimes that represent his animalistic nature coming out.
their first new album will be released in summer 2021.
flatten the runway with a loud drumbeat: in april 2021 the spectacular single skyfall will be released. the 12 minute epic, written by kai hansen has the long yearned ‘keeper-vibe’ but it isn’t telling the story of the whole album. skyfall has a musical arch which will be loved by fans of every era: from unforgettable times to glorious adventures all the way to the upcoming first album of the helloween new age. the epic track tells about an alien landing on earth and a dramatic chase while hansen, kiske and deris duel with each other in a breathtaking manner and create a broadband adventure - with a lyric sheet with colored blocks identifying the singers as well as a video that is formidable. produced by martin häusler, it will be the most elaborate clip in the history of the band, the story to be shown with 3-d animation and looking cinematic – in these times almost a dinosaur in implementation. the base of the upcoming milestone album was already erected in the studio: using the original ingo schwichtenberg drum kit, the recording was done with the same modulators at the hamburg home studios where back then ‘master of the rings’, ‘time of the oath’ and ‘better than raw’ was recorded. back to the roots and completely analog is the united impact - another great work by well-known producer charlie bauerfeind and co-producer dennis ward before the album traveled to new york and got the final mastering polish in the valhalla studios of ronald prent (iron maiden, depeche mode, rammstein). with all this brand new material an album has been created, an album that is set apart from the digital mainstream and showing that the essence of the band was never more solid. the artwork of eliran kantor (berlin) is clear: skyfall is the beginning of something big – here comes helloween.
“Irene” is the debut album from Izy (pronounced eye-zee), a Melbourne-based trio originally hailing from Cairns in Australia’s tropical North. A deeply mature album from a very young band, Irene is a 10 song collection of raw neo-soul grooves, rich vocal harmony and subtle jazz guitar. A stripped back, simple recording of a band killing it in a room. There’s a deep understanding of the canon of soul music on display here, with echoes of D’Angelo and Curtis Mayfield, but also a uniquely individual sensibility, rarely so clearly articulated on a debut record.
Deeply connected to their roots and their families, both the band and the album are named after Irene, Guitarist Ryo Montgomery’s paternal grandmother; an important source of support and comfort in the band’s formative years. Ryo, bassist Warrigo Tyrrell and drummer Maru Nitor Zamatarro each cut their teeth young, playing with their parents in three very different musical families. Ryo grew up shifting between his mother’s home in rural Japan and his father’s blues bar in Cairns where he watched legends of guitar ply their trade and did his first shows. Maru was playing guiro in his parent’s cumbia band Los Caracoles before he turned five. Warrigo grew up jamming on Shadows covers and Aboriginal protest rock with his fathers and brothers, members of the Kalkadoon and Waanyi nations. Heritage is important to Izy and they bring these musical and cultural influences together proudly.
Max Richter’s emotive and minimal score to Damon Lindelof’s TV series about a post-apocalyptic global event where 2% of the world's population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to come to terms with what happened. The story focuses on the Garvey family in the fictional town of Mapleton, New York where Kevin Garvey is Chief Of Police. The HBO series was an immediate critical hit when first broadcast in 2014 and a second series is now in production. One of the most influential composers of his generation, Max Richter graduated from the Royal Academy Of Music and his work encompasses concert music,operas, ballet, film, theatre and TV scores. Previous scores include Waltz With Bashir, Sarah's Key, The Lunchbox and Testament Of Youth.
The Legend of 1900 (Italian: La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano, The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean) is a 1998 Italian drama film directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and starring Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, and Mélanie Thierry. The film is inspired by Novecento, a monologue by Alessandro Baricco. The Legend Of 1900 was nominated for a variety of awards worldwide, winning several for its soundtrack.
As the frontman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kip Berman wrote songs about the thrills and ills of young adult life with the care and concern of a cool older sibling. Enter Tethers, Berman’s first solo record as The Natvral, where Kip finds his new project more aligned with the sounds of Bob Dylan, Neil. Young, and his long time hero Leonard Cohen. But in this time away from the life of a touring artist, Berman discovered an unvarnished, broken folk rock sound - a marked departure from his previous work. Recorded over 7 days with producer Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Black Country New Road, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), Tethers is as raw in sound as it is nuanced and empathetic in its lyricism. Without effect pedals, overdubs or even a metronome, the resulting album feels free and unpretentious, recalling the strident obliqueness of Bob Dylan and Neil Young’s sonic primitivism - but drawn from a set of vividly detailed experiences all Berman’s own. Throughout, he is supported by former TPOBPAH collaborators Jacob Sloan (bass), Brian Alvarez (drums), Sarah Chihaya (backing vocals) and Crystal Stilts/Woods Kyle Forester (organ).
Island, the latest album from Oscar-nominated composer and songwriter Owen Pallett, released on Domino / Secret City Records (Canada). Almost entirely acoustic, Island begins with 13 darkened chords and was recorded live at Abbey Road Studios with the London Contemporary Orchestra. The introduction is the sound of waking up alone and on the shore of a strange land. What follows is a shimmering and luscious orchestral album that draws across the full breadth of Pallett’s discography, from ‘Heartland’’s Technicolor to the glittering, fingerpicked guitar that marked Pallett’s first records with their trio, Les Mouches.
Sturgill Simpson returns with the next volume of his Cuttin’ Grass series, following The Butcher Shoppe Sessions. Vol. 2: The Cowboy Arms Sessionsincludes Call to Arms, Oh Sarah, and Keep It Between the Lines. Vol. 2 features a returning crew of celebrated bluegrass players who were also involved in Vol. 1, including mandolin player Sierra Hull, guitarist Tim O’Brien, and fiddler Stuart Duncan.
With music inspired by Afro-Carribean, Hawaiian, and Japanese influences mixed with Synthwave, Synthpop, and colourful 80's nostalgia Neon Beach is the band's third studio album. Neon Beach is based on a short story written by the main producer.
It is a story of holograms and simulations emanating from a neurological program called Neon Beach. It is a dystopian story dressed in a utopian world as heard in the flashy 80s Pop Music and dark esoteric lyrics on the album. Thought Beings embrace ancient esoteric mysteries by dressing them up in brightly coloured 80s fashion and making them palatable to the world. Neon Beach is no different in its attempt to tell a deeply introspective story while dancing by the ocean in the neon lights.
This album is fun, colourful, unapologetically retro, and full of ancient secrets.
The Atlanta-via-Grand Rapids emcee’s most recent solo release is a mafioso hip-hop opera that celebrates financial success, his and the success of those around him. Capital Gains boasts impressive features in the form of Action Bronson, Curren$y, Roc Marciano and frequent collaborator Eto. These guest verses make the album an illustrious listen, with the underground legends lending charisma and oomph. With production by legends the Alchemist and DJ Muggs, and rising stars V Don and Evidence, Capital Gains showcases Willie’s versatility on the mic, as he spits over jazzy loops, upright bass, soul and vocal jazz samples.