Another week of lock-down has passed and the only thing we can seemingly be excited about are new album releases, Getintothis’ Simon Kirk has a stack of them.
Inhale. Exhale. Thaaat’s iiit…
Yup, we feel you, people. It’s getting a bit “meh” around these parts, too.
We won’t spare you with the “we’re all in this together” platitudes that are just about as tiresome as speaking to your friends about what they’re having for tea.
In any case, we do hope you’re finding your way through these testing times and staying safe.
Where new album releases are concerned, like every Friday, we are the gift that keeps on giving. Further to that, our Weekly 7 Spotify playlist has been updated (it’s at the bottom of the page).
Rewinding just for a moment, though. How good is the new Fiona Apple album? We mean, seriously? Believe the hype.
You know the drill by now. While there are some releases from well established artists this week there are also some hidden gems awaiting your listening pleasures. We won’t spoil the fun, though, and suggest that you choose your own adventure and enjoy the treasures.
Be safe and look after each other.
Top pick’s this week.
1. BC Camplight: Shortly After Takeoff
Brian Christinzio, A.K.A. BC Camplight, returns with what he calls the final chapter of the “Manchester Trilogy” with Shortly After Takeoff .
Following 2018’s Deportation Blues, Philadelphia born Manchester-based Christinzio is in full flight here, making this a captivating end to an equally brilliant trilogy.
Read our recent interview with BC Camplight here.
2. Damaged Bug: Bug on Yonkers
Bug on Yonkers will no doubt be yet more speed-rock goodness from this century’s answer to Robert Pollard. You know the score by now.
3. Jennifer Touch: Behind the Wall
Berlin via-Cologne electro-pop songstress, Jennifer Touch, makes her FatCat Records debut with Behind the Wall.
The perfect marriage between punk and the dancefloor, we think this may be the find of the week for many of our readers. Do hold an ear to this.
4. Lucinda Williams: Good Souls Better Angels
Highway 20 Records
Three-time Grammy Award winner, Lucinda Williams, is back with what is dubbed her most boldest and direct album yet.
Good Souls Better Angels is inspired by social and political issues of our day with Williams not holding back with themes of domestic abuse, misleading news and social media all firmly in her ire.
Good Souls Better Angels is Williams‘ follow-up to her acclaimed 2016 album, The Ghosts Of Highway 20.
5. Coriky: Coriky
Having formed in 2015 this will be the first new music MacKaye has released since The Evens’ 2012 The Odds.
6. S. Ward: Gürtelstrasse
Hailing from the bellows of darkness, Liverpool’s Simon Ward releases his new EP, Gürtelstrasse. In his own words, a release “filled with songs about murder, loss and decline.”
7. altopalo: farawayfromeveryoneyouknow
New York experimental collective, altopalo, return with their follow-up to the 2018 debut, frozenthere, with farawayfromeveryoneyouknow.
The album’s first single, Honey, was dubbed by the band as “a love song to Lexapro,” who as you can tell, aren’t too keen on capital letters. We won’t hold that against them, though.
This week’s other notable releases:
- Jaga Jazzist: Pyramid (Brainfeeder)
- Dalham: Alderson Loop (Castles In Space)
- Arash Moori: Exothermic (Type)
- Braids: Shadow Offering (Secret City)
- Alice Bag: Sister Dynamite (Five Rise Records)
- LA Priest: Gene (Domino Recording Co.)
- Lorenzo Senni: Sacco Matto (Warp)
- Diners: Leisure World (Lauren Records)
- Elder: Omens (Armageddon Label)
- Tilman Robinson: Culturecide (Bedroom Community)
- Marker Starling: High January (Tin Angel Records)
- JG Thirlwell and Simon Steensland: Oscillospira (Ipecac Recordings)
- Hazel English: Wake Up! (Marathon Artists)
- John Carroll Kirby: My Garden (Stone Throw Records)
- Bad History Month: Old Blues (Exploding In Sound Records)
- Ancient Whales: Vestiges of Tails Appear in All of Us (Wiener Records)
- Thin Lear: Wooden Cave (Egg Hut Records)
- Angel-Ho: Woman Call (Hyperdub)
- Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Just Coolin’ (Blue Note)
- BARISHI: Old Smoke (Season of Mist)
- Brendan Benson: Dear Life (Third Man Records)
- Elephant Tree: Habits (Holy Roar Records)
- Elrichman: Heaven’s Mayor (Bobo Integral)
- FANGE: Pudeur (Throatruiner Records)
- Gaffa Ghandi: Artificial Disgust (Exile on Mainstream)
- GRID: Decomposing Force (NNA Tapes)
- The Homeless Gospel Choir: This Land Is Your Landfill (A-F Records)
- Ian Chang (Son Lux): Belonging (City Slang)
- Indigo Girls: Look Long (Rounder Records)
- Junk Drawer: Ready For the House (Art For The Blind)
- Katatonia: City Burials (Peaceville Records)
- Koki Nakano: Pre-Choreographed (No Format!)
- Laveda: What Happens After (Colour Station)
- Max Bloom (Yuck): Perfume (Anniversary)
- Michael Abdow: Heart Signal (Couch Cat Records)
- Nova One: lovable (Community Records)
- OTR: Lost At Midnight (Astralwerks)
- Picturesque: You Feel O.K.? (Equal Vision Records)
- Quelle Chris and Chris Keys: Innocent Country 2 (Mello Music Group)
- Rhys Lewis: Things I Chose to Remember (Decca UMO)
- Robot Koch: The Next Billion Years (Modern Recordings)
- RVG: Feral (Fire Records)
- Siv Jakobsen: A Temporary Soothing (U OK?)
- Skyzoo & Dumbo Station: The Bluest Note (Tuff Kong/First Generation Rich Inc.)
- Talking Book: Talking Book II (Koolaarow Records)
- Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes: What Kinda Music (Blue Note)
- Trivium: What the Dead Men Say (Roadrunner Records)
- The Used: Heartwork (Hassle Records)
- VAR: The Never-Ending Year (Spartan Records)
- Victoria Reed: Aquamadre (AWAL)
- Wares: Survival (Mint Records)
- Werewolves: The Dead Are Screaming (Prosthetic Records)
- Whim: Abuzz in the Abyss (Fluff and Gravy)
- Zeroh: Blqlyte (Leaving Records)