New album releases this week: Fiona Apple, EOB, Rina Sawayama, Shabazz Palaces and more


Isolation rumbles on and music seems more important than ever, especially new music and Getintothis’ Simon Kirk highlights this week’s top new releases.

Top of the morning to you all. Hope you’re keeping well.

Suffice to say, if you’re like me, this week has probably been the toughest out of the current situation.

Some human contact would be nice. Even if it’s just to say hello to one of your friends and have a quick gas over a beer.

Alas, these pastimes seem a while away with this situation not abating any time soon it seems.

Lucky new music is one distraction and this week there’s plenty of goodness, spearheaded by the welcomed return of one Fiona Apple.

Quickly backtracking to last week and highlight releases include Hamilton Leithauser, Sunwatchers, Once and Future Band and Savage Mansion. These releases have been especially difficult to dislodge from the platter, so do check them out.

This week though, well, it speaks for itself, really. As they say, you can have it all. Stay safe, people.

This week’s top picks.

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Fiona Apple (photo credit: via artist’s Facebook page)

1. Fiona Apple: Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Queen of the longest album titles ever, Fiona Apple returns with her follow up to 2012’s brilliant The Idler Wheel… with Fetch the Bolt Cutters.

This is a digital release only at this stage so hit up the streaming services. When there’s new Fiona Apple music the day can only be a good one.

EOB (photo credit: via artist’s Facebook page)

2. EOB: Earth
Capitol Records

After years and years of waiting an Ed O’Brien solo album is finally here!

O’Brien, under the moniker of EOB, releases his debut album, Earth. Let’s hope it’s been worth the wait, however those who have seen Radiohead will know how beautiful this man’s voice is.

Produced by Flood, Earth features collaborations with Omar Hakim, Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood, David Okumu, Laura Marling, Portishead‘s Adrian Utley, Nathan East and Glenn Kotche of Wilco.

Rina Sawayama photo credit: via artists Facebook page)

3. Rina Sawayama: Sawayama
Dirty Hit

Pop alert! Japanese pop auteur, Rina Sawayama, drops her debut today, entitled Sawayama.

Identity, family, gender and sexuality are just some of the themes that comprise Sawayama. Big talk about this album, let’s see if it’s worth the hype.

Shabazz Palaces (photo credit: via artist’s Facebook page)

4. Shabazz Palaces: The Don of Diamond Dreams
Sub Pop

Shabazz Palaces return with their fifth album, The Don of Diamond Dreams.

The spirit of jazz, hip-hop and rap remains with the collective continuing to take us through a journey of the genres. 10 tracks, 43 minutes. Got a feeling there’s something a bit special in the water here.

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Lido Pimienta photo credit: via artists Facebook page)

5. Lido Pimienta: Miss Colombia

Toronto-based, Colombian-born Lido Pimienta returns with her new album, Miss Columbia.

Following up from her 2016 Polaris Prize-winning album, La Papessa, here Pimienta explores the politics of gender, race, motherhood and identity. Think this one could reach new ears, folks, so get involved.

Jarboe (photo credit: via artists Facebook page)

6. Jarboe: Illusory
Consouling Sounds

Avant-garde touchstone, Jarboe returns with her 33rd (yes, you read correctly) album, Illusory.

This is said to be one of her most engaging records yet and with her newly re-scheduled Liverpool show down for December, the levels of excitement here, are, well, real.

Sir Richard Bishop photo credit: (Tim Bugbee via artist’s Facebook page)

7. Sir Richard Bishop: Oneiric Formulary
Drag City

Guitar experimentalist, Sir Richard Bishop returns with his first record in fives years in Oneiric Formulary.

Following up from the acclaimed Tangier Sessions, Oneiric Formulary is said to be a looser listen with Bishop creating a dream state vibe here. Sounds like a good nighttime record…

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This week’s other notable releases:

  • Bethlehem Casuals: The Tragedy of Street Dog (self-released)
  • Hodge: Shadows In Blue (Houndstooth)
  • Blakk Soul: Take Your Time (MMG)
  • Blue Canopy: Mild Anxiety (Grind Select)
  • Oranssi Pazuzu: Mestarin kynsi (Nuclear Blast)
  • Blushh: R.I.P. Apathy (BlushhRecords)
  • Brassick: 2.0 (TNSrecords)
  • CoastlinesCoastlines (Be With Records)
  • Brian Lisik: Gudbye Stoopid (1001 Records)
  • Coldbones: The Cataclysm (Dunk!Records)
  • Datura4: West Coast Highway Cosmic (Alive Naturalsound Records)
  • Die Wilde Jagd: Haut (Bureau B)
  • Duke Dumont: Duality (Virgin EMI Records)
  • DVSN: A Muse In Her Feelings (OVO Sound/Warner Records)
  • Enter Shikari: Nothing is True & Everything is Possible (SO Recordings)
  • Eric Hutchinson: Class of ’98 (Let’s Break Records)
  • Girl Skin: Shade is on the other side (Girl Skin)
  • Good Looking Friends: The Light of the Well (Old Press Records)
  • Gregory Porter: All Rise (Universal)
  • The Howling: Knuckleball Express (Fat Possum Records)
  • Jerskin Fendrix: Winterreise (Untitled Recs Ltd.)
  • Little Shrine: The Good Thing About Time (Jade Shipman)
  • Malena Zavala: La Yarará (Yucatan Records)
  • Neumodel: Rock (Grand Musique Management)
  • Nicole Atkins: Italian Ice (Single Lock Records)
  • Outsider: Karma of Youth (Okay! Good Records)
  • PRIMO!: Sogni (Upset the Rhythm)
  • RJD2: The Fun Ones (RJ’s Electrical Connections)
  • Ron Sexsmith: HERMITAGE (Warner Music)
  • Shepparton Airplane: Sharks (Wing Sing Records)
  • SoloS: SoloS (Self-released)
  • SONIKKU: Joyful Noise (Bella Union)
  • Soul Asylum: Hurry Up and Wait (Blue Elan Records)
  • Sylvain Chauveau: Life Without Machines (Flau)






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