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Releases for 31 May 2019

We kick off 31 May’s set of smashers with an unexpected delight: a whole album of obscure, rare and unreleased tracks by Rory Gallagher; unearthed from the family’s tape archive, Blues displays Rory’s love of the genre throughout his solo career from 1971 right through to 1994, and mmm, it sounds lovely! Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan releases his first solo album in 20 years, Tenderness, which was driven by the idea of conflict: its manifestations and sometimes its resolution, and highlights the fact that history repeats itself over and over, and that we will all get past this, together. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the young Louisiana gunslinger who erupted onto the early ’90s scene with his burn-it-down guitar solos and gut-punch songcraft, is still pushing his Fender Strat where others fear to fret, diving deep on The Traveller into human truths and global concerns with an honesty that only comes with age. Thomas Rhett has described his fourth album, Center Point Road as going back to his roots; well, if his roots are great country-inflected pop songs, he is dead right! Skepta is one of the most significant British artists of the age, a Mercury Prize winner and BRIT Award nominee with a diverse audience, who now brings us his new album, Ignorance Is Bliss.

Our album of the week is Further, the eighth studio album from the Sheffield Sinatra himself, Richard Hawley. He has said of the album: “I really wanted to challenge myself to try to keep things relatively up-tempo and keep the songs to about three minutes long. I was asking myself: ‘Can you get your message across like a bullet? Can you still do that?’ It’s quite a tough question to ask.

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  • Further is the eighth studio album from the Sheffield Sinatra himself, Richard Hawley. He has said of the album: “I really wanted to challenge myself to try to keep things relatively up-tempo and keep the songs to about three minutes long. I was asking myself: ‘Can you get your message across like a bullet? Can you still do that?’ It’s quite a tough question to ask.
  • Note: the LP is available on indies-only orange vinyl.
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  • Here’s an unexpected delight: a whole album of obscure, rare and unreleased tracks by Rory Gallagher. This collection of recordings of Rory playing his favourite blues material has been unearthed from the vaults of the Gallagher family’s tape archive. The material ranges from never-heard-before tracks to special guest sessions with legendary blues artists and lost radio sessions. Blues displays Rory’s love of the genre throughout his solo career from 1971 right through to 1994, and mmm, it sounds lovely!
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  • Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan releases his first solo album in 20 years, Tenderness, produced by the magnificently named Southern rocker Shooter Jennings. Duff explained that the sound of the album was driven by the idea of conflict: its manifestations and sometimes its resolution. The album highlights the fact that history repeats itself over and over, and that we will all get past this, together.
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd - The Traveller
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  • The Traveller reflects the fact that Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the young Louisiana gunslinger who erupted onto the early ’90s scene with his burn-it-down guitar solos and gut-punch songcraft, is still pushing his Fender Strat where others fear to fret, while diving deep into human truths and global concerns with an honesty that only comes with age and miles on the clock.
  • Note: the LP is available on indies-only burgundy vinyl.
  • Thomas Rhett - Center Point Road
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  • Thomas Rhett releases his fourth album, Center Point Road. He has described this album as going back to his roots; well, if his roots are great country-inflected pop songs, he is dead right!
  • Skepta - Ignorance Is Bliss
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  • Since emerging as a producer and MC back in 2004, Skepta has become one of the most significant British artists of the age. The Mercury Prize winner and BRIT Award nominee has built a broad and diverse audience through his enigmatically energetic live performance and era defining catalogue of hits. This inspirational icon of future-facing fashion, whose influence is felt throughout contemporary global culture, now brings us his new album, Ignorance Is Bliss.
  • The CD and double LP are packaged in a special gatefold sleeve printed with touch-sensitive, heat-signature liquid crystal, which reveals a spectrum of colours when touched.
 

 

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Releases for 24 May 2019

We’ve got a blistering sextet for you this week, starting with The Waterboys’ new album, Where The Action Is, a testament to the enduring talents of the band’s founder and frontman, Mike Scott, one of the finest British songwriters of the past four decades. Earth’s ninth studio album, Full Upon Her Burning Lips, purges the embellishment and panache of previous releases and deconstructs dynamic of guitar/bass and drums over hulking, drone-driven opuses. Space-rock psych warriors Black Mountain’s new album, Destroyer, is imbued with the wild mix of freedom and fear that comes with one’s first time behind the wheel – it’s exhilarating, spirited and dangerous. Amyl And The Sniffers are an Australian punk band who set out to have as much fun as possible, and you can hear this clearly on their self-titled debut album. Flamagra, the first album from Flying Lotus in 5 years, draws on hip-hop, funk, soul, jazz, global dance music, and even IDM, and is perhaps the definitive FlyLo record.

Our release of the week is of course Honeyblood’s latest, In Plain Sight. This indie rock project led by Stina Tweedale goes from strength to strength, and any fears about the ‘difficult’ third album are allayed: the clear focus, wit and sparkling identity of the songwriting make this an instant classic.

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  • Honeyblood, the Edinburgh-based indie rock project led by Stina Tweedale, goes from strength to strength with the release of new album In Plain Sight. Any fears about the ‘difficult’ third album are allayed: the clear focus, wit and sparkling identity of the songwriting make this an instant classic.
  • We are delighted to be the very first stop on Honeyblood’s short in-store tour to launch the album on 17 May at 6.30pm, and we will have early copies of the CD and exclusive dark-green vinyl available on the night. Don’t know Honeyblood? Well, have a listen here and we’ll see you on the 17th May!
  • Note: the LP is available on exclusive dark-green vinyl.
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  • The Waterboys release their new album, Where The Action Is, which follows the acclaimed Out Of All This Blue. With a title inspired by Robert Parker’s 1960s mod / northern soul classic, this 10-song, genre-defying album is a testament to the enduring talents of the band’s founder and frontman, Mike Scott. One of the finest British songwriters of the past four decades, Scott’s songs have been covered and recorded by artists including Prince, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Steve Earle, and Ellie Goulding (who had a number three hit with ‘How Long Will I Love You’).
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  • Earth’s ninth studio album, Full Upon Her Burning Lips, purges the embellishment and panache of previous releases and deconstructs the tried-and-true dynamic of Dylan Carlson on guitar and bass and Adrienne Davies on drums and percussion. Scaling back on the flourishes of their hulking, drone-driven opuses, Full Upon Her Burning Lips was composed without a narrative, relying instead on their collective subconscious to hone in on the overarching muse as the songs developed.
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  • Space-rock psych warriors Black Mountain’s new album, Destroyer, is imbued with all the wild-ass freedom and newfound agency (and anxiety and fear) that comes with one’s first time behind the wheel. Destroyer, named after a discontinued single-run 1985 Dodge muscle car, is structured around the feeling of driving a hot rod. The album exists in the middle of the early-to-mid 80s Los Angeles war between punk and hair metal – it’s exhilarating, spirited and dangerous.
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  • Amyl And The Sniffers are a punk band possessed by the spirit of seventies Australian rock. The band take their cues from a diverse bunch of legends including AC/DC, Cosmic Psychos, Dolly Parton and Die Antwoord. They set out to have as much fun as possible, and you can hear this clearly on their self-titled debut album.
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  • Flamagra, the first album from Flying Lotus in 5 years, has an extensive and varied guest list. And it should come as no surprise that Flamagra draws on hip-hop, funk, soul, jazz, global dance music, and even IDM. It has been described as perhaps “the definitive” FlyLo record, “an astral afro-futurist masterpiece of deep soul, cosmic dust, and startling originality.
  • Note: the LP is available as an indies-only pop-up version.
 

 

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Releases for 17 May 2019

17 May’s smashers start off with Small World Turning, the first new collection of songs from the internationally acclaimed Thea Gilmore since The Counterweight: a vibrant and deeply resonant album, rooted in folk music but completely transcending any genre limitations. Interpol’s new EP, A Fine Mess, is full of visceral and contagious energy, and inspired by a series of lost images recovered from an abandoned police station in Detroit, Michigan: a bracing and distinct entry in Interpol’s oeuvre. Sons takes The Heavy’s blazing, urgent and infectious sound to dizzying new heights, flitting between soul, bombastic rock and blues in a singular package: “taking it back to the dirt and filth we’re best known for … and making it better than we ever have.” 2018 was a truly remarkable year for budding Scottish artist Lewis Capaldi, rising from playing in local pubs around Scotland to selling out three major tours and supporting Sam Smith, Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man and Niall Horan, and being nominated for numerous awards. 2019 looks set to catapult him into the stratosphere with his long-anticipated debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent. The imaginatively titled Rammstein, their first full-length release in a decade, finds the band taking a different approach: “It has a lot of life and energy in it, but it’s not all angry. … It’s different for Rammstein. You might even say it’s fun to listen to!

Our album of the week is I Am Easy To Find, the follow-up to The National’s award-winning Sleep Well Beast. Vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle, Gail Ann Dorsey, Kate Stables and Brooklyn Youth Chorus bringing a fascinating tapestry of other people’s identities to the National’s trademarks of digitally manipulated guitar lines, skittering drums and Matt Berninger’s familiar baritone.

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  • The National’s new album, I Am Easy To Find, is the band’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s Grammy-award winning Sleep Well Beast. The album features vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more. As the album’s opening track, ‘You Had Your Soul With You’, unfurls, it’s so far, so National: a digitally manipulated guitar line, skittering drums, Matt Berninger’s familiar baritone, mounting tension. Then around the 2:15 mark, the true nature of I Am Easy To Find announces itself: the racket subsides, strings swell, and the voice of long-time David Bowie bandmate Gail Ann Dorsey booms out – not as background vocals, not as a hook, but to take over the song. Elsewhere it’s Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, or Sharon Van Etten, or Mina Tindle or Kate Stables of This Is the Kit, or varying combinations of them. Or the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, with whom Bryce Dessner had worked before. There are choral arrangements and strings on nearly every track, largely put together by Bryce in Paris – not a negation of the band’s dramatic tendencies, but a redistribution of them. “Yes, there are a lot of women singing on this, but it wasn’t because, ‘Oh, let’s have more women’s voices,’” says Berninger. “It was more, ‘Let’s have more of a fabric of people’s identities.’ It would have been better to have had other male singers, but my ego wouldn’t let that happen.
  • The National – I Am Easy To Find deluxe 3-LP
  • Note: The 2-LP version is available on indies-only clear vinyl; the deluxe triple LP is available on multi-coloured vinyl (see image).
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  • Small World Turning is Thea Gilmore’s first new collection of songs since 2017’s The Counterweight, which was her third successive Top-40 album. An artist of enduring international acclaim (Bruce Springsteen regularly names her as a favourite) and a justly revered lyricist, Gilmore’s musical settings have taken many ingenious detours in recent years. Small World Turning, however, nails its colours to a very different mast from the get-go: acoustic guitars are back to the fore, and a quintessentially rootsy array of instruments frame them – fiddles, whistles, mandolins and tenor banjos are all in abundance. A gifted and exceptional artist at the peak of her powers, Thea Gilmore has delivered a vibrant and deeply resonant album, rooted in folk music but completely transcending any .
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  • Interpol’s new EP, A Fine Mess, is a linear continuation of the visceral and contagious energy set loose with Marauder. Echoing its title, the artwork for A Fine Mess is illustrated by a series of lost images, recovered from an abandoned police station in Detroit, Michigan. In a crumbling evidence room – amongst the rubble – an undeveloped roll of film, dated ‘1-20-96’, featured latent images of a breaking and entering scene, the rooms in chaos. A Fine Mess is a bracing and distinct entry in Interpol’s oeuvre.
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  • The Heavy’s fifth album, Sons, takes the band’s blazing, urgent and infectious sound to dizzying new heights, flitting between soul, bombastic rock and blues in a singular package. “Sons is taking it back to the dirt and filth The Heavy are best known for … and making it better than we ever have,” said lead singer Kelvin Swaby.
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  • 2018 was a truly remarkable year for budding Scottish artist Lewis Capaldi, rising from years of playing in local pubs around Scotland to selling 75,000 tickets on three sold-out back-to-back headline tours and being hand-picked to support Sam Smith, Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man and Niall Horan. Critical support also came in droves as he was shortlisted for the Brits Critics’ Choice award, long-listed for BBC’s Sound of 2018 and added to Radio 1’s coveted Brit List. 2019 looks set to catapult him into the stratosphere with the announcement of his long-anticipated debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent.
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  • Rammstein release the imaginatively titled Rammstein, their seventh studio album and their first full-length release in a decade. According to guitarists Richard Kruspe and Paul Landers, the band are taking a different approach with their new record: “It’s not too sterile, not too clean,” Landers said. “It has a lot of life and energy in it, but it’s not all angry. The music is more than that. It’s different for Rammstein. You might even say it’s fun to listen to!
 

 

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Releases for 3 May 2019

We start off 3 May’s lovelies with Joy Williams, whose second solo album, Front Porch, is a smasher! She returns to the folk-oriented emotions of her Civil Wars days with 12 songs that can be played, well, on your front porch. Father Of The Bride closes a six-year gap since American indie stars Vampire Weekend’s last album. In typical VW fashion, the title expresses the band’s signature paradox: creating songs that could easily find a home on any playlist – or car radio, TV show, film soundtrack, airport PA, etc. – but with complexities that are revealed upon closer listening. The creatively brilliant Wildhearts return with the aptly titled Renaissance Men, featuring their distinctive fusion of hard rock, perfectly complimented by contemporary melodies – in 30 years they haven’t shown any sign of slowing down. The Felice Brothers’ new album, Undress, was cut live to tape with very little overdubbing. The songs show a shift from private to public concerns: there are a lot of storms blooming on the horizon these days, and a lot of chaos that permeates our lives; the hard part is finding simple and direct ways to address them. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes return with End Of Suffering, named after the Buddhist term for enlightenment, and it sees band entering an entirely new realm of the senses: a forty-minute rock’n’rollercoaster of molten-hot bangers, scorched-soul ballads and grunge lullabies laced through with a lacerating lyrical honesty.

Our album of the week is U.F.O.F., with F standing for ‘Friend’, the highly anticipated third record by Big Thief. The New York-based band’s songs represent an emotional bravery and realness that weaves intimate relationships with the listener, a phenomenon that has made them one of the most widely respected bands of the current era.

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  • U.F.O.F., with F standing for ‘Friend’, is the name of the highly anticipated third record by Big Thief. It was recorded in rural western Washington at Bear Creek Studios with engineer Dom Monks, and producer Andrew Sarlo, who was also behind their previous albums.
  • The New York-based band, featuring Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums), has spent the last 4 years on an incessant world tour, winning the devotion of an enthusiastic and rapidly expanding audience.
  • Their songs represent an emotional bravery and realness that weaves intimate relationships with the listener, a phenomenon that has made them one of the most widely respected bands of the current era.
  • Note: the LP is available on indies-only orange vinyl.
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  • Joy Williams, formerly one half of The Civil Wars, brings us her second solo album, Front Porch, and it’s a smasher! Already receiving praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, this album returns to the folk-oriented emotions of her Civil Wars days and has produced 12 songs that can be played, well, on your front porch.
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  • American indie stars Vampire Weekend’s fourth studio album, Father Of The Bride, closes a six-year gap since 2013’s Modern Vampires Of The City – a period during which the band’s Ezra Koenig was anything but idle. In addition to touring the world and winning a Best Alternative Grammy, Koenig released his Netflix anime series Neo Yokio, continued to host his show Time Crisis on Beats1, co-wrote and produced Beyonce’s ‘Hold Up’ … all the while living the experiences and observations that would inform the next Vampire Weekend album.
  • Father Of The Bride’s title is something Koenig chose years back, well before recent significant developments in his life. In typical VW fashion, the title has multiple layers of meaning, expressing the band’s signature paradox: creating songs that could easily find a home on any playlist – or car radio, TV show, film soundtrack, airport PA, etc. – but with complexities that are revealed upon closer listening.
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  • The Wildhearts return with the aptly titled Renaissance Men. This creatively brilliant band plays a distinctive fusion of hard rock, perfectly complimented by contemporary melodies. The Wildhearts helped change the landscape of British rock during the ’90s, and to this day they haven’t shown any sign of slowing down.
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  • The Felice Brothers’ new album, Undress, was cut live to tape with very little overdubbing in the late summer of 2018 in Germantown, New York. Many of the songs on the new album are motivated by a shift from private to public concerns, says songwriter Ian Felice. It isn’t hard to find worthwhile things to write about these days, there are a lot of storms blooming on the horizon and a lot of chaos that permeates our lives. The hard part is finding simple and direct ways to address them.
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  • Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes return with their third studio album, End Of Suffering. The title comes from the Buddhist term for enlightenment, and this is the sound of a band entering an entirely new realm of the senses: a forty-minute rock’n’rollercoaster of molten-hot bangers, scorched-soul ballads and grunge lullabies laced through with a lacerating lyrical honesty.
  • Note: the LP is available on indies-only splatter vinyl.
 

 

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