Music Releases 04-30-21
After two UK #1 albums, 2 million album sales and an array of international acclaim, you might’ve thought you knew what to expect from Royal Blood. Those preconceptions were shattered when they released ‘Trouble’s Coming’ last summer. Hitting a melting pot of fiery rock riffs and danceable beats, they delivered something fresh, unexpected and yet entirely in tune with what they’d forged their reputation with.
When Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher sat down to talk about making a new album, they knew what they wanted to achieve. It involved a conscious return to their roots, back when they had made music that was influenced by Daft Punk, Justice, and Philippe Zdar of Cassius. It also called for a similar back-to-basics approach to what had made their self-titled debut album so thrilling, visceral and original.
“We sort of stumbled on this sound, and it was immediately fun to play,” recalls Kerr. “That’s what sparked the creativity on the new album, the chasing of that feeling. It’s weird, though - if you think back to ‘Figure it Out’, it kind of contains the embryo of this album. We realised that we didn’t have to completely destroy what we’d created so far; we just had to shift it, change it. On paper, it’s a small reinvention. But when you hear it, it sounds so fresh.”
Those traits pulsate throughout the new single and title track. Kerr’s spiralling bass riff casts an hypnotic allure as it grows in intensity, while his vocals switch at will between a raw rock roar and a soulful falsetto. It’s underpinned by Thatcher’s thundering beats, his taut rhythms infused with groove-laden hi-hats.
After setting the tone with ‘Trouble’s Coming’, the album opens in breathless, take-no-prisoners style with the fierce metallic grooves of ‘Who Needs Friends’ hitting an early visceral peak. Royal Blood further reference their fresh array of influences by deploying vocodered vocals on ‘Million & One’ before dynamically switching between the biggest contrasts of their sound with ‘Limbo’. Already a fan favourite having been a regular during the duo’s 2019 shows, ‘Boilermaker’ lives up to its reputation and is more than matched by ‘Mad Visions’, which evokes a hyper-aggressive Prince. It ends with a final surprise in the shape of the stark piano ballad ‘All We Have Is Now’, a vulnerable and revealing reminder to live in the moment.
This new approach manifested itself in the duo’s decision to produce the majority of ‘Typhoons’ themselves. ‘Boilermaker’ was produced by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, the two bands having first connected when Royal Blood supported them on a huge North American tour. Meanwhile, the multiple Grammy Award winner Paul Epworth produced ‘Who Needs Friends’ and contributed additional production to ‘Trouble’s Coming’.
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The Million Masks of God showcases the strength and boundary-pushing invention of Manchester Orchestra’s catalog, and is a testament to the kinship of its songwriting duo—the bond that enables them to take something so tragically personal and turn it into limitless, compassionate, communal, revelatory art.
if i could make it go quiet, the debut album from girl in red, is the musical distillation of Marie Ulven’s solitary conversations on the road: it’s an album brimming with the things we wish we could say to others, but tell ourselves instead. The album is girl in red in its purest, elevated form. She has never been braver, and the music follows suit, whether it’s collaborating with pop mastermind and Billie Eilish collaborator FINNEAS on “Serotonin,” a huge pop anthem that speaks to Ulven’s struggles with mental health, or flexing her instrumental chops with album closer “it would feel like this.” Betrayal, lust, longing, pulling herself out of a depressive spell -- nothing is off-limits on if i could make it go quiet.
“I really poured my heart into a lot of these lyrics, fully,” she says. “I just feel like I emptied myself in this album.”
Legendary drummer, Mick Fleetwood enlisted an all-star cast for a one-of-a-kind concert honouring the early years of Fleetwood Mac and its founder, Peter Green which was held on 25th February 2020 at the London, Palladium.
The bill included Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Zak Starkey, Steven Tyler, Bill Wyman, Noel Gallagher, Pete Townshend, Neil Finn, Kirk Hammett and Jeremy Spencer. Legendary producer Glyn Johns joined as the executive sound producer and the house band featured Fleetwood himself along with Andy Fairweather Low, Dave Bronze, Rick Vito, Jonny Lang and Ricky Peterson.
Fleetwood, who curated the list of artists performing, said: “The concert is a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it’s important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music. Peter was my greatest mentor and it gives me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I am honoured to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician. ‘Then Play On’...”
A unique new album of poetry and music featuring Marianne Faithfull, set to the music of Warren Ellis, and featuring Nick Cave, Brian Eno and Vincent Ségal.
Marianne Faithfull releases one of the most distinctive albums of her extraordinary life and career with composer and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis. It was recorded just before and during the first Covid-19 lockdown – during which the singer herself became infected and almost died. Together with musical friends and family, She Walks in Beauty fulfils Faithfull’s long-held ambition to record an album of poetry with music.
Delving deep into her past, it’s a record that draws on her passion for the English Romantic poets, a passion she fostered at St Joseph's Convent School before leaving for London at the age of 16. There she entered the world of As Tears Go By, of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, setting her on a left-hand path to pop stardom. Sixties iconography and outrage followed, as did her subsequent battles with addiction before her 1979 return to powerful female and artistic autonomy with Broken English.
“Everything’s a bit more magical when I put them on,” she says, “a bit more miraculous. It’s a beautiful way to go through life.”
It makes sense, then, that Monroe’s spectacular new album, Rosegold, is her most joyous, blissed-out collection yet. Written and recorded over the past two years, the record finds theGRAMMY-nominated Nashville star pushing her sound in bold new directions, drawing on everything from Kanye West and Kid Cudi to Beck and The Beach Boys as she layers lush vocal harmonies atop dreamy, synthesized soundscapes and sensual, intoxicating beats. Monroe worked with a variety of producers on the album, letting the tracks dictate her direction rather than any arbitrary adherence to genre or tradition, and the result is a record as daring as it is rewarding, an ecstatic, revelatory meditation on happiness and gratitude that tosses expectation to the wind as it celebrates our endless capacity to love, and to be loved, even in the midst of chaos and tragedy.
“I’ve always been good at writing sad songs because I’ve experienced a lot of sadness in my life,” Monroe reflects. “When my son was born, though, it was like some sort of innocence got plugged back into my heart. I’d never really felt that kind of joy before, and I wanted to find a way to make it last.”
Born in Knoxville, TN, Monroe first began turning heads in Nashville as a teenager, when she arrived in town with a notebook full of mature, emotionally sophisticated songs that belied her young age. A jack-of-all-trades, she picked up work behind the scenes at first, singing on sessions at Jack White’s Third Man Studios and penning tunes that would appear on albums by the likes of Guy Clark, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert. Monroe and Lambert forged a close personal bond through their collaborations, and in 2011, they teamed up with fellow Nashville journeywoman Angaleena Presley to launch the critically acclaimed trio Pistol Annies, which would go on to top the Country Album charts, crack the Top 5 on the Billboard 200, and earn a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album. Monroe’s solo output was equally lauded, with NPR hailing her work as “subtle and breathtaking” and Rolling Stone praising her writing as “riveting [and] sharp-witted,”and over the course of three studio albums, she would land her own GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album, share bills with the likes of Vince Gill and John Prine,and perform everywhere from The Tonight Show and Conan to Late Night and The View.
Leon Vynehall returns with new album ‘Rare, Forever’ — the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Nothing Is Still’, which garnered widespread praise including appearing in ‘Album of the Year’ lists from Rough Trade, Mixmag, Esquire, Resident Advisor and received an 8.2 review from Pitchfork (also included in their Albums of the week roundup).
Vynehall has collaborated with Eric Timothy Carlson and Aaron Anderson (both Grammy nominated for their work with Bon Iver) on the 'Rare, Forever' artwork and imagery .
Even if we weren’t living through extraordinarily troubling times, there is nothing quite like a Teenage Fanclub album to assuage the mind, body and soul, and to reaffirm that all is not lost in this world.
Endless Arcade follows the band’s ninth album Here, released in 2016. It's quintessential TFC: melodies are equal parts heartwarming and heartaching; guitars chime and distort; keyboard lines mesh and spiral; harmony-coated choruses burst out like sun on a stormy day.
In the 1990s, the band crafted a magnetically heavy yet harmony-rich sound on classic albums such as Bandwagonesque and Grand Prix. This century, albums such as Shadows and Here have documented a more relaxed, less ‘teenage’ Fanclub, reflecting the band’s stage in life and state of mind, which Endless Arcade slots perfectly alongside. The album walks a beautifully poised line between melancholic and uplifting, infused with simple truths. The importance of home, community and hope is entwined with more bittersweet, sometimes darker thoughts - insecurity, anxiety, loss.
Reissue on vinyl of the sixth PJ Harvey studio album Uh Huh Her. The album was self-produced and originally released in May 2004. Uh Huh Her features the singles ‘The Letter’, ‘You Came Through’ and ‘Shame’. Reissue is faithful to the original recording and package, with cutting by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering under the guidance of longtime PJ Harvey producer Head.
Collection of unreleased demos of written for the sixth PJ Harvey studio album Uh Huh Her, including demos of ‘The Letter’ and ‘Shame’. Features brand new artwork with previously unseen photos by Maria Mochnacz. Artwork is overseen by Maria with Rob Crane. Mastering by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering, under the guidance of longtime PJ Harvey producer Head.
Following the global broadcast of Venture Into Cures, on November 18, 2020, Eddie Vedder released a pair of singles- "Matter of Time" and "Say Hi" via Seattle Surf Co./Republic Records. Additionally, Vedder shared an animated music video for the powerful, passionate, and poetic "Matter of Time" and live video for "Say Hi," an oft-sought after live favorite now officially available for the first time. Limited Edition 7-inch vinyl.
Blood From the Soul is the vision of legendary musician Shane Embury, longtime member of extreme pioneers Napalm Death. In the early 90's Embury partnered with Lou Koller (Sick Of It All) to create the Blood From The Soul debut "To Spite The Gland That Breeds" (Earache, 1993). The album was an experimental fusion of industrial, metal, hardcore, and punk. And along with Godflesh, Pitch Shifter, Meathook Seed, and Scorn, they helped spawn a new wave of industrial-metal. Fast forward to 2020 and Blood From the Soul has awakened from hyper-sleep. Joining Embury on this new creative journey are now Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, Soilwork, Aborted, Tronos), Jacob Bannon (Converge, Wear Your Wounds, Umbra Vitae), and Jesper Liveröd (Nasum, Burst). "DSM-5" is a twelve song conceptual album from Blood From the Soul. Lyrically the album is written from the perspectives of human beings as well as sentient machines. Metaphorically it explores the relationship between consciousness and physical/psychological deterioration amid a multitude of stresses. Reading as both dystopian science fiction as well as poignant editorial on the turbulent present and our uncertain future.
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Charleston rock duo Shovels & Rope continue their Busted Jukebox series where they join forces with their musical friends to cover classic songs in their own unique ways with Busted Jukebox Volume 3. Out digitally on February 5 and on physical formats on April 30, Volume 3 sees the duo covering a series of kid-friendly songs, such as "Tomorrow" from 'Annie' featuring The War and Treaty, "You Are My Sunshine" featuring The Felice Brothers, and "What A Wonderful World" featuring John Paul White, along with some other classics like REM's "Everybody Hurts" alongside T. Hardy Morris, and The Beach Boys' "In My Room" featuring Sharon Van Etten.
Country Again, Side A marks ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year Thomas Rhett’s fifth studio album. According to Thomas, this album “is a lot of nostalgia and a lot of reflection; but rooted in the here and now, and in the work-in-progress of the man I am today. It’s things about life that I wanted to say at 19 years old, but I hadn’t even begun to gain the experience to know exactly what those things were, or how to say them. In that regard, this album was 11 years in the making.”
Loney dear, aka singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Emil Svan„ngen, will release his second album, 'A Lantern and A Bell,' for Real World Records. Heralded by outlets such as Stereogum, Sunday Times UK, Rolling Stone and Uncut, Loney Dear's music is sensitive yet uplifting. PR teams will be engaged in multiple territories, in addition to videos for key tracks and social media marketing across Real World and Six Degrees channels. Peter Gabriel calls it "the work of a master."
Single LP on white vinyl w/ bonus shaped gold vinyl 12-inch in same packaging as standard LP. Full album download included.
Canadian rising alt-pop star VISSIA dives into bubbly waters and emerges with her sophomore LP With Pleasure; a creative collection of pop-polished gems. Described by music journalists as “a MUST discovery”, “phenomenal and soulful”, “unmissable”, “poetic and impeccable”, and a “breathtaking talent”; VISSIA’s intuitive creative choices as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist explore our emotional heart-spaces with unquenchable curiosity and playful awareness.
Pink Floyd’s “Live At Knebworth” recorded at Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, UK, on June 30, 1990 in aid of the Nordoff Robbins Music Centre and The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Remixed from the original master tapes on 180-Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, with 16-page booklet. Cut at 45 RPM for enhanced audio quality.
Grey Daze, who won widespread praise for Amends (the stirring, full circle album that found the surviving band members fulfilling a promise made to singer Chester Bennington) return this year with a 5-song EP, dubbed Amends. Stripped. This is an intimate, acoustic take on Amends and includes a trio of `90s-era radio interviews with the band.
Baby Strange - "Land Of Nothing" [White Opaque LP] Glasgow trio Baby Strange are back with their new EP, Land of Nothing. With a line-up rounded out by brothers Connaire & Aidan McCann, they are set to re-establish themselves as one of the most innovative and uncompromising outfits in the UK. Since the release of their 2016 debut, Want It Need It, Baby Strange have toured tirelessly, building an enthusiastic and dedicated live audience, selling out venues across the UK. Indie Exclusive on white opaque vinyl. Limited Edition.
For fans of Tiffany, 80’s Music, Rock and Pop! Legendary pop star and 80’s icon, Tiffany, is best known for the #1 Billboard hit, “I Think We’re Alone Now”, which recently garnered a whopping 100 million streams on Spotify. At the start of her career, Tiffany earned two U.S. #1 hit singles with the aforementioned “I Think We’re Alone Now”, as well as the ballad, “Could’ve Been,” and also set a record as the youngest female artist to top the Billboard charts with her debut album ”Tiffany”. Over the course of her three-decade career, Tiffany has sold over 15 million records. Tiffany has endured a 30+ year career ranging from posing in Playboy, guest-starring on several reality television shows, including 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' & 'Racheal Ray V Guy Fieri Celebrity Cook Off' and has acted in a handful of horror & science fiction films including her starring role in Mega Python V Gatoroid. “I Think We’re Alone Now” was recently featured in The Umbrella Academy, and now Tiffany is set to release an updated version that features a rock and roll arrangement as a Limited Edition 12” vinyl single. This limited edition comes on blue vinyl with the classic Tiffany logo and has the brand new song “Hey Baby” from her forthcoming album “Shadows” due out later in 2021. Tiffany is scheduled to embark on a UK and North American tour later this year.
On his second solo album as Toth, You And Me And Everything, Rubblebucket cofounder Alex Toth embarks on a journey of transformation and self-discovery. Surrounded by cascading folk rock, celebratory horns, and jaunty piano, he finds himself falling in love after the dissolution of a 12-year-long relationship and learning how to deal with deep-seated grief. From the "why not"? attitude that drives the celebratory "I Might Be"? to the vivid imagery that positions "Turnaround (Cocaine Song)"? as one of his strongest lyrical efforts yet, Toth uses his latest album to push himself as both a musician and a person. The result brings to mind the heartfelt vulnerability of Arthur Russell, the woozy jazz of Chet Baker, and the playful melodic breadth of the Beach Boys. On You And Me And Everything, Toth accepts love as an adventure and invites you to join on the unpredictable, fulfilling ride.
2 CD Live Set - Recorded between 2003 & 2008. Includes 6 Previously Unreleased performances. Mention the name DICKEY BETTS and the words "no introduction necessary" come to mind. Betts'who, with Duane Allman, designed an enduring style of rock guitar harmony in the original Allman Brothers Band. In this set recorded at various points between 2005 & 2008 in which he offered Allman Brothers hits as well as songs from his solo records, shows how important a guitarist Betts is, and how he still can connect with an audience. Throughout his guitar playing is the main attraction: ringing and biting, yet always melodic, soulful and heartfelt. Includes the songs "Jessica," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," "High Falls," "Good Time Feeling," "Blue Sky," "Ramblin" Man," "Seven Turns," "Southbound," "No One To Run With," "Steady Rolling Man," "Nobody Know," and more.
inhale (exhale) is the highly anticipated 12th studio album from MercyMe. This 16-song collection includes the stunningly poignant anthem “Almost Home,” the buoyant “A Little Love” featuring MercyMe frontman/principal songwriter Bart Millard’s close friend Gary LeVox of country super group Rascal Flatts, “Brand New,” featuring disco legend and friend Gloria Gaynor, the upbeat “On Our Way,” that features Millard’s son Sam Wesley, and “Say I Won’t,” the latest in a long line of MercyMe hits that have inspired listeners by illuminating the hope and peace to be found in a life of faith.
For inhale (exhale), the band began writing and wound up with more than 40 songs.
Millard admits having the new record to focus on offered a welcome sense of purpose during 2020’s pandemic life, stating, “It’s been a life saver working on this record during the pandemic when you can’t do shows and everything else.” The result is a finely crafted album that offers hope and encouragement to a hurting world. From the one-minute opener “inhale” that urges us to “hold onto Jesus and breathe” to the rollicking anthem “Blessed” that reminds us of the power of grace. “Bright Side of Broken” is a powerful anthem that acknowledges pain and struggle while reminding us there’s hope.
MercyMe is one of the most successful bands in any genre, winning multiple American Music Awards and Dove Awards as well as being named Billboard’s Top Christian Artist of the 2010s. Breathe in, breathe out, and allow MercyMe’s inhale (exhale) to capture your imagination and heart.
Following up their 8th studio album, Guardians, which debuted at #1 on the Rock and Vinyl charts, August Burns Red return with, The Guardians Sessions EP. Featuring 6 tracks, including: 2 unreleased studio tracks recorded during the Guardians recording sessions, re-imagined instrumental versions of 2 tracks off of Guardians "Extinct By Instinct" and "Paramount," and covers of the Westworld theme song and System of a Down's "Chop Suey!" Pressed on 10" White Smoke LP.
Originally released on Nov 20, 2020, a new deluxe version will now be released on CD and digitally on Feb 26 and on vinyl LP on April 23. This HARMONY DELUXE version has 6 new songs including: “Nature Boy” (from Moulin Rouge), “I’ll Stand By You [Duet with Helene Fischer],”(originally recorded by The Pretenders), and “I Can See Clearly Now” (popularized by Johnny Nash). The making of the original album and the title have been very cathartic for Josh. He wanted to go back to basics, and interpret songs that make him feel good, are a blast to sing, and most importantly, are songs that fans have asked for. Josh has performed many of them on the road and in other settings in the past few years. The album is essentially a collection of timeless songs along with two originals. Highlights include “The Impossible Dream” (from the play and film the Man of La Mancha), “The World We Knew (Over and Over)” (popularized by Frank Sinatra); “Angels” (popularized by Robbie Williams), “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (popularized by Roberta Flack), “It’s Now or Never” (popularized by Elvis Presley), “Celebrate Me Home” (popularized by Kenny Loggins) and “I Can't Make You Love Me”. Special guest appearances on the album include an amazing duet with Leslie Odom Jr (TONY award for Hamilton on Broadway) on “Shape Of My Heart” (popularized by Sting), plus a stunning duet with Sara Bareilles of the Joni Mitchell song “Both Sides Now”, and Kirk Franklin bringing his unique blend of energy and a choir to a new and timely original called “The Fullest”.
“Twice As Tall”, is the fifth studio album, from the Afro-fusion pioneer and newly crowned GRAMMY AWARD WINNING global superstar,BurnaBoy.“The album is inspired bya period of time in my life”,Burnaclaims. “It’s an album about the struggle for freedom. It’s the album about life in general, real life, good times, bad times, happy times, sad times, great times."
On April 30, Mascot Label Group/Provogue will release "How Blue Can You Get", a collection of previously unreleased songs from Gary's substantial body of outstanding work in his back catalogue. The album contains 4 originals, and 4 songs previously recorded and made famous by classic bluesmen like Elmore James, Sonny Thompson, Memphis Slim and BB King. It's our hope that current and future generations of music fans discover and re-discover Gary Moore, revelling in the artistry of not just a great guitarist, but a supremely talented musician. Back to the future with Gary Moore. "How Blue Can You Get" is available on light blue 180 grams vinyl and a Limited Deluxe CD.
For fans of Moody Blues, Deep Purple, Drive She Said and Melodic Rock! TOUCH is an American band from New York City formed in 1978 with Mark Mangold (keyboards and vocals), Glenn Kithcart (drums), Craig Brooks (guitars and vocals) and Doug Howard (bass and vocals). Touch's first album was released on Atco Records and their first singles, "Don't You Know What Love Is" and "When The Spirit Moves You" charted on the Billboard Hot 100. "Don't You Know What Love Is" was played heavily on AOR stations in the USA at the end of the 1970s and early '80's, and also did well on the Melody Maker chart in Great Britain. Touch was the first band to play at the inaugural Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donington in 1980 along with Rainbow, Scorpions and Judas Priest. A live version of "Don't You Know What Love Is" appeared on the compilation LP Monsters of Rock, documenting the performances at the festival. Known for their memorable and diverse songs, stellar musicianship, lush vocal harmonies and dynamic stage performance, Touch is invariably on the list of TOP AOR Bands and their album is considered by many to be among the best AOR Melodic Rock albums of all time. The original band have now reformed after almost 40 years to create the new album "Tomorrow Never Comes", which is already being hailed as their best work to date.
An out-of-the-ordinary musical scene spread within the 50,000 people living in M'berra camp, in the hot desert of Mauritania, at the border with Mali. Despite the harsh living conditions of people fleeing multiple conflicts, Arab and Tuareg musicians-refugees started to make music together. A unique musical style is born, a mixture of antique tunes, blues & improvisation. The artist's royalties of this record will be donated to Intersos in order to support future humanitarian projects.
Hooveriii (pronounced "Hoover Three")- Born as a solo drum machine project by Bert Hoover in late 2012, this band has morphed over the years into a driving, psychedelic space rock band. With elements of krautrock and prog. The band has had a revolving line up from power trio to drum machine synth band - this version, it's true final form, consists of six members. Bert Hoover on guitar and vocals, Gabe Flores on lead guitar and vocals, Kazmirblouk on bass and synths, James Novick on synths, Casey Sullivan on vocals and synths and Owen Barret on the drums! One listen and you’ll have these melodic riffs and caloric choruses buried in your mind grapes so deep you’ll need to have them surgically extracted.You won’t be disappointed by the penmanship Hoover has brought to the table here! There are so many sonic layers to sink your canines into. It’s not surprising that this band has already shared stages from Europe to Mexico with bands like Osees, Kikagaku Moyo, Stonefield, FUZZ, ORB, Acid Mothers Temple, & more. Soon enough, you’ll be seeing them at the top of the bill, blowing the minds of everyone within earshot.