Music Releases 05-22-20
Ghosts of West Virginia centers on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed twenty-nine men in that state in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history. In ten deftly drawn sonic portraits, Earle and his band the Dukes explore the historical role of coal in rural communities. More than merely a question of jobs and income, mining has provided a sense of unity and meaning, patriotic pride and purpose.
Notes On A Conditional Form is The 1975's highly anticipated fourth studio album. Available May 22nd, the 22-track epic includes hit singles "People" and "Me & You Together Song". The band worked to use as little plastic as possible in the manufacturing of the product.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced Chunky Shrapnel, a new music documentary film and accompanying double-LP live album. The new album features 13 live performances hand-picked from the band’s 2019 UK and European tour, and includes three new musical scores written by Stu Mackenzie that add a magical touch of an alien melancholy throughout the record. Chunky Shrapnel is an experience geared towards not only recreating the energy of a live concert, but creating something tailored and unique to the King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.
Following up the Grammy nominated album "Run Home Slow", Australian soul band The Teskey Brothers are back with their new live album "Live at The Forum" out 5/22. The album was recorded on tape during their two day residency at the iconic Forum Melbourne in Australia this past November. Opaque Blue Vinyl. Polybag. Gatefold Sleeve.
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are Indigo Girls. Together they write, arrange, record and perform music which and have become a vital part of the lives of their worldwide devoted fanbase. Their first new studio album in 5 years, Look Long is a testament to their storied 40-year career. Produced by John Reynolds at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studio in England. Features 11 brand new tracks, all written by the pair. CD in 4-panel softpak with booklet.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio to Russian parents, Alina Baraz has been around music all her life. With both parents having classical training, she was destined to find her voice through music. Almost immediately after the release of her first single, “Roses Dipped in Gold” at age 19, Baraz and her family moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career as a singer/songwriter full time.
In 2015, Baraz released her debut project, Urban Flora. The acclaimed project was praised by the Guardian, NPR, Huffington Post, Harpers Bazaar and many more, and sat on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart for over 125 weeks, peaking at #2.
In January of 2017, she released the viral single “Electric” ft. Khalid, which has been streamed over 190M times and counting. In 2018 she released The Color of You, enlisting Grammy-nominated producer Robin Hannibal (Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, Cee Lo Green) to help produce the project.
Baraz has been in the works of a special project, coming in Spring of 2020.
2020 release. If you want to travel America, take the Train. As the Grammy-nominated kingpin of American roots, Victor Wainwright's second release with the crack-squad band he assembled in 2018 is a snapshot of all the nation's great cities and genres - with a modern twist. And, as the title tells you, Memphis Loud's rattle-and-shout originals demand to be played at speaker-shaking volume. "Find a moment," he advises, "to sit back with your favorite headphones or speakers, turn it up, and listen. It's heavy, and I know you're gonna love it."
Prolific singer-songwriter Ashe continues to build on her electrifying momentum in 2020, after her hit single, "Moral Of The Story” was featured in the Netflix hit sequel "To All The Boys...PS I Still Love You”. The track features contributions from grammy award winning producer FINNEAS and lyrical contribution from Billie Eilish. Since then, the track accumulated over 75 million streams (3.5 million per day) in less than a month, landed on 54 Spotify viral charts and 758K Shazams. The track was added to Spotify’s largest pop playlist Today’s Top Hits (25M followers) and Apple’s Today’s Hits. “Moral of the Story” is impacting pop and alternative radio now with early adds from iHeart USA, KYSR Los Angeles, Entercom USA, KITS San Francisco, National SiriusXM and Alt Nation. This summer Ashe will be performing in 20K capacity venues alongside AJR, Quinn XCII and Hobo Johnson. For the first time ever, the 2-part EP Moral of the Story: Chapters 1 & 2 will be pressed on exclusive yellow vinyl.
In conjunction with Jollett’s memoir, The Airborne Toxic Event has completed an album by the same name, a twelve song concept record which draws from scenes and themes in the book. Incorporating real audio from his family, gospel singers, and orchestral flourishes from violins to timpani to horns, the record is Jollett’s attempt to capture the high hopes of his parents, the dash dreams and difficult times which followed, the confusion of an adult life spent nursing the wounds of childhood, and the ultimate redemption which came from looking inward and finding an acceptance of self and love of family. The record was produced by Mark Needham (The Killers, Fleetwood Mac) at east/west Studios in Hollywood.
Los Angeles-based guitarist, composer, and producer Blake Mills announces forthcoming album Mutable Set. Much of the material was co-written with acclaimed singer-songwriter Cass McCombs, and this is Mills' first album of solo music with lyrics since 2014's "Heigh Ho" and second release under New Deal Records / Verve Label Group.
Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release from the Charlatans vocalist. Frontman, singer, label boss, DJ and author, Tim Burgess has been instrumental in so many great records over the years. While in The Charlatans, Tim's indefatigable energy has been a consistent fuel for the band across thirteen high-charting albums. His solo adventure has been no less extraordinary, scaling new heights in 2020 with his fifth solo album, I Love The New Sky. It features wonderfully connective songs of everyday minutiae and universal experience, of love and anger, of loss and belonging, all united by elaborate yet natural arrangements and an effortless but deceptively expert way with melody.
Nonesuch Records releases I Still Play, an album comprising eleven new solo piano compositions written by artists who have recorded for the label. The pieces were written in honor of the label’s longtime President Bob Hurwitz on the occasion of his 2017 shift into the Chairman Emeritus role after running the label for thirty-two years. I Still Play features works by John Adams, Laurie Anderson, Timo Andres, Louis Andriessen, Donnacha Dennehy, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, Brad Mehldau, Steve Reich, Pat Metheny, and Randy Newman. The pieces have been recorded by Andres and fellow Nonesuch artist Jeremy Denk, as well as by Mehldau and Newman themselves.
BRAT is the masterful LP from beloved Chicago multi-instrumentalist NNAMDÏ. It follows his critically acclaimed LP DROOL (2017), an album that brought him to Pitchfork Fest and earned him Best Music of the Year recognition from NPR, FADER, BANDCAMP, and more. On his follow-up BRAT, NNAMDÏ starkly explores the psychological turmoil between Wanting and Needing in a manner that is both intensely personal and highly relatable. It's virtuosic fusion of Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop, Electronics, Gospel, and West African influences firmly establishes him in a genre-less class of his own. NNAMDÏ wrote, produced, and recorded BRAT by himself.
Formed in 1991 Norway's Enslaved have released 14 full length records over their nearly 30 year career. The band's 2020 album Utgard is a record brimful with northern magic and shows them at a stage where simply everything they touch turns to gold. Icy black metal anthems walk hand in hand with refined prog rock gems and primordial, dark folk sorcery
Pressed in a limited edition of 1000, the 10th Anniversary Edition of Wild Nothing's seminal release Gemini is pressed on Translucent Sea Blue Vinyl and housed in a silk-screened, hand-stamped LP Jacket that mimics the very first edition of it's release.
Acquiesce, Natalie Chami's newest album as TALsounds, was recorded at home as improvised sessions; the album a fluid extrapolation of her thoughts, worries, and stresses, that were later trimmed down and reformatted into songs. Over the years, she's honed her skills onstage, particularly her ability to block out what's happening around her to instead focus on her subconscious, letting it guide where she steers each song. Performed entirely by Chami and produced by Cooper Crain (Bitchin' Bajas, Cave), the album is full of entrancing moments, be it the trumpet-like call in 'Muted Decision,' the typewriter beat of 'Instance,' the flickering vocals in 'Else,' or the alien-like glitching of 'Dynasty.' TALsounds has made a name for herself within Chicago's DIY electronic scene for her innate sense of feeling, flow, and fascination. With Acquiesce, she demonstrates not just how hypnotic her music is or how stirring her vocal range is, but how these two combine naturally for her as an improvisational artist ' and she's poised to break out nationally because of that.
The debut album from British singer/songwriter Eve Owen, Don't
Let the Ink Dry, is a work of raw sensitivity and uncontained imagination, brought to life over the course of three transformative years. During that time, the 20-year-old artist spent her summer holidays writing and recording in New York with The National's Aaron Dessner, immersing herself in a creative exploration that provided welcome refuge from her sometimes-troubled school life. As she discovered an entirely new sense of freedom and belonging, Owen devised a sonic language all her own: frenetic yet delicate, mercurial yet nuanced enough to capture the most ephemeral of feelings. Produced by Dessner at Long Pond Studio (a converted old farmhouse deep in the Hudson Valley), Don't Let the Ink Dry finds Owen embracing her affinity for folk music while pursuing the endless possibilities in electronic experimentation. "I've often felt a bit uncomfortable in myself, and I love how that came out in the music," says Owen. "I don't really care for songs that flow just right or have a perfect cadence-I'd rather there be some sort of unnerving element to them. I think Aaron and I are both attracted to weirdness in music, and we instinctively went after that without really even talking about it." For his part, Dessner reflects on the first day of their collaboration: "Eve came up to visit the studio for a day a few years ago when she was 16. I thought we would record one song but we ended up working on several in just one day. By the next morning she had written a few more songs based on her experience the previous day. This prolific songwriting continued throughout our work together. Every morning there would be new songs, written sometimes overnight. I've been lucky to work with some incredibly talented artists and it was clear to me immediately that Eve was deeply gifted, expressing herself with such force and sincerity on essentially her first proper recording day at Long Pond. I was spellbound."
The Mammals can hear the Earth calling, and they’re asking us to listen. Why is the societal pain and political-environmental challenge in this album actually so listenable? Our ears can hear it because it’s been composed with great care by two of folk-Americana’s most heartfelt topical songwriters and lovingly performed by an ensemble of nine musicians.Whether this album helps us slow to hear Earth’s call and reflect on our collective experiences or serves as a rallying call to action depends on the listener. Either way, we feel reassured that it’s our combined responsibility to stay alert, use our strength to protect the fragile, and remember to stay welcoming and kind. Everyone’s invited to plant their roots, hoist their antenna, and tune in to The Mammals.
Daryl Mosley is an authentic, American troubadour. From countless appearances on the "Grand Ole Opry" to classic "In The Round" appearances at the famous Bluebird Cafe, to a touring schedule of over 150 concerts per year, singer/songwriter Daryl Mosley has been sharing his songs and stories with America for over 30 years.