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New albums and releases this week: Maija Sofia, Slowdive, Natalia Beylis, Speedy Ortiz, Crying Loser & more

New albums and releases this week: Maija Sofia, Slowdive, Natalia Beylis, Speedy Ortiz, Crying Loser & more

Here’s a rundown of new releases on DSPs and physical releases in record shops this week.

New Albums

Maija Sofia – True Love

The Galway singer-songwriter second album released on Tulle Collective, was written in a 300 year old former-yacht club for several months over a lockdown winter. ‘Four Winters’

Puma Blue – Holy Waters

London musician Jacob Allen’s second album of jazz-soul songwriting. ‘Dream Of You’

Natalia Beylis – Mermaids

The Irish musician and sonic artist Natalia Beylis will release Mermaids on September 1st, an album inspired by a CRB Elettronica Ancona keyboard salvaged from a Leitrim recycling centre and an old family photo of her mother and two friends (which is also the cover for the record and informs the title). Bandcamp.

Slowdive – ​​​everything is alive

Shoegaze stalwarts return with their fifth studio album, their first since 2017. Slowdive for first ever headline shows in Dublin & Belfast in November. ‘Alife’

Icona Pop – Club Romantech

15-track album of club-influenced pop music from the Swedish duo. ‘Fall In Love’

Speedy Ortiz – Rabbit Rabbit

“Rabbit rabbit” is a superstitious incantation repeated on the first of each month to bring good fortune—a belief practiced by Sadie Dupuis, the guitarist, singer and songwriter of the Philadelphia rock quartet Speedy Ortiz.

Bakar – Halo

Second album from North Londoner indie rock artist. ‘Right Here, For Now

Islet – Soft Fascination

Welsh alternative group’s fourth album of experimental rock, psychedelic pop, no wave sounds. Bandcamp.

Pale Blue Eyes – This House

UK alternative band releasing on Full Time Hobby. Bandcamp.

Jeff Rosenstock – Hellmode

Fifth studio album the prolific alternative pop artist in the last ten years.

Royal Blood – Back to the Water Below

UK rock duo.

EP & 12″ Releases


Philadelphia trio of experimental “collage rock” music’s latet short missive on Saddle Creek. ‘Tapeworm’

Crying Loser – Oaf Milk EP

Cork No wavey- post-punk band’s debut EP features the excellent ‘Friends’. Bandcamp

Irish Mellow – Searching for Ghosts EP

Mullingar artist and producer blends jazz-fusion, mellow grunge and beats. EP link.

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