Friday is album release day and here’s a rundown of what’s been released on DSPs and physical releases in record shops.
ABBA – Voyage
Only the first album in 40 years from the Swedish pop legends.
Radiohead – KID A MNESIA
Three disc B-sides and rarities collection with original albums Kid A and Amnesiac.
Snail Mail – Valentine
22-year-old Lindsey Jordan’s second album of American indie rock. ‘Madonna’.
Aminé – TWOPOINTFIVE
Portland-born rapper’s new album features ‘Charmander’.
Dark Tropics – Ink
Cinematic, pop-noir from the Belfast duo on their debut. ‘Roses In The Nile’.
SALVATION – inspired by The Cranberries
A collection of covers in aid of Pieta House featuring Irish Women in Harmony, Sinead O’Connor, Pillow Queens, Wyvern Lingo and more.
serpentwithfeet – DEACON’S GROVE EP
Josiah Wise releases a companion piece to recent album Deacon on Secretly Canadian. ‘Down Nuh River’.
Eomac – Bedouin Trax II
Companion to the Irish producer’s 2016 album of electronic and club tracks with Arabic and Islamic samples. Bandcamp.
Hard Feelings – Hard Feelings
Collaborative project between Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) and Amy Douglas (DFA, Horse Meat Disco).
Holly Humberstone – The Walls Are Way Too Thin EP
Second 6-track EP from rising English singer-songwriter. Title track.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – The Future Signed
Third album from American alt-soul artist. ‘Survivor’.
Parcels – Day/Night
Second album from the Australian-born, Berlin-based electro-pop band. ‘Day/Night’ is produced by Parcels, with James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals) on mixing duty and string arrangements handled by Owen Pallett. ‘Somethinggreater’.
Dijon – Absolutely
LA Soul artist who is supporting Bon Iver on tour soon. ‘Big Mike’s.’
Nation Of Language – A Way Forward
Brooklyn band are a little LCD, a little OMD, a little Depeche Mode. ‘The Grey Commute’.
Penelope Isles – Which Way To Happy
Brighton-based Cosmic pop duo’s second album on Bella Union. ‘Iced Gems’.
MIRA CALIX – absent origin
“Barmy and quite brilliant new album… collaging elements from avant garde experimental music, rap, footwork, opera, industrial and dubstep.” So says Boomkat of this artist’s new album on Warp. Bandcamp.
Joan As Police Woman x Tony Allen x Dave Okumu -The Solution is Restless
Collaborative album recorded with Dave Okumu of The Invisible and legendary drummer Tony Allen shortly before he sadly passed away. Hear a single ‘Geometry Of You’.
Jack O’Rourke – Wild Place
New album from Cork balladeer. “The piano and vocal are centre, but there are elements of folk, roots, blues, Americana and chamber music.” ‘Opera On The Top Floor’.
All The Luck In The World – How The Ash Felt
Berlin-based Irish band release their third album of orchestral-leaning alternative folk and indie music. Bandcamp.
Mike Smalle – Pagan Pulse
Mike Smalle (Augustus & John/B-Movie Lightning/cane14) is back with amixtape of pastoral pop, fuzzy folk, haunted ballads and ambient guitar sketches.along with a tribute to Andrew Weatherall. Bandcamp.
Lisa Hannigan – Live at the National Gallery of Ireland EP
Other Voices-released EP of last year’s live streamed show.
Moving Still – Ouddy Bangers EP
Free download of edits from the Arabic/Irish producer Jamal Sul. Bandcamp. Buy the poster and all proceeds go to an NGO in Lebanon – The Music Hub, a music concept space.
Elaine Malone – Mantua
The self-titled second album from Mantua (Cork’s Elaine Malone). The music of Mantua is influenced by the occult and environmental decline, symbolism in the forms of Virgin Mary holograms, Nico, The Holy Mountain and the decay of nature. In contrast to the previous release which was a live, improvised dialogue with fiddle player Niamh Dalton (Trá Pháidín) recorded in Plugd Records, this album was constructed sporadically over two years as a series of pieces drawing on loneliness and frustration. Incorporating harmonium, bass, swimming vocals and drum machines the album was composed, performed and produced by Elaine Malone. Listen here.
Aidan Connolly – Portland Bow
Dublin fiddler’s new album on Raelach. Title track.
Sky Atlas – Stone EP
BIMM Class of 2021 graduates’ debut EP
Diana Ross – Thank You
“With disco enjoying one of its periodic moments in the sun, a supremely classy 21st-century reboot was possible. But this isn’t it,” says Alexis Petridis