Here’s a rundown of new releases on DSPs and physical releases in record shops this week.
Arcade Fire – We
The sixth studio album from the Canadian superstars rolls back the conceptual idea to a more suitable kaleidoscopic indie-rock that references Bowie and Big Thief. It has big ballads and synth pop. It features Peter Gabriel, Geoff Barrow, Father John Misty, some great songs and some clunkers. That’s my two-listen short review.
Sharon Van Etten – We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong
The artist’s home-recorded sixth album featured no pre-release singles.
Van Etten plays Ireland:
22 June – Vicar Street, Dublin
23 June – Cork Opera House, Cork
Warpaint – Radiate Like This
The first album in six years from LA four-piece. “It is the joyous culmination of four musical minds over the course of a few wild and heart-opening years.” They play the National Stadium next Saturday.
Sigrid – How to Let Go
Second album from the Norwegian pop star. Plays 3Arena on November 24th.
Ibeyi – Spell 31
The third album from Afro-Cuban French twins whose music is spectral R&B pop. Features collaborations with Pa Salieu, Jorja Smith, BERWYN, Dave Okumu, Ben Reed and Owen Pallett, with production by Richard Russell.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fevеr – Endless Rooms
The Aussie guitar-pop band’s third album. They play Vicar Street on June 8th.
Bill Fay Still Some Light – Pt 2
British singer-songwriter Bill Fay released his self-titled debut and its 1971 follow-up, the psychedelic-folk record Time Of The Last Persecution and then he apparently walked away from the music industry.
Still Some Light Part 2, on the Dead Oceans label, is a collection of Fay’s archival recordings from 1970 and 1971, following on from the excellent part 1 in January.
!!! – Let It Be Blue
Ninth studio album from the Warp Record punk-funk masters. Always see this band live. There’s a tip.
The Expert, (formerly of Messiah J and The Expert) teams up for a new album with The Atlanta MC Jermiside. A socially conscious psychedelic hip-hop album inspired by Marvin Gaye’s narrative on What’s Going On mixed with tripped-out beats reminiscent of Edan’s ‘
Beauty & The Beat.
Rowan – Does It Make You Happy?
Debut album from Cork indie band. Title track.
Suki Waterhouse – I Can’t Let Go
Full-length debut album on Sub Pop from English model and artist described as “the kind of tunes meant to be grafted onto dusty old vinyl from your favourite vintage record store, yet perfect for a sun-soaked festival stage.”
Knucks – Alpha Place
North London rapper’s second album.
The Waterboys – All Souls Hill
Mike Scott is back with a fifteenth album. “Its nine songs tell stories, explore dreamscapes, and cast a cold but hopeful eye on the human drama.”
Aonair – Loveheart Birthmark EP
Donegal multi-instrumentalist has released some bombastic singles ‘Think Twice’ with Wyvern Lingo’s Caoi De Barra.
The Staples Jr. Singers – When Do We Get Paid
Famous gospel singing family. Re-issue of their 1975 album on Luaka Bop.
Lydia Ainsworth – Sparkles & Debris Reimagined
Canadian singer, film composer and producer’s fifth album is a re-interpretations.
Featuring tracks from Yusef Lateef, Airto Moreira, Crooked Man, Henri Texier and many more, it is a collection of new, old, rare and under-discovered music from around the world.
C Duncan – Alluvium
Scottish singer-songwriter’s latest long-player. Title track.
Belle and Sebastian – A Bit of Previous
Not a compilation of previous singles from the Scottish band but rather their tenth studio album and first full-length in seven years.
Sunflower Bean – Headful of Sugar
New York indie-rock trio.
Soft Cell – Happiness Not Included
Marc Almond and producer/instrumentalist Dave Ball – are set to return with their fifth studio album, their first since 2002.
Soccer96 – Inner Worlds
London alternative duo’s is self-described as “spiritual combat music to steady us through the stormy changes of the outer world.”
TSHA – Fabric Presents
The Ninja Tune producer is the latest in the long-running mix series. This one. spans rave, ‘90s dance, house, techno, UKG, soul, grime, disco and bass music.
Anna Calvi – Tommy EP
Four songs written for the TV show Peaky Blinders.
Dublin electronic duo of Conan Wynne and Anna Doran are back at it.
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