Friday is album release day and here’s a quick rundown of what’s been released on DSPs and vinyl in physical stores today. It’s also Bandcamp Friday where the platform waives their cut of any purchases so all the money goes to the artists and labels, so I included special releases and links to Bandcamp where possible.
David Kitt – 20 Part One
Kittser has delved back into his back catalogue for reworked versions of old songs on 20 Part One, which will be acoustic in tone and the album is now live. As he says himself.
I realised on the home straight of doing this 20 record that i’d chickened out, once again, from doing what i’d set out to do which was make a record centred around solo guitar performances off the tempo-locked grid. The record had slowly become overpopulated with beat-driven tracks and while I felt it needed a bit of that, I’d gone too far.
So I took two steps back and ripped up a quarter of the record with the idea that part one would all be done that way and i’d introduce the beats and electronics in the second part. that i’d treat them as records within themselves that while connected through the place and time they were recorded in would work well as a self-contained single albums.
Black Country, New Road – For The First Time
Hotly-tipped post-rock-post-punk spoken word English band with many members. 6-track album out on Ninja Tune.
Hayley Williams – Flowers For Vases / descansos
Paramore singer continues her solo forays.
Foo Fighters – Medicine At Midnight
Everything I’ve heard from this has been fairly staid stadium pub rock but people still seem to love it.
Puma Blue – In Praise of Shadows
Really nice soulful R&B debut from a UK artist Jacob Allen.
The Weather Station – Ignorance
Indie folk artist returns. Also on Bandcamp.
Autumns – Dyslexia Sound System
Another release from Northern Irish artist Christian Donaghey on Touch Sensitive.
The Staves – Good Woman
English folk sisters lost their mother and grandmother in recent years and it has informed their third album.
David Keenan – Isolation Tapes Vol. 3 – Catalonia
“What do you get when you mix Iberian solitude, a drum machine and the rumblings of a passing train at night?” A four-track Bandcamp EP.
J Dilla – Welcome 2 Detroit – 20th Anniversary edition
Extended edition of early J Dilla album now on Bandcamp and with a 7″ boxset version.
Minced Oath – Foot Fall EP
Four tracks from Dunk Murphy aka Sunken Foal released on Bandcamp.
Choki Biki Records – Breaks For Days Vol. 1
Aratita Electronik Jazz Quintet – Sumer EP
Brand new Bandcamp Friday release on Fly High Society label which released God Knows’ Who’s Asking EP last year.
ELLLL – Housebreaker
New three-tracker from Cork producer Ellen King on First Second Label.
Roy of The Ravers – Green Irish Tweed Vol 2
John Carpenter – Lost Themes III: Alive After Death
The horror master’s third series of soundtrack music on Sacred Bones.
Octa Octa – She’s Calling EP
Three tracks from the American producer out today on Bandcamp.
The Department of Energy – Lee Lines (Landscape Mixtape)
A mixtape / zine. :Raw, unfiltered sounds from the Emerald Isle and beyond. A blend of unheard archive recordings and fresh sonics recorded in the early weeks of 2021.”
Arvo Party – Heimta EP
I mean, Arvo Party released a gazillion things last year – why stop now?