Friday is album release day and here’s a rundown of what’s been released on DSPs and physical releases in record shops.
IDLES – CRAWLER
Somewhat course-correcting new album from the English punks to last year’s blustery Ultra Mono. If you’re looking for darker rock’n’roll with soul, this is is. ‘The Beachland Ballroom’.
Jon Hopkins – Music For Psychedelic Therapy
“…something that is closer to a classical symphony than a dance / electronica record. Something that is more like having an experience than listening to a piece of music. It is not ambient, classical or drone but has elements of all three. . . it’s a place as much as it is a sound. It works for the sober mind, but takes on a new dimension entirely when brought into a psychedelic ceremony.”
Silk Sonic – An Evening with Silk Sonic
Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s silky smooth Bootsy Collins’ assisted 9-track album.
Damon Albarn – The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows
This album was originally intended as an orchestral piece inspired by the landscapes of Iceland. During lockdown, Albarn redeveloped it into 11 tracks which further explore themes of fragility, loss, emergence and rebirth.
Courtney Barnett – Things Take Time, Take Time
Third album from the Aussie indie singer-songwriter.
Little Mix – Between Us
The first greatest hits album by British girl group.
Logic1000 – In the Sweetness of You EP
Australian Berlin-based producer Samantha Poulter’s new electronic EP.
Sega Bodega – Romeo
Salvador Navarrete’s second album turns his glossy ravey electronic pop into traditional songs with features from Charlotte Gainsbourg and Arca.
Taylor Swift – Red (Taylor’s Version)
Re-recording of album to take back her masters. The 30 track album also features new recordings with assists from Phoebe Bridgers, Gary Lightbody, Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton.
Holly Humberstone – The Walls Are Way Too Thin EP
Second 6-track EP from rising English singer-songwriter. Title track.
Dave Gahan & Soulsavers – Imposter
Third album from this collaborative project between Depeche Mode frontman and production team of Rich Machin and Ian Glover.
Windings – Focus on the Past 5
Limerick alt-rock/indie/folk band release their long-awaited third record, produced by Daniel Fox (Girl Band). “A deep dive into the half remembered truths of youth, confusion and doubt, uncertainty and fear, the perception and resigned acceptance of the inevitability of end times”
Aesop Rock & Blockhead – Garbology
Aesop Rocky reunites with the producer that he collaborated with on ‘Daylight’.
Joni Mitchell – Archives – VOL. 2: THE REPRISE YEARS (1968-1971)
A five-disc box set of archive music from the Canadian folk singing legend.
Pip Blom – Welcome Break
Dutch indie quartet’s second album.
Claptone – Closer
Barry Manilow, Seal and James Vincent McMorrow all feature on the house-pop producer’s third record, also co-produced by Stuart Price
Cat Dowling – Animals
Dublin-based Kilkenny-born indie singer-songwriter’s second album of dark pop songs.
Lee Ranaldo – In Virus Times
Sonic Youth co-founder new album on Mute is an instrumental acoustic piece in four parts.
Blawan – Woke Up Right Handed EP
Jamie Roberts leaves the club to the side in search of an exploration of sound. On XL Recordings.
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.
ANDI – Cedar Ward EP
Irish R&B / soul / pop artist Amy Kelly.
Foster the People – Torches X
Ya, remember them? Deluxe version of debut album from 2011.