Friday is album release day and here’s a rundown of what’s been released on DSPs and physical releases in record shops.
Public Service Broadcasting – Bright Magic
The UK band explore European music and history on their fourth album.
Andy Shauf – Wilds
A collection of 9 songs written and recorded between March and May of 2018. Bandcamp.
Boys Noize – +/-
New album from the producer features Kelsey Lu, Jake Shears, Tommy Cash, Chilly Gonzales.
Sufjan Stevens & Angelo de Augustine – A Beginner’s Mind
Beginner’s Mind’s 14 songs are inspired by films Sufjan and Angelo watched while writing together for a month at a friend’s place in upstate New York. Choosing a movie to unwind after each day’s work, they soon began finding inspiration in their nightly entertainment, using the concept of shoshin (literally “a beginner’s mind”), the I-Ching and Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies as guiding principles.
NAO – And Then Life Was Beautiful
Third album from NAO features serpentwithfeet, Lianne La Havas, Lucky Daye.
Various Artists – ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ The Velvet Underground & Nico
Tribute album with covers from St. Vincent, Fontaines DC, Angel Olson, Sharon Van Etten, Bobby Gillespie, Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe and more.
Automatic Blue – Look Cool Dead
Off-kilter Irish music from Drew Linehan on Hausu label draws from alt-electronic, pop and R&B. Bandcamp.
Westside Gunn – Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B
That title makes a recommendation difficult but the Griselda rapper is magnetic.
Cold War Kids – New Age Norms 3
Third album in a trilogy from the Long Beach band.
Alessia Cara – In the Meantime
Third album from the Canadian artist grows in confidence.
A Ritual Sea – A Ritual Sea
Debut album from the indie shoegaze band draws from the relationship between A Ritual the chief songwriter and singer Donna McCabe and composer / guitarist Florian Chombart:
Flo and I met 12 years ago through MySpace, being fans of each other’s bands, but we lived in two different cities – Flo was in Paris and I was in Dublin. There is something very melancholic about long distance relationships; there’s a deep loneliness and sadness when you are apart, and then an incredible high when you are together again. You create rituals around those reunions. We sent each other music all the time, to say the things we couldn’t express with words. You lie awake at night thinking of the sea that separates you – that is where the band name comes from. That longing gets deeply imprinted on you – a feeling of having been gifted something immense, but just out of reach.”
Brigid May Power – Burning Your Light EP
Six-track EP of covers of Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Patsy Cline and more from the Irish folk artist.
Loah – When I Rise Up EP
Released Sunday September 26th. “A series of poetry, written in the 1920s, set to music and melody.”
The Crayon Set – Downer Disco
Dublin-based release a new album synth and electronic alternative pop.
Dave Okumu – Knopperz
Influential musician who has made music with The Invisible and collaborated with Jessie Ware, Nilufer Yanya, Arlo Parks and more steps into solo mode.
JagJaguar – Join the Ritual
The label is celebrating 25 years with a D&D-themed album featuring Spencer Krug, Angel Olsen, Besnard Lakes and more.
Anna B Savage – These Dreams EP
Three originals recorded alongside A Common Turn plus a cover of Edwyn Collins’ ‘A Girl Like You’.
Pa Sheehy – The Art of Disappearing EP
Frontman from Walking On Cars’ debut EP.