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Will Sheff

Nothing Special

    After nine critically acclaimed albums, twenty bandmates, countless bars, clubs, theaters and festivals, after two full decades, Will Sheff is letting Okkervil River drift out to sea with the release of Nothing Special, his debut collection under his own name. Nothing Special was recorded with a mix of old friends (like Benjamin Lazar-Davis and Will Graefe) and new collaborators (Christian Lee Hutson, Cassandra Jenkins, Dawes drummer Griffin Goldsmith, and Death Cab For Cutie pianist Zac Rae).

    The Murlocs

    Rapscallion

      Hailing from Melbourne, 60’s tinged psych-rock punks The Murlocs  announce their brand new studio album, Rapscallion. Strapped with fuzzy guitar licks, feverish bass and psychedelic brightness, the 12-track collection is a coming-of-age novel in an album form. The wildly squalid odyssey populated by an outrageous cast of misfit characters — teenage vagabonds and small-time criminals, junkyard dwellers and truck-stop transients — is partly inspired by frontman Ambrose Kenny-Smith’s own adolescence as a nomadic skate kid. Their most magnificently heavy work yet, the result is an endlessly enthralling album equally steeped in danger and delirium and the wide-eyed romanticism of youth.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Subsidiary
      2. Bellarine Ballerina
      3. Living Under A Rock
      4. Bobbing And Weaving
      5. Farewell To Clemency
      6. Compos Mentis
      7. The Royal Vagabond
      8. Virgin Criminal
      9. Bowlegged Beautiful
      10. Wickr Man
      11. The Ballad Of Peggy Mae
      12. Growing Pains

      The Claypool Lennon Delirium

      Monolith Of Phobos - 2022 Reissue

        Two worlds have collided, and what glorious and odd worlds they are. After a successful summer tour pairing Primus with Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Les Claypool and Sean Lennon have decided to combine their abstract talents into a project called The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Their efforts thus far have spawned the full-length release called Monolith of Phobos. Over the course of six weeks or so, the two wrote and recorded a total of ten songs with both of them sharing various vocal and instrumental responsibilities, going beyond their core instruments of bass and guitar. Monolith of Phobos is just how the title implies - an old-school approach to a psychedelic space rock record.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Cricket &The Genie (Movement I The Delirium)
        2. Cricket &The Genie (Movement II Oratorio De Cricket)
        3. Mr Wright
        4. Boomerang Baby
        5. Breath Of A Salesman
        6. Captain Lariat
        7. Ohmerica
        8. Oxycontin Girl
        9. Bubbles Burst
        10. There's No Underwater In Space

        The Claypool Lennon Delirium

        South Of Reality - 2022 Reissue

          South Of Reality, The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s epic sophomore album might be just the antidote this sick world needs. Music so potent it could repel an asteroid impact from space, these seasoned warriors of psychedelia have crafted timeless songs that may as well be chiseled in stone. The monolithic dream team’s new record was produced by Les Claypool and Sean Lennonthemselves, and engineered and mixed by Les Claypool at his own Rancho Relaxo studio in Sonoma County, California. The album feels like an organic extension of Monolith of Phobos, blending the wildly surreal and psychedelic with satirical social commentary.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Little Fishes
          2. Blood And Rockets:
          3. Movement I, Saga Of Jack
          4. Parsons - Movement II,
          5. Too The Moon
          6. South Of Reality
          7. Boriska
          8. Easily Charmed By Fools
          9. Amethyst Realm
          10. Toady Man's Hour
          11. Cricket Chronicles
          12. Revisited - Part I, Ask Your
          13. Doctor
          14. Like Fleas

          Primus

          Conspiranoid

            The first completely original Primus music in over a decade comes in the form of a 3 song 12". It kicks off with 12 minute epic "Conspiranoia" exploring the absurdity and darkness bubbling up in the contemporary world - perpetuated, as frontman Les Claypool says, "by anyone with a slight hint of web design aptitude." Claypool goes on to say: "Because all 3 songs were bred in an odd time of divide, confusion, angst, frustration, and social senility, the title 'Conspiranoid' seemed appropriate."

            Jim James

            Regions Of Light And Sound Of God - 2022 Reissue

              Released in 2013, ‘Regions of Light and Sound of God’ was the debut solo album from Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

              This deluxe reissue features the original album plus a second LP of twelve B-sides, demos and alternate versions, including ‘State of The Art (Demo)’ and the previously unheard ballad ‘Begin Again’.

              The double LP is housed in a rainbow foil tip-on gatefold spot matte jacket with revised artwork, a fold-out handwritten lyrics insert and new custom inner-sleeves and centre labels. Pressed on clear/purple blob vinyl.

              TRACK LISTING

              ‘Regions Of Light And Sound Of God’
              State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)
              Know Til Now
              Dear One
              A New Life
              Exploding
              Of The Mother Again
              Actress
              All Is Forgiven
              God’s Love To Deliver

              Bonus Disc
              All Is Forgiven (Alt Version)
              State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.) [Demo]
              A New Life (Alt Version)
              Dear One (Demo)
              Actress (Demo)
              God’s Love To Deliver (Demo)
              You Always Know
              Read Between (Begin Again)
              Epichord
              Sweets
              Moving Away (Alt Version)
              Hallway Of Trees

              Drive-By Truckers

              Welcome 2 Club XIII

                On the title track to Welcome 2 Club XIII, Drive-By Truckers pay homage to the Muscle Shoals honky-tonk where founding members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley got their start: a concrete-floored dive lit like a disco, with the nightly promise of penny beer and truly dubious cover bands. “There were no cool bars in town and Club XIII was the best we had—but it wasn’t all that good, and our band wasn’t particularly liked there,” says Hood, referring to the vocalist/guitarists’ former band Adam’s House Cat. “From time to time the owner would throw us a Wednesday night or let us open for a hair-metal band we were a terrible fit for, and everyone would hang out outside until we were done playing. It wasn’t very funny at the time, but it’s funny to us now.” The 14th studio album from Drive-By Truckers—whose lineup also includes keyboardist/guitarist Jay Gonzalez, bassist Matt Patton, and drummer Brad Morgan—Welcome 2 Club XIII looks back on their formative years with both deadpan pragmatism and profound tenderness, instilling each song with the kind of lived-in detail that invites bittersweet reminiscence of your own misspent youth.

                Produced by longtime Drive-By Truckers collaborator David Barbe and mainly recorded at his studio in Athens, Georgia, Welcome 2 Club XIII took shape over the course of three frenetic days in summer 2021—a doubly extraordinary feat considering that the band had no prior intentions of making a new album. “We had some shows coming up and decided to get together and practice, since we hadn’t even seen each other in a year and a half because of the pandemic,” Hood recalls. “We started demoing song ideas, and pretty soon we realized we had a whole record. It was all sort of magical.” Featuring background vocals from the likes of Margo Price, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, and Mississippi-bred singer/songwriter Schaefer Llana, Welcome 2 Club XIII was recorded live with most songs cut in one or two takes, fully harnessing the band’s freewheeling energy. “For us it’s always about just getting together and having fun, but this time there was the added feeling of being set free after a long time of wondering if we’d ever get to do this again,” notes Cooley.

                Arriving as the band enters its 26th year, Welcome 2 Club XIII marks a sharp departure from the trenchant commentary of The Unraveling and The New OK (both released in 2020). “All our records are political to some extent, but after making three overtly political records in a row we wanted to do something much more personal,” says Hood. A hypnotic introduction to the album’s sprawling autobiography, “The Driver” kicks off Welcome 2 Club XIII with a seven-minute-long, darkly thrilling epic punctuated with lead-heavy riffs and Llana’s unearthly vocals. “Around the same era of Club XIII, I spent a lot of time driving around late at night when I couldn’t sleep, listening to music loud and often having a beer or two,” says Hood. “Sometimes during those drives I’d have these epiphanies about what to do with my life—like listening to Tim by The Replacements not long after it came out and deciding to drop out of school to try and make this whole band thing work.”

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: This sounds like classic DBT, country leaning indie rock imbued with a hazy southern groove. It's heavy in parts, but also nuanced and cohesive. For a band coming on 30 years together, they're showing no signs of slowing down or faltering. A brilliantly uplifting and well humoured new entry in their storied history.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. The Driver
                2. Maria's Awful Disclosure
                3. Shake And Pine
                4. We Will Never Wake You In The Morning
                5. Welcome 2 Club XIII
                6. Forged In Hell And Heaven Sent
                7. Every Single Storied Flameout
                8. Billy Ringo In The Dark
                9. Wilder Days

                Pink Mountaintops

                Peacock Pools

                  Since their 2004 self-titled debut, Pink Mountaintops have supplied an outlet for the more arcane fascinations of Black Mountain frontman Stephen McBean. On Peacock Pools—Pink Mountaintops’ first new music in eight years—the British Columbia-born singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist shares 12 songs sparked from his magpie-like curiosity for a wild expanse of cultural artifacts: the sci-fi body horror of David Cronenberg, Disney Read-Along Records from the 1970s, early Pink Floyd and mid-career Gary Numan, John Carpenter movies, Ornette Coleman live videos, a 1991 essay on the cult of bodybuilding by postmodern feminist Camille Paglia. Featuring counterculture icons like Steven McDonald of Redd Kross and Dale Crover of Melvins, Peacock Pools alchemizes those obsessions into a body of work with its own enchanting power, the sonic equivalent of falling down a thousand rabbit holes at once and landing somewhere gloriously strange.

                  Nilüfer Yanya

                  Painless

                    Painless is the follow-up to Nilüfer Yanya’s renowned 2019 debut album Miss Universe, which fully established her as a singular artist and a distinctive voice that simply has to be heard. The critically acclaimed Miss Universe - a widescreen concept record that took a tongue in cheek swipe at the most self-involved corners of the health and wellness industry - was followed last year by the three song EP Feeling Lucky?, which further explored Yanya’s fascination with ‘90s alt-rock melodies and drew on themes of resentment, her fear of flying, and the concept of luck. Pitchfork summed up Feeling Lucky? and her now peerless songwriting aptitude best: “Nilüfer Yanya’s melodies have a pull so strong they almost necessitate their own law of physics.” Yanya also re-released her early EPs on vinyl for the first time this year on the record Inside Out. The release is a fundraiser for Artists in Transit, a collaborative not for profit group she founded with her sister Molly that delivers art workshops to displaced people and communities in times of hardship.

                    As the daughter of two visual artists (her Irish-Barbadian mother is a textile designer and her Turkish-born father’s work is exhibited at the British Museum) creativity was always destined for Nilüfer Yanya’s future. Now she enters the next stage of her creative journey, Yanya is running head first into the depths of emotional vulnerability on her sophomore record Painless. The album was recorded between a basement studio in Stoke Newington and Riverfish Music in Penzance with Miss Universe collaborator and producer Wilma Archer, DEEK Recordings founder Bullion, Big Thief producer Andrew Sarlo, and musician Jazzi Bobbi.

                    Where Miss Universe stretched musical boundaries to include a litany of styles from smooth jazz melodies to radio ready pop, Painless takes a more direct sonic approach. By narrowing down her previously broad palette to a handful of robust ideas that revolve around melancholy harmonies and looped industrial beats to mimic the insular focus of the lyrics, Yanya has smoothed out the idiosyncrasies of previous releases without losing what is essential to her.

                    Painless is a record that forces the listener to sit with the discomfort that accompanies so many of life’s biggest challenges whether it be relationship breakdowns, coping with loneliness, or the search for our inner self. “It's a record about emotion,” Yanya explains. “I think it's more open about that in a way that Miss Universe wasn't because there's so many cloaks and sleeves with the concept I built around it.” She adds, summing up the ethos of the new album, “I'm not as scared to admit my feelings”.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Barry says: Poppy melodies, clashing percussion and Yanya's unmistakeable voice weave around each-other, sometimes hinting at the vocal rhythms of R&B, but much more akin to a stylistic mix of electronic indie and scattered art-rock.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. The Dealer
                    2. L/R
                    3. Shameless
                    4. Stabilise
                    5. Chase Me
                    6. Midnight Sun
                    7. Trouble
                    8. Try
                    9. Company
                    10. Belong With You
                    11. The Mystic
                    12. Anotherlife

                    St. Paul & The Broken Bones

                    The Alien Coast

                      Produced by Matt Ross-Spang, and featuring eleven new, original songs, The Alien Coast is the first SPATBB album tracked in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, AL. The arrangement allowed the octet to spend more time and tap a broader creative community than ever before, resulting in their most ambitious work to date.

                      Led by singer and lyricist Paul Janeway - a former bank teller and preacher-in-training who learned to sing in his church choir - the octet explore thrilling new territory on The Alien Coast, a fever dream convergence of soul and psychedelia, stoner metal and funk, animated by the very “fire and brimstone” which Janeway invokes in the album’s opening line. Unlimited studio-time allowed individual members of the band to experiment with synths and samples on The Alien Coast, and even collaborate with Birmingham beatmaker and hip-hop artist Randall Turner.

                      Janeway cites a similarly disparate range of influences that wove their way into the writing for The Alien Coast, from Greek mythology and dystopian sci-fi, to works of art like Bartolomé Bermejo’s Saint Michael Triumphs over the Devil and 17th century Italian sculpture, to colonial-period history books. “The title actually came from reading about the history of the Gulf of Mexico, which is home for us,” he recalls. “When the settlers—or invaders, really—first came to the Gulf Coast they couldn’t figure out what it was, and started referring to it as the Alien Coast. That term really stuck with me, partly because it feels almost apocalyptic.”

                      TRACK LISTING

                      3000AD Mass
                      Bermejo And The Devil
                      Minotaur
                      Atlas
                      The Last Dance
                      Ghost In Smoke
                      Alien Coast
                      Hunter And His Hounds
                      Tin Man Love
                      Popcorn Ceiling
                      Love Letter From A Red Roof Inn

                      Grace Cummings

                      Storm Queen

                        Grace Cummings is an actor and musician from Melbourne, Australia.Grace learned piano as a child and took up the guitar as a young adult, but only began to write and perform music in 2018.

                        She went from a debut gig at Melbourne’s Old Bar to a breakthrough performance at Boogie Festival in the space of six months, pickingup support slots with J Mascis and Evan Dando along the way. With buzz building around her powerhouse live show, Grace grabbed the attention of Flightless Records (King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard), who released her debut album, Refuge Cove, in late 2019.

                        Refuge Cove won praise from publications around the world, including Pitchfork and All Music, and Grace was tapped for support slots with Weyes Blood, Cash Savage, Teskey Brothers and Allah-Lahs. In 2020, Grace recorded the single Sweet Matilda for Mexican Summer’s Through the Looking Glass series before landing a worldwide deal with indie powerhouse ATO Records (Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard) and a distribution deal with Caroline Australia.

                        Her sophomore album, Storm Queen, is set for release early in 2022.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: Part way between widescreen Americana or electric country and soulful lounge music, Grace Cummings presents a distinctive and evocative suite both confident and athletic. Her vocals shine with emotion and skilfully dominate the beautifully laid backdrop. An exciting and bracing journey.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1 Heaven
                        2 Always New Days Always
                        3 Dreams
                        4 Up In Flames
                        5 Freak
                        6 Here Is The Rose
                        7 Raglan
                        8 Two Little Birds
                        9 This Day In May
                        10 Storm Queen
                        11 Fly A Kite

                        My Morning Jacket

                        Live 2015

                          Widely considered as one the greatest live bands of their generation, My Morning Jacket have become one of the most vital and reliably thrilling forces in American rock and roll. On ‘Live2015’ - the bands' first live album in 15 years - MMJ showcase sixteen explosive performances recorded during 2015’s The Waterfall tour.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Victory Dance
                          2. Circuital
                          3. Compound Fracture
                          4. I’m Amazed
                          5 .Believe (Nobody Knows)
                          6. Evil Urges
                          7. Off The Record
                          8. Tropics
                          9. The Way That He Sings
                          10. Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
                          11. Get The Point
                          12. Masterplan
                          13 Dondante
                          14. Wordless Chorus
                          15. Touch Me I’m Going To Scream, Pt.2
                          16. Gideon

                          Civic

                          Future Forecast

                            An origin story since time immemorial, this DIY garage rock five piece came together in 2018 through the traps of the Melbourne music scene. Bonding over a shared love of tightly coiled riffs and a collective musical ethos, Civic made a name for themselves through the intensity of their live shows, which would become local folklore.

                            On ‘Future Forecast’, Civic pay homage to the classics, but pivot on them with avant-charged edge. It’s raw, searing guitars, pummelling rhythms, driving bass and vocals that lock into and synergize with their wall of sound. All of this is balanced by the raucous and restrained weaving of melodies and textures, and vocal variation which broadens their sound past any one genre label.

                            There’s the horn-fuelled drive of album opener ‘Radiant Eye’, the power pop-laden hook of ‘As Seen On TV’, the emotively atmospheric and vocally subdued ‘Sunday Best’, all culminating with closer ‘Come To Know’, before ending in a tightly wound splay of feedback and groove.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Radiant Eye
                            Another Day
                            As Seen On TV
                            Just A Fix
                            Tell The Papers
                            Sunday Best
                            Shake Like Death
                            Back To You
                            Hollywood Nights In
                            Hamburg
                            Velvet Casino
                            Clone
                            Come To Know

                            Neal Francis

                            In Plain Sight

                              Chicago singer, songwriter and pianist Neal Francis is ATO Records’ newest signing. After returning home from touring on the back of his 2019 debut album Changes, Francis went through a breakup and found himself living in a church, where he ended up writing a series of new songs about honesty and resilience.

                              “I’m owning up to all my problems within my relationships and my sobriety,” he says. “So much of it is about coming to the understanding that I continue to suffer because of those problems. It’s about acknowledging that and putting it out in the open in order to mitigate the suffering and try to work on it, instead of trying to hide everything.”

                              Francis and his bandmates recorded In Plain Sight entirely on tape - and mostly in that same church - and the resulting songs are dreamlike and reflective, anchored in the rock and soul sound that has led critics to compare him to legends like Allen Toussaint and Dr. John. In PlainSight was mixed by the Grammy-winning producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, MGMT).

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Alameda Apartments
                              2. Problems
                              3. Can’t Stop The Rain
                              4. D’Artagnan
                              5. Prometheus
                              6. Sentimental Garbage
                              7. Asleep
                              8. BNLV
                              9. Say Your Prayers

                              Dawes

                              Nothing Is Wrong -10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

                                In 2011 Dawes released their highly anticipated sophomore album ‘Nothing Is Wrong’.

                                Produced and mixed by Jonathan Wilson, ‘Nothing Is Wrong’ built on the band’s sun-drenched, Laurel Canyon sound with rock solid songwriting and beautiful Crosby, Stills and Nashstyle harmonies.

                                The album was met with near universal critical-acclaim and catapulted the band’s career. With ‘Nothing Is Wrong’, Dawes staked their flag

                                TRACK LISTING

                                ‘Nothing Is Wrong’
                                Time Spent In Los Angeles
                                If I Wanted Someone
                                My Way Back Home
                                Coming Back To A Man
                                So Well
                                How Far We’ve Come
                                Fire Away
                                Moon On The Water
                                Million Dollar Bill
                                The Way You Laugh
                                A Little Bit Of Everything

                                Bonus 7”
                                Strangers Getting Stranger
                                Rest Easy

                                Black Pumas

                                Capitol Cuts

                                  Recorded direct to acetate - all live, no overdubs - Capitol Cuts - Live from Studio A captures a powerful moment in time. After months of cancelled shows Black Pumas went to Los Angeles this past fall and laid down eight explosive tracks at the famed Capitol Studios. The recording brims with pent up energy, nearly bursting through the grooves on the expansive and mind-blowing seven minute rendition of “Colors.” A few weeks later the song would receive a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A Side
                                  Colors
                                  Fire
                                  Black Moon
                                  Stay Gold

                                  B Side 
                                  I'm Ready
                                  Old Man
                                  Red Rover
                                  Know You Better

                                  The Murlocs

                                  Bittersweet Demons

                                    On their new studio album, The Murlocs share a collection of songs reflecting on the people who leave a profound imprint on our lives, the saviors and hellraisers and assorted other mystifying characters. The Murlocs (whose lineup includes two members of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard) recorded at Button Pushers Studio in Melbourne, Australia - dreaming up a prismatic sound that pinballs from sunshine-pop to blues-punk to wide-eyed psychedelia. What emerges from these 11 infectious tracks is their most personal and boldly confident work yet.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1 Francesca
                                    2 Dangerous Nature
                                    3 Bittersweet Demons
                                    4 Eating At You
                                    5 Illuminate The Shade
                                    6 No Self Control
                                    7 Skyrocket
                                    8 Skewiff
                                    9 Limerence
                                    10 Blue Eyed Runner
                                    11 Misinterpreted

                                    Temples

                                    Paraphernalia

                                      Produced by Sean Ono Lennon and mixed by David Fridman, this 7" features ‘Paraphernalia’ on the A-side and the band logo Ankh edged into the B-side.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Paraphernalia

                                      Drive-By Truckers

                                      The New OK

                                        Originally conceived as a quarantine EP collecting material recorded in Memphis during sessions for ‘The Unraveling’, the project quickly grew to include provocative new songs written and recorded over what Drive-By Truckers co-founder Patterson Hood calls “this endless summer of protests, riots, political shenanigans and pandemic horrors.”

                                        Tracks such as Hood’s ‘Watching The Orange Clouds’ - inspired by the protests which followed George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police - and a fiery cover of The Ramones’ classic ‘The KKK Took My Baby Away’ (vocals by bassist Matt Patton) were exchanged between Hood, cofounding singer / songwriter / guitarist Mike Cooley, bassist Patton, keyboardist / multiinstrumentalist Jay Gonzalez and drummer Brad Morgan and then mixed by long-time Drive-By Truckers producer David Barbe.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        The New OK
                                        Tough To Let Go
                                        The Unraveling
                                        The Perilous Night
                                        Sarah’s Flame
                                        Sea Island Lonely
                                        The Distance
                                        Watching The Orange
                                        Clouds
                                        The KKK Took My Baby Away

                                        King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

                                        Live In San Francisco '16

                                          Just under a month after delivering their award-winning 2016 album Nonagon Infinity, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard took the stage at San Francisco’s The Independent for a set both wildly frenetic and meticulously executed. In one of their final club gigs before bursting onto the international scene—soon selling out amphitheaters and headlining festivals—the Melbourne septet laid down a breakneck performance that, in the words of SF Weekly, “made every organ ache just right.” Multi-tracked and impeccably mixed, Live in San Francisco ’16  simultaneously channels the massive energy of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s set while echoing the sweaty intimacy of the 500-capacity venue.  

                                          Newly unearthed by ATO Records, Live in San Francisco ’16 captures an extraordinary moment in the band’s increasingly storied history, a 13-song spectacular likely to leave every listener awestruck and adrenalized.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Barry says: King Gizzard are without a doubt one of the busiest bands on the planet, and by all accounts, one of the greatest forces on the live circuit too. This is a true to life and superb sounding document of a band at the height of their powers. LONG LIVE KING GIZ.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Robot Stop
                                          Hot Water
                                          Big Fig Wasp
                                          Gamma Knife
                                          People-Vultures
                                          Trapdoor
                                          I'm In Your Mind
                                          I'm Not In Your Mind
                                          Cellophane
                                          I'm In Your Mind Fuzz
                                          The River
                                          Evil Death Roll
                                          Head On/Pill

                                          Black Pumas

                                          Black Pumas - Deluxe Edition

                                            Black Pumas, the Austin duo of frontman/songwriter Eric Burton and producer/guitarist Adrian Quesada, are excited to release the deluxe reissue of their self-titled debut album, featuring 11 previously unreleased tracks including new songs and covers of Tracy Chapman and The Beatles.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Barry says: A beautiful groove-led juxtaposition of classic soul and simmering low-key funk, brimming with tenderly plucked guitars and phased Wurlis, all working their way around the momentum-filled majesty of Burton's perfectly fitting vocals. Stunning stuff.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Original Album:
                                            1. Black Moon Rising
                                            2. Colors
                                            3. Know You Better
                                            4. Fire
                                            5. OCT 33
                                            6. Stay Gold
                                            7. Old
                                            8. Confines
                                            9. Touch The Sky
                                            10. Sweet Conversations

                                            Bonus Tracks:
                                            1. Fast Car
                                            2. I'm Ready
                                            3. Red Rover
                                            4. Black Cat
                                            5. Politicians In My Eyes
                                            6. Colors (Live In Studio)
                                            7. Oct 33 (Live In Studio)
                                            8. Confines (Live In Studio)
                                            9. Know You Better (Live At C-Boys)
                                            10. Eleanor Rigby
                                            11. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City

                                            Nick Hakim

                                            Will This Make Me Good

                                              In 2017, Hakim’s debut album, the critically acclaimed ‘Green Twins’, announced the singersongwriter as an idiosyncratic talent, making music that resists genre classification.

                                              You could work a song of his into an HBO original series, as ‘Insecure’ did; you could smoke to it and wonder about your ego; you could slow dance with the person you love—it’s not versatility, so much as a lack of boundaries and a strong sense of intuition. In between albums, musical ideas still came and he worked with his peers, some including Onyx Collective, Anderson .Paak, Jesse and Forever, Lianne La Havas, and Slingbaum, but there came a time for Nick to dive into his own songwriting again, and ‘Will This Make Me Good’ is the result of this.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              All These Changes
                                              Wtmmg
                                              Bouncing
                                              Let It Out
                                              Qadir
                                              All These Instruments
                                              Drum Thing
                                              Vincent Tyler
                                              Crumpy
                                              Lacjkl;ajclaj
                                              Gods Dirty Work
                                              Seeing Double
                                              Whoo

                                              Margaret Glaspy

                                              Devotion

                                                Brooklyn singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy returns with her highly anticipated new album ‘Devotion’ through ATO Records.

                                                ‘Devotion’ follows Glaspy’s first full-length since her acclaimed debut 2016 ‘Emotions and Math’ and marks an entirely new sonic chapter for her.

                                                Glaspy has built a reputation as a skilled guitarist and ‘Emotions and Math’ was notable for its swaggering electric guitar sounds; on this new offering she shifted gears and built songs with electronic software as their base.

                                                The results - co-produced with Los Angeles’ Tyler Chester - are rich, sweeping and melodic, a fittingly enchanting sound for a collection of twelve love songs. “It's about letting love in even when you don’t know what will happen when you do,” says Glaspy. “It’s about devoting your heart to someone or something, against all odds.”

                                                Margaret Glaspy emerged as an audacious new musical presence in 2016 that saw The Sunday Times wowed by her “folk introspection to feral, grungy blues, with lyrics full of visceral self-laceration and hard-won perspective” and The New York Times hailing her as “a singer-songwriter who specializes in giving her confessional tunes a distorted crunch.”

                                                On release ‘Emotions and Math’ quickly accrued plaudits; Stereogum proffered “a bold and career-defining debut” and called Glaspy “one of the year’s most exciting breakout acts,” while Pitchfork raved, “These songs share the self-scrutinizing intimacy of Elliott Smith and the imaginative melodic intonations of Joni Mitchell… Glaspy is a lyricist who can toggle between distanced storytelling and open-hearted selfexamination with equal ease.”

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Killing What Keeps Us Alive
                                                Without Him
                                                Young Love
                                                You've Got My Number
                                                Stay With Me
                                                So Wrong It's Right
                                                Heartbreak
                                                You Amaze Me
                                                Devotion
                                                Vicious
                                                What's The Point
                                                Consequences

                                                Drive-By Truckers’ 12th studio album and first new LP in more than three years – the longest gap between new DBT albums – The Unraveling was recorded at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, TN by Grammy® Award-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and longtime DBT producer David Barbe. Co-founding singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood both spent much of the time prior doing battle with deep pools of writer’s block. “How do you put these day to day things we’re all living through into the form of a song that we (much less anybody else) would ever want to listen to?” says Hood. “How do you write about the daily absurdities when you can’t even wrap your head around them in the first place? I think our response was to focus at the core emotional level. More heart and less cerebral perhaps.”

                                                The songs that eventually emerged are among Drive-By Truckers’ most direct and pointedly provocative, tackling the myriad horrors of our new normal through sincere emotion and unbridled heart. Indeed, “Armageddon’s Back in Town” takes a whirlwind joyride through the whiplash of events we collectively deal with each day while the concluding “Awaiting Resurrection” dives headfirst into the despair and pain roiled up by these troubled times.

                                                “The past three-and-a-half years were among the most tumultuous our country has ever seen,” says Hood, “and the duality between the generally positive state of affairs within our band while watching so many things we care about being decimated and destroyed all around us informed the writing of this album to the core.

                                                “While a quick glance might imply that we’re picking up where 2016’s American Band album left off, the differences are as telling as the similarities. If the last one was a warning shot hinting at a coming storm, this one was written in the wreckage and aftermath. I’ve always said that all of our records are political but I’ve also said that ‘politics is personal’. With that in mind, this album is especially personal.”

                                                The remarkable songcraft found on The Unraveling receives much of its musical muscle from the sheer strength of the current Drive-By Truckers line-up, with Hood and Cooley joined by bassist Matt Patton, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Jay Gonzalez, and drummer Brad Morgan – together, the longest-lasting iteration in the band’s almost 25-year history. The LP also features a number of special guests, including The Shins’ Patti King, violinist/string arranger Kyleen King (Brandi Carlile), and North Mississippi All-Stars’ Cody Dickinson, who contributes electric washboard to the strikingly direct “Babies In Cages.”


                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Barry says: Having always tread the fine line between good-ol' Americana and more driven, indie-based rock and / or roll, it's good to see DBT maintaining their southern lilt but with a more momentous, stadium pomp to the proceedings. Brilliantly produced and perfectly weighted, this might well be their finest work to date.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                A1 Rosemary With A Bible And A Gun
                                                A2 Armageddon’s Back In Town
                                                A3 Slow Ride Argument
                                                A4 Thoughts And Prayers
                                                A5 21st Century USA
                                                B1 Heroin Again
                                                B2 Babies In Cages
                                                B3 Grievance Merchants
                                                B4 Awaiting Resurrection

                                                Soulful vanguard Allen Stone’s album "Building Balance" is released via ATO Records, taking his soulstirring R&B and funk to the next artistic level. Allen continues to draw inspiration from 70s funk and soul with current flexes, sitting amid D’Angelo in its sultrier moments, Stevie Wonder at its most melodic and the production of Mark Ronson at its most modern. The album features the most personal, lushly produced and gorgeously performed songs of his career.

                                                Recorded in a number of studios in Nashville with three producers: the acclaimed British artist Jamie Lidell, Grammy-winning producer Nasri and Jeremy Most (Emily King). The album is a textured amalgam of R&B and soul, a result of several personal co-writing sessions, collaborations with Emily King and Theo Katzman / Joey Dosik of Vulfpeck and lyrics by Allen.

                                                Sentimental ("Brown Eyed Lover", "Consider Me") and replete with nostalgic funk ("Back To The Swing", "Sweaters"), Allen’s third album shows an artist who has grown into his own and learned to balance and appreciate all parts of his life: the vices of the past and the gifts of the present, career and family, the brilliant highs and discouraging lows.


                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Brown Eyed Lover
                                                Sunny Days
                                                Consider Me
                                                Hold It Down
                                                Sweaters
                                                Miscommunicate
                                                Lay It Down
                                                Back To The Swing
                                                I'm Alright
                                                Taste Of You (ft Jamie Lidell)
                                                Give You Blue
                                                Look Outside
                                                Chippin' Away
                                                Warriors

                                                Temples

                                                Hot Motion

                                                  It is one of the brilliant facets of recorded music that while it can frame forever in time one of humanity’s most fluid art forms, those captured sounds themselves can go on to become an active launchpad for the ideas, memories, emotions and feelings of those listening. Returning with their third album, Hot Motion, Temples have not just provided a strong demonstration of this dual static/frenetic nature, but they’ve created a record that revels in this beautiful contradiction.

                                                  A brilliantly crafted, thoughtfully recorded collection, the album’s propulsive, seemingly immediate songs soon reveal an impressive depth of ideas and energy with subsequent listens because, as its title warns, Hot Motion is not a record that stands still.

                                                  “I’m excited for people to experience these songs for the first time,” declares singer and guitarist James Bagshaw. “They are constructed in such a way that the album should feel relatively instantaneous, but we did not water down our creative ideas. Getting that balance can be hard, perhaps on the last record on some songs we used too many layers to create depth, but making this album we discovered that depth doesn’t simply come by layering things, it can come from the intensity of an idea.”

                                                  While proud of 2017’s electronically orchestrated Volcano, the trio – completed by bassist Tom Walmsley and guitarist Adam Smith – feel they have reconnected with the verve and spirit of their debut, 2014’s Sun Structures, although Hot Motion proves as unique and forward-thinking as any Temples album.

                                                  “There’s something more primal about this record,” suggests Walmsley of its energy. “We didn’t want to complicate things. We wanted it to have a more robust feel to it and focus more on guitars. Having less on there, but making everything sound as big as possible. I’ve always wanted our records to sound quite grand and larger than life, but we achieved that with some more earthy sounds in this time.”

                                                  As with the band’s first two LPs, the group recorded the album themselves in Northamptonshire, although this side of Temples as evolved too. “We’ve gone from bedroom to living room to a dedicated space. We could all set up in the same room and allow things to play out a lot more like a band. That played a huge part in the sound of the record,” says Walmsley, although despite the extra room Hot Motion remains a home recording like its predecessors.

                                                  "The room is a 300 year-old outbuilding at my house,” continues Bagshaw. “I spent two years fixing it up because it had a leaky iron roof on it. It was nice to work in a space which had a little charm to it but still felt like home recording.”

                                                  That space fed directly into Temples vision. While retaining their enviably poppy instincts, the band created a host of brand new guitar sounds for this record and also took a lead from the “simplicity” of some 70s rock recordings which ensured the fundamentals behind each track are organic and original. “We were hiding less behind synth sounds and delays, which meant that the pureness of the melodic construct of each song was more thought through,” explains Bagshaw. “There was an element of less is more in some places.”

                                                  A glorious technicolour infuses much if the album, but there is a David Lynch-like undertone that adds a gravity to Hot Motion’s soaring moments. “It felt like there was a darker edge to what we were coming up with and we wanted to make sure that carried through across the whole record,” says Walmsley. “It’s not a ten track, relentless rock record from start to finish, it’s got a lot of light and shade and more tender moments, but that heavier, darker sound for us is something we wanted to make sure was in there and explore further.”

                                                  The exemplar of this is the opener and title track Hot Motion. Starting with a seemingly innocent, crunked ice cream van-like riff, the song quickly bounds through a sonic landscape of shadowy valleys and exalted highs as the track captures Temples at their inventive best, and shares an expansive, irresistible energy with the listener.

                                                  “Hot Motion is the feature piece,” declares Walmsley. “It was one of the first songs we put together for the record and it felt like it had all the marks and inspiration that we wanted the whole record to have, that was an important track.” Bagshaw agrees, suggesting that it set a tone for the next phase of Temples’ development. “Hot Motion is a better song than I ever dreamed it could be,” he says. “There was something in essence of that song to conjure with.”

                                                  From the impressive opening, the rest of Hot Motion similarly boats an initial immediacy before unfurling greater depth and ideas, although each song cascades onto its own unique territory. Tracks like The Beam, It’s All Coming Out and Step Down offer swirling, enticing mini journeys, while the groove on Context “huge and a bit of a nod to an old school hip hop vibe” according to Bagshaw. “Songs like The Howl and Holy Horses have a slightly harder, heavier than we’ve done before,” adds Walmsley. “It felt like it was very important to retain that element on the record because it allowed us to open up with tracks like Atomise.”

                                                  Lyrically too, this record has seen Temples embrace “purer, primal” feelings.

                                                  “I’m really proud of You’re Either On Something lyrically because I feel deeply connected with the words – they’re so truthful,” admits Bagshaw. “On that track, I can hear influences of stuff that I listened to when I was growing up. There’s almost a nostalgia to that track, even though it’s very forward-looking. Equally, while the words on [album closer] Monuments are a little cryptic, it’s very much about the time we live in. I wouldn’t say it’s a political song but you can’t help but write about the things that are happening otherwise you’d just be a hermit.”

                                                  Fizzing with ideas, bursting with kinetic energy and balancing an immediate impact with an enduring, timeless intensity, Hot Motion is an album that very much provides a snapshot one of Britain’s most progressive bands’ soul, while offering its audience a starting point for their own flights of emotion and imagination. Indeed, one of its creators is jealous that he cannot experience it anew too.

                                                  “This record has really got me excited,” declares Bagshaw. “I really want to be on the receiving end of it more than any other record we’ve done. While we were making it I was thinking I wanted to be able to hear what it sounded like without working on it – I’d love to hear this out of the context in which it was made. I was really longing for that as we worked on each song, so I’m excited for people to experience these songs for the first time.”

                                                  Don’t delay this life-affirming trip, Hot Motion awaits.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1 Hot Motion
                                                  2 You're Either On Something
                                                  3 Holy Horses
                                                  4 The Howl
                                                  5 Context
                                                  6 The Beam
                                                  7 Not Quite The Same
                                                  8 Atomise
                                                  9 It's All Coming Out
                                                  10 Step Down
                                                  11 Monuments

                                                  Joseph

                                                  Good Luck, Kid

                                                    In the making of ‘Good Luck, Kid’ Joseph pushed beyond the dreamy folk of their debut album with ATO Records, embracing a grittier, more dynamic sound.

                                                    The 13-song collection was produced by Christian ‘Leggy’ Langdon (Meg Myers, Charlotte OC) and the result brims with thick drums and lustrous guitars, heavy grooves and radiant melodies.

                                                    Despite the bolder sonic palette, ‘Good Luck, Kid’ remains centred on the band’s crystalline vocal work, including the otherworldly harmonies that suggest a near-telepathic connection among sisters.

                                                    “The through-line of the album is this idea of moving into the driver’s seat of your own life - recognizing that you’re an adult now, and everything’s up to you from this moment on,” Natalie said. “You’re not completely sure of how to get where you need to go, and you don’t have any kind of a map to help you. It’s just the universe looking down on you like, ‘Good luck, kid.’”

                                                    “[The] blend their voices in the eerily close way that only siblings seem able to accomplish” - NPR Music. 

                                                    “a rallying cry and a celebration of the determination and angst that has pulled us all through these toxic times” - Nylon. 

                                                    “Upbeat, anthemic” - Brooklyn Vegan. 

                                                    “Dark folk-pop that will make you cry (in the best, most cathartic way possible)” - Paper. 

                                                    “an uplifting stronghold” - Paste.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Fighter
                                                    Good Luck, Kid
                                                    Green Eyes
                                                    In My Head
                                                    NYE
                                                    Revolving Door
                                                    Half Truths
                                                    Presence
                                                    Without You
                                                    Side Effects
                                                    Enough In Your Eyes
                                                    Shivers
                                                    Room For You

                                                    Black Pumas

                                                    Black Pumas

                                                      Sometimes, a mystical, life-changing connection can be closer than you think. In 2017, Grammy Award-winning guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada had recorded some instrumentals in his Austin studio, and he started looking around for a vocalist—he knew a lot of singers, but he wanted something different. He reached out to friends in Los Angeles, in London, but nothing seemed right. Meantime, Eric Burton had recently made his way to Texas. Born in the San Fernando Valley, he grew up in church and then got heavily involved in musical theater. He started busking at the Santa Monica pier, where he brought in a few hundred dollars a day and developed his performance skills. Burton traveled through the Western states before deciding to settle down in Austin—setting up his busking spot on a downtown street corner, at 6 th Street and Congress, for maximum exposure.

                                                      A mutual friend mentioned Burton to Quesada, saying that he was the best singer he had ever heard. The two musicians connected, but Burton took a while to respond (“My friends were like ‘Dude, you’re an idiot, you need to hit that guy back!’ “) Finally, he called Quesada, and started singing to one of the tracks over the phone. “I loved his energy, his vibe, and I knew it would be incredible on record,” he says. “From the moment I heard him on the phone, I was all about it.” The results of that inauspicious beginning can now be heard on the self-titled debut album from Black Pumas, the group that Quesada and Burton assembled, which has become one of the year’s most anticipated projects. Described as “Wu-Tang Clan meets James Brown” by KCRW, Black Pumas were the winner of Best New Band at the 2019 Austin Music Awards.

                                                      Quesada has a storied reputation from playing in bands like Grupo Fantasma and Brownout, accompanying artists from Prince to Daniel Johnston, and producing such acclaimed projects as 2018’s Look At My Soul: The Latin Shade Of Texas Soul. For the tracks that kicked off this project, though, he had a different direction in mind. “I was looking for somebody with their own identity,” says Quesada, “who liked Neil Young as much as Sam Cooke.” Burton’s taste, range, and experience proved to be exactly what Quesada was seeking. “We just take to the same kind of music,” he says. “I listen to East Coast hip-hop, old soul music, folk music. When Adrian sent me the songs, it was like I had already heard them before. We were on the same wavelength from the get- go.”  The first day they got together in the studio, they recorded the dusty funk that would become the Black Pumas’ first two singles, “Black Moon Rising” and “Fire.” Quesada had written the music for “Black Moon Rising” on the day of the 2017 solar eclipse, and Burton took that concept and ran with it. “Right away, the hair stood up on the back of my neck,” says Quesada. “I knew, ‘This is it—this is the guy.’ ”

                                                      Burton sensed the potential, as well. “When I saw that Adrian played with Prince and had a Grammy,” he says, “that he was a serious, respected artist, I knew that I would do my best not to squander that. If you can do it on the street, for a long time, without making yourself crazy, you can do it with a guy who’s won a Grammy.” The duo also knew that they didn’t want their sound to be too retro or imitative. “We didn’t want to just do throwback soul and pretend that hip-hop never happened,” says Quesada, nothing that it was listening to Ghostface Killah that initially triggered him to start writing this material. “It had to feel sincere coming from us. I have a certain aesthetic in the studio, Eric has a voice that evokes a certain era, but I don’t think we reference that too directly.” “Adrian has had the time and the interest to really dive into a specific sound, to recreate something he heard on a Motown record,” adds Burton. “And because of that specific knowledge, he provides an interesting sandbox for me, whose background is in theater, to do something super-unorthodox—to be an art student and play with all the colors I have, but to put it on something that’s more familiar to listeners’ ears.”

                                                      With Black Pumas having evolved from an idea to a session to an album, they decided to put a band together and see how this music sounded live. They booked a residency at C Boys (a sister venue to Austin’s famed Continental Club), initially playing every Thursday for a month. “We only rehearsed twice, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into,” says Quesada. “But with the first show, we knew it was unique, special—the chemistry and fire were there immediately. And what Eric could do as a frontman was like nothing I’d ever seen.”  As word got out, the C Boys shows turned into a local phenomenon (“the hottest party in town,” according to the Austin American-Statesman), with lines around the block despite the fact that the band had only released one song. The reaction to the group’s recent South by Southwest appearance helps explain the mania—the Chicago Tribune called Burton’s performance “a whirlwind of movement and gesture,” while Rolling Stone, in naming Black Pumas “One Of The 30 Best Bands We Saw In Austin,” wrote that “the hometown six-piece’s grooves were funky in a thick, viscous way, oozing out in ambitious jams that wandered into heady territory without meandering” and praising Burton’s “tireless, charismatic energy.”

                                                      The other, unexpected result of the C Boys residency was that Burton presented more of his own songs to help fill out the set, which led Black Pumas into new territory. “Eric had all these other songs based on other styles, going back into what he was doing when he was busking,” says Quesada. “It was a real spark that we could huddle around him and his songs, too, and get a real sense of what our sound was.” In fact, the final song recorded for Black Pumas was “October 33,” a tense, pleading ballad by Burton. “I didn’t feel like we had the right last song,” says Quesada, “we needed something with more of Eric on guitar. I said ‘I want to put down one more, do you have anything?’ and he texted me back exactly what I was imagining—it was almost unspoken.”

                                                      Quesada and Burton both return, over and over, to this almost mystical connection they felt from the beginning. It’s this sense of common purpose, of shared vision, that gives Black Pumas its focus and power—and that points to great things ahead. “It’s so seamless, it’s like we’re musical brothers to some degree,” says Burton. “It feels so easy to meld together that what’s most important for us now is to continue to look for new sounds—to make sure we’re feeding ourselves the knowledge to continue to evolve. Every time we get together, it’s better than the last time.”

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Barry says: A beautiful groove-led juxtaposition of classic soul and simmering low-key funk, brimming with tenderly plucked guitars and phased Wurlis, all working their way around the momentum-filled majesty of Burton's perfectly fitting vocals. Stunning stuff.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1 Black Moon Rising
                                                      2 Colors
                                                      3 Know You Better
                                                      4 Fire
                                                      5 OCT 33
                                                      6 Stay Gold
                                                      7 Old Man
                                                      8 Confines
                                                      9 Touch The Sky
                                                      10 Sweet Conversation

                                                      Bonus CD
                                                      (Recorded Live At Arlyn Studios – Austin, TX)
                                                      1. Black Moon Rising
                                                      2. Colors
                                                      3. Fire
                                                      4. Eleanor Rigby

                                                      Dylan LeBlanc

                                                      Renegade

                                                        Born in Shreveport, LA with time spent in Muscle Shoals, AL, LeBlanc has released three full length albums including his most recent, 2016’s ‘Cautionary Tale’, which featured Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) and was produced by John Paul White (The Civil Wars) and Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes). 'Renegade' was produced by Grammy Award-winning Dave Cobb and features ten new songs. It was recorded at Cobb’s RCA Studio A in Nashville.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Renegade
                                                        Born Again
                                                        Bang Bang Bang
                                                        Domino
                                                        I See It In Your Eyes
                                                        Damned
                                                        Sand And Stone
                                                        Lone Rider
                                                        Magenta
                                                        Honor Among Thieves

                                                        Nilüfer Yanya

                                                        Miss Universe

                                                          Though she’d been writing songs in her head since she was six, and on the guitar since she was 12, it took a long time for Nilüfer Yanya to work up the courage to show anyone her music. 'I knew I wanted to sing, but the idea of actually having to do it wasreally horrifying,' says the 23-year-old. When she was finally persuaded to do so, by a music teacher in West London where she grew up, she says 'it was horrible. I loved it'.

                                                          At 18, Nilüfer, who is of Turkish-Irish-Bajan heritage, uploaded a few demos to SoundCloud. Though she’s preternaturally shy, her music, which uniquely blends elements of soul and jazz into intimate pop songs with electronic flourishes and a newly expressed grungy guitar soun, isn’t. And it didn’t take long for it to catch people’s attention. She signed with independent New York label ATO, following three EPs on esteemed London indie label Blue Flowers, and earned a place on the BBC Sound of 2018 longlist. She also supported the likes of The XX, Interpol, Broken Social Scene and Mitski on tour.

                                                          Now, Nilüfer is ready to release her debut album, "Miss Universe". Though she recorded much of it in the same remote Cornwall studio she used to jam in as a much younger person, it is bigger and more ambitious than anything she has done before. "Angels", with its muted, harmonic riffs, channels ideas 'of paranoid thoughts and anxiety' - a theme that runs through the album, not least in its conceptual spoken word interludes which emanate from a fictional health management company WWAY HEALTH TM. 'You sign up, and you pay a fee,' explains Nilüfer of the automated messages, which are littered through the album and are narrated by the titular Miss Universe. 'They sort out all of your dietary requirements, and then they move onto medication, and then maybe you can get a better organ or something... and then suddenly it starts to get a bit weird. You're giving them more of you and to what end?'


                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1 WWAY HEALTH ™
                                                          2 In Your Head
                                                          3 Paralysed
                                                          4 Angels
                                                          5 Experience?
                                                          6 Paradise
                                                          7 Baby Blu
                                                          8 Warning
                                                          9 Heat Rises
                                                          10 Melt
                                                          11 “Sparkle” GOD HELP ME
                                                          12 Safety Net
                                                          13 Tears
                                                          14 Monsters Under The Bed
                                                          15 The Unordained
                                                          16 Give Up Function
                                                          17 Heavyweight Champion Of The Year

                                                          A proud New Yorker, Emily King spent her first three decades living on the same Midtown block. She loved her home, her family, her friends and her life there. But last year, when she finally resolved to challenge herself by moving out of her comfort zone, positive changes started taking shape immediately. In Upstate New York, the fresh air and fresh mentality gave her the proper space and perspective to create what would become the album of her career. Its name: ‘Scenery’.

                                                          Without a doubt, King has carved out such a space for herself. With ‘Scenery’, she has challenged herself to create new roots, both in physical form as well as sonically. “For me, ‘Scenery’ is about taking a chance and having an adventure, with themes of independence, confidence, and self-reliance throughout, and having a sense of freedom and self-worth,” she says. “I’m really proud of this record because we took time to make sure it was right. We let time pass in between creating, recording, and listening, so that my true judgment can be revealed, ego goes away, and you see it for what it is. Sometimes you have blinders on because you want it to be good so badly. When I listen to this record there are no cringe-y moments. I’m proud of the process.”

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Barry says: From sashaying, finger-clicking soul, swooning funk and low-key rhythmic R&B to longing acoustic ballads, anthemic indie-pop and snappy guitar-led minimal melodicism, Emily King pulls of every key change with absolute skill and an impeccable ear for a tune.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Remind Me
                                                          Teach You
                                                          Can’t Hold Me
                                                          Look At Me Now
                                                          Caliche
                                                          Blue Light
                                                          Forgiveness
                                                          Running
                                                          Interlude (What Love Is)
                                                          Marigolds
                                                          2nd Guess
                                                          Go Back

                                                          “The idea for UNIFORM CLARITY came from UNIFORM DISTORTION,” says James, “an album of intentional chaos/dirt: literal and figurative distortion of lyrics and sound meant to echo and hopefully shed some light on the twisted times and distortion of the truth in which we now live. UNIFORM CLARITY is meant to illuminate the other side – raw and real, but very clear, much like in the early days of recording where all you could hear was the truth because there were no ways to manipulate recordings in the studio. Working with Shawn Everett, we created a document style recording of these songs- just vocals, guitar and the space itself- no special FX. A crystal clear illustration of the flawed beauty of what a song starts off as or sometimes remains- a thought. a seed. a light from the womb of the universe brought to life down here on earth."

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1 Just A Fool
                                                          2 You Get To Rome
                                                          3 Out Of Time
                                                          4 Throwback
                                                          5 No Secrets
                                                          6 Yes To Everything
                                                          7 No Use Waiting
                                                          8 All In Your Head
                                                          9 Better Late Than Never
                                                          10 Over And Over
                                                          11 Too Good To Be True
                                                          12 It Will Work Out
                                                          13 Flash In The Pan

                                                          Jim James third studio album ‘Uniform Distortion’ follows on from his previous success from being frontman of My Morning Jacket.Uniform Distortion was produced by Jim James and Kevin Ratterman at Louisville, KY’s La La Land, with Ratterman also serving as recording engineer. All songs were written by James, who is backed on the album by bassist Seth Kauffman (Floating Action) and longtime touring drummer Dave Givan, with backing vocals provided throughout by Dear Lemon Trees’ Leslie Stevens, Jamie Drake and Kathleen Grace. “The name of my new record is Uniform Distortion because I feel like there is this blanket distortion on society/media and the way we gather our ‘news and important information. More and more of us are feeling lost and looking for new ways out of this distortion and back to the truth…and finding hope in places like the desert where I write this now...finding hope in the land and in the water and in old books offering new ideas and most importantly in each other and love.” says James. Uniform Distortion is James’ finest work to date filled with compassion and brimming with meaningful ideology. 

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Andy says: Jim James does things differently on his solo records and this one's no exception. Raw, playful and rocking, but still with melodies galore, which other massive alt-rock stars keep things this fresh!

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Just A Fool
                                                          2. You Get To Rome
                                                          3. Out Of Time
                                                          4. Throwback
                                                          5. No Secrets
                                                          6. Yes To Everything
                                                          7. No Use Waiting
                                                          8. All In Your Head
                                                          9. Better Late Than Never
                                                          10. Over And Over
                                                          11. Too Good To Be True

                                                          Natalie Prass had her new album written, her band ready, the recording studio booked. Then the 2016 election happened, and out of her despair and disappointment in those results came an impulse she could not ignore: she rewrote the album to reflect these swirling emotions. The result is ‘The Future and The Past’ a stunning snapshot of a musician in a state of personal rediscovery and surging femininity. The celebratory and defiant ‘The Future and The Past’ also signals a significant artistic leap for Prass on the heels of her 2015 breakthrough debut album. It finds Prass tapping into deep, dancey grooves that glisten with 80s pop and 90s R&B, nestled alongside quivering, lushly orchestrated ballads.

                                                          Like her debut album, Prass made ‘The Future and The Past’ in Richmond, VA with long-time friend and collaborator Matthew E. White at his Spacebomb Studios. She added some new collaborations to the mix as well: Blue (Solange’s ‘A Seat At The Table,’ Blood Orange, Carly Rae Jepsen) and Michael Brauer (Elle King and James Bay). ‘Future’ is ripe with string orchestrations and piano flourishes, snaking synth lines and fuzzed out guitars.

                                                          ‘The Future And The Past’ is bursting with a myriad of grooves and Natalie’s vocals float on top, light as a feather and tough as nails. “Short Court Style” dials the tempo into 90s R&B territory – punctuated by handclaps, sampled “woos,” and a Dr. Dre-esque whistling synth line. Lyrically she wields a sharp knife as well. The love torn “Lost” begins with: “Turn up the fader, its like a lightning bolt / we can’t be saved, so now I’m listening on my own / Once there was a time when you had me hypnotized / you realized that your finger prints were on my bones.” Funky feminist anthem “Sisters” is an empowering rallying cry: “I want to say it loud / for all the ones held down / we gotta change the plan.”

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Barry says: A brilliantly smooth set of low-key soul, funky synth-pop and swooning groove-led summer anthems. Prass' perfectly emotive vox offset the choppy funk with aplomb, accentuating the groove and leading us through her latest opus. Superb.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Oh My
                                                          2. Short Court Style
                                                          3. Interlude: Your Fire
                                                          4. The Fire
                                                          5. Hot For The Mountain
                                                          6. Lost
                                                          7. Sisters
                                                          8. Never Too Late
                                                          9. Ship Go Down
                                                          10. Nothing To Say
                                                          11. Far From You
                                                          12. Ain't Nobody

                                                          In The Rainbow Rain' - produced by Sheff and mixed by Shawn Everett (Perfume Genius, Alabama Shakes, The War on Drugs) - serves as showcase for Sheff's writing and the musical interplay of his new band mates, Benjamin Lazar Davis (bass), Will Graefe (guitar), Sarah Pedinotti (keys) and Cully Symington (percussion) - the same iteration of Okkervil River that joined Sheff on the Away tour. Recalls Sheff of that tour: "It was my favorite touring experience in many years... I felt like a kid again. I realized how phenomenally lucky I am that I've been able to play music for this long."

                                                          Sheff and the band started work on the new album shortly after the end of that tour - and the presidential election. "If December 2016 was good for anything, it was good for writing songs," he says. Galvanized by the seismic events of that Fall and the following year, Sheff, sometimes co-writing with his new band, channeled his outrage and sadness into music intended to be hopeful, healing and uplifting. Inspired by the Quaker meetings he had been attending, Sheff injected the album with undercurrents of spirituality and gratitude. The result is something akin to a modern secular gospel record, and among the best music of his career.

                                                          Highlights include driving, melodic anthems "Love Somebody" and "Pulled Up The Ribbon," and "Famous Tracheotomies," which chronicles notable figures who've endured the titular procedure, including Gary Coleman, Dylan Thomas, Ray Davies, and Sheff himself. "In places, the record deals with heavy things like trauma and betrayal and shame, but, actually, it's supposed to be a good time," says Sheff. "I hope it's something fun, that makes people feel happier

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Andy says: With hints of smooth synthpop mixed in with the usual swooning indie anthems, Sheff has managed to sacrifice none of his original appeal whilst bringing in the considerable talents of his new bandmates, somehow simmering into a cohesive and enjoyable whole.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Famous Tracheotomies
                                                          2. The Dream And The Light
                                                          3. Love Somebody
                                                          4. Family Song
                                                          5. Pulled Up The Ribbon
                                                          6. Don't Move Back To LA
                                                          7. Shelter Song
                                                          8. How It Is
                                                          9. External Actor
                                                          10. Human Being Song

                                                          Jim James

                                                          Tribute To

                                                            Tribute To is a collection of George Harrison songs recorded by Jim after George’s death. “All I had was that eight track at our studio and right after George died I just went up there and sat in a room and played those songs to try and deal with the emotions I felt from his passing and pay tribute to him” said Jim James.

                                                            Spin described the EP as “spare and somber – just that windy Americana tenor against a squeaky acoustic guitar … Many of us remember where we were when Harrison died; now we hear when James began to heal.”


                                                            This re-issue includes a bonus track, a cover of "If Not For You".

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Long, Long, Long
                                                            Behind That Locked Door
                                                            Love You To
                                                            If Not For You
                                                            My Sweet Lord
                                                            Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
                                                            All Things Must Pass

                                                            Simon Okely is lost in time. Or at least, his songs sound that way: warm, near-whispered indie rock love letters to the 60s and 70s rhythm and blues records his parents would play on family car rides down Australia’s winding West Coast, heavy on nostalgia and even heavier on imagination. “I try not to be too caught up in trends and what’s popular in music now and just focus in on my passions, my influences,” grins the Melbourne songwriter better known as Slow Dancer, whose 2014 debut ‘Surrender’ was a melt-your-heart, Fleetwood Mac-with-Neil Young licks ‘pop postcard’ from another time, another place.

                                                            Returning in 2017 with new album ‘In A Mood’, Okely is aiming even higher on his new material, featuring a “more expansive, more ambitious” sound that’s “less about the stories we tell ourselves when in love and more about the moods that can come creeping over a relationship” at any time. “It’s a little more tasteful, involving new instruments, like drum machines and strings,” says the 31-year-old, whose lush tales of new romance, awkward courting and “scraggly, mangy love that’s fading and waning” have been striking a chord with fans of Mac DeMarco, Tobias Jesso Jr, Connan Mockasin and more.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            In The Water
                                                            Bitter
                                                            Don’t Believe
                                                            I Would
                                                            I’m Done Waiting
                                                            It Goes On
                                                            Heaven Knows
                                                            I Was Often
                                                            In A Mood
                                                            I’ve Been Thinking

                                                            My Morning Jacket

                                                            It Still Moves - Deluxe Reissue

                                                              The deluxe ATO Records reissue of ‘It Still Moves’, My Morning Jacket’s third full-length.

                                                              This deluxe reissue contains the original album completely remastered and remixed, 13 previously unreleased B-sides and demos and brand new artwork and photos.

                                                              Drive-By Truckers

                                                              This Weekend's The Night

                                                                Drive-By Truckers present a live set recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco, available in two editions.

                                                                In the band’s own words: “Thrilled to announce that our long awaited live album, recorded over three nights at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco CA, will be released […]! Our long-time producer, David Barbe, acquired the necessary mobile gear to record us and flew out to San Francisco to capture our three-night stand in November of 2014. We hired some horns, sold some tickets and played three special and unique shows. From those shows we have sequenced a sort of ultimate live DBT collection, one that hopefully captures the essence of our life’s work into one cohesive whole.

                                                                “We are releasing two versions... a shorter 13 song version called ‘This Weekend’s The Night’ which provides a Best Of version snapshot of our live show [and] also a larger 35 song box set entitled ‘It’s Great To Be Alive!’ which goes far more in-depth into the DBT catalog and history. Songs and stories spanning thirty years of Drive- By Truckers sequenced to hopefully give as close as possible document of the DBT show.”

                                                                Drive-By Truckers release their new album ‘English Oceans’ through ATO Records.

                                                                ‘English Oceans’, the band’s 12th release, is an elegantly balanced and deeply engaged new effort that finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders. “It can go from this chainsaw rock ‘n’ roll to this very delicate, pretty-sounding stuff,” says singer and guitarist Mike Cooley.

                                                                ‘English Oceans’ was recorded over 13 days at Chase Park Transduction Studios in Athens, GA with the band’s longtime producer David Barbe.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Sh*t Shots Count
                                                                When He’s Gone
                                                                Primer Coat
                                                                Pauline Hawkins
                                                                Made Up English Oceans
                                                                The Part Of Him
                                                                Hearing Jimmy Loud
                                                                Til He’s Dead Or Rises
                                                                Hanging On
                                                                Natural Light
                                                                When Walter Went Crazy
                                                                First Air Of Autumn
                                                                Grand Canyon

                                                                My Morning Jacket

                                                                Z

                                                                  Their fourth album proper and second for a major label, this should be the one that does it for these Louisville longhairs. It's got all their special ingredients; country, lonesome rock with a little Neil, a lot of echo and even more soul - but, with the help of John Leckie (and this time not recorded in a barn in Kentucky!) they've made a modern, otherworldly, dream-rock record that puts them in a similar arena to Mercury Rev. They tap into the very heart of the classic American music we all know and love. This one's slightly more rhythmical and with synths bubbling up, but they still ache and burn. Jim James still pines away, his voice as beautiful as ever. This is a more compact MMJ, but no worse for it. Infact, this may prove to be their most powerful album yet. Rich, as ever.


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