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"Róisín Machine" is the culmination of a rich, decades long partnership between Murphy and one of her most trusted collaborators Crooked Man aka DJ Parrot. Although packed to the rafters with masterclass singles, including “Simulation”, “Jealousy”, “Incapable”, Narcissus” and “Murphy’s Law”, it is also an ingeniously and seamlessly edited listening experience, designed to be listened to in one uninterrupted sitting, from start to dazzling finish.

From the intoxicating disco-funk of “Incapable”, to the quintessential “Narcissus” which crystallised New-Disco and established a high watermark for the genre, to “Murphy’s Law”, a 70s inflected stomper, “Roisin Machine” offers up everything you could ask for on an exquisite plate. Added to the familiar tunes are five new songs, including the Dalek-funk of ‘We Got Together’ and the fantastical “Shellfish Mademoiselle”. An album that works perfectly on the home sound system but also comes alive in a basement sweatbox, it impeccably sits alongside Murphy’s stellar cannon of work released across 25 boundary pushing, trailblazing years, a career encompassing iconic music, directorial, art and fashion moments.


STAFF COMMENTS

Mine says: Róisín Murphy has always had that certain indefinable something; a self-assured demeanour that although grandiose never seems pretentious. Perky and eccentric, but always charming - someone you can look up to in an artistic way but equally just want to take out for a pint and a bit of banter. Add to her showmanship, incredible voice and pop sensibility the musical genius of long-time collaborator Richard Barratt aka Crooked Man / DJ Parrot and you end up with an irresistible mix of shimmering disco strut, pulsating synths and thumping club beats.

‘Róisín Machine’ seems like the culmination of and logical conclusion to Murphy's 25-year career - from her time as one half of Moloko through to collaborations with the likes of Boris Dlugosch, Maurice Fulton and Crooked Man - but at the same time feels new and exciting and oozes with confidence, as if Murphy is only just getting started. “I feel my story is still untold, but I'll make my own happy ending...” are the revealing opening words of the album which has been a decade in the making.

Even though every song on the record is a standalone winner that would feel at home on most dancefloors, the album also works extremely well as a whole, with one track seamlessly blending into the next. It therefore equally lends itself to an afternoon on the sofa - headphones on, choice of drink in hand and dreaming of a time when we can finally hear it blasting through the speakers of our favourite clubs. Luckily, there is a wealth of lockdown video content by Murphy herself that will keep us entertained until then!

TRACK LISTING

Simulation
Kingdom Of Ends
Something More
Shellfish Mademoiselle
Incapable
We Got Together
Murphy’s Law
Game Changer
Narcissus
Jelaousy

Run The Jewels

RTJ4

    Run The Jewels, the lauded duo of El-P and Killer Mike, have shared the long-awaited details of their feverishly anticipated new album, Run The Jewels 4.

    This eleven song, 40 minute powerhouse is their most ferocious and focused effort to date, and sports a lineup of all-star guests including Pharrell Williams, Mavis Staples, 2 Chainz, Zack de la Rocha, Josh Homme, DJ Premier, and Greg Nice. Recorded primarily at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La Studios and the iconic Electric Lady Studios in NYC, RTJ4 represents two years of intensive writing, recording, distilling, and amplifying the most potent elements of their music.

    The result is a collection of wall-to-wall bangers illuminating the group's unique ability to straddle the worlds of pointed social commentary and raw, boisterous fun.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Bombastic, aggressive, assertive, political and absolutely effin BANGING, RTJ are back to save you from whack MCs and company stooges. Fire from start to finish here, but I'm advising you to bump "Ooh La La", the prescient "Walking In The Snow" and the trapping "JU$T" featuring RATM's Zack De La Rocha.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Yankee And The Brave (ep.4)
    2. Ooo La La (feat. Greg Nice & DJ Premier)
    3. Out Of Site (feat. 2 Chainz)
    4. Holy Calamafuck
    5. Goonies Vs. E.T.
    6. Walking In The Snow
    7. JU$T (feat. Pharrell Williams & Zack De La Rocha)
    8. Never Look Back
    9. The Ground Below
    10. Pulling The Pin (feat. Mavis Staples & Josh Homme)
    11. A Few Words For The Firing Squad (radiation)

    Morrissey

    I Am Not A Dog On A Chain

      First new studio album since 2017, I Am Not A Dog On A Chain was recorded at La Fabrique in France in 2018. The eleven track album, which was produced by Joe Chiccarelli will be release on Friday 20th March 2020.

      TRACK LISTING

      Jim Jim Falls
      Love Is On Its Way Out
      Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know
      I Am Not A Dog On A Chain
      What Kind Of People Live In These Houses?
      Knockabout World
      Darling, I Hug A Pillow
      Once I Saw The River Clean
      The Truth About Ruth
      The Secret Of Music
      My Hurling Days Are Done

      Ash

      Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years Of Ash

        Having successfully outlasted their self-described ‘guaranteed real teenagers’ tagline when they first burst into earshot in 1994, ASH announce the release of Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years Of Ash.

        - Career Spanning Best Of
        - Includes brand new track Darkest Hour Of The Night
        - Includes hits Girl From Mars, Shining Light and Burn Baby Burn


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Sometimes it's just the first chord of a tune you need to hear to have all the endorphins come flooding back and for me, Ash's 'Girl On Mars' is about as close as you can get to a time capsule. Add that to 'Oh Yeah' and 'Goldfinger', and you have an absolutely essential collection for fans and a great best of for those uninitiated.

        TRACK LISTING

        Side A
        1. A Life Less Ordinary (#10 UK Charts)
        2. Arcadia
        3. Darkest Hour Of The Night
        4. Kung Fu
        5. Cocoon
        6. You Can't Have It All

        Side B
        1. Girl From Mars (#11 UK Charts)
        2. Wildsurf
        3. Shining Light (#8 UK Charts)
        4. Starcrossed
        5. Goldfinger (#5 UK Charts)

        Side C
        1. Burn Baby Burn
        2. Dare To Dream
        3. Annabel
        4. Machinery
        5. Sometimes

        Side D
        1. Oh Yeah (#6 UK Charts)
        2. Angel Interceptor
        3. Jesus Says
        4. Orpheus
        5. Jack Names The Planets

        Super Furry Animals

        Guerrilla - 20th Anniversary Reissue

          20th anniversary re-issue completely re-mastered from original master tapes.

          Both formats feature foreword by Alan McGee, sleevenotes by Ric Rawlins, and previously unseen concept art drawings by Pete Fowler.



          TRACK LISTING

          LP 
          Side 1
          Check It Out
          Do Or Die
          The Turning Tide
          Northern Lites

          Side 2
          Nightvision
          Wherever I Lay My Phone (that’s My Home)

          Side 3
          A Specific Ocean
          Some Things Come From Nothing
          The Door To This House Remains Open
          The Teacher

          Side 4
          Fire In My Heart
          The Sound Of Life Today
          Chewing Chewing Gum
          Kep The Cosmic Trigger Happy

          CD Disc 1

          Check It Out
          Do Or Die
          The Turning Tide
          Northern Lites
          Nightvision
          Wherever I Lay My Phone (that’s My Home)
          A Specific Ocean
          Some Things Come From Nothing
          The Door To This House Remains Open
          Rabid Dog (cd Bonus)
          The Matter Of Time (cd Bonus)
          Mrs. Spector (cd Bonus)
          Missunderstanding (sic) (cd Bonus)
          Colorblind (cd Bonus)
          This, That And The Other (cd Bonus)

          CD Disc 2
          Big Noise Demos January 1998 The Turning Tide

          Hand In Hand
          Colorblind
          Vermillionaire
          The Teacher
          Keep The Cosmic Trigger Happy
          Ewloe Demos March 1998

          The Turning Tide
          Northern Lites
          Fire In My Heart
          Colorblind
          Rabid Dog
          Do Or Die
          The Matter Of Time
          Wherever I Lay My Phone (that’s My Home)
          “the Making Of Guerrilla"

          Check It Out (rough Mix)
          Y Teimlad (rough Mix)
          John Spex (unfinished, Rough Mix)
          Cowboy (unfinished, Rough Mix)
          Cian & Bunf (final Mix)
          Dx Heaven (final Mix)

          The Sherlocks

          Under Your Sky

            Some world tours feel like a victory lap. On August 25, 2017, The Sherlocks stepped onto the NME/Radio 1 Stage at the Leeds leg of the Reading & Leeds festival and announced to a rammed tent that their debut album ‘Live For The Moment’ had, that very day, entered the UK albums chart at Number Six.

            By the tail end of 2018, The Sherlocks begged to be allowed back into the studio. In stark contrast to the sessions for their debut album, recorded in late-night sessions at the cut-off, rural Rockfields in Wales, this time they opted to record at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios with The Coral’s James Skelly at the desk for the four weeks running up to Christmas, knocking off at six o’clock Monday to Friday to head into town for snooker, beer and a debrief on the day’s work. The result was a tighter, brighter, ultra-modern alt-rock record, benefiting from Skelly’s knack for focusing a killer chorus, less indebted to indie rockers of old and smattered with stylistic swerves into new wave, ‘80s textures and all-out feedback freakouts. It’s as Killers, Cars, High Flying Birds and Two Door Cinema Club as it is Catfish. A real 21st Century guitar rock record.

            “The first album was us four in a room,” Kiaran says. “We wanted to make it really raw like the Arctic Monkeys’ first album or Kings Of Leon’s. We wanted to capture the live sound and polish it up a bit. It was a straight-up rock’n’roll record, there weren’t many tricks going off. With this one we’ve taken it a step further and made it slightly smoother and put more keyboards in. Rather than having the guitars thrashing all the time we’ve tried being a bit sweeter with it. It sounds more contemporary, I can hear it on Radio 1.”

            And you will too. Meanwhile, Kiaran claims to already have half of album three in the bag, which is already hinting at The Sherlock’s next step towards total rock domination. “It’s quite upbeat.,” Kiaran says. “A lot of bands get to their third album and take a weird turn, thinking outside of the box. I think I know what a good melody is and we’ll try different things on each record and push ourselves a lot more but I’d never stick some weird production on to try to mask a bad song. We like big anthemic sing-alongs like The Killers would write, so that’s the direction we’re heading in, aiming for stadiums.”

            Considering how accurate The Sherlocks’ aim has been so far, an elementary deduction. 

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: A wilfully anthemic, major-key combination of soaring pop-punk and classic northern indie, this Yorshire quartet have taken the UK by storm, and this debut album shows why. Brilliantly played, and undoubtedly upbeat anthems all round.

            TRACK LISTING

            I Want It All
            NYC (Sing It Loud)
            Waiting
            Magic Man
            Dreams
            Time To Go
            Give It All Up
            One Day
            Now & Then
            Step Inside
            Under Your Sky

            Pixies

            Beneath The Eyrie

              For album number three post-2004 reformation, Pixies have gone concept. Black Francis, meet Black Magic. Beneath the Eyrie is a haunted kind of album. Recorded in four weeks at Dreamland Studio (a former church in New York state), the album is filled with gothic imagery and thoughts of death – and whatever it is that comes after that. Grunge folk tales abound, like on ‘Catfish Kate’, an infectious epic sprung from a family legend about a woman caught in a fight to the death with (ready for this?) a catfish, emerging victorious in the track’s final minute wearing its still-bloodied skin like a robe. Pixies have said the album is their Blair Witch, and it’s true that there is darkness in every corner. Thematically speaking, Beneath the Eyrie revolves around two Ds; death, and divorce. Still, it’s hardly a miserable listen – this is Pixies, after all. Even the bitter Nick Cave growl of ‘Bird of Prey’ is offset by light backing vocals and a practically sunny guitar intro, turning it into something more longing than savage. This is one of those ‘Divorce’ songs, even if the band didn’t quite know it at the time of writing. The idea of love’s labours lost seep through.

              Beneath the Eyrie marks the closure of all kinds of chapters, real and imagined alike. Campfire sing-along closer ‘Death Horizon’ brings endings like falling dominoes – dead relationships, dead human race, dead earth. The twanging, Western atmosphere also comes through on prowling ‘Head Carrier’ holdover ‘Silver Bullet’ (which may or may not be Pixies’ first werewolf anthem), while ‘Long Rider’ takes that same swagger on the road and throws its lot in with surf-rock. The latter is one of the record’s high points, catchy and rollicking enough to warrant consecutive plays. It’s a particular gift, this merging of genres. A careful balance of reinvention and heritage makes the album both fresh and familiar. ‘Los Surfers Muertos’ especially slips into the musical path the band laid long ago, while also paying fitting tribute to a friend who died while they were recording. It’s celebration of life, rather than a Danse macabre.

              So sure there’s heartbreak and loss on Beneath the Eyrie, but also buoyancy and love. The one is the trade-off for the other. For all it’s lurking sprites and werewolves, the album is a salve. Feeling cursed? The witch doctor will see you now. - Loud And Quiet

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: It's only the bloody PIXIES again isn't it! In possibly their most on-brand release since their reformation in 2004, 'Beneath The Eyrie' has the gothic appeal of their early works, the production elements we expect from modern rock and / or roll and Black's voice on top form. It's a triumph in every way, and hopefully the trajectory they'll continue upon is clear. Stunner!

              TRACK LISTING

              1. In The Arms Of Mrs Mark Of Cain
              2. On Graveyard Hill
              3. Catfish Kate
              4. This Is My Fate
              5. Ready For Love
              6. Silver Bullet
              7. Long Rider
              8. Los Surfers Muertos
              9. St. Nazaire
              10. Bird Of Prey
              11. Daniel Boone
              12. Death Horizon

              VINYL:
              Side A:
              1. In The Arms Of Mrs Mark Of Cain
              2. On Graveyard Hill
              3. Catfish Kate
              4. This Is My Fate
              5. Ready For Love
              6. Silver Bullet
              Side B:
              7. Long Rider
              8. Los Surfers Muertos
              9. St. Nazaire
              10. Bird Of Prey
              11. Daniel Boone
              12. Death Horizon

              DMA's

              MTV Unplugged Live

                DMA’S are set to release the ‘MTV Unplugged Live’ album. It was recorded at Melbourne’s intimate Memo Music Hall last October, with DMA’s becoming one of the first Australian bands to play the iconic MTV Unplugged session. It’s a format steeped in history following classic sets from Nirvana, Oasis, R.E.M. and many more.

                Renowned for their ragged, anthemic energy often inspired by the Britpop and Manchester scenes, ‘MTV Unplugged Live’ finds DMA’S stripping their songbook back to basics. Focusing on acoustic guitar, piano, violin and cello, these new arrangements unveil fresh new perspectives on the songs. Some now carry a folk vibe, while others hone in on the poignancy of the band’s lyrics.


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: It's when performed acoustically that the tactile songwriting and tender balladry of DMA's songwriting really comes into its own, and shows the stylistic similarities and melodic leanings of this Australian trio to our most beloved 90's britpop staples.

                It’s been a while since the last Richard Hawley album - 4 years in fact. During that time he made a decision to break the recording / touring cycle he’d been working since he was 14 and went off to write music for films and also an acclaimed musical, "Standing At The Sky's Edge", based around a housing estate in his home town. But now he’s back, with a new album, and although there’s plenty of the swoonsome, croonsome Hawley we know and love, he’s not been afraid to push the boundaries a little.

                If you’re a 6music listener, then you can’t fail to have heard the opening track, the bluesy rock’n’roll stomp of “Of My Mind” - maybe a bit of a shock to the system for long-time Hawley fans, but fear not! It’s followed my the Smithsian “Alone” and then the gorgeous “My Little Treasures” - a beautiful, heartfelt song written about drinking with two of his late father’s oldest friends. The sweeping strings and pedal steel of the title track and slow strummed ballad  “Emilina Says” wind things down beautifully.

                I don’t know if the album was put together with the thought of an A-side and B-side in mind, but that’s how it comes across, with both sides opening with a big ballsy blast that slowly eases as the needle creeps inwards. The B-side opens with “Is There A Pill?”, with it’s pounding drums and big string surges that bring to mind “A Design For Life” era Manics. It’s followed by the chugging “Galley Girl” and then gently drifts into the languid “Not Lonely”. “Time Is” could be a Neil Diamond cover (he wrote some gems you know!) and is followed by my favourite track on the album “Midnight Train” - classic Hawley! And finally, the album is rounded off with the short but sweet, gentle strum of “Doors”.

                “Further” is possibly the most diverse album Richard Hawley has recorded, but it flows beautifully - partly down to the wonderfully intertwined guitar playing of Hawley and long-time cohort Shez Sheridan, but also because Hawley is such a great song writer. If like me, you are unsure on first listen, stick with it - it’s worth it!

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Off My Mind
                2. Alone
                3. My Little Treasures
                4. Further
                5. Emilina Says
                6. Is There A Pill?
                7. Galley Girl
                8. Not Lonely
                9. Time Is
                10. Midnight Train
                11. Doors

                The Cranberries

                In The End

                  “I can’t think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of Dolores’ passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band.” Eileen O’Riordan, Dolores O’Riordan’s mother.

                  30 years after forming in Limerick (initially as The Cranberry Saw Us) The Cranberries release their 8th and final album ‘In The End’. With Stephen Street once again taking producer duties, the eleven-track record brings a remarkable career to a fitting and powerful closure. 

                  The Cranberries - Dolores O’Riordan, Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler - emerged from the pre-Brit-pop scene of the early '90s, with their trademark indie guitar sound and Dolores’ distinctive Celtic-tinged lilting vocal style – described by Melody Maker as “the voice of a saint trapped in a glass harp”. Their rise to global fame was nothing short of meteoric; best known for their now classic songs ‘Linger’, ‘Zombie’ and ‘Dreams’, the band have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

                  While it is tinged with sadness following Dolores’ unexpected death on January 15th 2018, ‘In The End’ is not a valediction, it is a celebration, one that stands as a powerful testimony to the life and creative work of Dolores and her brothers in music Noel, Mike and Fergal.

                  The genesis of ‘In The End’ began in May 2017 while the band were on tour. By winter of 2017 Noel and Dolores had written and demoed the eleven songs which would eventually appear on the album. “Dolores was so energized by the prospect of making this record and to getting back out on the road to play the songs live” recalls Noel.

                  In coming to terms with her tragic passing Noel, Mike and Fergal listened to the songs and, with the support of Dolores’ family, wanted to honour their close friend, and collaborator by completing the record.

                  Speaking about the band’s concerns at the time Noel said “we knew this had to be one of the, if not the, best Cranberries album that we could possibly do. The worry was that we would destroy the legacy of the band by making an album that wasn’t up to standard. Once we had gone through all the demos that Dolores and I had worked on and decided that we had such a strong album we knew it would be the right thing and the best way that we could honour Dolores.”

                  With the songs at various stages of completion they turned to Stephen Street – who had produced four of their previous albums including ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?’ and ‘No Need To Argue’ - and spent 4 weeks in a London studio building the sounds around her vocals from the original demos. “It was a bitter sweet time. The joy of recording new tracks is always exciting and one of the best parts of being in a band. At the end of every day when we’d laid down our parts there was a sense of sadness, knowing that Dolores wouldn’t be in that evening to work on that day’s track” remembers Noel.

                  The album is a strong goodbye from the band to their fans, a fitting tribute to their bandmate and friend and, most importantly, a collection of powerful songs that can take their rightful place with The Cranberries’ previous six records.


                  TRACK LISTING

                  "All Over Now" – 4:16
                  "Lost" – 4:00
                  "Wake Me When It's Over" – 4:12
                  "A Place I Know" – 4:26
                  "Catch Me If You Can" – 4:38
                  "Got It" – 4:02
                  "Illusion" – 4:07
                  "Crazy Heart" – 3:25
                  "Summer Song" – 3:34
                  "The Pressure" – 3:22
                  "In The End" – 2:57

                  Hamburg Demonstrations is the new album from the enigmatic The Libertines front man Pete Doherty. Produced & mixed by Johann Scheerer (Faust/Bosnian Rainbows/The Killers) and recorded at his analogue-based studio, Clouds Hill Recordings in Hamburg.

                  Hamburg Demonstrations includes the previously released singles ‘The Whole World Is Our Playground’ and a new recording of the Amy Winehouse tribute ‘Flags From The Old Regime’. The album also features ’Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven’ written after the Paris attacks last November – it laments the fact that young people are now picking up guns instead of guitars “Come on boys choose your weapon J-45 or AK-47?”, ‘Kolly Kibber’ inspired by the newspaper man who meets a sticky end at the beginning of ‘Brighton Rock’ and ‘A Spy In The House Of Love’ a title borrowed from the Anaïs Nin novel.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Barry says: Pete Doherty has grown up a bit hasn't he? For one, he's now called Peter, has laid off the hard stuff and has learned to remain in 'The Zone' long enough to pull out a great tune (or several). The sound of a renewed interest in the music Biz, and an invigorated energy in the studio. A refreshing take on a wholly successful formula, and a welcome return for Pete(r).

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Kolly Kibber
                  2. Down For The Outing
                  3. Birdcage
                  4. Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven
                  5. Flags From The Old Regime
                  6. I Don't Love Anyone (But You're Not Just Anyone) (Version 2)
                  7. A Spy In The House Of Love (Demo Vocals)
                  8. Oily Boker
                  9. I Don't Love Anyone (But You're Not Just Anyone)
                  10. The Whole World Is Our Playground
                  11. She Is Far


                  Black Sabbath

                  Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Vinyl Edition

                    ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ is Black Sabbath’s fifth studio album. It was produced by the band and Tom Allom and recorded at Morgan Studios in London in September 1973.

                    For the first time in their career the band began to receive favourable reviews in the mainstream press, with Rolling Stone calling the album “an extraordinarily gripping affair,” and “nothing less than a complete success.”

                    The artwork reflects the original release, from the cover to the printed inner sleeve.

                    180g vinyl includes a copy of the album on CD.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
                    A National Acrobat
                    Fluff
                    Sabbra Cadabra
                    Killing Yourself To Live
                    Who Are You?
                    Looking For Today
                    Spiral Architect

                    Black Sabbath

                    Master Of Reality - Vinyl Edition

                      ‘Master Of Reality’ is the third studio album by Black Sabbath.

                      Released in July 1971, it is widely regarded as their most sonically influential work - the foundation of doom, stoner and sludge metal.

                      The last Black Sabbath album to be produced by Rodger Bain.

                      180gm vinyl includes a copy of the album on CD.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Sweet Leaf
                      After Forever
                      Embryo
                      Children Of The Grave
                      Orchid
                      Lord Of This World
                      Solitude
                      Into The Void

                      Black Sabbath

                      Black Sabbath - Vinyl Edition

                        ‘Black Sabbath’ is the eponymous debut studio album by Black Sabbath. Released in 1970, the album reached number 8 in the UK Albums Chart and number 23 in the Billboard Charts.

                        Based around the band’s live set, it was recorded in a 12 hour session in October 1969 and is regarded by many as one of the most significant albums in the development of heavy metal.

                        In 1989 Kerrang ranked Black Sabbath as number 31 in their 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time.

                        180gm vinyl includes a copy of the album on CD.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Black Sabbath
                        The Wizard
                        Behind The Wall Of Sleep
                        N.I.B.
                        Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me
                        Sleeping Village
                        Warning

                        Black Sabbath

                        Paranoid - Vinyl Edition

                          ‘Paranoid’ is the second studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath. Released in September 1970, it was the band’s first LP to top the UK Albums Chart.

                          It is often regarded as one of the most quintessential and influential albums in heavy metal history.

                          Contains the title track, which was their only Top 5 single.

                          180gm vinyl includes a copy of the album on CD.

                          Motorhead

                          Ace Of Spades

                            Motörhead’s fourth studio album, released in 1980.

                            Includes the Top 20 title track.

                            ‘Ace Of Spades’ has been described by many as one of the best metal albums by any band, ever.

                            180gm vinyl with Tracklisting digital download code.

                            The new album for the US artist Young Man aka Colin Caulfield with guitarist Emmett Conway, bassist Joe Bailey, drummer Dylan Andrews and synth player Jeff Graupner - produced by John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea And Cake a.o.)

                            Before he was even finished with the debut Young Man EP Boy, singersongwriter Colin Caulfield already knew what he wanted to do with this one, the 9-track album Vol. 1. First conceived in Caulfield’s college dorm room in 2009, Young Man is a concept project about youth -- about how that fleeting phase when you're emerging into adulthood can feel like reliving two decades of highs and lows in just a couple years. "I wanted all the things to come out in succession," Caulfield says, "because the series documents what happened to me when I was writing them. The whole project more or less portrays the trajectory of a young musician, first starting out, making mistakes, then growing up.

                            He's growing in leaps and bounds, turning out a more muscular, focused sound on 'Vol.1,' where songs such as "21" and "Fate" bend the dreamy atmospherics Caulfield has been exploring since his first EP into lean, pliable melodies. Vol. 1 is the first Young Man effort to feature a full band. He is supported here by guitarist Emmett Conway, bassist Joe Bailey, drummer Dylan Andrews and synth player Jeff Graupner, most of whom have been playing live with Caulfield for the past couple years on tours with Cold War Kids, Givers, Grouplove and Fanfarlo, among others. "I always envisioned this as a full band project," Caulfield says. "Experimenting with a group of musicians in a way that you can't when you’re alone is much more appealing for me, but I had to teach myself how to record the songs on my own first."

                            Vol 1 is also Caulfield's first project to be recorded in a studio -- Chicago's Soma Studios, where Young Man spent several weeks last year with producer John McEntire, known for his influential work with Nineties indie rock heavyweights Tortoise and The Sea And Cake, as well as production/engineering credits for Broken Social Scene and Stereolab. "I had a very good idea of what each song should sound like in my head before we went to the studio," Caulfield says. "They came out sounding different than I thought they were going to, but a lot of the album is about being happy with that. We almost called the album Damon & Division, which are the cross streets where Soma is, because the studio itself was such an important instrument on this record."

                            Beyond any one instrument, Caulfield says the biggest influence on Vol. 1 was his longtime attraction to progressive rock. "It’s such geeky music," he says. "But the musicianship is something I really get behind. Sometimes I find myself using the same chords and rhythmic concepts, but those influences always push me to do something new as much as I'm able - making music technical in clever ways without letting it get too selfindulgent."

                            Yet Caulfield also notes that the real writing of this record coincided with his beginning to develop a real taste for pop music again, for the first time since his early teens. "I got more interested in songwriting, and I learned to embrace pop music like Kelly Rowland and Nick Drake. I resented that music for so long, for some reason. I don’t think it’s negative anymore to write a good hook and have it repeat. For the longest time I wanted to make music that had parts that moved in and out, that didn’t follow standard pop conventions. I guess I finally realized it’s cool to do both." Prog pop? Yes. Finally.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Heading
                            2. Thoughts
                            3. By And By
                            4. Do
                            5. Fate
                            6. Wasted
                            7. 21
                            8. Wandering
                            9. Directions


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                            Ace to have Arthur in yesterday 🐶 8 and a half months old! https://t.co/kH0YLtqX8p #dogfriendly #cockapoo https://t.co/PeS7ATtWGe
                            Fri 3rd - 9:47
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