New Release Round-Up 03-04-14
English Oceans, the 12th release for Drive-By Truckers, 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 Mike Cooley. The album is available now and you can watch the incredible live studio performance of 'Made Up of English Oceans' here as well as visit instore to hear the full album.
With a new record label in tow, Toronto-based Dine Alone Records, Keith Murray and Chris Cain, better known as We Are Scientists, are giving fans the kind of songs that put them on the global map and that we've been missing from our playlists. In late 2012, they entered the studio in New York with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Gang Gang Dance, Blonde Redhead) to record sessions for their fourth record. Burrows relocated to the city from England while he worked with Murray and Cain to write and record tracks for the album Tv en Francais! The album is available now and you can preview the tracks here and watch the crazy video for the lead single Dumb Luck as well as visit instore to hear the full album.
Holly Golightly has made over 20 albums and appeared on countless more, but she never had a recording experience like the one she had making the new Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs release All Her Fault. Golightly and her partner Lawyer Dave spent nearly six months on the project. "It has never taken me that long to get through 12 tracks," she admits. "I don't have the patience for endlessly going over things. I want things done quickly and this was like pulling a Dave-shaped log along at times." The album is available now and you can preview the track Trouble In Mind here.
Arthur Beatrice founding members Orlando Leopard (vocals/instruments) and Elliot Barnes (drums) discovered early in their school-formed friendship, and musical partnership, that their opposing views would take them in interesting and often unpredictable directions. The pair were looking to introduce a new dynamic to their songwriting when they met and enlisted Ella Girardot (vocals/keys), after hearing her perform UK group All Saints' 'Pure Shores' in the school talent contest. Brother Hamish Barnes (vocals/bass/guitar) joined a little later, quickly providing another point of creative tension when he began contributing songs that soon became as vital as anything before. Check out the new album Working Out here.
The Unsemble is a collaboration of three very notable musical personalities. You may know of Duane Denison (guitar, keyboards) from his work with Tomahawk and The Jesus Lizard, among others. He's in fine form here. You might know of Alexander Hacke (bass, electronics) from his work with Einsturzende Neubaten, Crime and the City Solution, and his film and production work. He's at the top of his game these days. You probably don't know of Brian Kotzur (drums, keyboards) but you should. He has worked with Silver Jews and Harmony Korine, both quite popular with indie hipsters, slackers, etc. He's got moves, just you wait.
Plus there are other great, new releases including Pharrell Williams who after a tremendous 2013 working behind the scenes on some of the year's biggest albums, once again steps forward into the limelight as he releases his highly anticipated second solo album G I R L. Featuring the hit single "Happy", an international phenomenon and radio smash, the album is the undeniable sound of an artist thoroughly enjoying himself. Ghost Beach, the New York-based duo of Josh Ocean & Eric "Doc" Mendelsohn, bring together the two worlds of electronic and live performance whose sound is self-described as "Tropical Grit Pop." On their debut full-length album Blonde, Ghost Beach once again perfects a blend of retro and futuristic soaring synth-pop, none more so evident than in the searing single "Miracle", you can watch the video here. Real Estate's third long-player, Atlas, starts 2014 off on the right note. Recorded at Wilco's studio, in Chicago, IL, Atlas expands upon the pastoral lushness of 2011's breakout album Days. Atlas continues hitting with the same catchy confidence that made Days such an enduring listen. Bob Dylan releases a 2CD Deluxe Edition of his 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration from October 16th 1992, with Remastered Audio and premieres of two previously unreleased recordings from the concert's sound check: Sinéad O'Connor singing "I Believe In You" and Eric Clapton's interpretation of "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright." The collection is also available on Blu-Ray for the full experience. Rick Ross delivers his sixth studio album, Mastermind, and describes this as a more "soulful" record than his previous albums. Chris Wallace, former lead singer of White Tie Affair, breaks through with his debut album, Push Rewind which features the hit single Keep Me Crazy. And Rufus Wainwright releases Vibrate: The Best Of Rufus Wainwright which encapsulates a career in music that is like no other. This new collection features 17 standout songs that define one of modern music's most innovative talents, as well as a brand new recording, 'Me and Liza'. Also out this week is his breathtaking performance Rufus Wainwright: Live from the Artists Den which is available on both CD and Blu-Ray
Plus, Wake Owl, Comeback Kid, Ashanti, Ume, The Men, Linda Perhacs, Eagulls, Highasakite, The Revivalists, Anne, Eternal Summers, Ava Luna, Roman Remains, Axxa/Abraxas, Carla Bozulich, Trust, Nick Waterhouse, Silver Snakes, Charlie Simpson, Lea Michele and Johnny Cash all have new albums today.
There are also a couple of singles available, including Elbow who release New York Morning & Fly Boy Blue/Lunette both of which are taken from their new album The Take Off And Landing Of Everything which is released next week.
And 311 release Five Of Everything which is the lead single from their new album Stereolithic, also out next week.
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.