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William Basinski – Cascade CD (2026)
Cascade and The Deluge are variations on the latest tape-loop and delay composition from the inimitable William Basinski. In Cascade, a single ancient lilting piano tape loop repeats endlessly carrying one along in its tessellating current.
Blur – The Magic Whip CD/2xLP+MP3 (WB/Parlophone)
The new album from Blur started life in Hong Kong when the band had an unexpected break in touring in May 2013, and arrives 16 years since 13, the band's last record as a four-piece. “Familiar but also exploratory, the legendary band's first album since 2003 is a triumph. Parklifers are thrown the bone of opener ‘Lonesome Street’. With its Britpop swagger and talk of catching ‘the 5.14 to East Grinstead,’ it’s a pleasing self-pastiche. Other tracks hark back to their history – the grinding ‘Go Out’ could sit on 13 with its coruscating guitar squalls, and catchy knees-up ‘Ong Ong’ will be the new song lapped up at Hyde Park this summer, resembling a beery ‘Ziggy Stardust.’ The fascination of The Magic Whip is in how a reanimated Blur imagine they’d have developed by 2015, and how the Hong Kong environment fed into that.” – NME
Braids – Deep In The Iris CD/LP (Arbutus)
Braids are a three-piece experimental/dream pop band from Montreal. Deep In The Iris is the band’s third album. “[Album track] ‘Miniskirt,’ is a synth pop number marked by jolting beats and acerbic lyrics drawn from the album’s weighty themes of ‘pornography, abuse, and slutshaming.’ Here, Braids teem with the kind of rage and frustration that can only be articulated by a woman who’s felt snuffed by a sexist society and targeted by the leering eyes of men. – Consequence Of Sound
Coachwhips – Bangers Vs. Fuckers [Reissue/2003] CD/LP (Castle Face)
Feeling listless? Falling asleep behind the wheel? Need a soundtrack for your backyard Fight Club? We have just the thing: a fully re-spruced version of the Coachwhips' classic LP, Bangers Vs. Fuckers. If you're unfamiliar, this record may be the loudest thing ever put to tape. Weasel Walter's mastering job is more of an act of terrorism than anything else but it perfectly captures the intensity of seeing them live in, say, your bathroom. Essential listening for anyone with a pulse and a chip on their shoulder.
Sam Cohen – Cool It CD/LP (10 Spot)
A whirling dervish of psychedelic power pop, pitchfork has called his work willfully chaotic and highly refined. Paste has dubbed it “a sonic tapestry.”
Paul de Jong – If CD/LP (Temporary Residence)
Paul de Jong is best known as the cofounder, cellist and resident found sound savant of the defunct collage-pop duo, the Books. Five years after that band delivered their final album, The Way Out, de Jong delivers his first solo album. If sets the Books' early albums (particularly The Lemon Of Pink) as a starting point, and elevates that beguiling sense of wonder and amazement to genuinely transcendent new heights.
Bill Fay – Who Is The Sender? CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
Ask Bill Fay about his relationship with his instrument and he says something revealing, not “Ever since I learnt to play the piano,” but "Ever since the piano taught me...” What the piano taught him was how to connect to one of the great joys of his life. “Music gives,” he says. And he is a grateful receiver. But, it makes him wonder, “Who is the sender?” Fay -- who after more than five decades writing songs is finally being appreciated as one of our finest living practitioners of the art -- asserts that songs aren't actually written but found. He recorded two phenomenal but largely overlooked albums for Decca offshoot Nova in 1970 and 1971. After 27 years of neglect, people like Nick Cave, Jim O' Rourke, and Jeff Tweedy were praising those records in glowing terms. Recorded in Ray Davies' Konk Studios, North London, Who Is The Sender? sees Bill expanding upon themes he has touched on from the beginning, spiritual and philosophical questions, observations about the natural world and the people in the city he has lived in all his life.
George Fitzgerald – Fading Love CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
George Fitzgerald's debut establishes an exciting new chapter for the acclaimed British producer and DJ, marking an expansion out from his blistering mainroom sets across Europe and the UK, and into the realm of songwriter/producer alongside peers such as Caribou, Jon Hopkins, and Four Tet.
Mew - +- CD/2xCD/2xLP (PIAS)
Mew has proven itself to be one of the biggest and most influential bands on the Danish indie scene, having achieved several Gold and Platinum albums, as well as winning numerous awards (Steppeulvs Prize, Danish Music Award, MTV Award, Gaffa Prize) in the band's home country of Denmark. Mew has always had an affinity with the symphonic grandeur of indie rock's troubled creature and pop immediacy. This unique combination has not only given Mew chart topping albums, lots of airplay and many fans in the Nordic countries, but also across the world with huge followings established in Europe, Asia and here in America. In addition to its own extensive worldwide headline tours, Mew has toured as special guests with artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, Muse, and Kings of Leon. The new music on +- soars. It's alive, it's vibrant and spacious. Its skewed pop sensibilities coupled with an ever-expansive musical backdrop denotes the extremities of Mew's creative DNA, showing once more a band treading its own unique path. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a live album and is packaged in a 24pg hardback book with expanded artwork.
MG [Martin Gore] – MG CD/LP+CD (Mute)
MG is an instrumental album following Martin's collaboration with Vince Clarke on VCMG's SSSS in 2012. MG sees Gore further develop his love, passion and respect for electronic music.
Jackson Scott – Sunshine Redux CD/LP (Bloodmoss)
Out of the modern musical abyss comes Jackson Scott, a 22-year-old artist living in Asheville, NC. Finding pure metaphysical euphoria within the depths of cassette recorders and guitar pedals, he enjoys the simple things in life such as playing music with friends and falling into existential voids. His second album Sunshine Redux is a translation of this paradoxical psyche, a kaleidoscope of sounds ranging from ‘60s flower power to ‘90s hip-hop production techniques.
Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld – Never Were The Way She Was CD/LP+MP3 (Constellation)
Two of Constellation's acclaimed solo instrumental artists join forces on this tremendous new album of original compositions for horn and violin. Colin Stetson has developed a unique and highly-acclaimed voice as a performer/composer, chiefly on bass and tenor saxophones, rallying an array of technical strengths and innovations to make some of the most captivatingly organic, darkly soulful and otherworldly solo instrumental work of recent years with his New History Warfare trilogy. The solo violin work of Sarah Neufeld has emerged more recently, and especially through 2011-2014, in the period between her primary band Arcade Fire's last two albums; she's forged a distinctive and evocative solo violin practice combining rock, folk, ambient and modernist sensibilities, culminating with her debut solo album Hero Brother in 2013.
Tyler The Creator – Cherry Bomb CD (Sony)
“The self-produced album arrives less than a month after I Don’t Like Sh!t, I Don’t Go Outside, the minimal, introverted new release from Odd Future compatriot Earl Sweatshirt. The two projects could hardly be more different. Unlike Earl, Tyler doesn’t seem very interested in making a great rap album. He’s more interested in making a great album with a bubbly, wide-ranging musicality. Veteran artists like Roy Ayers, Charlie Wilson, and Leon Ware all make cameos on Cherry Bomb, and the album is peppered with live instrumentation, including a string section on ‘2SEATER’ that was recorded at Hans Zimmer’s studio” – Consequence Of Sound. There are five different covers available for this release. No word on vinyl release date.
Sonny Vincent/Rocket From The Crypt – Vintage Piss CD (Swami)
Vintage Piss is the baby whose seed was planted on the 2003 Rocket From The Crypt US tour, which also paired some members of the band with legendary 1970s New York outta control rock 'n' roller Sonny Vincent. After the Swami release of Vincent's previous band Testors' Complete Discography, Speedo (John Reis), Ruby Mars (Mario Rubalcaba) and The Notorious ND (Andy Stamets) served as the man's backing band and slashed through his Testors repertoire resulting in a primo barrage of 1970s neo-proto-punk. Vinyl version due May 12.
The Weepies – Sirens CD (Nettwerk)
Beloved husband/wife indie folk duo The Weepies – Deb Talan and Steve Tannen – return with Sirens, their first full-length release in five years. Of Sirens, Steve tells Billboard, “This was a helluva a year for us Weepies. Frightening dire diagnoses, hospitals, and helping angels everywhere, but it seemed like maybe this was also the end of everything -- like the journey was over. Sirens were mermaids that led sailors to their doom with their sweet voices. It's also a reference to an ambulance siren, and together they summed up the feeling of the year: otherworldly, hopeful, terrible.”
Bonnie Stillwater – The Devil Is People LP (Temporary Residence)
Bonnie Stillwatter is a conceptual collaboration of artistry and friendship between Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy), experimental rock group Watter (featuring a member of Grails), and Stillwater Artisanal, a nomadic brewer that mixes equal parts art and alcohol. This collaboration is an inspired one, the roots of which are a mutual respect and love, and the fruits of which are two side-long trips into dark cinematic folk-rock determined to find the light at the end of the tunnel.
Calexico – Edge Of The Sun LP+MP3 (Anti)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Calexico’s follow-up to 2012 s acclaimed Algiers, Edge Of The Sun began with a songwriting retreat to the historic Mexico City borough of Coyoacán. Working for the first time with Mexican collaborators, Calexico expanded their horizons as the guest list grew to include musicians from a myriad of backgrounds, origins, and genres, including Sam Beam from Iron And Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band Of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, as well as Neko Case.
The Damnwells – The Damnwells LP (Rock Ridge)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Indie rock band The Damnwells came together 15 years ago in a downtown New York City storage unit hastily re-purposed as a rehearsal room and imploded onstage at what should have been a career pinnacle: a live appearance to promote the release of a documentary about the band and its journey. Now, for the first time since 2006, the founding members have reconvened to release a new album. The Damnwells is sharply focused collection of literate, heartfelt, and hook-laden Americana. The Damnwells finally document the band’s wry sense of humor with witty pop culture commentary blasted within euphoric power-pop. The 11-song album concludes with the stately folk of the heartbreaking “None Of These Things.”
Jesse Malin – New York Before The War LP (One Little Indian)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Singer/songwriter Jesse Malin has been in and out of bands since he was 12 years old, most notably as the lead singer of glam punk group D Generation for eight years; in between bands he never stopped writing songs and pursued a solo career, beginning with his debut EP 169 in 2002, followed by his debut album The Fine Art Of Self Destruction. It has now been five years since Malin has released a new album, but he has now returned with his seventh studio album New York Before The War; we are said to expect an album that acts as a soundtrack to a meaningful life, as well as it covering the respect Malin has for his origins and embracing the future with both hands.” – Renowned For Sound