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Peter Broderick – Colours Of The Night CD/LP (Bella Union)
“The product of an unlikely collaboration between an Oregon singer-songwriter and a small group of Swiss musicians, recorded in a studio more usually associated with Alpine hip-hop, Colours Of The Night is a beguiling and yet joyously engaging set that brings the best out in Peter Broderick’s voice and takes him far beyond his established musical milieu. It’s a brave departure for him, a shift away from the studied arrangements of many previous albums towards a greater sense of spontaneity and a (thoroughly justified) trust in his accompanists.” – The Line Of Best Fit
Nick Cave And Warren Ellis – Present: Loin Des Hommes [OST] CD/LP (Goliath Entertainment)
Original score to David Olehoffen's prize-winning motion picture composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Loin Des Hommes (Far From Men) is a French film adaptation of Albert Camus' short story The Guest. Using intertwining piano and violin melodies, soft drones and subtle electronics, Cave and Ellis paint a minimal and mesmerizing backdrop to the ghostly frontier towns and empty desert vistas pictured in Olehoffen's movie, which stars Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb in a tale of colonial conflict in Algeria.
Ceremony – The L-Shaped Man CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Ceremony’s fifth studio album uses singer Ross Farrar’s recent breakup as a platform to explore loneliness and emotional weariness, but it is by no means a purely sad album. Rather than look inward, Farrar uses his experience to write about what it means to go through something heavy and come out the other side a different person. In order to tell Farrar’s story, Ceremony have almost completely stripped back the propulsive hardcore of their previous records, turning every angry outburst into simmering despair. (Limited copies pressed on seafoam vinyl.)
Circuit des Yeux – In Plain Speech CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Haley Fohr’s music strikes a unique balance between the personal and universal. As Circuit des Yeux she creates music that embodies the complexity of human emotions, juxtaposing tenderness and grief, ecstasy and horror, using sounds as representations of the emotional spectrum that we all experience. Fohr’s striking voice, an impassioned baritone, is the music’s centerpiece and guiding force. On In Plain Speech, Fohr is joined by some of the most progressive musicians in the Chicago music community; Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas), Whitney Johnson (Verma), Rob Frye (Bitchin Bajas), Adam Luksetich (Little Scream), and Kathleen Baird (Spires That In The Sunset Rise). Fohr cements her reputation as a fearless songwriter and inventive arranger with this stirring collection of songs that are both gorgeous and emotionally potent.
Dommengang – Everybody’s Boogie CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Dommengang’s music is expansive and driving. The band s songs are propelled by a killer rhythm section and fronted by Sig Wilson, a mainstay of the Pacific Northwest psych scene. He is joined by Brian Markham and Adam Bulgasem, themselves life-long musicians and connected to the DIY scenes on the West and East coasts. While the trio’s affection for electric blues and proto-punk bombast is clear, their music abandons traditional song structures and replaces their recognizable tropes with progressive frameworks.
Du Blonde – Welcome Back To Milk CD (Mute)
Du Blonde is the artistic reincarnation of the artist, Beth Jeans Houghton, and Welcome Back To Milk is the first album to be released as Du Blonde. Whilst her 2012 album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose was a standalone piece of polymath pop, 25-year-old Houghton, has constantly evolved and reinvented herself – a musical and aesthetic chameleon always playing by her own rules. Much of the forthcoming album, including the first single, "Black Flag" was produced by Bad Seed and Grinderman member Jim Sclavunos, whose previous production credits include The Jim Jones Revue and The Horrors. Vinyl version due May 26.
Faith No More – Sol Invictus CD (Ipecac)
Sol Invictus is Faith No More’s seventh album, and first since 1997's Album Of The Year. Vinyl version due July 7. “Considering this album had little odds of coming about years ago, it's insufficient to say "Sol Invictus" is worth the wait. It's a brand new beginning with a brand new vibe that's still Faith No More in soul. It's not King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime, but Sol Invictus is that damned good on its own merits. In some ways, it's the most mind-blowing performance under the moniker. As the closing number asserts, Faith No More is back from the dead, thank God.” – Blabbermouth
Brandon Flowers – The Desired Effect CD (Island)
New solo album by The Killer's frontman. Vinyl version due June 23. “Ex-cons, lost angels, stalkers, the struggling, the lonely and the damned. If Brandon Flowers’ 2010 solo debut Flamingo celebrated home, faith and the romance of the Mojave Desert, his second, The Desired Effect, takes a grittier view on Fabulous Las Vegas. On ‘Diggin’ Up The Heart’, a housebreaker returns from the state pen tormented by dreams of damnation and unable to change his criminal ways. ‘Lonely Town’ sees a jilted loner break into his ex’s house, knife in hand and reason running red. A hooker from a broken home – “born lost and dirt blonde” – sneers at the kerb-crawling traffic during ‘Never Get You Right’. Throw in a terminal illness and some hard drugs and HBO would be biting Brandon’s hand off to make it into a mini-series.” – NME
The Helio Sequence – The Helio Sequence CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
The self-titled sixth album by The Helio Sequence began with a friendly competition. Several of the duo’s friends within the Portland, Oregon music scene had been playing “The 20-Song Game.” The rules were simple, playful and ambitious: Songwriters would arrive in their studios at prearranged times and spend all day recording 20 complete songs. When they were finished, they’d have a party, listen to the results and talk about the process — of taking the good with the bad, of letting creativity push past constraint, of simply making music in the moment. Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel took the spirit of the “The 20-Song Game” to heart, and forged ahead writing a new record. In May of 2014, inspired by the “20-Song Game”, they began arriving each morning in their Portland space — housed in the cafeteria and break room of an old warehouse — with the mission of making as much music as possible in one month.
Holly Herndon – Platform CD/LP+MP3 (4AD)
Holly Herndon has become a leading light in contemporary alternative and electronic music by fearlessly experimenting within the outer reaches of dance music and pop songwriting structures. Born in Tennessee, but reared on music abroad, Herndon broke out from her formative years in Berlin’s minimal techno scene to repatriate to San Francisco, where she currently lives and studies as a doctoral candidate at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research In Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
Hot Chip – Why Make Sense? CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
With Why Make Sense? Hot Chip restate their intentions as a band and redefine the very things that made them relevant in the first place. It shuns modernist dancefloor tropes in order to flick through the dusty corners of the band’s teenage record collections. Alternately jarring and chaotic, pared back, thundering, then pulsating and gloriously mellifluous, the album confidently displays its influences. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds the four-track Separate EP.
Kopecky – Drug For The Modern Age CD/LP (ATO)
The Nashville based six-piece formerly known as the Kopecky Family Band makes a striking return with a succinct new name — now simply Kopecky — and a triumphant sophomore album. Drug For The Modern Age, the follow-up to their 2012 debut album Kids Raising Kids features production by Konrad Snyder (whose credits include working with Milo Greene and Night Beds). “The band certainly has our attention with their single, ‘Quarterback,’ a melodic three-minute blast with piercing guitar riffs and an adrenaline-pumped chorus. The compelling mix of bombastic Sleigh Bells-y drums and relaxed harmonies complements the song’s story, about an underdog who strives to get the girl.” – Spin
The Milk Carton Kids – Monterey CD/LP+MP3 (Anti/Epitaph)
With their third album Monterey, The Milk Carton Kids have evolved their signature sound into its purest essence. Writing on the road, sitting around after shows in green rooms and hallways, these duo found themselves finishing and editing each other's songs, resulting in a batch of songs where, for the first time in the band's career, friends and family cannot tell who wrote what. And for all the attention the duo received for combining into one voice, on Monterey we finally hear the singers as distinct; the acclaimed harmonies move farther apart so that the quirks and kinks of two individual identities emerge, the harmonies all the while remaining lush and soaring, their beauty all the more apparent for the showing of their scars.
Holly Miranda – Holly Miranda CD/LP (Dangerbird)
The first change to notice on Holly Miranda’s new self-titled album is how her sweet, mournful voice has grown fuller and more present than before. Nowhere is this more apparent than on “All I Want Is To Be Your Girl”, which has her plaintively suggesting “we could fuck in the sun and dance till dawn” over a carefree rock instrumental. With each of the 11 tracks, Miranda sings into new territory, whether it’s over an upbeat rocker, the breezy electronics of “Pelican Rapids,” or the smooth Motown-inflected ballad “Everlasting.” She handles each stylistic detour gracefully, her silky coo overdriving into a throaty belt only when necessary. --stereogum
Murs – Have A Nice A Life CD (Strange Music)
New album from the rapper. “Murs has put in nearly two decades of work, worked with countless high-profile groups and individuals over the years and established himself as an underground legend. Regardless, his signing to indie powerhouse Strange Music ushers in a new era for the West Coast mainstay, leading to a tremendous amount of well-deserved hype for his label debut Have A Nice Life.” – KJ Booth
Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs CD/LP (Drag City)
Full of the vast, glossy and glittering O'Rourkian wall of sound he's known for, Simple Songs seeps into your brain, as a musical expression and a statement of animal motherhood. It may help you get your bearings in a world gone hopeless. Most of all though, don't hate this or he'll go away again for another decade.
Saun & Starr – Look Closer CD/LP+MP3 (Daptone)
Some of you may recognize Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan Lowe from their days singing backup for Sharon Jones. Saun & Starr now share their own brand of vintage soul with their debut album, titled Look Closer. Like a two-headed Phoenix rising from the ashes of a bygone era when the duets of Sam & Dave, James & Bobby Purify, and Marvin & Tammi danced upon the airwaves, Saun & Starr have redefined the possibilities of what a great Soul duo can be. Though they each posess a tone and style that commands attention, together their voices compliment each other perfectly, lifting their sound to elevations neither could reach alone –– harmonies and phrases playfully intertwining to form the architecture for a soulful fortress of vocal prowess.
Sun Ra - Planets of Life Or Death: Amiens 73 CD (Strut)
Reissued on vinyl for RSD 2015 – now available on CD. Never-heard music from the legendary Sun Ra Arkesta – and a set that's every bit as great as Ra's self-released albums on Saturn Records in the ‘70s. The performance is a well-recorded date from France in the early ‘70s – and the Arkestra are at their richest, most expressive – often working with a strong spiritual vein that really sets this period apart from other periods of their work.
Tanlines – Highlights CD/LP (True Panther Sounds)
Influenced by the band's time on the road touring for their critically lauded debut, Mixed Emotions, Tanlines have reached for the sounds of the ‘90s New York hip-hop drums, Detroit techno synths, and lots of guitars.
Johanna Warren – nūmūn CD/LP+MP3 (Team Love)
Johanna Warren is a songwriter based Portland, Oregon. Although Warren has lent her vocal talents to artists like Natalie Merchant and Iron & Wine, she identifies primarily as a songwriter. An intuitively self-taught guitarist, she channels powerful songs in weird time signatures and melancholic open tunings, weaving adept finger-picking with acrobatic vocal lines and carefully crafted poetry, in reverence of her patron songwriting saints Elliott Smith, Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake.
Paul Weller – Saturn’s Pattern CD/CD+DVD/LP+MP3 (WB/Parlophone)
“Paul Weller’s twelfth studio effort sees the Modfather come out fighting with a strong nine-track album that dabbles in bluesy guitar and space-age synth, which overall sees Weller writing, producing and confidently delivering some catchy, feel-good songs. Settling on a space theme, Saturn’s Pattern starts strong with a belter of a number in ‘White Sky’. This fully fledged blues rock number, puts Weller’s vocals to good use, adding a cosmic edge to the wailing electric guitar which is slightly akin to Black Keys tracks such as ‘I Got Mine’. ‘Pick It Up’ is one of the stronger tracks from ‘Saturn’s Pattern’. Blending a nice steady rhythm with electric piano and guitar added to layers of Weller’s vocals. Along with ‘Pick It Up’, ‘In The Car’ is also an intriguing addition to the album, an extraterrestrial mix of blues guitar, piano and distorted vocals.” – DIY
Bill Wells And Aidan Moffat – The Most Important Place In The World CD/LP (Chemikal Underground)
Bill & Aidan return with their long-awaited follow-up to 2011's Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award winner, Everything's Getting Older. Moving on from the preoccupations of the duo's debut long-player, The Most Important Place in the World supplants the encroachment of age as a primary theme with the notion of the metropolis as femme fatale, a voluptuous siren promising opportunity and possibility. The tension between domesticity and devilry, temperance and temptation, is a seam that runs through the record. As with its predecessor, The Most Important Place In The World finds Moffat variously speaking, snarling and singing his candid tales along to jazz-inflected melodies so exquisite they barely belong to the gauche reality of the 21st century.
El Perro Del Mar – El Perro Del Mar [Reissue/2006] 2xLP+MP3 (The Control Group)
Celebrating ten years since its original Swedish release, El Perro Del Mar (aka Sarah Assbring) is proud to reissue a deluxe edition of her self-titled debut album with an additional ten tracks of demo, live and unheard music. The album received rave reviews from NPR, Pitchfork, The New York Times and many others. “A minimal Phil Spector sound. Unique and magical” -- The London Times. “Heartbreak and loneliness have never been so beautiful” -- Word Mag. “Mixing tears with sugary sound effects, she wallows with Scandinavian style.” -- The New York Times
The Mowgli’s – Kids In Love LP (Republic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Mowgli's sophomore album features the single “I'm Good” with its sunny, infectious melody and anthemic chorus. On Kids In Love, the group teamed up with producer Tony Hoffer (The Kooks, Silversun Pickups, Fitz & The Tantrums) as well as their prior collaborators known as Captain Cuts (Smallpools, Tove Lo) and Matt Radosevich (Walk The Moon, One Direction).
Soundtrack – The Darjeeling Limited  2xLP (Abkco)
The 2007 Wes Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman is notable for its eclectic soundtrack. Set in India, the film incorporates music from the films of acclaimed director Satyajit Ray, scoring from early Indian Merchant-Ivory films, and hits by The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Peter Sarstedt, and Joe Dassin. HQ-180gm black vinyl.