This week is chock-full of new music! Ghost have followed up 2018’s ‘Prequelle’, Ho9909 have dropped their Travis Barker-produced sophomore LP, and Jenny Hval has put out her eighth studio album. Head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.
Ben Abraham – ‘Friendly Fire’ (Atlantic)
Benny The Butcher – ‘Tana Talk 4’ (Griselda/Empire)
Bodega – ‘Broken Equipment’ (What’s Your Rupture?)
The Boo Radleys – ‘Keep On With Falling’ (Boostr)
Bryan Adams – ‘So Happy It Hurts’ (BMG)
Charlie Simpson – ‘Hope Is A Drug’ (Komorebi)
The Districts – ‘Great American Painting’ (Fat Possum)
Drug Church – ‘Hygiene’ (Pure Noise)
Ella Henderson – ‘Everything I Didn’t Say’ (Asylum/Major Toms)
For King & Country – ‘What Are We Waiting For?’ (Curb)
Franz Ferdinand – ‘Hits To The Head’ (Domino)
Ghost – ‘Impera’ (Loma Vista/Concord)
Ho99o9 – ‘Skin’ (DTA/Elektra)
Jenny Hval – ‘Classic Objects’ (4AD)
Jeremy Ivey – ‘Invisible Pictures’ (Anti-)
John Adams – ‘Behind Closed Doors’ (Tristar)
Loop – ‘Sonancy’ (Cooking Vinyl/Reactor)
The Monochrome Set – ‘Allhallowtide’ (Tapete Records)
I’ve survived another year! In the process I’ve gained a few pounds and new friends, lost my voice after screeching along at numerous gigs and a shedload of money by spending way more than I should on fantastic records and merch.
It may be a sombre subject, but I didn’t feel I could reflect on the year without commenting on how I’ve been inspired by the strength of the victims who have stood up against their abusers within the music industry, and elsewhere, throughout this year, and many more prior. It is heartbreaking that we cannot go a day on Twitter without another instance surfacing, but I am glad that the true extent of the problem is finally beginning to be seen and challenged.
That being said, I refuse to let those awful humans detract from what has been an otherwise great year for new music. Check out what caused my ears to prick and heart to swell, Grinch-like, below.
Okay, when I said last week was bonkers I may have jumped the gun as this week’s list of new releases is truly overwhelming.
Blondie are putting out a new LP, on which they collaborated with Sia, Johnny Marr, TV on The Radio’s Dave Sitek, Charli XCX, Dev Hynes and Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, At The Drive In are releasing their first new album in 17 years, and Mac DeMarco is finally following up 2014’s ‘Salad Days’. Wowser! But if none of that tickles your fancy there’s plenty more to choose from below.
The Afghan Whigs – ‘In Spades’ (Sub Pop)
Amanda Palmer & EdwardKa-Spel – ‘I Can Spin A Rainbow’ (Cooking Vinyl)
At The Drive In – ‘in·ter a·li·a’ (Rise Records)
Black Lips – ‘Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art?’ (Vice Music)
Blondie – ‘Pollinator’ (Cooking Vinyl)
Bonny ‘Prince’ Billy – ‘Best Troubador’ (Drag City/Palace Records)
Cayetana – ‘New Kind Of Normal’ (Plum Records)
Chris Stapleton – ‘From A Room: Vol.1’ (UMG Nashville)