This Week’s New Releases: Mac DeMarco, Charly Bliss And Ciara

There’s something for everyone this week. Mac DeMarco has dropped ‘Here Comes The Cowboy’, Charly Bliss have offered up their sophomore LP and Ciara has finally followed up 2015’s ‘Jackie’.

Still need more? Fill your boots below.

A. A. Body – ‘Enderness’ (Fat Possum Records)

Charly Bliss – ‘Young Enough’ (Lucky Number)

Ciara – ‘Beauty Marks’ (Beauty Marks Entertainment)

Clinic – ‘Wheeltappers and Shunters’ (Domino)

Collard – ‘Unholy’ (Virgin EMI)

Craig Leon – ‘Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon’ (RVNG)

Defeater – ‘Defeater’ (Epitaph)

Doomsquad – ‘Let Yourself Be Seen’ (Bella Union)

Efrim Manuel Menuck and Kevin Doria – ‘Are Sing Sinck, Sing’ (Constellation)

Employed To Serve – ‘Eternal Forward Motion’ (Spinefarm/Universal)

Guitar Wolf – ‘Love & Jett’ (Third Man Records)

Holly Herndon – ‘Proto’ (4AD)

Howard Jones – ‘Transform’ (D-TOX via Absolute)

HÆLOS – ‘Any Random Kindness’ (Infectious Records)

Ian Gillan – ‘Raving With Ian Gillan and the Javelins’ (EarMUSIC via Absolute)

Indianola – ‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye’ (Indianola)

James Bay – ‘Oh My Messy Mind’ EP (Republic Records)

Jamila Woods – ‘Legacy! Legacy!’ (Jagjaguwar)

Logic – ‘Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind’ (Def Jam Recordings)

Mac DeMarco – ‘Here Comes The Cowboy’ (Mac’s)

Maps – ‘Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.’ (Mute)

Meat Beat Manifesto – ‘Opaque Couché’ (Flexidisc)

Nots – ‘3’ (Upset The Rhythm)

Parachute – ‘Parachute’ (Parachute Music)

Pottery – ‘No. 1’ EP (Partisan Records)

Rosie Lowe – ‘YU’ (Wolf Tones)

Sammy Hagar and the Circle – ‘Space Between’ (BMG)

Shaggy – ‘Wah Gwaan?!’ (Brooklyn Knights/Polydor)

Shey Baba – ‘Requiem’ (Virgin EMI)

The Get Up Kids – ‘Problems’ (Big Scary Monsters)

Tim Hecker – ‘Anoyo’ (Kranky)

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Things We Love This Week: Carly Rae Jepsen, Holly Herndon, Bjork

While the political turmoil we’ve all become numb to reaches critical stages of development, let’s all take a break by pondering some of the best of this week’s music news. Happy listening.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen is still doing crazy things with people she has just met. Or, in the case of her video for the new single Now That I Found You, animals she’s just met.

Finding a poor little kitty all alone in the rain, she adopts the feline and soon becomes obsessive. 20 cats later and she’s inhaling catnip through a bong. Shit gets weird, but it’s pretty great. 

Holly Herndon

Herndon’s announced a new album that isn’t about artificial intelligence, but was made in collaboration with her own AI ‘baby’. It even has a name: Spawn. 

With a whole ensemble of both contemporary and traditional folk vocalists, in addition to some pretty swanky tech to process it all, ‘PROTO’ references our current protocol era, compelling the listener to ask who we are, what we are, what we stand for, and what we’re headed towards.

So what is it? I’m not really sure. But I know that the single Eternal is definitely a grower. See for yourself below, live at Manchester International Festival on July 20 or find out more about the project here.


Björk

The one and only Björk has announced she is to reissue her back catalogue on colourful cassettes, and if that isn’t THE MOST Björk thing to do I don’t know what is.

Nine of her releases — 1993’s ‘Debut’, 1995’s ‘Post’, 1997’s ‘Homogenic’, 2001’s ‘Vespertine’, 2004’s ‘Medúlla’, 2007’s ‘Volta’, 2011’s ‘Biophilia’, 2015’s ‘Vulnicura’ and 2017’s ‘Utopia’ — will be available individually or as a bundle from April 26.

The reissue has inspired me to go back over the iconic Icelander’s (entire) discography over the weekend, so those are my plans. What are yours?

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