This Week’s New Releases: Trivium, The Used And Lucinda Williams

What a week for new music! Friday finally saw the release of Trivium’s ninth studio album, the Used followed up 2017’s ‘The Canyon’, and Lucinda Williams put out ‘Good Souls Better Angels’.

Not your bag? There’s plenty more to spin below.

999 – ‘Bish! Bash! Bosh!’ (Cleopatra Records)

Alice Bag – ‘Sister Dynamite’ (In The Red Records)

America – ‘Heritage II: Demos/Alternate Takes 1971-1976’ (Omnivore)

Andrew Gold – ‘Something New: Unreleased Gold’ (Omnivore)

AWOLNATION – ‘Angel Miners and the Lightning Riders’ (Better Noise Music)

BC Camplight – ‘Shortly After Takeoff’ (Bella Union)

Birds Of Tokyo – ‘Human Design’ (Birds of Tokyo Pty Ltd)

Brendan Benson  – ‘Dear Life’ (Third Man Records)

Cassowary – ‘Cassowary’ (Fat Possum Records)

Cirith Ungol – ‘Forever Black’ (Metal Blade Records)

Cutting Crew – ‘Ransomed Healed Restored Forgiven’ (August Day)

Dance Gavin Dance – ‘Afterburner’ (Rise Records)

Danzig – ‘Danzig sings Elvis’ (Cleopatra Records)

Dead Ghosts – ‘Automatic Changer’ (Burger Records)

Elder – ‘Omens’ (Stickman)

Ezra Furman – ‘Sex Education OST’ (Bella Union)

Fivio Foreign – ‘800 BC’ (RichFish/Columbia)

Frank Turner – ‘Live In Newcastle’ (Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor)

Hayley Williams – ‘Petals For Armor II’ EP (Atlantic)

Hazel English – ‘Wake Up!’ (Marathon)

K Camp – ‘Kiss 5’ (Interscope)

Kali Uchis – ‘To Be Alive’ EP (Virgin EMI)

Katatonia – ‘City Burials’ (Peaceville Records)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – ‘Chunky Shrapnel’ (KGLW)

Lennon Stella – ‘Three. Two. One’ (Records/Columbia)

Lonr. – ‘Land Of Nothing Real’ (Epic)

Lucinda Williams – ‘Good Souls Better Angels’ (Highway 20 Records)

Mark Kozelek – ‘All The Best, Isaac Hayes’ (Caldo Verde Records)

Marker Starling – ‘High January’ (Tin Angel)

Other Lives – ‘For Their Love’ (Play It Again Sam)

OTR – ‘Lost At Midnight’ (Astralwerks)

The Pack A.D. – ‘It Was Fun While It Lasted’ (The Pack A.D./Fontana North)

Peter Oren – ‘The Greener Pasture’ (Western Vinyl)

Rose McGowan – ‘Planet 9’ (Damage Inc)

RVG – ‘Feral’ (Fire Records)

Scouting For Girls – ‘Everybody Wants To Be On TV – Lost Songs’ EP (Sony)

Sophie Tassignon – ‘Mysteries Unfold’ (RareNoise Records)

Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes – ‘What Kinda Music’ (Caroline)

Trivium – ‘What The Dead Men Say’ (Roadrunner)

The Used – ‘Heartwork’ (Hassle Records)

Warbringer – ‘Weapons Of Tomorrow’ (Napalm Records)

Wares – ‘Survival’ (Mint Records)

White Poppy – ‘Paradise Gardens’ (Not Not Fun)

Wiz Khalifa – ‘The Saga Of Wiz Khalifa’ (Taylor Gang/Atlantic)

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Staff Picks: Jonathan Rimmer

My Top 10 Albums of 2016

If ever there was a year for artists to get angry and radical, 2016 was obviously it. Surprisingly, though, some of my favourite records have been introverted, escapist affairs. There’s not a single EDM album on my list this year – either it’s been an underwhelming year for electronic music or I’m already a miserable bastard in my mid-20s… Anyway, my top ten:

10. Mitski – ‘Puberty 2’

Although ‘Puberty 2’ is moody and ‘90s grunge-inspired, there’s something transcendental about Mitski Miyawaki that sets her apart. Even when this album is at its heaviest and most intense – like on lead single Your Best American Girl – her voice stands out above everything.

9. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Untitled Unmastered’

Kendrick’s last project, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’, remains one of the finest musical achievements of the 21st century to my mind, so it’s little surprise that I loved this wee appendix. These cuts might sound raw and unfinished, but they’re all still insights into the mind of a genius.

8. Katatonia – ‘The Fall of Hearts’

My favourite Swedish doom merchants returned to form on this one. They’re characteristically gloomy, with Jonas Renske’s vocals a particular standout. But the album also showcased a new found depth to their songwriting, both lyrically and structurally.

7. Money – ‘Suicide Songs’

‘Suicide Songs’ is quite a misleading title for a record that’s cathartic and melodramatic but never quite despondent. The psychedelic guitar leads clash beautifully with meticulously arranged strings, making for an otherworldly feel.

6. Law Holt – ‘City’

One of the most visceral and hard-hitting records I heard this year was made by an ‘R&B singer’. It’s a messy, difficult project full of fuzzy beats, sure, but it’s steered by an absolute titan in the form of Law Holt. Her booming vocals cut through the static, quite literally.

5. Radiohead – ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’

Okay, so this album didn’t get me in the gut in the same way that some of their albums do, but it’s still a gripping reminder that they remain the best band in the world. Taking things in a chamber pop direction, this record is fresh, well-structured and technically brilliant.

4. Schoolboy Q – ‘Blank Face’

I’d never previously warmed to Schoolboy Q’s music, despite his obvious presence and rapping abilities, but ‘Blank Face’ blew me away. It’s more than just a gritty, atmospheric gangsta record; it’s full of gripping narratives, delivered by the most convincing protagonist imaginable.

3. Three Trapped Tigers – ‘Silent Earthling’

The most daring and ridiculous instrumental rock record you’ll hear this year. Packed with retro synths, blaring keys and syncopated rhythms, ‘Silent Earthling’ grabs you by the scruff of the neck and takes you on an exciting, albeit terrifying, journey.

2. Frank Ocean – ‘Blonde’

Frank Ocean responds to overwhelming expectation by making a record that’s even more reserved and lo-fi than his debut, but it works remarkably well. ‘Blonde’ is a unique album precisely because it manages to be both lush and melodically unpredictable.  

1. Noname – ‘Telefone’

I heard a lot of people describe Noname’s style as ‘cute’, which does her a huge disservice. While the lyrics are nostalgic and the vibe is mellow, it’s Noname’s playful, poetic delivery that makes ‘Telefone’ such a gorgeous collection of tracks.

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This Week’s New Releases: Ariana Grande, Eric Clapton And Richard Ashcroft

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This weeks sees the return of Richard Ashcroft, with the Verve frontman putting out his first solo record in six years, while Ariana Grande is racking up album #3 and Eric Clapton leads the charge, teaming up with ‘Slowhand’ producer Glyn Johns for his 23rd studio album.

If none of that tickles your pickle then check out the rest of our pick of the week’s new releases below

Against The Current – ‘In Our Bones’ (Fueled By Ramen)

Andy Shauf – ‘The Party’ (Anti)

Ariana Grande – ‘Dangerous Woman’ (Republic/Island)

Bob Dylan – ‘Fallen Angels’ (Columbia)

Eric Clapton – ‘I Still Do’ (EPC/Polydor)

Katatonia – ‘The Fall Of Hearts’ (Peaceville)

Lonely The Brave – ‘Things Will Matter’ (Hassle)

Mutual Benefit – ‘Skip A Sinking Stone’ (Transgressive)

Richard Ashcroft – ‘These People’ (Righteous Phonographic Association)

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