Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs - Sub Pop
It's rare that a band's debut album sounds as confident and self-assured as Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever's Hope Downs. To say that the first full-length from the Melbourne quintet improves on their buzz-building EPs from the last few years would be an understatement: the promise those early releases hinted at is fully realized here, with ten songs of urgent, passionate guitar pop that elicit warm memories of bands past, from the Go-Betweens' jangle to the charmingly lo-fi trappings of New Zealand's Flying Nun label. But don't mistake Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever for nostalgists: Hope Downs is the sound of a band finding its own collective voice.
Arthur Buck - Arthur Buck - New West Records
Sometimes the catalyst for creating great art is simply being in the right place at the right time. For Arthur Buck, the new collaboration between singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and guitarist Peter Buck, that place was Mexico, and that time was the fall of 2017. Specifically, a little town off the Baja coast named Todos Santos, with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the east and the bright blue Pacific stretching out infinitely to the west. It is here that Buck has, for the last several years, held the Todos Santos Music Festival, which he created with his wife, Chloe Johnson, in 2012, shortly after R.E.M. called it a day. Among the many artists who have played the festival is Joseph Arthur, who also happened to leave behind a guitar—a Dobro, specifically—after his last appearance there. And so last year he made the trek down to Todos Santos to pick up the instrument. Which is where he ran into Peter Buck. That was the beginning of Arthur Buck. The creative result of this relationship is a vibrant 11-song collection that captures the spontaneity at the heart of the project—right down to the 1-2-3-4 count off from Buck that opens the record—with sounds and styles meshed together in an easy, almost playful manner. Tchad Blake was brought in to mix the proceedings, and the result is the new Arthur Buck—the result of a shockingly productive burst of inspiration.
Johnny Marr - Call The Comet - New Voodoo
Recorded with his band in Manchester at Johnny Marr's Crazy Face studios, 'Call The Comet' is the third solo record from the Smith's guitarist and follows 2013's critically acclaimed The Messenger and 2014's Playland; both of which made the UK top 10. "Call The Comet is set in the not-too-distant future" says Marr, "and is mostly concerned with the idea of an alternative society. It's my own magic realism." Songs include Actor Attractor, Walk Into The Sea, Bug and recent live favourite Spiral Cities. "The characters in the songs are searching for a new idealism, although there are some personal songs in there too. It's something that people like me can relate to." Says Marr.
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound Sessions - Side One Dummy
The Gaslight Anthem and SideOneDummy celebrate 10 years of the seminal album, The '59 Sound. New compilation features rare, unreleased, and alternate takes recorded during The '59 Sound Sessions. Launching a tour in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the album, kicking off May 27th in Washington D.C.
Mike Shinoda - Post Traumatic - Warner Bros
In the months since the passing of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda has immersed himself in art as a way of processing his grief. With no agenda, Shinoda hunkered down alone in his Los Angeles home and began writing, recording, and painting. In January, he released the Post Traumatic EP consisting of three deeply personal songs - each one a powerful, stream-of-consciousness expression of unvarnished grief - accompanied by homemade visuals that Shinoda filmed, painted and edited himself. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with New York Times stating, "The tracks are reverberant electronic dirges; the rhymes, heading into sung choruses, testify to bewilderment, mourning, resentment, self-pity and questions about what to do." Following the EP release, Shinoda continued to create, and the result is Post Traumatic, a transparent and intensely personal album that, despite its title, isn't entirely about grief, though it does start there. "It's a journey out of grief and darkness, not into grief and darkness," Shinoda says. Ultimately, Post Traumatic is an album about healing. The songs, though specific about Shinoda's experience with loss, manage to be universally relatable, thanks to their honesty and heart. "If people have been through something similar, I hope they feel less alone," he says. "If they haven't been through this, I hope they feel grateful."
The Rolling Stones - Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016 - UME
‘The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016’ presents this monumental era in Rock N’ Roll history in a highly bespoke, lenticular mounted, limited edition box-set housing the 15 x Studio Albums from Sticky Fingers through Blue & Lonesome in faithful & intricate original packaging replications. Every album has been lovingly remastered & cut at revelatory Half-Speed at Abbey Road Studios from vinyl specific original tape transfers designed to get the very best possible sound from the format. Each album is pressed on heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl, includes a download card for HD digital redemption of the catalogue & includes a numbered certificate of authentication.
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.
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