JOHN PAUL WHITE - Beulah - Single Lock Records
Beulah, It’s a small, complicated word with a tangle of meanings. It’s the title of John Paul White's new album, his first in nearly a decade, a remarkably and assuredly diverse collection spanning plaintive folk balladry, swampy southern rock, lonesome campfire songs, and dark acoustic pop. Gothic and ambitious, with a rustic, lived-in sound, it’s a meditation on love curdling into its opposite, on recrimination defining relationships, on hope finally filtering through doubt.
BLOOD ORANGE - Freetown Sound - Domino
Freetown Sound is the third full-length album from Dev Hynes (Blood Orange). Written and produced by Hynes, Freetown Sound is a tour de force, a pastiche of Hynes’ past, present, and future that melds his influences with his own established musical voice. For well over a decade, Dev has proven himself a virtuoso of versatility, experimenting with almost every conceivable musical genre and working with a wide variety of artists as a writer and producer. On his solo work he has created a singular style of urgent, delicate pop music by carefully stitching a sound palette that gently recalls elastic funk, slinky R&B, and pure pop. Thematically, the album is profoundly personal and unapologetically political, touching on issues of race, religion, sex, and sexism over 17 shimmering songs.
DOLLY PARTON - Pure & Simple - Sony
Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist Dolly Parton is back with a new album, Pure & Simple, her first release since 2014's Blue Smoke. Produced by comprised of songs written solely by Dolly, highlights of this love songs-oriented album include "Pure and Simple," "Head Over High Heels," as well as new recordings of "Tomorrow is Forever," originally recorded as a duet with Porter Wagoner in 1970 and then again with Solomon Burke in 2006, and "Say Forever You'll Be Mine," which Dolly originally recorded with Porter Wagoner in 1975.
DRAKE WHITE - Spark - Dot Records
"One of the country's most energizing performers," (Rolling Stone Country) Drake White is officially burning up trails and charts with the release of his debut album on Dot Records. Spark features his current single “Livin’ the Dream." The foot-stomping singer/songwriter – and nature enthusiast – teased the news to his Firestarters during his CMA Fest Fan Club Party and shared the announcement on the red carpet at the 2016 CMT Music Awards. “Since we began this journey – working on the album – I knew I wanted the title to be SPARK,” said White who Billboard calls, “confident, energetic presence with a mix of gravel, soul and gospel in his voice.”
BAYSIDE - Vacancy - Hopeless Records
Where Bayside's last album, Cult, dealt with singer/guitar player Anthony Raneri's move to Nashville, his recent marriage and impending fatherhood, Vacancy tells the story of the dissolution of his marriage and finding himself alone in the city that was meant to be his new home. "The hotel on the album cover reflects the feelings I had while working on Vacancy, explains Raneri. Writing this album, I felt as if everything was uncertain, I could move back to New York, buy a house in Nashville... I just didn't know what was going to come next. I felt very isolated and as if everything in my life was temporary at that moment."
AGES & AGES - Something To Ruin - PTKF
If Ages & Ages' debut album Alright You Restless declared independence from the cynicism and self-consciousness plaguing a generation; and the follow-up Divisionary was an exercise in confronting change, conflict, and loss; Something To Ruin confronts the debris of our collective failures and asks whether we might be better off letting go and starting over. Recorded at Isaac Brock’s studio (Ice Cream Party), this album still has plenty of the infectious and joyful melodies the band is known for, but this time the stakes are higher. It raises questions about facing our society’s collective wreckage both environmentally and culturally. With all members hailing from Portland, Oregon, Something to Ruin, explores what it’s like to watch your hometown implode in a frenzy of real estate development and lifestyle branding.
GLASS ANIMALS - How To Be A Human Being - Harvest
How To Be A Human Being is a scrapbook of the band's time spent on the road, gathering memories and perceptions of different types of people from all around the world.
THE VEILS - Total Depravity - Nettwerk Records
The Veils, fronted by lead singer and songwriter Finn Andrews, release their highly anticipated new album ‘Total Depravity’ on August 26th. The album features production by El-P (Run The Jewels) and Adam 'Atom' Greenspan who was behind the band’s critically acclaimed album ‘Nux Vomica’.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE - Dig Your Roots - BMX
Known for their record-breaking tracks, undeniable energy and all around good vibes, Florida Georgia Line will release Dig Your Roots August 26 on Big Machine Label Group. The award-winning duo's highly anticipated third studio album uncovers pieces of their lineage along with an evolved creativity. Our album cover says it all, shares Brian Kelley. "Tyler and I are continuing to grow musically and personally. We really wanted this album to reflect who we are and our lives in this moment, but also where we came from. Tyler Hubbard adds, we both started out playing guitar, singing in church and writing songs so we wanted to let fans see our foundation a deeper side to us. We couldn't have picked a more fitting title or image for DIG YOUR ROOTS.
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.