PRE-PURCHASE THE NEW GOSPEED YOU BLACK EMPORER - 'ASUNDER SWEET & OTHER DISTRESS IN THE STORE & SECURE YOUR COPY! (LP & CD OUT 3/31/15)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) returns with its first single LP-length release since the group's earliest days in 1997-99. 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' clocks in at a succinct 40:23 and is arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the band's career. Following Godspeed's return from a long hiatus at the end of 2010 to begin playing live shows again, and with the hugely acclaimed 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! release in 2012 marking their first new release in a decade, the group slowly and steadily put the new album together through late 2013 and 2014. This mighty slab of superlative sonics is shot through with all the band's inimitable signposts and touchstones: huge unison riffage, savage noise/drone, oscillating overtones, guitar vs. string counterpoint, inexorable crescendos and scorched-earth transitions. 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' finds Godspeed in top form; a sterling celebration of the band's awesome dialectic, where composition, emotion and 'note-choice' is inextricable from an exacting focus on tone, timbre, resonance and the sheer materiality of sound.
BRANDI CARLILE - THE FIREWATCHER'S DAUGHTER - ATO Records
Brandi Carlile's fifth studio album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, is her first album on ATO Records. It is the follow-up to Bear Creek, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart in 2012. The 12-song album explodes with energy, urgency and pristine harmonies and represents the start of a fresh chapter for Carlile and her longtime collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth, also known as “The Twins.” The Firewatcher’s Daughter was recorded almost entirely as first takes without any demoing and little rehearsal before gathering at Bear Creek Studio in Washington State.
OF MONTREAL - AUREATE GLOOM - Polyvinyl Records
“A golden despondency” is how Kevin Barnes translates the meaning behind Aureate Gloom, the title he gave Of Montreal’s thirteenth full-length album. The oxymoron is one Barnes says best describes the overall state of his life and mental outlook while working on the record — penning lyrics so personal they sound like entries ripped from a journal that should be permanently kept under lock and key.
NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS - CHASING YESTERDAY - Sour Mash
On his new album, Noel settles into solo life with brutish thrills, buoyant melodies and swampy psych rock. The second full-length solo release was self-produced by the former Oasis singer/guitarist and features a guest appearance from Johnny Marr.
STEVEN WILSON - HAND. CANNOT. ERASE - Kscope
The fourth solo album from prolific songwriter, four-time Grammy-nominated artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Steven Wilson. Hand. Cannot Erase. is a dynamic 11-song conceptual set, bringing together diverse aspects of his expansive sonic history. Recorded in September 2014 at AIR Studios London, Hand. Cannot. Erase. features the guitar-driven power, infectious melodies, and progressive sensibility of Wilson s sprawling body of work.
TUXEDO - TUXEDO - Stones Throw
Tuxedo is the Grammy nominated duo of Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One, combining their powers for an epic album of boogie funk, a true descendant of the one-word moniker family of funk, where you will find groups such as Chic, Shalamar, Plush & Zapp!
YOUNG BUFFALO - HOUSE - Votiv
Power pop is an infamously tricky genre to master, and music is littered with bands who were either too slick or too cornball to really conjure up golden harmonies worthy of Weezer, Teenage Fanclub or Cheap Trick. Praise be, then, for Mississippi five-piece Young Buffalo, whose debut album House stands tall next to those forefathers. Genre classifications aside, the supremely infectious House is simply one of the first great albums of 2015 in any field.
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