Snail Mail, Radiohead, Representation of Guilt and more
It might sound hard to believe, but it’s officially November. Halloween is in the rearview mirror, Christmas music is already filling the air, temperatures are dropping, and the year-end lists will be here before you know it. But now is not the time to discover new music, especially not in a good week for new music like this. I highlight six new albums below, and Bill covers Hard Feelings (Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard + Amy Douglas), Penelope Isles, Munya, A Certain Ratio and Nation of Language in Bill’s Indie Basement.
More Honorable Mentions: ABBA, Diana Ross, Limp Bizkit, Terrace Martin (ft. Kendrick Lamar & more), Aimee Mann, Aminé, Lee “Scratch” Perry & New Age Doom, Bent Knee, Springtime (mem Tropical Fuck Storm, Dirty Three, The Necks), Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance), Curtis Harding, Dion (ft. Bruce Springsteen, Billy F Gibbons, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler and more), Sloppy Jane, OMB Peezy & Drum Dummie, Hana Vu, Tasha, Wendy Eisenberg, Webbed Wing (Superheaven), FPA, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Dijon, Glassing, Jennifer O’Connor, Summer Walker, Beanz, Joan As Police Woman, Dave Okumu & Tony Allen, Connan Mockasin, Chime School , Mortiferum, Churchburn, Black Label Society, Debt Neglector, Youth Fountain, Jaga Jazzist remix album, EP serpentwithfeet, EP Hyd (QT), EP Dark Horse, EP Ladipoe, The EP Holly Humberstone, EP Barry Adamson (Magazine, Bad Seeds) EP, Gaahls Wyrd mini album (get it on vinyl), Brian Fallon’s classic hymn album, The Psychic Album Tribute to Ills (ft. Hope Sandoval & more), the extended reissue of Mountain Man and the Gary Numan 7 “box set.
Read on for my choices. What’s your favorite outing of the week?
Postal mail – Valentine
Snail Mail (Lindsey Jordan) had one of the hottest debuts in recent memory with the modest, skeletal three-part indie rock of 2018 Lush, but for its follow-up co-produced by Brad Cook Valentine, she wants something much bigger. She made it clear from the start with the title song, which opened the album and was released as the main single. It’s the kind of big crashing alternative single rock that has become a dying breed in today’s mainstream indie stream, with loud, crisp guitars and a stadium-sized hook that will take you back to the ’90s and in the early 2000s without feeling too retro. It’s the only song like that on Valentine, which turns out to be a more musically diverse album than its predecessor. There are mellow folk songs (“Light Blue”, “c. Et. Al.”), Great string arrangements (“Mia”, also “Light Blue”), brighter pop moments (“Madonna”, “Ben Franklin”, “Forever [Sailing]”), and a revised version of the ’90s-style indie rock found on her early days (” Glory “). Throughout it all, Lindsey remains a bossy singer, with pop melodies and words that convey bare honesty. In a world where fashionable debuts like Lush often lead to second year collapses, Valentine suggests that Snail Mail is only getting better.
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Representation of guilt – CHRISTFUCKER
Running for the cover
Portrait of Guilt has already released one of the best heavy albums of the year with We are always alone in January, and now they’ve followed it up with their second album of 2021 (and first for Run For Cover), CHRISTFUCKER. We are always alone found the screamo / hardcore / black / death / metal / noise mixers writing some of their most catchy and accessible songs to date (all things considered), but as you would expect from the title , CHRISTFUCKER takes the opposite approach; it is the group’s most divisive outing to date. They keep blurring the genre lines to the point where you don’t even know which subgenre this album fits best into, but whatever you call it it’s the darkest, heaviest thing. they ever did. Even when they land their appearance as the most high-profile guest to date (Touche Amore’s Jérémy Bolm on “Fall From Grace”), it still feels hellish and antisocial. It might be a little harder to get in than the other tracks in the band, but once you get in, it’s just as effective as their music always has been. It’s constantly changing shape, covering tons of musical terrain and it’s really intense music.
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Radiohead – CHILD A MNESIA
In Alternative Music Circles, Radiohead’s 2000 Album Child A probably doesn’t need to be featured, but just in case, this may be the most important “rock” album of the past two decades, and these scary quotes are because it’s not really a rock album. Radiohead changed the world with OK Computer, the ’90s rock equivalent of something like Sgt. Peppers Where The dark side of the moon and probably the only rock record from the 90s to rival that of Nirvana no matter in terms of cultural significance. It spawned countless imitators, including megastars like Coldplay and many bands that quickly became relics of the used CD bin era, and instead of continuing on the path they created, Radiohead has makes a left turn towards experimental electronic music, shifting the landscape of alternative and even pop music in the process. The following year, Radiohead released Amnesiac, which was recorded during the same sessions as Child A, but which was (and still is) an excellent, distinct and meaningful album in its own right. It had a more pronounced jazz and avant-garde influence, but there were also some of the best guitar rock songs of Radiohead’s career (“I Might Be Wrong”, “Knives Out”), and one of their ballads. at the most purely magnificent piano (“Song of the Pyramid”).
Now, for the twentieth anniversary of the two albums, Radiohead has compiled them in the form CHILD A MNESIA, which is accompanied by a third bonus disc containing songs unearthed from these same sessions, as well as “alternate versions and elements” of Child A and Amnesiac songs and B-sides. And as for Radiohead’s 20th anniversary OK Computer re-edit OKNOTOK, the bonus material on CHILD A MNESIA worth it, even if you already own both original albums. “If You Say The Word,” which has remained entirely unreleased for over 20 years, marries Thom Yorke’s rising vocals with clear, arpeggiated guitars in a way as magnificent as something like Child A‘s “How to disappear completely.” “Follow Me Around,” which became a much sought-after song after the band was filmed working on it in the 1998 documentary Meeting people is easy, is one of the most rustic, earthy and stripped down materials of the group. The alternate versions are really great too. “Pulk / Pull (True Love Waits Version)” combines the bizarre and experimental “Pulk / Pull Revolving Doors” with the vocals of Radiohead’s cult song “True Love Waits” (which had been in the band’s repertoire for decades before). its final release.a studio version in 2016 A moon shaped swimming pool), and it’s an engaging look at an alternate reality where these two songs could’ve made one. “Like Spinning Plates (‘Why Us?’ Version)” adds live piano and vocals from Thom Yorke to the electronically manipulated “Like Spinning Plates” of Amnesiac, turning it into something much more lush and organic. “Fog (Again Again Version)” is a warmer and more spacious version of “Fog”, which would appear on the years 2003 Hello thief. There are also other sketches, including familiar elements of Child A/Amnesiac songs, and while this stuff might be the most appealing to complete and die-hard, the good songs on the bonus disc really add to Radiohead’s overall catalog.
Emma Ruth Rundle – Hell engine
When it comes to dark singer-songwriters, Emma Ruth Rundle is one of the best of her generation, and she sings to the spacious post-rock instrumentation of her solo records or her former band Marriages, the pastoral psychedelia of his former group The Nocturnes, or the heavy post-metal of his collaborations with Thou, his voice never drowns. Still, she took a different approach for her new solo album. Hell engine, removing most of the instrumentation except the soft acoustic guitar or piano, an instrument she has rarely relied on in the past. And as good as its full records are, hearing it in this format can be even more amazing. It’s the kind of music where, if you saw it live, you could imagine an entire room of people sitting in complete silence, completely in awe. Similar to last week’s Marissa Nadler album (on which Emma appears), it is striking in its minimalism. People throw this phrase out, but it rarely gets any more gorgeous than this one.
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See you later, space cowboy – The novel of affliction
The second album from Sasscore suppliers SeeYouSpaceCowboy is their most genre-defying, denominational, and filled with awesome guests (including Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die and Aaron Gillespie of Underoath), and the band say it’s the album they wanted to make since day one. . Read my full review – and interview with singer Connie Sgarbossa – here.
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Heart Attack Man – Thought and Prayerz PE
Pantera, Fugazi and Godflesh are all named as influences on Heart Attack Man’s new EP, which is their heaviest and most lyrical release to date, but still retains their usual power pop / punk charm. Read my full review and the track-by-track breakdown from frontman Eric Egan, here.
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