New Release Round-up 11th March 2022
Loads of great stuff out this week, not least the debut from tomorrow night's guests THE MYSTERINES. The Liverpool band live up to the hype on 'Reeling', a raucous, punchy and darkly compelling indie-rock salvo that's already picked up rave reviews from Mojo, the NME and The Times. You can still grab a ticket bundle to see them at the Town Hall tomorrow. Miss it and you'll be kicking yourself.
New York-based Aussie ALEX CAMERON returns with the delightfully punning 'Oxy Music', juxtaposing his hilarious, near-the-knuckle lyrics with some of his smoothest synth backing yet and bursts of Roy Molloy's squealing alto. Unlikely features from rapper Lloyd Vines and Sleaford Mods' Jason Williamson demonstrate some different facets to Cameron's sound.
'The Jacket' is the follow-up to WIDOWSPEAK's excellent 'Plum' and repeats that album's trick of big lyrical themes couched in dreamy vocals and jangle guitar. THE WEATHER STATION's 'How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars' is a piano-led companion piece to breakthrough album 'Ignorance' plus there are new albums from BRYAN ADAMS, REX ORANGE COUNTY and THE SHIRES.
There's an impressive triumvirate of Dinked Edition releases.
BODEGA's 'Broken Equipment' follows stellar debut 'Endless Scroll' and the EP 'Shiny New Model' which established the Brooklyn collective as a modern post-punk force. The B-52's-esque interplay of vocalists Ben Hozie and Nikki Belfiglio remains a key appeal, as does the acerbic critique of contemporary capitalism but, amid a more textured musical sound, 'Broken Equipment' boasts a sweetness and melody that demonstrates there's more to the band than cool remove and abstract philosophy.
Also still in stock on Dinked is the latest from "the loudest band in New York" A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS. 'See Through You' is the noise rockers' sixth and the first from a rebooted line-up incorporating punishing industrial rhythms and electronics.
The Dinked Edition of the sophomore album from soulful folk duo SAMANA is sold out but standard formats are available. 'All One Breath' was recorded under lockdown conditions in France using only the instruments and tape machine the duo had packed into their car for what was supposed to be a three-week residency.
'Hits To The Head' collects the best of FRANZ FERDINAND's two-decade recording career along with a couple of new songs on CD, Deluxe CD and an indies red double-LP.
After returning to their blues roots on 'Delta Kream', THE BLACK KEYS announced new album 'Dropout Boogie' due to be released twenty years after their debut, almost to the day. A super limited indies LP has already sold out but sleek black vinyl and gold old fashioned compact disc formats are still available.
'Dance Fever' is the fifth album from FLORENCE + THE MACHINE, inspired by the sometimes fatal Renaissance phenomenon of choreomania. Production duties were split between Welch, Jack Antonoff and Glass Animals' Dave Bayley.
THE DREAM SYNDICATE continue their shift from Paisley Underground survivors to krautrock-influenced psych wigout merchants on 'Ultraviolet Battle Hymns and True Confessions'.
THE UTOPIA STRONG, the British psych supergroup made up of Kavus Torabi (Knifeworld, Gong), Mike York (Coil) and Steve Davis (six-time World Snooker Champion), return with their sophomore album 'International Treasure'. It follows the publication of Davis and Torabi's 'Medical Grade Music', the well-received chronicle of their friendship and musical meeting of minds.