New Release Round-Up 13th August 2021
'Pressure Machine' is the latest from THE KILLERS. Wasting no time in following up last year's exuberant 'Imploding The Mirage' and once again enlisting Shawn Everett (The War on Drugs) and Jonathan Rado (Foxygen, Alex Cameron) to produce/co-write, the new album is an intense and personal affair which sees frontman Brandon Flowers unpack his small-town Utah upbringing- resident vox-pops bridge some of the album's songs, discussing dead-end jobs and level crossing accidents. The influence of Springsteen has long lingered over the Vegas band but this might be their most explicit homage to the downtrodden blue collar Boss of 'Nebraska' and 'The Ghost of Tom Joad'. Appearances from Nickel Creek fiddle maestro Sara Watkins and emo troubadour Phoebe Bridgers lend the album a folkier timbre, while longtime guitarist Dave Keuning returns to the band having sat out the previous record. Everett's mixing brings out the brightness of burnished acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies against the bleak lyrical portraits of working class America. The end result is a reflective and darkly compelling record whose light and shade means that when their trademark sonic bombast kicks in it really pops. It's available on CD and vinyl (with an indies exclusive slipcase).
Singer-songwriter JADE BIRD returns with 'Different Kinds of Light' (CD, LP and indies orange LP) the follow-up to her punchy hit debut. Produced in Nashville with the Americana producer of choice Dave Cobb, the sophomore record has plenty more of the songwriting hooks and raspy, impassioned vocals that went down a treat when she played live for us here back in 2019.
British production duo JUNGLE return with 'Loving In Stereo' (CD, LP and indies blue LP). Having honed their blend of electronic beats, jazzy R&B and disco over two UK Top 10 albums, their third moves in a baggier direction and features the use of guest vocalists for the first time in the form of French/US rapper Bas and vocalist Priya Ragu. And there's still time to get your name in the hat for a 'Golden Ticket' for you and a friend to an upcoming Brixton gig.
DEVENDRA BANHART and NOAH GEORGESON team up for 'Refuge', a collaborative album that parlays their alt-folk songwriting into a set of ambient new age compositions drawing major inspiration (as the cover suggests) from the Windham Hill label. Available on CD and "blue seagrass wave" vinyl.
With 'Modern Love' BBE Records seek to draw out the soul and jazz influences to the Bowie canon on a set of covers from heavyweights including Khruangbin, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Jeff Parker, Matthew Tavares and more. Harpist BRANDEE YOUNGER blends the spiritual jazz of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane with neo-soul and R&B influences on 'Somewhere Different', while Mercury-nominated bedroom rapper/songwriter BERWYN issues 'TAPE 2/FOMALHAUT' and it's been a long wait, we know, but the beautiful Dinked Edition of MAPLE GLIDERs 'To Enjoy is the Only Thing' is now in stock and we've even got a couple of spares if you move quickly.
ROBERT PLANT and ALISON KRAUSS have announced 'Raise The Roof', a sequel to their acclaimed 2007 collaborative album 'Raising Sand', this time covering a mix of British and US musicians including Allen Toussaint, Merle Haggard, Bert Jansch and Anne Briggs.
OASIS's legendary Knebworth concert celebrates its 25th anniversary with a definitive issue on CD, DVD and vinyl.
And one for 2022(!). SEA GIRLS have announced their sophomore album 'Homesick'. There are still places available for our event with the band in September and who knows, they may give us a sneak peek of some of the new material too!