New Release Round-Up 14th January 2022
ELVIS COSTELLO's 'The Boy Named If' sees the shapeshifting songwriter recapturing some of the early New Wave energy of his Attractions albums across thirteen new tracks concerned with the putting away of childish things. Possibly the most immediate record of his Imposters period. There's a rather nice purple indies exclusive vinyl
BONOBO enlists Jordan Rakei, Jamila Woods and Kadhja Bonet for features on new album 'Fragments', a return to club-ready beats anchored by its downtempo vocal tracks. As well as an indies exclusive red vinyl there's a deluxe clear vinyl package.
CAT POWER's 'Covers' is a third album of Chan Marshall reinterpretations, this time of songs from the likes of Nick Cave, Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey.
'Gender Studies' is the debut EP from Irish post-punks M(H)AOL. The Dinked Edition flew out for this one but the standard 12" can be ordered.
There are new albums from THE LUMINEERS, RICHARD FEARLESS (Death In Vegas) and former SK guests THE WOMBATS, PUNCH BROTHERS pay homage to the late Tony Rice with 'Hell On Church Street' and there's a new issue of 'Space 1.8' the debut from meditative jazz newcomer NALA SINEPHRO, featuring members of Maisha and Ezra Collective.
'Still Some Light: Part 1' presents BILL FAY's archival recordings from 1970 and 1971 on CD and, for the first time, on double-vinyl. Originally issued by Current 93's David Tibet, the demos here present intimate sketches of songs that would feature on Fay's cult debut 'Time of the Last Persecution'.
Big week on the pre-orders front.
FONTAINES D. C. follow their two acclaimed albums with 'Skinty Fia', due in April. Roughly translating to "the damnation of the deer", the title is a crassly anglicised interpretation of an Irish expletive.
ALDOUS HARDING reteams with producer John Parish for 'Warm Chris', the follow-up to the striking NZ singer-songwriter's acclaimed 'Designer'. Also onboard are Welsh wizard H. Hawkline, jazz drummer Seb Rochford and Sleaford Mods wordslinger Jason Williamson.
There's the long-awaited third instalment in ROBERT GLASPER's 'Black Radio' series. The first two picked up R&B Grammys and had a huge influence on the direction contemporary jazz has taken in the last decade. Joining Black Radio veterans Common, Ledisi and Musiq Soulchild are superstar vocalists Jennifer Hudson and Gregory Porter and cult rappers Killer Mike and ty dolla $ign.
Sam's rejoicing at the announcement of a new DESTROYER record. 'Labyrinthitis' follows 2020's 'Have We Met' which darkly prefigured the alienating chaos of the ensuing eighteen months with Dan Bejar's singular humour and abstract imagery.
PAVEMENT's final album, the Nigel Godrich-produced 'Terror Twilight', gets an expanded edition with a treasure trove of era-appropriate rarities and extras. Plus forthcoming reissues from ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, PINK FLOYD and BLINK-182.
There were a trio of Dinked Editions announced this week. The debut from HONEYGLAZE has already sold out (standard formats available) but you can still get your hands on beautiful limited editions of albums from IDLES-approved post-punks CROWS and post-Hookworms synth-pop supergroup HOLODRUM.