New Release Round-Up 29th October 2021
'I Don't Live Here Anymore' is the brand new album from THE WAR ON DRUGS. If their breakthrough 'Lost In The Dream' was a driving heartland rock epic powered by Motorik rhythms and its follow-up 'A Deeper Understanding' a complex, ruminative beast, produced in the kind of hermetic studio conditions favoured variously by My Bloody Valentine and Steely Dan, then last year's tour documenting 'Live Drugs' hinted at an earthier, more languid direction, in between stretched out versions of their hits. It's this territory which 'I Don't Live Here Anymore' mines to addictive effect. It's a slower, sadder record than its predecessors but a snappier effort, too- no song here outstays the seven-minute mark- leaning into the 80s adult contemporary influence that has always been low in the mix among the psych instrumentals and reverb. It's available on CD and double-vinyl. There were major supply issues with the indies blue vinyl, but we're hoping that more will be made available in due course.
ED SHEERAN is back and yet to run out of mathematical symbols to title his albums after. '=' features the already chart-topping hits 'Bad Habits' and 'Shivers' and finds the pop phenom reflecting on marriage and fatherhood. As well as CD and LP, there's a limited edition indies white vinyl.
THE OSCILLATION's 'Untold Futures' is released today and if you move quickly you might still be able to grab a Dinked Edition. TY SEGALL's 'Harmonizer' sees him toying with synths, there's a new album from pre-eminent and prolific blues rock guitarist JOE BONAMASSA 'Time Clocks', RICHARD ASHCROFT revisits some of his hits on 'Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1', while THE THE's 'The Comeback Special' documents Matt Johnson's live return after a two-decade absence on a range of audio-visual formats, plus there are new albums from NIGHTMARES ON WAX and MASTODON.
PINK FLOYD's 'A Momentary Lapse Of Reason' is "remixed and updated" with original keyboard takes from Richard Wright and re-recorded drums tracks from Nick Mason overseen by David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin.
R.E.M.'s 'New Adventures In Hi-Fi' is reissued on double-CD and double-LP. 'Sound & Color' the sophomore album from ALABAMA SHAKES is reissued with seven extra tracks on CD and coloured double-vinyl. The likes of Knxwledge, Kadhja Bonet and Quantic are let loose on KHRUANGBIN's latest for 'Mordechai Remixed' on a limited edition vinyl. And there's a 50th anniversary reissue for David Crosby's solo debut 'If Only I Could Remember My Name'.
In This Week
A couple of latecomers rolled in this week, so ICYMI we now have the CD of the rocking new MY MORNING JACKET album 'My Morning Jacket' and the indies red vinyl of LANA DEL REY's latest 'Blue Banisters'.
Forthcoming albums from three firm shop favourites to bring you news of this week. A great cheer went up in SK Towers when we learnt that the mighty JAKE XERXES FUSSELL has a new album on the way early next year. 'Good And Green Again' is produced by fellow singer-guitarist James Elkington and is the first to feature some of Fussell's own compositions.
The catalogue of SPOON has featured on numerous SK end-of-year lists over the years and the Austin indie rockers' forthcoming record 'Lucifer on the Sofa' promises to be their purest rock 'n' roll album to date. The Dinked Edition sold out in record time but we still have standard formats and an indies orange vinyl available to order.
And, after a lengthy absence, the return of MIDLAKE was announced this week. The forthcoming 'For The Sake Of Bethel Woods' is their first since 2013's 'Antiphon' and continues with that album's line-up.