Album of the Week

Album of the Week – 20/09/19 – Chastity Belt

Album of the Week – 20/09/19

This week we have the release of a new album by Efterklang (Altid Sammen) which is a slight disappointment but still worth checking out. M83 release DSVII and we recommend the weird and wonderful video for Temple of Sorry below!

So, this week it was a very tough decision! There were two albums we really couldn’t split, so for the first time ever, we’re giving a joint album of the week. Our game, our rules!

Album(s) of the WeekChastity Belt – Chastity Belt & sir Was – Holding On To A Dream

Chastity Belt – Chastity Belt

Chastity Belt’s energy is like a circuit, circling around the silly and the sincere. Theirs is a long-term relationship, and that loop sustains them. Tongue-in-cheek shit-shooting and existential rumination feed into each other infinitely, as long as they’re together. That’s a creative thesis in and of itself, but isn’t that also just the mark of a true-blue friendship?

The band talks a lot about intention these days – how to be more present with each other. The four piece – Julia Shapiro (vocals, guitar, drums), Lydia Lund (vocals, guitar), Gretchen Grimm (drums, vocals, guitar) and Annie Truscott (bass) – is nine years deep in this, after all. It seems now, more than ever, that circuit is a movement of intentionality, one that creates a space inside which they can be themselves, among themselves. It’s a space where the euphoria of making music with your best friends is protected from the outside world’s churning expectations. It’s a kind of safe zone for the band to occupy as their best selves: a group of friends who love each other.

sir Was – Holding On To A Dream

If dreams can be realised then they can, in turn, become something tangible, something that can be built upon and altered, something that can be held on to. It took Joel Wästberg some fifteen years of self-encouragement to finally release his music. Growing up in a small town in a tiny village on the western coast of Sweden, that dream drifted and faded before finally coming to fruition with the release of both his 2016 EP Says Hi and subsequent debut album Digging A Tunnel, the latter of which was released to universal acclaim back in 2017.

The culmination of many years spent writing and recording only for himself, the reception to his debut work changed something in Wästberg, diluting the nervousness that had held him back for so long and filling him with new desires. “Making this album I felt less scared about being judged or measured,” he says. “I made my first album not knowing if a “real record label” would pick it up. I was shocked that so many people really heard my music – I still am.”

September 20th:

— The Agonist – Orphans

— Alex Cuba – Sublime

— Andrew Combs – Ideal Man

— Ani Cordero – El Machete

— Apprentice Destroyer – Permanent Climbing Monolith

— As I Lay Dying – Shaped By Fire

— The Babe Rainbow – Today

— Baby Shakes – Cause a Scene

— The Berries – Berryland

— Bill Scorzari – Now I’m Free

— Bjørn Tomren – Bad Science Fiction

— Blink-182 – Nine

— Bones – Diseased

— Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes) – Jaime

— Capstan – Restless Heart, Keep Running

— Cashmere Cat – Emotions

— Casimir Liberski – Cosmic Liberty

— Chance McCoy (of Old Crow Medicine Show) – Wander Wide

— Charley Crockett – The Valley

— Chastity Belt – Chastity Belt

— Cineplexx – Solo Olas

— Colt Ford – We the People Volume 1

— Conan Neutron & The Secret Friends – Protons and Electrons

— Cones – Pictures of Pictures

— Cult of Luna – A Dawn to Fear

— Daedelus – The Bittereinders

— Danny Bryant – Means of Escape

— Darrin Bradbury – Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs

— David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights – Bobbie’s a girl

— Del Barber – Easy Keeper

— DEYO – DEYO

— Dizraeli – The Unmaster

— Drowse – Second Self

— Ecstatic Vision – For the Masses

— Efterklang – Altid Sammen

— Fathom Farewell – Consume the Earth EP

— Felix Lee – Inna Daze

— Fitz and the Tantrums – All the Feels

— Floating Spectrum – A Point Between

— Fly Pan Am – C’est ça

— Flyte – White Roses EP

— Frames – Cursed EP

— Ghost: Hello – Sound of Color in Space

— The Grahams – Kids Like Us

— Greg Mcmurray – Stay Up

— HALFNOISE (feat. Zac Farro) – Natural Disguise

— Hangman – One By One

— Heather Mae – Glimmer

— Herb Alpert – Over the Rainbow

— Hiss Golden Messenger – Terms of Surrender

— Hua Li – Dynasty

— Inoyama Land – Commissions: 1977-2000 Music for Slime Molds, Sensory Museum and Egyptology

— J.S. Ondara – Tales of America: The Second Coming

— Jamie Drake – Everything’s Fine

— Joe Armon-Jones – Turn to Clear View

— Joel Patterson – Let It Be Guitar! Joel Paterson Plays The Beatles

— Jorja Chalmers – Human Again

— Kate Teague – Kate Teague EP

— Keane – Cause and Effect

— Kill Birds – Kill Birds

— Klangstof – The Noise You Make Is Silent

— Kobra and the Lotus – Evolution

— Liam Gallagher – Why Me? Why Not.

— LIFE – A Picture of Good Health

— Lisa Bastoni – How We Want to Live

— The Lonesome Billies – Right On Time

— Loraine James – For You And I

— Lost Orb – Low Ebb’s Lament

— Louien – None Of My Words EP

— M83 – DSVII

— Mac Quayle – Mr. Robot V. 6—Original Television Series Soundtrack

— Marco Benevento – Let It Slide

— Maxi Priest – It All Comes Back to Love

— Midge Ure – Soundtrack 1978-2019

— Molly Sarlé – Karaoke Angel

— Monograms – Living Wire

— Monolord – No Comfort

— Monster Rally – Adventures on the Floating Island

— Mudhoney – Morning in America EP

— Murder Made God – Endless Return

— Neal Francis – Changes

— nothing,nowhere. & Travis Barker – Bloodlust EP

— OddFellas – OddFellas EP

— Old Crow Medicine Show – Live at the Ryman

— One Eleven Heavy – Desire Path

— Operator Music Band – Duo Duo

— Orice Jenkins – Centennial Cole

— The Quebe Sisters – The Quebe Sisters

— Pétra – Aunis

— Pieta Brown – Freeway

— Ramones – It’s Alive: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

— Reduction Plan – (Ae) Maeth

— Rence – Fall 2019 EP

— Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Contemporary

— RMXKNZ (feat. Salvador Santana and Asdru Sierra of Ozomatli) – RMXKNZ

— Robbie Robertson – Sinematic

— Rubikon – The Record

— Selena – Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Selena

— Selfish Things – Logos

— The Shelters – Jupiter

— Sinead Harnett – Lessons In Love

— sir Was – Holding On To A Dream

— Skyzoo & Pete Rock – Retropolitan

— Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators – Living the Dream Tour

— slenderbodies – Komorebi

— Snow Burial – Ostrava

— Sofi Tukker – Dancing on the People EP

— somesurprises – somesurprises

— Spiralist – The Church Dyed Black EP

— Stone Irr – Performance

— Swearingen & Kelli – Cold-Hearted Truth

— Temples – Hot Motion

— Tides From Nebula – From Voodoo to Zen

— Tom Fleming (of Wild Beasts) – One True Pairing

— Tomaga & Pierre Bastien – Bandiera Di Carta

— Toronzo Cannon – The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp

— Toto – 40 Tours Around the Sun

— Tove Lo – Sunshine Kitty

— Tow’rs – Nostalgia

— Travis Thompson – Reckless Endangerment

— Trevor Gureckis – Bloodline—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

— Tungsten – We Will Rise

— Twen – Awestruck

— URN – Iron Will of Power

— Vida Blue (feat. members of Phish, Dead & Company, and The Meters) – Crossing Lines

— Vivian Girls – Memory

— Wardell (Theo & Sasha Spielberg) – Impossible Falcon

— White Ward – Love Exchange Failure

— Y La Bamba – Entre Los Dos

— Yung Bleu – Investments 6

— Zac Brown Band – Tnhe Owl

— Thurston Moore Group – Spirit Counsel

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