Album of the Week

Album of the Week – 07-02-20

Album of the Week – 07-02-20

It’s a slow week for new releases, but there are still a few worth mentioning, with Nada Surf returning with their 9th album ‘Never Not Together’ along with Ásgeir (Bury the Moon) and a few more besides.

There are also two interesting Irish releases with John Blek (Embers) and The Lost Brothers (After the Fire), which are both featured below.

We’ve gone for the debut album by The Homesick, which was hard to ignore!

Album of the Week – The Big Exercise – The Homesick

If their debut Youth Hunt marked The Homesick’s tryst with faith and pastoral life, the band’s upcoming second album The Big Exercise – out February 7 on Sub Pop – brings them to more grounded, tangible pastures. With its title ripped from a passage in the Scott Walker-biography Deep Shade Of Blue, the record is a concentrated effort by Jaap van der Velde, Erik Woudwijk and Elias Elgersma to explore the physicality of their music in fresh ways.

“When we were on tour in 2018, I bought Meredith Monk’s Dolmen Music in Switzerland,” Van der Velde recalls, “Elias and I have been completely immersed in her music ever since. But also the work of Joan La Barbara for example, who also did things with extended vocal techniques, that was also quite vital to us. We discovered that the human voice offers so many beautiful elements that can still feel very physical and intrusive.”

Albums to Explore – 

— Nada Surf – Never Not Together

— Ásgeir – Bury the Moon

— John Blek – Embers

— The Lost Brothers – After the Fire

Releases – February 7th:

— Against All Logic (Nicolas Jaar) – 2017-2019

— Alex Rex – Andromeda

— Alex Somers – Honey Boy OST (Vinyl Release)

— Alienbaby Collective – Degenerate Moon

— Andy Golledge – Namoi EP

— Antibalas – Fu Chronicles

— Arbor Labor Union – New Petal Instants

— Arborist – A Northern View

— Ásgeir – Bury the Moon

— Aubrie Sellers – Far From Home

— Avenged Sevenfold – Diamonds in the Rough

— Bambara – Stray

— Beatrice Dillon – Workaround

— Ben Williams – I Am A Man

— Big Havi – Personal Problems EP

— Bit-Turner – EXO

— The Cadillac Three – Country Fuzz

— Charlotte Spiral – Ideal Life EP

— Cheerleader – Almost Forever

— Chicago Farmer – Flyover Country

— Christian McBride – The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons

— Christopher Paul Stelling – Best of Luck

— Church Girls – The Haunt

— The Coffin Daggers – Eleki Album

— Daniel Pemberton and Samuel Sim – The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Vol. 1 & 2

— Darling West – We’ll Never Know Unless We Try

— DELAIN – Apocalypse & Chill

— The Delay In The Universal Loop – Inner Capitalism

— Diamondstein – American Electric EP

— Elkhorn – The Storm Sessions

— ENVY – The Fallen Crimson

— Fat Tony – Wake Up

— FLAX – FLAX EP

— Frankie Swain – September EP

— Frazey Ford – U kin B the Sun

— Georgia Dish Boys – Live in Classic Town

— GIÖBIA – Plasmatic Idol

— Goblinsmoker – A Throne in Haze, A World Ablaza

— Godsticks – Inescapable

— Green Day – Father of All Motherfuckers

— Greg Dayton – Sailing For the Sun

— Hamerkop – Remote

— Hauser – Classic

— The High Loves – Tried Too Hard

— Highasakite – The Bare Romantic

— HMLTD – West of Eden

— HMS Morris – Bubblewrap Collective

— The Homesick – The Big Exercise

— Human Potential – I’m Glad You’re Alive

— Ian Gothe – Memento

— Ill Japonia (of Bo Ningnen) – Ill

— Inger Nordvik – Time

— Ironflame – Blood Red Victory

— Jen Starsinic – Bad Actor EP

— Joep Beving – Henosis Deluxe

— John Blek – Embers

— Jon Hassell & Farafina – Flash of the Spirit (Reissue)

— Joshua Hyslop – Embers EP

— Jozef van Wissem – Ex Mortis

— Jude Shuma – From the Garage

— Kazuya Nagaya – Dream Interpretation

— Kelli Dunham – Not the Gym Teacher

— Kerry Hart – I Know A Gun

— Kid Nobody – discretion EP

— Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – Texas Sun EP

— KROSIS – A Memoir of Free Will

— La Roux – Supervision

— Latitude 49 – Wax and Wire

— Licantropy – Extrabiliante

— Lindsay Latimer – Little Tiny Ocean EP

— Little Snake – YATDC EP

— The Lone Bellow – Half Moon Light

— Loose Buttons – Something Better

The Lost Brothers – After the Fire

— Lynne Hanson – Just Words

— Makaya McCraven – We’re New Again: A Reimagining of Gil Scott-Heron

— Matt Megrue – The Mourner’s Manual

— Matt Pond PA – A Collection Of Bees Part 1

— Mighty Oaks – All Things Go

— Miss Tess – The Moon is an Ashtray

— Nada Surf – Never Not Together

— Nordvik – Time

— Obongjayar – Which Way is Forward? EP

— Oh Wonder – No One Else Can Wear Your Crown

— Our Mirage – Unseen Relations

— OvO – Queer Fight

— Paul Haslinger (of Neuland) – Exit Ghost

— Playground Theory – Tears Go Upwards

— Poolside – Low Season

— Redundant Protoplasm – Adipose Piquerism: A Collection Of Maniacal Bloodlettings

— Revoltions – Underwater Bells Pt. 2: October 9th 1963 Act 1

— Ritual King – Ritual King

— Rotten Minds – Rat City Dog Boy

— Sammy Miller and the Congregation – Leaving Egypt

— Samuel Rohrer – Continual Decentering

— Say Hi – Diamonds & Donuts

— Sepultura – Quadra

— Seu Jorge & Rogê – Seu Jorge & Rogê Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions

— Seven Planets – Expalorer

— Shopping – All Or Nothing

— Soul Dragger – Soul Dragger

— Spanish Love Songs – Brave Faces Everyone

— The SteelDrivers – Bad For You

— Steve Spacek – Houses

— Stone Temple Pilots – Perdida

— Sunda Arc – Tides

— Super Whatevr – don’t you wanna be glad?

— Supersuckers – Play That Rock -N- Roll

— Tenille Townes – Road to the Lemonade Stand EP

— Terry Ohms – Cold Cold Shoulder

— Tiny Fighter – Strangest Thing

— Total Annihilation – …On Chains Of Doom

— Trilok Gurtu – God Is A Drummer

— Trixie Mattel – Barbaram

— Warped Cross – Rambling Chapel

— What We Lost – Pretend to Sleep EP

— William Prince – Reliever

— Wolff Parkinson White – Favours

— Various Artists – Birds of Prey: The Album

— Xoros – Xoros

— Ye Banished Privateers – Hostis Humani Generis ap

— YellowStaps – Goldress EP

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