Album of the Week

Album of the Week – 21/02/20

Album of the Week – 21/02/20

It’s a week for unusual music, with releases such as Wrekmeister Harmonies, Jan St. Werner and more  besides! There’s also a new release by Agnes Obel that is definitely worth a listen.

We went for the new album by Six Organs of Admittance as it has a nice hint of madness to it, like early Mercury Rev. Hard to resist!

Album of the Week – Six Organs of Admittance – Companion Rises

Six Organs of Admittance is back with a new record, new techniques in sound generation, and a new energy. Arriving three years after Burning the Threshold, Companion Rises has a driving force only hinted at previously. Due out on Drag City on February 21st 2020. 
 
Methodologically, Companion Rises sometimes recalls the early-mid lo-fi Six Organs records, with digital processes substituting for the analog techniques of yore and, instead of Ben Chasny’s hand percussion overdubs, algorithmic programs generating rhythms. Ben Chasny created all sounds and programs, all the recording and mixed the entire record, also like some earlier ones – but don’t mistake this for a simplistic return to an older sound. Just one listen makes it clear that this new Six Organs of Admittance release is entirely in the present. 
 
Sonically, the songs are bursting with ideas, harmonically rich, gorgeously arranged; utilising synthesizer and guitar distortion for unique colouring effects while crafting contrasting versions of the song within itself, overlaying electric and acoustic treatments that interlock like two shards to form a single key. The rush of excitement is palpable, track after track. 

Albums Worth Exploring –

— Agnes Obel – Myopia

— Greg Dulli (of The Afghan Whigs) – Random Desire

— Jan St. Werner (of Mouse on Mars) – Molocular Meditation

— Wrekmeister Harmonies – We Love to Look at the Carnage

February 21st:

— 14 North – What is the Feeling

— Aaron Beckum – Songs From a Triangle Room EP

— Adam Clayton-Holland – Adam Cayton-Holland Performs His Signature Bits

— Agnes Obel – Myopia

— Allie X – Cape God

— The Amity Affliction – Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them

— Banoffee – Look At Us Now Dad

— Bee Appleseed – Starflower’s Cosmic Soul

— Beat City Tubeworks – Top Rock

— Best Coast – Always Tomorrow

— Big Blood – Do You Wanna Have a Skeleton Dream?,

— Biff Byford (of Saxon) – School of Hard Knocks

— Blister Brigade – Slugfest Supreme

— Broken Witt Rebels – OK Hotel

— BTS – Map of the Soul: 7

— Charlotte Rose Benjamin – Party City EP

— Claude VonStroke – Freaks & Beaks

— COIN – Dreamland

— Collateral – Collateral

— Cory Becker – One

— CP Unit – One Foot On The Ground Smoking Mirror Shakedown

— Creature of Doom – Tears of Joy EP

— Cubicolor – Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night

— Dave Sewelson – More Music For a Free World

— Davey Harms – World War

— Dead Stars – Never Not Here

— Demons & Wizards – III

— Depravation – III: Odor Mortis

— Dio – The Studio Album Collection: 1996 – 2004

— Douglas Dare – Milkteeth

— Draag – Clara Luz EP

— Elaquent – Forever is a Pretty Long Time

— Emma Charles – Connecticut EP

— Empara Mi – Suitcase Full of Sins

— Eric Burdon & The Animals – When I Was Young – The MGM Recordings 1967-1968

— Francesco Yates – Superbad EP

— Funeral Cult – Possession Done EP

— Grawinkel – Reflection EP

— Greg Dulli (of The Afghan Whigs) – Random Desire

— Grimes – Miss_Anthropocene

— Guided By Voices – Surrender Your Poppy Field

— Hallelujah! – Wanna Dance

— The Hanging Stars – A New Kind of Sky

— Heart Bones (feat. Har Mar Superstar) – Hot Dish

— H.E.A.T – H.E.A.T II

— Hello Forever – Whatever It Is

— Honeymoan – Weirdo EP

— Horseneck – Fever Dream

— Humanist – Humanist

— Innards – Back From The Grave, Straight In Your Face

— Introvert – Mending Breaking EP

— Ismay – Songs of Sonoma

— Jan St. Werner (of Mouse on Mars) – Molocular Meditation

— Jean-Paul De Roover – Loss

— Jenn Grant – Reimagine EP

— Kamaiyah – Got It Made

— Katie Pruitt – Expectations

— Kelis – Kaleidoscope (20th Anniversary Reissue) (Digital Release)

— Kevin Garrett – Made Up Lost Time EP

— King Krule – Man Alive!

— Konx-om-Pax – Return to Cascada

— Kyle Forester (of Crystal Stilts and Purple Mountains) – Hearts In Gardens

— Lanterns on the Lake – Spook the Herd

— Lee Ranaldo & Raül Refree – Names of North End Women

— Letitia VanSant – Circadian

— Liturgy – H.A.Q.Q. (Physical Release)

— Lowrider – Refractions

— Magg Dylan – Amethyst

— Malamorte – God Needs Evil

— Maple Death – Wanna Dance

— MILCK – Into Gold EP

— Miles Davis – Music From and Inspired by “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool,” a Film by Stanley Nelson

— Moonlight Benjamin – Simido

— Mondo Generator – Fuck It

— Moon Bounce – Skip Intro

— Moses Sumney – græ Part One

— Mount Sharp – That Shadow

— Mourir – Animal Bouffe Animal

— Mouth Breather – Under the Surface

— MUUK – Balbuceo

— Nora Jane Struthers – Bright Lights, Long Drives, First Words

— Opus Orange – Miles From Nowhere

— Orla Gartland – Freckle Season EP

— Ozzy Osbourne – Ordinary Man

— Peggy Sue – Vices

— Polaris – The Death of Me

— Purr – Like New

— Raspberry Bulbs – Between the Age of Mirrors

— Rebecca Foon – Waxing Moon

— Rockabye Baby! – Lullaby Renditions of Ed Sheeran

— Rose Cousins – Bravado

— Royce 5’9″ – The Allegory

— Sam Sparro – Boombox Eternal

— Sarah Harmer – Are You Gone

— Sarah Morris – All Mine

— Seablite – High-Rise Mannequins EP

— Schizogen – Spawn Of Almighty Essence

— Sightless Pit – Grave of a Dog

— Six Organs of Admittance – Companion Rises

— Sonny Landreth – Blacktop Run

— Spinning Coin – Hyacinth

— Stereo League – Natural Mystery EP

— STRØM – Immortal

— Sunny Jain (of Red Baraat) – Wild Wild East

— Sweet Lizzy Project – Technicolor

— Syteria – Reflection

— TerrifianT – TerrifianT

— Them Vibes – Why the Funk Not EP

— Too Free – Love in High Demand

— Transylvania Stud – White Witch

— We Sell the Dead – Black Sleep

— Whitmer Thomas – Songs From the Golden One

— Wilsen – Ruiner

— The World Alive – Monomania

— Wrekmeister Harmonies – We Love to Look at the Carnage

— Yacht Rock Revue – Hot Dads in Tight Jeans

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