Album of the Week

Album of the Week – 16/05/20

Album of the Week – 16/05/20

It’s an interesting week for new music with releases by The Magnetic Fields and Perfume Genius being the main points of interest, but there are also albums such as Jim White and Marisa Anderson (The Quickening), Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (Temple) and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (Reunions) among others. There really is too much to choose from! But the reason we’re paid the big bucks is to make these types of tough choices (run with me on this).

In the end, Stephin Merritt and his motley crew beat Perfume Genius in extra time…

Album of the Week – The Magnetic Fields – Quickies

Merritt explains his thinking behind the Quickies concept: “I’ve been reading a lot of very short fiction, and I enjoyed writing 101 Two-Letter Words, the poetry book about the shortest words you can use in Scrabble. And I’ve been listening to a lot of French baroque harpsichord music. Harpsichord doesn’t lend itself to languor. So I’ve been thinking about one instrument at a time, playing for about a minute or so and then stopping, and I’ve been thinking of narratives that are only a few lines long.

“Also, I had been using a lot of small notebooks, so when I reach the bottom of the page, I’ve only gone a short way. Now that I’m working on a different album, I’m enforcing a large notebook rule so that I don’t do Quickies twice in a row.”

Quickies features Merritt and other Magnetic Fields band members Sam Davol, Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms, and John Woo. They are joined by longtime friends and collaborators Chris Ewen, Daniel Handler, and Pinky Weitzman.

Albums Worth Exploring –

The Magnetic Fields – Quickies

Sleaford Mods – All That Glue

Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately

Jim White and Marisa Anderson – The Quickening

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Reunions

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – Temple

Albums Released May 15th:

— ACxDC – Satan Is King

— Adé – wyd after? EP

— Aksak Maboul – Figures

— Alma – Have U Seen Her?

— Arthur – Hair of the Dog

— Ashtar – Kaikuja

— Bearcubs – Early Hours

— Ben de la Cour – Shadow Land

— Billy Polo – Halfway Dub

— Bloods – Seattle EP

— Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi 2020

— Brian Landrus – For Now

— Brudini – From Darkness, Light

— Call Me Malcolm – Me Myself and Something Else

— Callum Beattie – People Like Us

— Cayo Coco – A Beautiful Moon EP

— Champlin Williams Friestedt (feat. members of Toto and Chicago) – II

— Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now

— Chase Rice – The Album Part II

— Chatham County Line – Strange Fascination

Chemtrails – The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable

— CLT DRP – Without the Eyes

— David Bowie – LiveAndWell.com

— The Dears – Lovers Rock

— Devangelic – Erestu

— Dijon – How Do You Feel About Getting Married?

— Dining With Dogs – The Problem With Friends

— Einsturzende Neubauten – Alles in Allem

— Emily Wells – In the Dark Moving

— Fellahin Fall – Tar A-Kan

— Firewind – Firewind

— fish narc – WiLDFiRE

— Formless Master and Bayht Lahm – No Chords Barred

— Frank Sinatra – Nice ‘N’ Easy: 60th Anniversary Edition (Digital Release)

— Frythm – Flow

— Future – High Off Life

— Giantess – Big Woman

— Glenn Thomas – Reassure Me There’s A Window

— Go For Gold – Color Me EP

— Golden Retriever and Chuck Johnson – Rain Shadow

— Grand Massive – 4

— Gretchen Peters – The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury

— Handsome Ghost – Some Still Morning

— Hania Rani – Home

— Hanni El Khatib – Flight

— Henry Jamison – Tourism EP

— Heron – Time Immemorial

— Horisont – Sudden Death

— Hot Nuns – Rude, Dumb & Anxious

— I’m Glad It’s You – Every Sun, Every Moon

— In Memoirs – Hope, Fear & Fashion

— In the Company of Serpents – Lux

— Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Reunions

— The Jerry Cans – Echoes

— Jerry Paper – Abracadabra

— Jess Williamson – Sorceress

— Jim White and Marisa Anderson – The Quickening

— Joe Wong – Nite Creatures

— Jon Balke – Discourses

— Jonah Mutono – GERG

— Josef Savant – Modern Anxiety

— Joshua Crumbly – Rise

— Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Mosaic of Transformation

— Kamasi Washington – Music From Becoming

— KennyHoopla – how will I rest in peace if I’m buried by a highway?// EP

— Key Elements – Key Elements

— Lesley Barth – Big Time Baby

— Lila Iké – The ExPerience EP

— Luke Rathborne – Again

— Luke Schneider – Altar of Harmony

— Madness – Our House: The Very Best of Madness

— The Magnetic Fields – Quickies

— Mare Berger – The Moon is Always Full

— Mark Fredson – Going to the Movies

— Marshall Chapman – Songs I Can’t Live Without

— Mei River – Tall Trees That Never Fell EP

— Moneybagg Yo – Time Served (Deluxe Edition)

— Moses Sumney – græ

— Mosaic MSC – HUMAN

— Mourning [A] BLKstar – The Cycle

— Nahko and Medicine For the People – Take Your Power Back

— Nick Hakim – Will This Make Me Good

— Night Stone – Night Stone

— Niika – Close But Not Too Close

— Noah Cyrus – The End of Everything EP

— Non Canon – Non Canon II

— Off Road Minivan – Swan Dive

— Okkultokrati – La Ilden Lyse

— ONR – Must Stop EP

— Orions Belte – 600m per Minute EP

— Overrider – cyc|er

— Paradise Lost – Obsidian

— Pasquale Grasso – Solo Bud Powell

— Pattern-Seeking Animals – Prehensile Tales

— Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately

— Phillip Sollmann – Monophonie

— Polo G – The GOAT

— Porcelain Raft – Come Rain

— Poté – Rose II EP

— Powfu – poems of the past EP

— Priya Darshini – Periphery

— Public Practice – Gentle Grip

— Ravenscry – 100

— Retirement Party – Runaway Dog

— River of Souls – Usurper

— Rose City Band – Summerlong

— Roy Woods – Dem Times

— Ruthie Foster – Live at the Paramount

— Sam Tinnesz – Warplanes EP

— Seb Wildblood – Hazy House EP

— Selah Sue – Bedroom EP

— She Hates Emotions – Melancholic Maniac

— Sheff G – One And Only

— Shrapnel – Palace For the Insane

— Skuldpadda – Commitment

— Sleaford Mods – All That Glue

— Smokey Brights – I Love You But Damn

— Sparks – A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip

— Spirit Fest – Mirage Mirage

— Stinky – Of Lost Things

— The Sweet Water Warblers – The Dream That Holds This Child

— Taali – Were You Busy Writing Your Heart Out? EP

— Ten Kills the Pack – Force Majeure EP

— The Tesky Brothers – Live at the Forum

— Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – Temple

— Them Moose Rush – Dancing Maze

— Thor De Force – The Build

— Throwing Bricks – What Will Be Lost

— Tiësto – The London Sessions

— Tim Stine – Fresh Demons

— Tithe – Penance

— Travis Denning – Beer’s Better Cold EP

— Tremendous – Relentless

— Two Fingers (Amon Tobin) – Fight! Fight! Fight!

— Tyrant – Hereafter

— Unburnt – Procession

— Various Artists – Scoob! The Album

— Vernon Jane – The Ritual of Love Making

— Vladislav Delay, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare – 500-Push-Up

— Voodoo Gods – The Divinity of Blood

— Wailin Storms – Rattle

— Waylon Jennings – The Outlaw Performance

— Willie Nile – New York at Night

— WurlD – Afrosoul EP

— Yair Elazar Glotman & Mats Erlandsson – Emante

— Yung Lean – Starz

— Zach Aaron – Fill Dirt Wanted

— Zeshan B – Melismatic

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