Album of the Week

Album of the Week – 10/07/20

Album of the Week – 10/07/20

There are lots of new albums to explore this week, including new releases from Julianna Barwick (Healing Is A Miracle), Mr Ben & the Bens (Life Drawing) and The Beths (Jump Rope Gazers) to name but a few.

This week we’ve gone for an album that almost slipped through our net. Its Physical release is today, so we’re happy to give it the attention it so richly deserves. While it’s a new name to most, it does have some relatively famous people involved in Matthew Robert Cooper (Eluvium) and Mark T. Smith (Explosions in the Sky).

Album of the Week – Continuous Portrait by Inventions

On their first album together since Maze of Woods (2015), Matthew Robert Cooper (Eluvium) and Mark T. Smith (Explosions in the Sky) further their creative curiosities as Inventions.

Beginning with a trace of uncontrollable laughter that shifts into the driving atmosphere and unfolding elation of opening track “Hint and Omens,” Continuous Portrait is an album of strange hypnosis, punctuated by songs that venture quite far from the respective oeuvres of Cooper and Smith. The spry, playful layers of “Calico” bounce against a steady thrum of rhythms and samples from everyday noises, while the dancing lightness of “Outlook for the Future” is met with a storm of emotional resonance. Both tracks emerge as distinctively different directions for Inventions, and it is that very sense of exploration, pleasure, and ceremonial melancholia which informs the entire album from front to back.

Inventions has always been the product of two friends who find comfort and inspiration in the genuine surprise of creating and combining sounds. Continuous Portrait whirls and hums like Cooper and Smith want us to invoke our inner playfulness and welcome a greater joy into our lives, if only for a moment. The result is a portrait that continuously embraces the completely foreign and familiar, and evolves with each successive listen.

Albums of Note:

— Mr Ben & the Bens – Life Drawing

— Julianna Barwick – Healing Is A Miracle

— The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers

— Dinner Party (Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, and 9th Wonder) – Dinner Party

— Margo Price – That’s How Rumors Get Started

— NZCA Lines – Pure Luxury

— DMA’s – The Glow

July 10th:

— 100 gecs – 1000 gecs and The Tree of Clues

— Adeline – Intérimes EP

— Advertisement – American Advertisement

— Alizarin – The Last Semblance

— Andy Baker – North Country Sky

— Apollo Brown & Che’ Noir – As God Intended

— Avant – Can We Fall in Love

— The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers

— Big Black Delta – 4

— Bloody Heels – Ignite the Sky

— Bob Nanna – Celebration States

— Born Stranger – Headspace EP

— Brett Eldredge – Sunday Drive

— Broken Machine – Fly Me to the Sun EP

— Bugeye – Ready Steady Bang

— Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – Non-Stop EP

— Cannonball Adderley – Swingin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966-1967)

— CHAII – Lightswitch EP

— Closet Disco Queen – Drink the Minibar – Live Recordings

— Dawn of Ashes – The Antinomian

— Dee Calhoun – Godless

— Demian Licht – Die Kraft

— Dinner Party (Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, and 9th Wonder) – Dinner Party

— DMA’s – The Glow

— Donna Missal – Lighter

— The Dragon Berries – And The Moon Turned Red EP

— Eades – Microcosmic Things EP

— Earth Crisis – Salvation of Innocents (Reissue)

— Ensiferum – Thalassic

— Enuff Z’Nuff – Brainwashed Generation

— Eric Binder Trio – Hard Bop

— Executioner’s Mask – Despair Anthems

— Fast Friends – HI T LO IQ

— The Flamin’ Groovies – Now (Reissue)

— Frank Ene – No Longer

— Gerald Clayton – Happening: Live at the Village Underground

— Greyhounds – Primates

— The Hu – The Gereg (Deluxe Edition)

— Human Love – Black Void EP

— ICE – The Ice Age

— Inter Arma – Garbers Days Revisited

— Inventions (Eluvium’s Matthew Robert Cooper and Explosions in the Sky’s Mark T. Smith) – Continuous Portrait (Physical Release)

— Iration – Coastin’

— Jack the Radio – Creatures

— Jacob Cooper – Terrain

— James Humphrys – Memory Palace EP

— The Jayhawks – XOXO

— Jimmie Allen – Bettie James EP

— John Bence – Kill (Reissue)

— Jordan Run – Lockdown Tapes EP

— Joshua Ray Walker – Glad You Made It

— Juice WRLD – Legends Never Die

— Julianna Barwick – Healing Is A Miracle

— July Talk – Pray For It

— The Juniper Berries – The Juniper Berries

— Kacy Hill – Is It Selfish If We Talk About Me Again

— Kalen & Aslyn – Back Of Our Minds

— Kassel Jaeger – Swamps/Things

— Kestrels – Dream or Don’t Dream

— Ketch Harbour Wolves – Avalon

— Kingnomad – Sagan Om Rymden

— Koretsky – MMXX EP

— Ladama – Oye Mujer

— Les Nuby – Clouded

— Livingston – Lighthouse EP

— Llynks – Become the Root

— Local Nomad – Local Nomad EP

— Love Fame Tragedy – Wherever I Go, I Want to Leave

— Lou Canon – Automatic Body

— Man Cub – Impressions

— Margo Price – That’s How Rumors Get Started

— Marlana (of Milo Greene) – At Least I Tried EP

— Meridian Dawn – The Fever Syndrome

— Michael Grant & The Assassins – Always the Villain

— The Midnight  – Monsters

— Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park) – Dropped Frames, Vol. 1

— Moscow Apartment – Better Daughter EP

— Mr Ben & the Bens – Life Drawing

— The Muldoons – Made for Each Other

— Mux Mool – Skulltaste II

— My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall II (Digital Release)

— Nikki Yanofsky – Black Sheep

— nothing,nowhere. – One Takes Vol. 1

— NZCA Lines – Pure Luxury

— Nobody’s Girl – Nobody’s Girl

— Nocona – Los Dos

— Osyron – Foundations

— otta – Songbook EP

— The Outliers – Dissipating Eternity

— Pacifica Quartet – Contemporary Voices

— Paint (Allah-Las’ Pedrum Siadatian) – Spiritual Vegas 2

— The Pickled Ones – The Mines EP

— PVRIS – Use Me

— Ray Wylie Hubbard – Co-Starring

— Rebekah Pahl – Feeling Through The Dark EP

— Rebel Wizard – Magickal Mystical Indifference

— Rebel Yell – Fall From Grace

— The Residents – Metal, Meat & Bone

— Rhodes – I’m Not OK EP

— Rhys Lewis – Things I Choose to Remember

— Ross Holmes – Overture

— Rufus Wainwright – Unfollow the Rules

— Safe Jazz – Sigh EP

— Saints of Death – Ascend to the Throne

— Sam Prekop – Comma

— Same Gods – Worried Eyes

— Savoy Brown – Ain’t Done Yet

— Sharptooth – Transitional Forms

— Silver Scrolls – Music For Walks

— So Sure – Caffeine Drip EP

— SOKO – Feel Feelings

— Spygenius – Man on the Sea

— Static-X – Project Regeneration Volume 1

— Statiqbloom – Beneath the Whelm

— The Streets – None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive

— Summer Walker – Life On Earth EP

— Sunken – From Slow Sleep Like Death

— Tarrus Riley – Healing

— Ten Foot Wizard – Get Out Of Your Mind

— TJO (Tara Jane O’Neil) – Songs for Peacock

— Tim Baker (of Hey Rosetta!) – Survivors EP

— ToBy – The Outside EP

— Tokyo Motor Fist – Tokyo Motor Fist

— Trial – 1

— Unborn Suffer – Commit(ment To) Suicide

— Various Artists – Om Records – 25 Years

— Various Artists – Sound of the Storm – Ghost of Tsushima Soundtrack: Reimagined

— Venus Furs – Venus Furs

— Voivod – The End of Dormancy EP

— Voyager – Ghost Mile (Vinyl Release)

— Vulcan Tyrant – Vulcanic Collection

— Weight the Anchor – Right At Home

— Will Wood – The Normal Album

— Wolf Culture – Dying in the Living Room EP

— Z Berg – Get Z To A Nunnery

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