Album of the Week

Album of the Week – 21/08/20

Album of the Week – 21/08/20

This is another slow August week for new music! If you’re a fan of The Killers, you’re probably in the wrong place! They have a new album called Imploding the Mirage released today.

In other news, there are new sounds from Bright Eyes (Down In The Weeds Where The World Once Was), L.A. Witch (Play With Fire!) and Matmos (The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form). In the end, we went for the relatively new sounds from Siv Jakobsen, It’s an album we first heard about a month ago and we just keep coming back for more…

Album of the Week – — Siv Jakobsen – A Temporary Soothing

Norwegian singer-songwriter Siv Jakobsen started the campaign for her forthcoming LP in January and it almost seems as if that was another era. Her North American tour got cancelled less than 48 hours after touching down in NYC, she then returned directly into quarantine. The LP ‘A Temporary Soothing’ was experiencing manufacturing delays, record stores were shutting, and she had another big European tour coming up to promote the record that was also pushed into the future.

Siv was left cooped up in her Oslo home with her boyfriend and her old dog – suddenly with nothing to do in what was meant to be one of the busiest periods of her life. However, as she started to connect with people via live stream shows she realized that her new music had a context she could never have predicted. She wrote and recorded an album meant to offer ‘A Temporary Soothing’ – to tackle anxiety, stress and feelings of isolation. Songs took on new meaning and the record suddenly had an unexpected place in the turbulent times we find ourselves in.

“I wrote a feeling felt or a feeling made in the first months after getting off of my last album – campaign. I was feeling increasingly insecure about my work and also an increasing dread about my own possible destructiveness in relation to my creative process. I kept asking myself if I am the creator or enabler of the friction that allows and helps me to write songs, because I feel such a strong need to write, perform and release music.”

Albums of Note –

— Bright Eyes – Down In The Weeds Where The World Once Was

— Guided By Voices – Mirrored Aztec

— I Like Trains – Kompromat

— L.A. Witch – Play With Fire!

— John Vanderslice – Eeeeeeeep EP

— Matmos – The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form

Albums Released August 21st:

— 112 – 112 Forever EP

— 47SOUL – Semitics

— AGES – Uncrown

— Alex the Astronaut – The Theory of Absolutely Nothing

— Alex Cameron – Miami Memories EP

— Anthrax – Persistence of Time (30th Anniversary Edition)

— Atramentus – Stygian

— Avi Kaplan – Lean On Me EP

— Awich – Partition EP

— Basstracks – Golden Ticket

— Benchmarks – Summer, Slowly

— Bent Arcana (feat. John Dwyer and Kyp Malone) – Bent Arcana

— Beta Radio – Way Of Love EP

— Black Elephant – Seven Swords

— Blacks Beach Boys – Blacks Beach Boys

— Blaqk Audio (feat. Davey Havok) – Beneath the Black Palms

— Blue Pills – Holy Moly!

— Brandy and the Butcher – Dick Circus

— Brian Eno and John Cale – Spinner (Reissue)

— Brian Eno and John Cale – Wrong Way Up (Reissue)

— Bright Eyes – Down In The Weeds Where The World Once Was

— Brigitte Mena – Element

— Brimstone Coven – The Woes of a Mortal Earth

— Brontë Fall – Finishing School EP

— Bryce Vine – Problems EP

— Bully – Sugaregg

— California Girls – Beat Boy

— Christian Tin – To Shiver the Sky

— Chuck Prophet – The Land That Time Forgot

— Clara Mae – Drunk on Emotions EP

— Cold War Kids – New Age Norms 2

— Courtney Cole – Earthquake EP

— The Cradle – Laughing In My Sleep

— Cut Copy – Freeze, Melt

— Cytotoxin – Nuklearth

— Dan Croll – Grand Plan

— Dane Clark – Songs From Isolation

— Defy Authority – Left For Dead

— Dent May – Late Checkout

— Desert Noises – Everything Always

— Diesel Machine – Evolve

— Donnie Castle – All My Names

— Duckwrth – Supergood

— Dunwich – Tail-Tied Hearts

— Dylan Phillips (of Half Moon Run) – Undercurrents EP

— Eblis Alvarez – Cumbia Siglo XXI

— Eli Winter – Unbecoming

— Entropy – Liminal

— Erasure – The Neon

— Exotic Sin – Customer’s Copy

— Expander – Neuropunk Boostergang

— Evangeline Gentle – Evangeline Gentle

— Everything Everything – Re-Animator

— Freeez – Southern Freeez (Reissue)

— Fitz Pape – From My Guitar at Homes

— Fruit Bats – Siamese Dream

— The Georgia Thunderbolts – The Georgia Thunderbolts EP

— Ghost Liotta – Ghost Liotta

— Girl Friday – Androgynous Mary

— The Gravity Drive – The Wildlight

— Grateful Dead –  Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 1–Oakland 12-28-79 (Vinyl Reissue)

— Guided By Voices – Alien Lanes (25th Anniversary Reissue)

— Guided By Voices – Mirrored Aztec

— H.C. McEntire – Eno Axis

— Happy Dead Men – Vines Grown Between My Eyes

— (HED) P.E. – Class of 2020

— Homicide – Left For Dead

— Humavoid – Lidless

— I Like Trains – Kompromat

— idle threat – Nothing Is Broken For Good EP

— Imogen Clark – The Making of Me EP

— Incantation – Sect of Vile Divinities

— Indiana Bradley – Ghost Star

— Indigos – Indigos EP

— J. Vague – New Life EP

— Jamie Webster – We Get By

— Jeff Rosenstock – NO DREAM (Vinyl Release)

— Jefferson Starship – Mother of the Sun EP

— Jerry Joseph – The Beautiful Madness

— JJ Shiplett – Crossed Fingers

— John Beasley – MONK’estra Plays John Beasley

— John Vanderslice – Eeeeeeeep EP

— Johnny Ashby – In Bloom EP

— Josh Turner – Country State of Mind

— Joshua Ackley – Dark Arts

— Juni Ata – Saudade

— Kate Bollinger – A word becomes a sound EP

— KEYS – Home Schooling

— Kid Dad – In A Box

— Kill the Lights – The Sinner

— The Killers – Imploding the Mirage

— Killtarzen – The Goner EP

— The King’s Pistol – Rip It Up EP

— KJ Balla – Resurrection

— KOJ – Home

— Kree Harrison – Chosen Family Tree

— L.A. Witch – Play With Fire!

— The Lemon Twigs – Songs For the General Public

— Lewis – Son on the Floor

— Lewis Del Mar – August

— liar, flower – Geiger Counter

— Logan Farmer – Still No Mother

— Lotus – Free Swim

— Ludwig Göransson – The Mandalorian – Chapter 1 (Picture Disc)

— Mad Max – Stormchild Rising

— Malik – Spectrum (Demo)

— Maps – EP4

— MASN – How to Kill a Rockstar EP

— Mating Ritual – The Bungalow

— Matmos – The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form

— Meridian Brothers – Cumbia Siglo XXI

— Michael Landau and The Players Club – Liquid Quartet Live

— The Milwaukees – The Calling

— Mike Block – Guzo

— Mulatto – Queen of Da Souf

— My Favorite Color – Velma

— My Morning Jacket – Z (Vinyl Reissue)

— Naked Giants – The Shadow

— Nas – King’s Disease

— Next Life – Guru Mediation

— Nils Lofgren – Weathered

— No Joy – Motherhood

— Nubya Garcia – Source

— Nyssa – Girls Like Me

— The Obsessed – Live at Big Dipper

— Odina – What I Never Told You

— Old 97’s – Twelfth

— Only Now – Black Wind / Merciless Destiny EP

— The Owl – Preludience and Exaltations EP

— Pat Keen – Cells Remain

— Paul Molloy (of The Coral) – The Fifth Dandelion

— PJ Harvey – 4 Track Demos (Vinyl Reissue)

— PJ Harvey – Rid of Me (Vinyl Reissue)

— Point North – Brand New Vision

— Pozzi – Tyrant

— Precambrian – Tectonics

— Psychlona – Venus Skytrip

— Race Bayon – EP 2

— Rachel Angel – Highway Songs EP

— Red Wanting Blue – The Peppermint Sessions

— Reserving Dirtmaps – Another Disaster EP

— Rey Pila – Velox Veritas

— Roomful of Teeth – The Ascendant EP

— Roomful of Teeth – Just Constellations EP

— Sally Anne Morgan – Thread

— SAOR – Aura (Reissue)

— SAOR – Roots (Reissue)

— Secret Machines – Awake in the Brain Chamber

— Sepsiss – 11-11

— ShitKid – 20/20 ShitKid

— Shovels & Rope – By Blood (Deluxe Edition)

— Shrapnel Storm – Shrapnel Storm

— Shrimpnose – A Ghost From A Memory

— Simón Mejía (of Bomba Estéreo) – Mirla

— Simon Lunche – Never Knew the Night

— Siv Jakobsen – A Temporary Soothing

— Skyxxx – Madhouse EP

— Sleeping With Sirens – How It Feels To Be Lost (Deluxe Edition)

— Sneaks – Happy Birthday

— Snow Patrol and the Saturday Songwriters – The Fireside Sessions EP

— Sound of Origin – The All Seeing Eye

— Stoned Jesus – First Communion (10th Anniversary Reissue)

— Spun Out – Touch the Sound

— Steven Adams and The French Drops – Keep It Light

— Swamp Doctor – The Swamp Doctor

— The Tangent – Auto Reconnaissance

— THEYRGY – Exit Strategies EP

— Thousand Below – Let Go Of Your Love EP

— Tim McGraw – Here On Earth

— Tommy Siegel (of Jukebox the Ghost) – Another Century Wasted

— Toxic Tito – Bestia

— Troye Sivan – In A Dream EP

— Trummors – Dropout City

— Tucker Beathard – KING

— Turning Jewels Into Water – Our Reflection Adorned by Newly Formed Stars

— Unleash the Archers – Abyss

— Various Artists – Willie Nile Uncovered (Celebrating 40 Years of Music)

— Vicious Rumors – Celebration Decay

— Vita and the Wolf – Anna Ohio

— Volcanova – Radical Waves

— Wafia – Good Things EP

— The Waterboys – Good Luck, Seeker

— Winterhearth – Riverbend Empire (Physical Release)

— Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge – Blitz Sessions

— Zeb Samuels – Vibration Exploration EP

— Ziminy (AWOLNATION’s Dave Amezcua) – Love Language

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