Album of the Week

Album of the Week – 22/01/21

Album of the Week – 22/01/21

Another week in a cold and dark January, but fear not noble reader, as we have sounds to keep you amused. Sounds! Despite the month not generally being the most exciting for new work, there are new releases from names such as BICEP (Isles) and Cub Scout Bowling Pins (which features Robert Pollard from Guided By Voices – Heaven Beats Iowa EP).

There’s also a new supergroup in town and you know we love supergroups! They’re called Speed Stick and feature Mac McCaughan (Superchunk), Kelley Deal (The Breeders, R. Ring), Mike Montgomery (R. Ring) and Stuart McLamb (The Love Language). Anything with one of the Deal sisters will spark our interest.

Despite all of that we couldn’t resist the many charms and allures of Yorkie! This involves a new band of Swedish players and is (almost) guaranteed to cure your January blues…

Album of the Week— James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra – The Wide, Wide River

James writes “This beautiful album I made with The Second Hand Orchestra, a Swedish band ran by Karl-Jonas, a man I have known for a few years now. The Second Hand Orchestra hadn’t heard any of these songs before the sessions. I flew to Sweden and said my hellos, then we all sat round and set up our instruments. I would run through a song, once, perhaps twice, and simply encourage the musicians to react to what they were hearing. The engineer would press record and – voila – we’d have a song down. This here album is the result of eight such castings of the net. We all love it – it was a joy to make and is fresh, spontaneous, and full of life x”

Albums of Note:

— BICEP – Isles

— Cub Scout Bowling Pins (feat. Guided By Voice’s Robert Pollard) – Heaven Beats Iowa EP

— Speed Stick (feat. members of Superchunk, The Breeders, and Bat Fangs) – Volume One

— Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980–1988

Released January 22nd:

— 20 Watt Tombstone – Year of the Jackalope

— Alina Kalanceda – Impedence

— Anna Elizabeth Laube – Annamania

— Andy James – Tu Amor

— Asphyx – Necroceros

— Azmari – Samā‘ī’

— BICEP – Isles

— Bill Champlin – Livin’ For Love

— Bloodletter– Funeral Hymns

— Bloody Hammers – Songs Of Unspeakable Terror

Bob Mould – Distortion: 1996-2007

— Brian Eno – Film Music 1976 – 2020 (Physical Release)

— Camp Trash – Downtiming EP

— CARM (CJ Camerieri of yMusic) – CARM

— Caroline Shaw – Narrow Sea

— Chris Garneau – The Kind

— Coffins – Defilements

— Comatose – A Way Back

— Conviction – Conviction

— Creye – II

— Cub Scout Bowling Pins (feat. Guided By Voice’s Robert Pollard) – Heaven Beats Iowa EP

— Daemon Grey – Follow Your Nightmares

— The Dead Daisies – Holy Ground

— DEVMO – Tears EP

— Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms (Vinyl Reissue)

— Dire Straits – Communiqué (Vinyl Reissue)

— Dire Straits – Dire Straits (Vinyl Reissue)

— Dire Straits – Making Movies (Vinyl Reissue)

— Dire Straits – On Every Street (Vinyl Reissue)

— Ektomorph – Reborn (Digital Release)

— ELIO – Can You Hear Me EP

— Elori Saxl – The Blue of Distance

— Erick the Architect (of Flatbush Zombies) – Future Proof EP

— Fani Pacc – Accidental Kismet

— Fïx8:Sëd8 – The Inevitable Relapse

— Frankie Goes Hollywood – Bang! The Greatest Hits of… (Reissue)

— Frankie Goes Hollywood – Liverpool (Reissue)

— Frankie Goes Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasure Dome (Reissue)

— Genesis – A Trick Of the Tail (Vinyl Reissue)

— Genesis – Duke (Vinyl Reissue)

— guccihighwaters – jokes on you

— The Head And The Heart – Rivers and Roads: The Head And The Heart – Live from Pike Place Market

— Here Lies Man (feat. members of Antibalas) – Ritual Divination

— HOLYGOOD – Killing Giants EP

— Hulder – Godslastering Hymns of a Forlorn Peasantry

— James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra – The Wide, Wide River

— Jarryd James – P.M.

— Jason Bieler and the Baron Von Bielski Orchestra – Songs For The Apocalypse

— Jeremiah Fraites (of The Lumineers) – Piano Piano

— Jimi Somewhere – Nothing Gold Can Stay

— John Dwyer, Nick Murray, Brad Caulkins, Tom Dolas & Greg Coates – Witch Egg

— John Mueller – Family Secret

— Jon Reynolds & The Aches – Petrichor EP

— Juana Everett – Move On

— Justin Moses – Fall Like Rain

— Kaz Mirblouk – Careless by Contrast

— Kinlaw – The Tipping Scale

— Labyrinth – Welcome To The Absurd Circus

— Lande Hekt – Going to Hell

— Lee Rocker (of The Stray Cats) – Gather Round

— Lizzie Weber – How Does It Feel EP

— Logic1000 – You’ve Got the Whole Night to Go Out EP

— Lokoy – Badminton

— Lonely The Brave – The Hope List

— The Luxurious Faux Furs – Like A Real Shadow

— M. Caye Castagnetto – Leap Second

— Madeline Kenney – Summer Quarter EP

— Maggie Lindemann – Paranoia EP

— Mexican Institute of Sound – Distritio Federal

— Monstroid – Set 2: Burnt Sky

— Moon Taxi – Silver Dream

— Nervosa – Perpetual Chaos

— Neska Rose – The Repel Of A Young Girl EP

— Ngozi Family – 45,000 Volts (Ressiue)

— Palberta – Palberta5000

— Peewee Longway & Cassius Jay – Longway Sinatra 2

— Peter Stampfel – Peter Stampfel’s 20th Century

— Phantom Elite – Titanium

— Real Numbers – Brighter Then EP

— Red Cain – Kindred: Act II

— Richard Hell & the Voidoids – Destiny Street Complete

— Rhye – Home

— Sammy Rae & The Friends – Let’s Throw A Party EP

— Scarred – Scarred

— Sirakh – Crisis of Faith

— Skam – Sound Of A Disease

— Snowk – Powder

— Speed Stick (feat. members of Superchunk, The Breeders, and Bat Fangs) – Volume One

— Stephen’s Shore – Brisbane Radio EP

— Steven Wilson – The Future Bites

— A Stick and a Stone – Versatile

— Still Corners – The Last Exit

— The Sun Came Up Upon The Left and Everson Poe – Ancestral Memory

— Teen Creeps – Forever

— Tenant From Zero – Flight

— TH1RT3EN (Pharoahe Monch, Daru Jones & Marcus Machado) – A Magnificent Day For an Exorcism

— TRZTN – Royal Dagger Ballet

— Tuzeint – 23 EP

— Various Artists – Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980–1988

— Wardruna – Kvitravn

— Wavedash – By Any Means

— W.E.T – Retransmission

— Widowspeak – Honeychurch EP

— Wig Wam – Never Say Die

— Willie Jones – Right Now

— Women – Rarities 2007-2010 (Physical Release)

— Young Dolph – Rich Slave (Deluxe Edition)

— Yung – Ongoing Dispute

— Zaabriskie – Breathe Out EP

 

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