Album of the Week

Album of the Week – 29/01/21

Album of the Week – 29/01/21

January is drawing to a close and I don’t think too many are complaining about it! The days are ever so slightly longer and is there a hint of Spring in the air? Probably not, but we can fool ourselves.

In the land of music, we’ve another decent enough week, with new sounds from Ani Di Franco (Revolutionary Love), Anna B Savage (A Common Turn), Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (New Fragility) and Goat Girl (On All Fours). There’s even a new album from Weezer (OK Human) which will excite many!

For our album of the week, we went for… The Notwist, with their first new album in six long years!

Album of the Week — The Notwist – Vertigo Days

On *Vertigo Days*, the first album in six years for The Notwist, one of Germany’s most iconic independent groups are alive to the possibilities of the moment. Their music has long been open-minded and exploratory, but from its engrossing structure, through its combination of melancholy pop, clangorous electronics, hypnotic Krautrock and driftwork ballads, to its international musical guests, *Vertigo Days* is both a new step for The Notwist, and a reminder of just how singular they’ve always been. Most importantly, the core trio of Markus and Micha Acher and Cico Beck are reaching out: as Markus reflects, “we wanted to question the concept of a band by adding other voices and ideas, other languages, and also question or blur the idea of national identity.”

It’s been six years since The Notwist’s last album, *Close To The Glass*, and in that time the various members of the group have been busy with side projects (Spirit Fest, Hochzeitskapelle, Alien Ensemble, Joasihno), guest appearances, a record label (Alien Transistor), movie scoring, helping organise the *Minna Miteru* compilation of Japanese indie pop & running a festival (Alien Disko). Those divergent paths feed back into *Vertigo Days* in surprising ways, from its structure, built from group improvisations, with songs flowing and melting into one another in a collective haze, to its spirit, which feels refreshed and alive. There’s something cinematic about *Vertigo Days* too, reflective of the group’s time working on soundtracks, and reflected in the rich, moody photographic artwork by Lieko Shiga that adorns the cover.

Album of Note:

— Ani Di Franco – Revolutionary Love

— Anna B Savage – A Common Turn

— Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams

— The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings

— Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – New Fragility

— Goat Girl – On All Fours

— The Notwist – Vertigo Days

— Weezer – OK Human

Released – January 29th:

— 3 Pair of Boots – Long Rider

— Alabama Slim – The Parlor

— Albertine Sarges – The Sticky Fingers

— Alostmen – Kologo

— Ani Di Franco – Revolutionary Love

— Anna B Savage – A Common Turn

— Ariel Pink – Sit n’ Spin

— Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Odditties Sodomies Vol. 1 (Reissue)

— Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Odditties Sodomies Vol. 3 (Reissue)

— Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Scared Famous/FF>> (Reissue)

— Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams

— Babehoven – Yellow has a pretty good reputation EP

— Badmixday – Goya

— Baio (Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio) – Dead Hand Control

— Balthazar – Sand

— Beatchild – Beats of 2008-2020

— Bernard – Phases EP

— The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Last Of The Great Thunderstorm Warnings

— Beth Henderson – Questions EP

— Black Pistol Fire – Look Alive

— Bob Marley – Songs of Freedom: The Island Years

— The Body – I’ve Seen All I Need To See

— Buke & Gase with So Percussion – A Record Of…

— Buzzy Lee (Sasha Spielberg) – Spoiled Love

— Cellar Twins – Duality

— Cheap Meat – People Are The Worst

— Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – New Fragility

— Cobalt Chapel – Orange Synthetic

— Cole Anyway – Sitting With Stillness EP

— Colin Macleod – Hold Fast

— Collapse Culture – Collapse Culture

— Coma Girls – Skyboxer EP

— Conduit – Only Human EP

— Counterpunch – Handbook For The Recently Debriefed

— Crazy Arm – Dark Hands, Thunderbolts

— CUIR – Cuir

— Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – I Told You So

— The Design Abstract – Technotheism

— Divide And Dissolve – Gas Lit

— Dust & The Dukes – Dust & The Dukes

— Elliot Sharp – Filiseti Mekidesi

— Everyone Is Dirty – Eine Kleine Jukebox Baby

— Evie Sands – Get Out Of Your Own Way

— Faerie – 2AM EP

— Farhot – Kabul Fire Vol. 2

— Franco Ambrosetti – Lost Within You

— Gary Lucas – The Essential Gary Lucas

— Goat Girl – On All Fours

— Gold Record – Party of the Century EP

— Good Bison – Scattered Storms EP

— Grey Daze – Amends… Stripped EP

— The Hawkins – Live In The Woods

— Hello Cosmos – Dream Harder

— Ian William Craig & Daniel Lentz – In A Word (Physical Release)

— Indigo Sparke – Echo

— Jack Kays – Mixed Emotions

— Jean-Luc Swift – What Do You Call It Now?

— Jean-Luc Swift – Yolksongs

— Jenna Torres – All Heart

— Jocelyn Mackenzie – Push

— Joe Lovano Trio Tapestry – Garden of Expression

— John Mayall – The First Generation (Box Set)

— John Prine – Bruised Orange (Vinyl Reissue)

— John Prine – Pink Cadillac (Vinyl Reissue)

— John Prine – Storm Windows (Vinyl Reissue)

— Katie Dey – urdata (Remixes)

— King Baal – Conjurements

— La Chica – La Loba

— Langhorne Slim – Strawberry Mansion

— Lawrence Rothman – Good Morning, America + Not A Son

— Lava La Rue – Butter-Fly EP

— Lia Ices – Family Album

— Lil Durk – The Voice Deluxe

— Lionmilk – I Hope You Are Well

— Little Hurt – Every Second EP

— Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul  – Macca to Mecca

— LNZNDRF (feat. members of The National and Beirut) – II

— Lucero – When You Found Me

— Madlib – Sound Ancestors

— Magon – Hour After Hour

— Marcos Resende & Index – Marcos Resende & Index

— Martin Gore (of Depeche Mode) – The Third Chimpanzee EP

— Mariza – Mariza Sings Amália

— Matt Boroff – Beautiful Machine

— The Milk Carton Kids – Live From Lincoln Theatre (Vinyl Reissue)

— The Mono LP’s – Shuffle/Play

— Mordkaul – Dress Code: Blood

— Natalie Bouloudis – Devil Is Doubt EP

— Nechie – Shady Baby

— Nightfall – Parade into Centuries (Reissue)

— Nightfall – Macabre Sunsets (Reissue)

— Nightfall – Athenian Echoes EP (Reissue)

— Nightfall – Eons Aura EP (Reissue)

— Nopes – Djörk

— The Notwist – Vertigo Days

— No Year – So Long

— Oliver St. Louis – M.O.T.H. (Matters Of The Heartless) EP

— Our New Orleans –Our New Orleans (Expanded Edition)

— PJ Harvey – Is This Desire? (Vinyl Reissue)

— Pony Bradshaw – Calico Jim

— Portrayal of Guilt – We Are Always Alone

— Post Death Soundtrack – Pathless Land

— Pounder – Breaking The World

— Puma Blue – In Praise of Shadows

— Robbie & Mona – EW

— Rome – Parlez-Vouz Hate?

— Sataray and Zania Morgan – Argyropoeia EP

— Selwyn Birchwood – Living In A Burning House

— Shaking Chains – Overvalued Ideas

— Shai Maestro – Human

— The Sonder Bombs – Clothbound

— Souls Of Diotima – Janas

— Splendidula – Somnus

— Starcrazy – Played For Suckers

— St. Germain – Tourist (20th Anniversary Version)

— Steven Wilson – The Future Bites

— The Straddlerz – The Straddlerz

— Tamar Aphek – All Bets Are Off

— Terry Gross (feat. Phil Manley of Trans Am) – Soft Opening

— Toledo – Jockeys Of Love EP

— Tony Trischka – Shall We Hope

— Trial – Sisters of the Moon

— Tribulation – Where the Gloom Becomes Sound

— VanJess – Homegrown EP

— Various Artists – Indaba Is

— The Vaughns – rom-coms + take-out EP

— Vis-A-Vis – Obi Agye Me Dofo (Reissue)

— Waltzer – Time Traveler

— Waxflight – Flowers

— Weezer – OK Human

— Werewolves – What A Time To Be Alive

— William Parker – Migrations of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World

— WILSON – Thank You, Goodnight. LIVE

— Wonderly – Story We Tell Volume 1 EP

— Wowod – Yarost I Proshchenie

— Yvette Janine Jackson – Freedom

— Zarif – Square One EP

— Zeahorse – Let’s Not (And Say We Did)

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