Album of the Week

Album of the Week – 12/02/21

Album of the Week – 12/02/21

God is an Astronaut return with what is amazingly their 10th album (the clue is in the title). I guess I should stop calling them a new band at some point? Their first album The End of the Beginning was released all the way back in 2002. Glowing in the Dark is the 4th studio album from Django Django and it continues in a similar vibe to what went before. There are also new albums from slowthai (TYRON) and also a reissue of Harry Dean Stanton with The Cheap Dates (October 1993) included here because I had no idea it existed! A.A. Williams has released a nice collection of covers called “Songs From Isolation”.

So, what does that leave as our album of the week, I hear you cry? Well, it’s possibly a little obvious due to our glowing review earlier in the week, but it’s the work of Miss East, or Aerial to her friends.

Album of the Week— Aerial East – Try Harder

“As the album closes on the achingly gorgeous Be Leavin you know you are hearing a real talent coming into her own.

Don’t let that sweet voice fool you, there is grit and depth behind the beauty and Try Harder is the exhilarating sound of an artist staying true to her own unique vision.” From our Review by Cathy Brown

There is an underexplored space between our conscious and unconscious minds, between what was and what will be. There is a wide expanse between where we are now physically and where we’ve been. And, of course, there is the muddy texture that lays between pleasure and pain. On ‘Try Harder,’ Aerial East dives into what she has known—adolescence, heartbreak, coming into a new social consciousness, and managing a perpetual unanchored-ness—in order to find a most surprising place to rest inside: the unknowable.

Through deceptively simple lyrics, East invites us into a complex realm that is equal parts reverie and listlessness. It’s a place where the west Texas landscape of her youth, “that old flat part of the world,” still lives profoundly inside of her, where old loves and out-of-touch friends are never forgotten. East locates the universality of what it is to be suspended between the past, present, and future and how honest efforts to negotiate time creates groundlessness.“My relationship to America and our society was changing and I wanted to write about what that felt like for me. A lot of the songs are about dealing with a feeling of being an untethered person in someone else’s land.” The feeling is something East explores throughout the album. “I’m cominghome/ to a place I can’t find/ The things we build/don’t always feel like mine,” she writes on “The Things We Build,” “Could be my name/that makes me feel unmoored/I’m in the air/searching for the floor.”East speaks about this groundlessness, where itcomes from and how it informed her songwriting and musical choices. In her words, the record is about giving voice to those we don’t often hear. “I wanted to tell stories about people in Texas,” she says, “I wanted to humanize different characters.” East also admits to often feeling voiceless and overshadowed herself, not only as someone who grew up outside of the Northeast, a place she has called home for 13 years, but also as a woman.

Albums of Note:

— Black Sabbath – Vol. 4: Super Deluxe Edition

— Django Django – Glowing in the Dark

— God Is An Astronaut – Ghost Tapes #10

— Harry Dean Stanton with The Cheap Dates – October 1993

— slowthai – TYRON

Other Albums released on February 12th:

— 2 Lost Souls – Another’s Insomniacs Dreams

— 3.2 (Robert Berry) – Third Impression

— 7-11 Jesus – Tree Dream

— A.A. Williams – Songs From Isolation

— Abbie Ozard – Let’s Play Pretend EP

— Aborym – Hostile

— Alltar – Live At Ceremony of Sludge

— Arc Of Life – Arc Of Life

— Ariel East – Try Harder

— Arlissa – The Lovers EP

— Babyface Ray – Unf*ckwithable EP

— Bailter Space – Wammo (25th Anniversary Reissue)

— The Band – Stage Fright (50th Anniversary Edition)

— Ben Sollee and Time For Three – Land (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

— Benjamin Louis Brody & Ian Chang – Floating Into Infinity

— Beth Lee – Waiting on You Tonight

— Bill Stone – Stone (Reissue)

— Black Pyramid – Black Pyramid (Reissue)

— Black Sabbath – Vol. 4: Super Deluxe Edition

— Blessed Black – La Brea

— Blue Hour Ghosts – Due

— Blutengel – Fountain of Destiny

— Bodies of Water – Is This What It’s Like

— Borito – What We Have Now

— Burning Jacobs Ladder – Seventh Fever of the Mind EP

— Caithlin De Marrais – What Will You Do Then?

— Camera Obscura Two (CO2) – D.Ö.D.

— The Caracal Project & Leotrix – New Lesson

— Cari Hutson – Salvation & Soul Restoration EP


— Chris Crack – Might Delete Later

— Christian Leave – Heavy Hitting Hurts My Head EP

— Chung Ha – Querencia

— CKay – Boyfriend EP

— Claud – Super Monster

— Claude – Enactor EP

— Cosima – The Fun Is Here

— Creedence Clearwater Revival – Mardi Gras (Vinyl Reissue)

— Creedence Clearwater Revival – Pendulum (Vinyl Reissue)

— Crosta – III

— Crystal Viper – The Cult

— Curly J – Kingdom EP

— Curtis Mayfield – Roots (Vinyl Reissue)

— Curtis Mayfield – There’s No Place Like America Today (Vinyl Reissue)

— David Bowie – Look at the Moon! (Live Phoenix Festival ’97)

— DayGlo Mourning – Dead Star

— Dead Poet Society – -!-

— Death by Unga Bunga – Heavy Male Insecurity

— Devil Love – Broken Things

— Dio – Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City (Reissue)

— Dio – Holy Diver Live (Reissue)

— The Diskettes – No Fair, No Fun

— Django Django – Glowing in the Dark

— Dominique Fils-Aimé – Three Little Words

— DOZER – Vultures EP

— Drones – Our Hell Is Right Here

— Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia – The Moonlight Edition

— Emile Mosseri – Minari: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

— Emptiness – Vide

— EROZ – Seen From Above EP

— Family Dinner – You’re So Cool EP

— FLeUR – Caring About Something Utterly Useless

— Florida Georgia Line – Life Rolls On

— The Fragiles – On and On

— God Is An Astronaut – Ghost Tapes #10

— Harry Dean Stanton with The Cheap Dates – October 1993

— Heligoland – This Quiet Fire

— His Name Is Alive – A Silver Thread (Anthology Box Set)

— His Name Is Alive – Hope Is A Candle: Home Recordings 1985 – 1990

— Holy Mother – Face The Burn

— Hotel On Mars – Grief Museum

— Inglorious – We Will Ride

— James Durbin – The Beast Awakens

— Jillette Johnson – It’s a Beautiful Day and I Love You

— Jim Keller – By No Means

— Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Running Games

— John The Ghost – I Only Want To Live Once

— Jon Foreman (of Switchfoot) – Departures EP

— Joshua Henry – Guarantee EP


— Kelly Duplex – Kelly Duplex

— Kill the Giants – Arcadia

— Kip Moore – Wild World Deluxe

— Kìzis – Turn

— K Michelle DuBois – The Fever Returns

— Lauren Auder – 5 Songs For The Dysphoric EP

— The Los Sundowns – The Los Sundowns

— Lilys – A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns

— Loshh – ÍFARADÁ EP

— Luna Shadows – Digital Pacific

— Mac Leaphart – Music City Joke

— Mark Feldman – Sounding Point

— The Mastelottos – A Romantic’s Guide To King Crimson

— Menahan Street Band – The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band

— The Mercy Kills – New Rule

— Mia Doi Todd – Music Life

— MOAT – Poison Stream

— Moff Skellington – Sherbert Is The Cuulture of The Void

— Møme & Ricky Ducati – Flash FM

— Mush – Lines Redacted

— The Mommyheads – Coming Into Beauty (Reissue)

— The Neverlutionaries – The Neverlutionairies

— Noble Oak – Stories EP

— The Nova Hawks – Redemption

— Nicholas Hamilton and SAVS – noRoom

— Nightfall – Lesbian Show (Reissue)

— Nightfall – Diva Futura EP (Reissue)

— Nightfall – Electronegative EP (Reissue)

— Nonconnah – Songs For And About Ghosts

— The Obsessives – Monastery EP

— Pale Waves – Who Am I?

— Paul Leary (of Butthole Surfers) – Born Stupid

— Pearl Divers – The Past Ain’t Made To Last EP

— Pink Sweat$ – Pink Planet

— The Pretty Reckless – Death By Rock And Roll

— Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum (feat. Michael C. Hall) – Thanks For Coming Out

— PYRE – Chained to Ossuaries (Physical Release)

— Quality Used Cars. –Good Days/Bad Days

— Quiet Blue – Before Dawn EP

— R+R=NOW (feat. Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and Derrick Hodge) – R+R=NOW Live

— The Rentals – The Rentals

— Rest Easy – Sick Day EP

— Rob Kovacs – Let Go

— Robin Thicke – On Earth, and in Heaven

— The Rubens – 0202

— Run River North – Creatures In Your Head

— Ryan Dugré – Three Rivers

— Salt Cathedral – Carisma *isolation mixes*

— Sanya N’Kanta – These Are The Days EP

— Shape Of Water – Lockdown On Mars EP

— Shigecki – Growing Pains EP

— Shrink – Shrink EP

— Sia – Music – Songs From and Inspired By The Motion Picture

— Sirenia – Riddles, Ruins & Revelations (Digital Release)

— slowthai – TYRON

— Solar Fake – Enjoy Dystopia

— Spodee Boy – Rides Again EP

— Sports – Get A Good Look

— Steven van Betten & Andrew Rowan – No Branches Without Trees

— Stone Mammoth – Stone Mammoth

— Stretch Panic – Glitter & Gore

— Sun Kin – After The House

— Surut – Surut

— Swampbeast – Seven Evils Spawned Of Seven Heads

— Teenage Wrist – Earth Is A Black Hole

— Terrible Sons – Mass EP

— TOMORROW x TOGETHER – Still Dreaming

— Various Artists – Anjunadeep 12

— Various Artists – Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album

— Various Artists – The Music of Red Dead Redemption 2: The Housebuilding EP

— Various Artists – To All The Boys: Always And Forever (Music From The Netflix Film)

— Weston Smith – The Sword EP

— Will Overman – The Winemaker’s Daughter

— Yohan Giaume – Whisper of a Shadow

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