Album of the Week

Album of the Week – 19/02/21

Album of the Week – 19/02/21

This week sees new releases from David Gray (Skellig) and The Hold Steady (Open Door Policy) among others. There’s also a debut album from Irish Artist A. Smyth (Last Animals) that is worth a spin. Also worth checking out is Lael Neale, with her new album ‘Acquainted with Night’.

There are also albums from two of our favourites this week, in Tindersticks (Distractions) and Mogwai (Every Country’s Sun). They’re both gems but after a virtual flip of the coin, we came down in favour of Stuart A. Staples and his cohorts.

Album of the Week —  Tindersticks – Distractions

“While it’s unlikely to be any fan’s favourite Tindersticks album, it’s one of their most exciting in years. It’s not a complete gear change then, but it’s less reliant on their so-called formula. The album is less cohesive than usual, and pleasingly so.” – Killian Laher from our review here.

The album’s opening track and Tindersticks’ longest song yet, “Man Alone (Can’t Stop the Fadin’)” rides a hypnotic bass pulse with Staples’ mantric vocals layered on top: teasing out the nuances from repetition, it leaves behind conventional song structure to create its own space.

Tindersticks’ Stuart A. Staples comments on the track saying: “This song was always a journey but I wasn’t expecting it to be such a long one. We made a 6-minute version but it felt like it pulled off and stopped halfway to its destination. This was the beginning of a long journey in itself, to find the route needed to complete it – probably the biggest challenge a song or piece of music has given us. It was delicate and slippery right up to the final mix, which lasted a week! For me, the song has a strange connection to the drum machine, bass guitar and voice combination of ‘Indignant Desert Birds’ – mine and Neils first band when I was 17. It was important to me that the words of the song were not a coherent narrative, but passing thoughts along the way.”

Speaking about the accompanying video he continues: “In the back of a London cab driving through the city at night is a very special space for me. It has a particular kind of aloneness. This fascination grew over hundreds of nights leaving the studio exhausted at 1am – Ladbroke Grove or St Johns Wood, through the city and over the river to South East London in an almost dream state. Retracing that journey, this film became a way of touching the city and the feeling of being both a part of and apart from it.”

Album of Note:

— A. Smyth – Last Animals

—  Lael Neale – Acquainted with Night

— Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun

— David Gray – Skellig

— The Hold Steady – Open Door Policy

February 19th:

— 44phantom – die sometime, it’s good for u EP

— A Scent Like Wolves – Mystic Auras

— Adeline Hotel – Good Timing

— Alicia Clara – Outsider/Unusual

— The Amenta – Revelator

— Andrew Martin (of Mandolin Orange) – Fable & Fire

— Anna Akana – No Longer Yours EP

— Another Michael – New Music and Big Pop

— Antlered Auntlord – Daniel Johnston Covers

— Anya Marina – Live and Alone in New York

— Aretha Franklin – Young, Gifted, and Black (Vinyl Reissue)

— Austin Meade – Black Sheep

— Bill Cunliffe, John Patitucci, and Vinnie Colaiuta – Trio

— Blackout Transmission – Sparse Illumination

— Blessed – iii EP

— Bradford – Bright Hours

— BTS – BE (Essential Edition)

— Cameron Graves – Seven

— Carcolh – The Life And Works Of Death

— Carly Pearce – 29

— Cassandra Jenkins – An Overview on Phenomenal Nature

— Chad LB – Quartet Sessions

— Coronary – Sinbad

— Corvair – Corvair

— David Gray – Skellig

— Davie Furey – Haunted Streets

— Daze of June – Tainted Blood

— DECOUPLR – Digital Bonfire

— Detritus – Myths

— Dopelord – Reality Dagger Ep

— Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – Hunter and the Dog Star

— Edoma – Immemorial Experience

— Ephemerald – All There Is

— Final Void – Visions of Fear

— Ghetts – Conflict of Interest

— Giant Swan – Do Not Be Afraid Of Tenderness EP

— GLBL WRMNG (feat. Pell) – glbl wrmng vol. 1

— Grande Fox – Empty Nest

— The Fall – Live At St. Helen’s Technical College, ’81 (Vinyl Release)

— Frank Zappa – Zappa (Soundtrack)

— Fury Weekend – Signals

— Hand Habits – Dirt EP

— Hearty Har (Tyler and Shane Fogerty) – Radio Astro

— The Hold Steady – Open Door Policy

— Icon For Hire – Amorphous

— The Impaler – A Fate Worse Than Death

— Infinity Shred – EP002 (Recovery) EP

— Isaac Dunbar – evil twin EP

— JAKETHEHAWK – Hinterlands

— John Digweed – Quatro II

— John Patitucci, Bill Cunliffe, and Vinnie Colaiuta – Trio

— June Jones – Leafcutter

— Katy Kirby – Cool Dry Place

— Kaupe – Cognitive Dissonance

— Kan Mikami — I’m The Only One Around (Vinyl Reissue)

— Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds – Swing From The Sean Delear EP

— Kieth Mosfet – Now Your Life’s Gone

— Kimon Kirk – Altitude

— Knocked Down – Anything But Luck

— Lael Neale – Acquainted With Night

— Lake of Tears – Ominous

— The Lasso – 2121

— Laure Briard – Eu Voo EP

— Lil Zay Osama – Trench Baby

— Lizzard – Eroded

— Lushlife – Redamancy EP

— Malice Divine – Malice Divine

— Mars Era – Oniro

— Mastord – To Whom Bow Even The Trees

— Matthew Alec and The Soul Electric – Cleveland Time

— Maze featuring Frankie Beverly – Live in New Orleans (40th Anniversary Reissue)

— Michael Wimberly – Afrofuturism

— Mister Goblin – Four People In An Elevator And One Of Them Is The Devil

— Mobley – Young and Dying in the Occident Supreme EP

— Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun

— Moun – Blue EP

— Mouse on Mars – AAI (Anarchic Artificial Intelligence)

— Nun Gun (Algiers) – Mondo Decay

— nothing,nowhere. – Trauma Factory

— OJM  – Live At Rocket Club

— Ol’ Burger Beats & Vuyo – Dialogue

— Ole Kirkeng – Rocking Chair EP

— Pauline Anna Strom – Angel Tears In Sunlight

— ParkWalker – Distant Phenomena

— Pierce with Arrow – Shatter

— Philip B. Price – Oceans Hiding in Oceans

— Planned Dilemma – Inspace.

— Practice – Not A Game

— Psymon Spine – Charismatic Megafauna

— QWÄLEN – Unohdan sinut

— Reed Turchi – I’ve Chosen Love

— Rian Treanor – Obstacle Scattering EP

— The Reytons – May Harm You And Others Around You EP

— Ryan Dugré – Three Rivers

— Sal Dulu – Xompulse

— Sanya N’Kanta – These Are The Days EP

— Sapata – No Sun To Embrace

— Saprobiontic – Apocalyptic Retribution

— Senyawa – Alkisah

— SG Lewis – times

— Sheep, Dog & Wolf – Two Minds

— Sheila E. – The Glamorous Life (Vinyl Reissue)

— Sheppard – Kaleidoscope Eyes

— Smith & Burrows – Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough

— Socioclast – Socioclast

— Sojua (Josh Burgess of Yumi Zouma) – EP

— Spencer Burton – Coyote

— Sylvan LaCue – Young Sylvan

— Tami Neilson – Chickaboom Deluxe!

— Tash Sultana – Terra Firma

— Teen Daze – Breathing Tides EP

— Temperance – Melodies Of Green And Blue EP

— Tindersticks – Distractions

— Tommy Emmanuel – Tommy Emmanuel–Live From The Balboa Theater

— Trippie Redd – Neon Shark vs Pegasus

— Turnstiles – Turnstiles EP

— Uma – Moth & The Dove EP

— Vákoum – Linchpin

— Valley Maker – When The Day Leaves

— Weekend Hours – When You’re Here EP

— White Cliffs – Stockholm EP

— Whitesnake – The Blues Album

— Wild Pink – A Billion Little Lights

— WITCH – Introduction (Reissue)

— XIXA – Genesis

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