Album of the Week

Album of the Week – 23/04/21

Album of the Week – 23/04/21

Hey, how have you been this week? Any news? Enough of the formalities, let’s get on with the business at hand!

This week sees new releases from Ben Cosgrove (The Trouble With Wilderness) and Field Music (Flat White Moon). There are also some African sounds from Toumani Diabaté who plays alongside the London Symphony Orchestra on the new release called Kôrôlén.

During the madness of the last few months, it’s nice to have bands such as Dinosaur Jr. to return to…

Album of the Week – Dinosaur Jr. – Sweep It Into Space

“Has to be said that there’s something very reassuring about Dinosaur Jr. Since reforming in 2007 they have settled into a very pleasant, heavy groove. This album is no different…” Killian Laher – from our review here.

Recorded, as usual, at Amherst’s Biquiteen, the sessions for Sweep It Into Space began in the late Autumn of 2019, following a West Coast/South East tour. The only extra musician used this time was Kurt Vile, who co-produced the album and played the lead 12 string on the upbeat “I Ran Away.” J Mascis’ voice is immediately catchy over soaring, electrifying guitar lines.

After recording with Kurt got disrupted, J Mascis “ended up just mimicking a few things he’d done. I was listening to a lot of Thin Lizzy, so I was trying to get some of that duelling twin lead sound. But the recording session was pretty well finished by the time things really hit the fan. When the lockdown happened in March, that meant I was on my own. But it was cool.

”As is typical, Lou Barlowwrites and sings two of the album’s dozen tunes (delivering perhaps his finest Dinosaur contribution in “Garden”) and Murph’s pure-Flinstonian drumming drives the record like a go cart from Hell. Lou’s songs here are as elegant as always. J’s tracks flow and flower in the different directions he often follows. Some are guitar howlers, with a string sound midway between Hendrix and Asheton. Some are power ballads, and there are anomalies, like “Take It Back,” which starts with a blue-beat rhythm putting one in mind of Keith Richards’ Jamaican explorations (at least for a little bit.)

Albums of Note:

Ben Cosgrove (of Ghost of Paul Revere) – The Trouble With Wilderness

— Dinosaur Jr. – Sweep It Into Space

— Field Music – Flat White Moon

— PJ Harding and Noah Cyrus – People Don’t Change EP

— Toumani Diabaté & the London Symphony Orchestra – Kôrôlén

— The Mars Volta – Landscape Tantrums

Albums released on April 23rd:

— 19&You – 19&You EP

— Ade – Midnight Pizza

— Akiavel – Væ Victis

— Alan Vega – Mutator

— Alfa Mist – Bring Backs

— Altarage – Succumb

— Andrea Viscardi – Phono EP

— Acid Mass – Animals Appearing out of Every Rock

— The Antikaroshi – Extract.Transform.Debase

— Arogya – Genesis

— Arooj Aftab – Vulture Prince

— Art d’Ecco – In Standard Definition

— The Beach Boys – California Music Presents Add Some Music

— Ben Cosgrove (of Ghost of Paul Revere) – The Trouble With Wilderness

— Benthos – II

— The Berries – Throne of Ivory (Singles & B-Sides)

— Big|Brave – Vital

— Birthday Ass – Head of the Household

— Black Fly – Black Fly 01

— Black Orchid Empire – Live In The Studio EP

— Black Wail – Born on Fire EP

— Blood Lemon – Blood Lemon

— Bodom After Midnight – Paint The Sky With Blood EP

— Body Void – Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth

— Cabaret Voltaire – BN9Drone

— Carla Geneve – Learn To Like It

— Catch Prichard – I Still Miss Theresa Benoit

— Chapel – Room Service EP

— Charlie Houston – I Hate Spring EP

— Charlotte Cardin – Phoenix

— Chicane – Everything We Had To Leave Behind

— Chitra – Chitra EP (Vinyl Release)

— The Circle – Metamorphosis

— Communions – Pure Fabrication

— Conclave – Dawn Of Days

— Confidence & Beneficence – Stellar Mind

— The Cush – Riders In The Stardust Gold

— Dām-FunK – Architecture III

— Danny Golden – Changes EP

— Dans Dans – Zink

— Dan Wilson – Vessels of Wood and Earth

— Dempsey Hope – i&u

— DijahSB – Head Above the Waters

— Dinosaur Jr. – Sweep It Into Space

— Dirty Honey – Dirty Honey

— Distant Edge – Redlight

— Ditchbird – Real Enough for You Now

— Dranconian – Under a Godless Veil (Vinyl Release)

— Drift Into Black – Patterns of Light

— Dumpstaphunk – Where Do We Go From Here

— E.R. Jurken – I Stand Corrected

— Eli West – Tapered Point of Stone

— Eric Church – Soul

— Erin Propp and Larry Roy – We Want All the Same Things

— Ethel Cain – Inbred EP

— Evie Sands – Get Out Of Your Own Way

— Extinguish – Extinguish EP

— Eydís Evensen – Bylur

— Field Music – Flat White Moon

— Firewing – Resurrection

— Fog Lake – Tragedy Reel

— From Sorrow To Serenity – Trifecta EP

— Gang of Four – Entertainment! (Reissue)

— Gang of Four – Gang of Four: 77-81 (Physical Release)

— Gang of Four – Solid Gold (Reissue)

— Gilby Clarke – The Gospel Truth

— Glimmers – Worlds Apart EP

— Graywave – Planetary Shift EP

— Hannah Jadagu – What Is Going On? EP

— Harker – Axiom

— Hideous Divinity – LV-426 EP

— Idoipe – Cierzo Lento

— Immanuel Wilkins – Omega (Vinyl Release)

— The Immediate Family – Can’t Stop Progress EP

— Jay Chakravorty – A Map With No Memory

— JayWood – Some Days EP

— The Jeff Carlson Band – Yesterday’s Gone

— John Splithoff – All In

— Jupiter & Okwess – Na Kazonga

— Justine Tyrell – While You Were Sleeping EP

— Justin Moore – Straight Outta The Country

— Kaleo – Surface Sounds

— Kayuza Nagaya – Dream Interpretation

— Ki Oni – Stay Indoors and Swim

— Lady Dan – I Am The Prophet

— Lilith Czar (Juliet Simms) – Created From Filth and Dust

— Lisa Li-Lund – Glass Of Blood

— lola demo – STONE

— Lost Girls (Jenny Hval & Håvard Volden) – Menneskekollektivet (Physical Release)

— Lowell – Bloodthirsty (Music From The Motion Picture) EP

— Lucid Den – Ice Storm X

— MAKS The Fox – That We Exist

— The March Divide – cinq

— The Marigold – Apostate

— The Mars Volta – La Realidad De Los Sueños

— The Mars Volta – Landscape Tantrums

— Miasma Theory – Miasma Theory

— Mister Misery – >>A Brighter Side Of Death<<

— Mitch Murder – Then Again

— Moe x Zaytoven – Motoven

— The Mono LPs – Shuffle/Play

— Moon Vs Sun – I’m Going To Break Your Heart

— Mother Of All – Age of the Solipsist

— Motörhead – Louder Than Noise… Live in Berlin

— Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy & Randy George – Cover 2 Cover (Reissue)

— Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy & Randy George – Cover to Cover (Reissue)

— NEZ – Midnight Music EP

— Nightfyre – Shattered Lands EP

— NOÊTA – Elm

— Nonserviam – Le Coeur Bat

— Nordgeist – Frostwinter

— Old Forest – Mournfall

— Omega – Nebra

— Pærish – Fixed It All

— The Pale White – Infinite Pleasure

— Paper Citizen – Scratching the Surface

— Paraphilia – Primordium of Sinister Butchery EP

— Paysage D’Hiver – Geister

— The Peter Frampton Band – Frampton Forgets the Words

— Phoneboy – Phoneboy

— PJ Harding and Noah Cyrus – People Don’t Change EP

— Polly Paulusma – Invisible Music

— Porter Robinson – Nurture

— Proper Nouns – Feel Free

— Quelle Rox – Lilac Rush EP

— Racquel Jones – IgnoRANT

— Rag’n’Bone Man – Life By Misadventure

— RARI – The Arch (Part One) EP

— Raven Arston – Peak in Me EP

— Red Eleven – Handled With Chaos

— Reid Jenkins – A Beautiful Start EP

— Remember Sports – Like A Stone

— The Rose Petals – American Grenadine

— SAD MAN – The Man From S.A.D.

— Sam Genovese – SKYMYTH

— Satomimagae – Hanazono

— Scott Shane White – Call It Even

— Secret of Elements – Chronos

— Sex Gang Children – Oligarch

— Silverware – No Plans

— Sindy – Horror Head

— Sir Sly – The Rise & Fall Of Loverboy

— Sonic Boom – Almost Nothing Is Nearly Enough

— Sour Widows – Crossing Over EP

— Spiritualized – Lazer Guided Melodies (Vinyl Reissue)

— Steve Cropper – Fire It Up

— Steven Halpern – Cannabis Dreams

— Summer Sleeves – In the Throes of Woes

— Tashaki Miyaki – Castaway

— TDA – Ascète

— Thulcandra – Ascension Lost (Reissue)

— Thulcandra – Fallen Angel’s Domion (Reissue)

— Thulcandra – Under a Frozen Sun (Reissue)

— Tilian – Factory Reset

— Tom Jones – Surrounded By Time

— Topaz Jones – Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma

— Toumani Diabaté & the London Symphony Orchestra – Kôrôlén

— Trace Kotik – Everything Has Been Done By Now, So Now, Everything Is Possible…

— Tristan Kasten-Krause – Potential Landscapes

— Trust Gang and Black Soprano Family –Trust the Sopranos

— Various Artists – Mémoires d’Éléphant #03

— The Venemous Pink – Based On A True Story EP

— Vexillum – When Good Men Go To War

— VITTRA – Wardens EP

— Void Vator – Great Fear Rising

— Walking Bombs – Tears We Should Have Shed

— WarCall – Dead End Pt. 1 EP

— Wasuremono – Let’s Talk Pt. 1

— WheelUp – Good Love

— When Waves Collide – Chasm

— The Who – The Who Sell Out (Super Deluxe Edition)

— Wild Powwers – What You Wanted

— Winterblood – Finsternis

— Yellow Ostrich – Soft

— Yusef Lateef – Eastern Sounds (Vinyl Reissue)

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