New Releases 13/08/2021 👻👻

There was a new Into It. Over It album earlier this year or last year.

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Agreed. Not sure I’ve ever knowingly enjoyed anything by them before, but it seems this new one is a belter!

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Tried the Killers, couldn’t get into it because of how hard it really really wants to be Springsteen. I was a bit embarrassed for them.

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Josienne Clarke - A Small Unknowable Thing

Singer-songwriter - not folk

But if you like folk, you still might like this. Actually if you do like folk, you quite probably already know Josienne Clarke from her previous duo with Ben Walker, and the lyrics on this album are really quite something about that relationship. Her blog post for some context on that.

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Can everyone stop going on about how good the new Killers album is - I’m not falling for it !!!

Fairly quiet week for me - but Charles Spearin and Elizabeth Owens both seem very good on first listen. The latter in particular very intriguing, and think it’ll need a few goes to fully reveal itself.

Enjoyed Unreqvited but even though I’ve hardly heard anything in this genre, it does feel quite familiar.

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Damon & Naomi - A Sky Record

An homage to the relaxed krautrock LPs released by the defunct 1970s label Sky Records, created by two thirds of the legendary Galaxie 500.

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alexalone - alexaloneworld

90s tinged indie rock out on polyvinyl

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Also keep coming back to Elizabeth Owens. There’s a lot going on there to uncover. Great stuff.

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It definitely hits that sweet spot between experimental and accessible, so it doesn’t feel like hard work.

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The Shadracks - From Human Like Forms

Garagey post-punk. If I hadn’t known this was a new release by a young band (with the son of Billy Childish on guitar and vocals), I’d have assumed it was originally out in 1978 or something. Which isn’t meant as a criticism - it wears those Wire & Buzzcocks influences well and and turns them into something pretty great.

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Paragon Cause - Autopilot

Shoegazey indie-rock from Ottawa.

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Released today (16th) so apologies if that breaks protocols.

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Swerve - Ruin Your Day

And if I hadn’t have known this was the debut album from an LA-based indie rock four-piece, I’d have guessed it was an early 90s Creation Records band who ended up getting lumped in with Britpop. So nothing especially new here, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Really enjoying the new album by Closed Circuits. Very much a dark late night electronic record, with a suitably deep baritone vocal. Love a baritone. I stumbled into this guy’s stuff earlier this year, and I basically have been rinsing his entire discography. It is so absolutely ‘me’ and this new album is no exception. He oscillates between sad beauty to static noise and fury expertly. He’s fantastic.

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The opening track has my attention!

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New “Mini-Album” (I.e. EP) from excellent K-Pop band Red Velvet. This is more conventional and mainstream then their usual brand of extremely zany pop, but still sounds pretty fun on first listen.

Wow, you weren’t kidding there. Not quite as sparse, but for The Killers this is going to be about as close as you can get.

Not quite sure yet whether it’ll grow to be a great album, but on first listen I’m enjoying it a lot more than any of their albums since Sam’s Town. This year’s return to form album?

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I mean, I already thought Imploding the Mirage was an obvious return to form (those songs will hit hard on the 2022 tour). But Pressure Machine confirms it.

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The still of Bruce looks like a terrible Photoshop football fans make of a long-dead manager from their glorious past watching over the current team from “heaven”

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