Don’t think I can remember a release day as packed as this. I’ve been queuing up the following since midnight!
Actress - Karma & Desire - Second release this year from the former West Brom striker and one of the greatest artists of the 2010s.
Call Super - Every Mouth Teeth Missing - Third album (first on Incensio), “an immersive suite of shapeshifting sound design and needlepoint rhythm programming”.
Songhoy Blues - Optimisme - Gritty, joyous protest music from Mali.
Laura Veirs - My Echo - This divorce record is the 11th studio album from the lesser known third of case/lang/veirs.
Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You - I’m probably not the person to sell this one as I’ve never really listened to him bar Western Stars, but that was a great album so looking forward to this.
Ela Minus - acts of rebellion - Columbian (via NY) electronic protest tunes, Helado Negro features.
Kahil El’Zabar’s America the Beautiful - The prolific and mysterious jazz percussionist has a great sounding album here - .his re-working of Express Yourself is magnificent.
Clipping - Visions of Bodies Being Burned - Visceral Horror-Rap
Juana Molina - ANRML - Live recording from March 2020 from Mexico’s NRML festival by the Argentinian experimental pop/rock star.
John Frusciante - Maya - Who wants to hear a solo album by one of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers? is a good question. Fans of 90s UK breakbeat and jungle is the unexpected answer.
Loma - Don’t Shy Away - slow, experimental music from a band including a few Shearwater members and who count Brian Eno as a fan and sometime producer.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge and Azymuth - Jazz is Dead 4 - Latest release in the JiD line features the Brazilian jazz funk trio Azymuth.
Melody Gardot - Sunset in the Blue - luxurious, seductive jazz singing.
Gorillaz - Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez - Likely to be less than the sum of the parts of the collaborators, but hard to ignore an album featuring Robert Smith, Beck, Elton John, slowthai, JPEGMAFIA, Skepta, Peter Hook, Joan as Police Woman and Tony Allen.
Adrienne Lenker - songs / instrumentals - Big Thief singer / guitarist with two records which will appeal to existing fans.
Jeff Tweedy - Love is the King - Another solo release from the Wilco frontman. Expect folky Americana.
Pallbearer - Forgotten Days - Big riffs from the proggy purveyors of doom & gloom.
The Slow Readers Club - 91 Days in Isolation - Surprisingly enjoyable Editors tribute band.
Rick Simpson - Everything All Of The Time - Kid A reimagined for jazz piano. It’s probably as good or as bad as that sounds to you.
Juanita Stein - Snapshot - Third solo album from Howling Bells frontwoman, inspired by the death of her father.
Penelope Trappes - Eel Drip EP - Experimental soundscapes from the Australian vocalist.