It's the last batch of new albums to come out in April. Some exciting highlights this week. A curated list of info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know) – with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure.
Blur, The Magic Whip (Parlophone)
The eighth studio LP from the alt rock UK is their first in more than a dozen years, since 2003's Think Tank. Gotta say, I've been digging on all the singles released thus far, though part of it is my love of Damon Albarn's snotty British intones. Video for the super Blur-sounding "Lonesome Street" below.
Braids, Deep In The Iris (Arbutus / Flemish Eye)
The Canadian experimental pop/art rock trio delivers a third LP. Listen to "Taste" below.
Brown Bird, Axis Mundi (Supply & Deman)
The final album of new material from the much-loved Rhode Island husband-and-wife duo made up of David Lamb and MorganEve Swain was recorded during Lamb’s year-long fight with leukemia and was finished by MorganEve after Lamb's death last Spring. From the release: “Excluding ‘Tortured Boy’, which I wrote for him in the first stage of our relationship, these songs were written in the months leading up to his diagnosis, and the months following his bone marrow transplant, when he was confined to our home. As long as he felt well enough to be working, he was. He would spend hours in our home studio, meticulously recording and rerecording his parts - full drums, guitar, vocals, and percussion ideas... This album is different from our others in that it is, in many ways, the album we always wanted to make. It is fuller, louder and more rock-inspired than our previous efforts, while still holding tight to the Middle-Eastern and Eastern European influences we'd become known for. We'd intended to record the record at home during Dave’s recovery, and release and tour on it when he was well enough to get back on the road.” Read more about it here. "Bannermen" below.
Sam Cohen, Cool It (Easy Sound Recording Co)
Crocodiles, Crimes Of Passion (Frenchkiss/Zoo)
Paul de Jong, IF (Temporary Residence Limited)
Bill Fay, Who Is The Sender? (Dead Oceans)
George FitzGerald, Fading Love (Domino)
Josh Groban, Stages (Reprise)
The Leisure Society, The Fine Art of Hanging On (Full Time Hobby)
Mew, +- (PIAS)
MG, MG (Mute/EMI)
[Depeche Mode's Martin Gore]
Nai Harvest, Hairball (Topshelf)
Nick Catchdubs, Smoke Machine (Fool's Gold)
Odessa, Odessa (Chop Shop/Republic)
Orgone, Beyond The Sun (Shanachie)
The band plays Tropical Heatwave this Sat., May 2.
Prefuse 73, Forsyth Gardens EP (Temporary Residence)
Raekwon, Fly International Luxurious Art (F.I.L.A.) (ICEH20 Records)
Robert Pollard, Faulty Superheroes (Guided By Voices Inc./Fire Records)
Are you really surprised that Robert Pollard is releasing another album? No? I didn't think so. It's like, his umpteenth solo LP, sans GBV.
Roomful Of Teeth, Render (New Amsterdam)
There is too much intriguing music out this week, one can not keep up. I particularly like Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, especially the the track below. Those harmonies are delicious and so bizarre, both tribal and melodic. I would liken it to the vocals of Tune-Yards mixed with didgeridoos. Yah.
Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld, Never Were The Way She Was (Constellation)
Two solo instrumental artists repped by Constellation team up to on this LP of original compositions for horn and violin. Stetson flexes his chops on bass and tenor saxophones, showing off techniques and technicality like circular breathing and vocalizations through the reed, while violinist Neufeld — known for her work in Bell Orchestre — shows off her bowing prowess. Take a listen to the haunting yet urgent "The Sun Roars Into View" below.
Turn to Crime, Actions (Mugg & Bop Records)
Various Artists, Faux Real II (Father/Daughter Records)
The second volume in the compilation series originally launched as a Record Store Day exclusive in 2014; this one features 10 new covers of songs originally made famous by faux musicians, like LVL UP doing “Somebody Kill Me Please” (The Wedding Singer) and Small Wonder covering “Margerine” (The Simpsons).
The Weepies, Sirens (Nettwerk)
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Adeavta, Death and the Internet
Bell Witch, Four Phantoms
The Cash Box Kings, Holding Court
Eric Clapton, Forever Man
Benjamin Clementine, I dream, I smile, I walk, I cry
Everclear, Black Is The New Black
Tyler Farr, Suffer In Peace
Thomas Fiss, Orbit
Fort Knox Five, Pressurize the Cabin
The Gaslamp Killer, The Gaslamp Killer Experience: Live In Los Angeles
Heidi Gluck, The Only Girl In The Room EP
Delia Gonzalez, In Remembrance
Gavin Harrison, Cheating The Polygraph
Insane Clown Posse, The Marvelous Missing Link (Lost)
Jesse Lafser, Raised on the Plains
Luxley, You Are the Spirit EP
Marshmallow Coast, Vangelis Rides Again
Ambrosia Parsley, Weeping Cherry
Jon Regen, Stop Time
Turn to Crime, Actions
Millencolin, True Brew
Heather Maloney, Making Me Break
The Young Novelists, Made Us Strangers
Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde