The first week of new releases in July leads into the holiday with a light load. 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. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
About Group, Between the Walls (Domino)
Big Black Cloud, Black Friday (Eolian Empire)
Bell X1, Chop Chop (Belly Up)
"From the moment I heard demos, I knew this was a special batch of songs, nestled in the sweet spot between wistfulness and joy," explains producer/pianist/songwriter Thomas Bartlett, who oversaw the making of Bell X1's sixth album alongside The National's longtime producer Peter Katis. "The challenge was in making the songs rich and robust without losing the fragility and intimacy that made them so striking in the first place." The resulting LP retains the band's melancholic sound (as shaped by frontman Paul Noonan, bassist Dominic Philips and multi-instrumentalist David Geraghty) but pares it down to reverbed riffs, expressive vocals and delicately layered instrumentals. For fans of Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma Forever Ago. Check out the video for the stunningly lovely track "Starlings Over Brighton Pier" after the jump along with the rest of this week's new releases...