Album News

The Tallest Man On Earth – “Sagres”

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

The Tallest Man On Earth - Dark Bird Is Home

It’s been three years since the last record from Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man On Earth. This year he’ll correct that with a new album called Dark Bird Is Home, out May 12 via Dead Oceans.

Early last month he released a brief album trailer, and last week he shared the album’s first single, “Sagres.” While The Tallest Man On Earth is previously known for his raw, sparse acoustic sound, he changes things up on “Sagres,” jumping into something much, much, more. There’s a lot more going on here than listeners are used to, with percussion and lush string and horn arrangements. I couldn’t help but notice it called to mind elements of Beirut and War On Drugs.

It’s different, but it’s quite a beauty. Artists need to progress, and Matsson has done a great job with it here. The spirit of “Sagres” is warm and uplifting, a perfect combatant for this icy winter.

Enjoy it below, where you can also find the album trailer, tracklist and his upcoming tour dates, which includes a show at The Beacon Theatre.
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My Morning Jacket

On May 4 My Morning Jacket will return with new album The Waterfall via ATO Records/Capitol Records.

It’s their seventh album and their first on Capitol Records. The group began recorded the album in late 2013 at the Panoramic House studio in Stinson Beach, California, with producer Tucker Martine (who co-produced their last album, Circuital).

Frontman Jim James told Rolling Stone that they entered the recording studio with a more spontaneous approach to recording. They ended up with 24 tracks, which they ended up splitting into a pair of albums, with the later set to come out in 2016.

One of those tracks was released today as a part of the album’s announcement, a dreamy psych-folk wonder called “Big Decisions.” It’s a sprawling big cut that calls to mind My Morning Jacket’s earlier days, with some slick modern stylings added for good measure.

They have also announced a set of tour dates that include Governors Ball. After seeing them play an astonishing set at The Capitol Theatre in 2012, I’m impatiently awaiting that performance come June. Find the full list of tour dates posted below, along with the album’s tracklisting and the video stream for “Big Decisions.”
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Blur - The Magic Whip

Blur are back. The Brit-rock veterans have announced that they’ll return with new album The Magic Whip on April 28 via Warner Brothers Records. It’s the band’s first new album in 12 years (2003’s Think Tank) and their first with guitarist Graham Coxon in 16 years (since 1993’s 13).

The recordings began at Avon Studio in Kowloon, Hong Kong, during a five-day break from touring in Spring 2013. They were put aside after the tour when members returned to their lives. But last November Graham Coxon revisited the tracks and got early Blur producer Stephen Street to work on the material. Damon Albarn came in, added lyrics, and then The Magic Whip and its 12-tracks were born and ready to be released.

Although we’ve had hints here and there that Blur may properly return one day, it’s still a truly surprising announcement considering that no one was really sure if they’d ever actually stay together long enough to get it done.

The announcement wasn’t the only thing we got, as they also released the music video for album cut “Go Out,” which shows us how to make homemade ice cream. Blue turn back the clocks for this one, it sounds like vintage Blur.

It’s good to have them back. I’m excited to hear the album and have my fingers crossed that they will tour stateside once again.

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The Go! Team – “The Scene Between”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015

The Go Team

On March 24 The Go! Team will return to us with The Scene Between via Memphis Industries. It’s the first album from the English group in over four years, and things are a bit different this time around.

The recoding of The Scene Between is noticeably different from their previous releases, as bandleader Ian Parton returned to The Go! Team’s roots by writing, performing and producing all of the songs himself. After their last album Rolling Blackouts, the band’s other members went on to other musical projects or ended up getting married. So Parton took this as a chance to return to the roots of the band. Here’s how he described it:

I wanted to make an album driven by melody and song writing because catchiness is the hardest thing you can do. Brill Building hooks but permeated with a kind of wobbly VHS feel.

This includes first single “The Scene Between” a jubilant track with colorful imagery and melodies that don’t take any team lodging themselves to the deepest part of your musical brain. It’s a stone cold stunner of joyfulness.

You can listen to the track below, and check out it’s cultish music video, which was directed by James Slater. Find the album trailer and tracklist posted below that.

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Bjork Releases New Album ‘Vulnicura’ Early

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015

Bjork - Vulnicura

It was just last week that Björk announced her new album Vulnicura. It was originally slated for a March release date (via One Little Indian), but it looks like things changed after the album’s surprising leak over the weekend. The early release of the album on iTunes is clearly a move to combat the early leak of the record. Hey, new Bjork even early. No one’s arguing with that.

Bjork took to her facebook to write a personal note to fans giving some insight into the making of the album. Find it posted below:

dear websitefolks , fans , tweeters and my music supporters on all the sorts of www :

vulnicura will be rolling out worldwide over the next 24 hours !!
http://smarturl.it/vulnicura

i am so grateful you are still interested in my work !!

i appreciate every little bit !!!

i wanted to tell you the tale of making of this album

i guess i found in my lap one year into writing it a complete heartbreak album . kinda surprised how thoroughly i had documented this in pretty much accurate emotional chronology …. like 3 songs before a break up and three after . so the anthropologist in me sneaked in and i decided to share them as such . first i was worried it would be too self indulgent but then i felt it might make it even more universal . and hopefully the songs could be a help , a crutch to others and prove how biological this process is : the wound and the healing of the wound . psychologically and physically . it has a stubborn clock attached to it .

there is a way out

and then a magic thing happened to me : as i lost one thing something else entered . alejandro contacted me late summer 2013 and was interested in working with me . it was perfect timing . to make beats to the songs would have taken me 3 years ( like on vespertine ) but this enchanted arca would visit me repeatedly and only few months later we had a whole album !!! it is one of the most enjoyable collaboration i have had !

i then went ahead and wrote string and choir arrangements and recorded them in iceland

and whom else to lure into singing with me my worship-of-love-song “atom dance ” than my goddess of love : antony ?

towards the end of the album i started looking around for a mixing engineer and was introduced by a mutual friend of ours , robin carolan to the haxan cloak . he mixed the album and also made a beat for one half of “family” . together with chris elms the engineer we kinda formed a band during the mixing process and this is the album we made !!!

i do hope you enjoy it

i would like to thank this overqualified little team ( where roles often blurred )

. i also would like to thank robin , his generous approvals gave me more courage to complete this as is .

and my group of songswapping / dj friends : the right tune can truly cure : ta for those sonic ointments

but most of all i would like to thank my team : james merry , derek birkett and emma birkett . rosemary and elisa . this album could not have been done without you

The physical release date of Vulnicura is still March, which is also when Bjork will return to New York for a bunch of live shows at Carnegie Hall and New York City Center. Find those dates posted below.

March 7 – Carnegie Hall (12 pm matinee show)
March 14 – Carnegie Hall (12 pm matinee show)
March 25 – New York City Center (8 pm evening show)
March 28 – New York City Center (12 pm matinee show)
April 1 – New York City Center (8 pm evening show)
April 4 – New York City Center (12 pm matinee show)
June 5-7 – Governors Ball Music Festival

Houndmouth - Sedona

Indiana alt-rockers Houndmouth have announced the details of their sophomore record, Little Neon Limelight. It will be released on March 17 via Rough Trade Records and was recorded in Nashville with producer Dave Cobb. It’s the follow-up to their impressive debut album From the Hills Below the City, which was released in 2013.

Today’s announcement also included the release of the music video for first single “Sedona.” The video is wonderfully directed by Naomi Yang, and features the gang hanging out at a scenic hotel in Southern California, and rocking out in some red neon lights.

“Sedona” itself is a song rooted in classic Americana rockers, taking it’s time to build itself up, only to deliver one of the hardest rocking moments of the bands short career. It’s an impressive return, a confident reminder of why I fell in love with these guys in the first place.

Enjoy “Sedona” below.
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Death Cab for Cutie Announce New Album: ‘Kintsugi’

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2015 — with 2 comments

Death Cab for Cutie - Kintsugi

It’s strange to think about Death Cab for Cutie without Chris Walla, the former co-founding member who officially left the group last year after playing one final show. But before he quit, he helped record the band’s next album, which is entitled Kintsugi and will be released March 31 via Atlantic Records.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, bassist Nick Harmer gave insight into the meaning of the album’s title:
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Sufjan Stevens Announces New Album: ‘Carrie & Lowell’

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2015 — with 1 comment

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Believe it or not, it’s been five years’ since Sufjan Stevens released his last album, Age Of Adz. So it’s exciting news that Sufjan Stevens has announced a new album titled Carrie & Lowell. It will be released on March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty.

The album was named after Steven’s mother and stepfather, and features 11 songs about “life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love.”

Longtime fans of Stevens may be pleased to learn that the album is being called a return to Steven’s folk roots. Age Of Adz, while a great album, dabbled into electronic territory, which may have turned some fans away who were used to his more folk-oriented work. And who knows, maybe he can work in some special Illinois shows with the eventual tour for the album, consider it’s the 10th anniversary of the classic.

Carrie & Lowell was recorded by Stevens along with Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester and Thomas Bartlett.

Check out a beautiful album trailer that the label released below, featuring presumably a new track off the record. The album tracklist follows.
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Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

On Friday, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke dropped a huge surprise on us all, announcing that he was releasing a new solo album called Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes into the world. Like he did with the name your own price method of In Rainbows, he’s experimenting with a new release system with torrent service BitTorrent, allowing fans to stream the album for free, or buy the album for $6. Ah, the old Radiohead.

He posted the following letter detailing the album’s release on Friday via Dead Air Space:

As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.

The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..

The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.

It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …

If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.

Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.

Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.

If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.

The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.

It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…

The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.

Oh yes and it’s called
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.

The album is available to purchase physically in the form of a very fancy white vinyl which you can read more about and purchase right here. In the meantime, enjoy a stream of the album below.

You had the weekend to digest. What do you think of the album so far? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Wampire – Wizard Staff

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

Wampire

On October 7 Portland natives Wampire will release new album Bazaar on Polyvinyl Records. The album is the first taste of the new version of band, who have grown from a duo to a quintet.

After many months spent on tour, founding members and primary songwriters Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps immediately went to the making of a new album trying to “capitalize on the creative energy that had been steadily amassing during their days, weeks, and months on the road.”

Here’s how Phipps describes the time:

I holed up in a tiny room within a friend’s warehouse and began knocking out as many different songs as I could. I tried not to look back, just wanting to explore everything I could possibly create. I started to feel like I was becoming a Kafka-esque insomniac musical novelist at one point.

The band have shown tremendous growth in the record’s first single “Wizard Staff.” It’s an impressive return for the band who add new elements to their sound, including some jazzy saxophone bits in what could be most easily described as a dreamy Ariel Pink meets Mac DeMarco sound.

Stream “Wizard Staff” below.

Wizard Staff:





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