Recent Articles in Album Releases
Per the above sketch, immersed in American folk art and Harlem Renaissance ether, I expected something a little more jazzy or bluesy than what followed. After hearing his “Evening’s Kiss,” Beal’s softly sad, underspoken, and minimally-ranging voice felt less about grander statements and more about experiences…
As synthy and poppy as the name suggests, Pretty Good Dance Moves will be bringing their strobey sounds into 2012 with Limo (an album in eight “movements”) on February 7th. Limo features Brazilian Girls’ Sabina Sciubba throughout, her voice already proven to inspire all sorts of great movements…
The Maccabees Unveil Latest Video, “Feel to Follow”, from Third Studio Album, Out January 9 in the UK
The Maccabees give us a more soulful, bittersweet side with “Feel to Follow”, with their latest moody video, from their upcoming release Given to the Wild. The Brighton-based band’s third studio album, with which guitarist Felix White promises to have captured what they “really wanted The Maccabees to sound like”, reports NME, will be released January 9 in the UK.
Howler, Minneapolis’s harmony-laden, surf-punk quintet (with a touch of Libertines’ spunk), conjured up by rollicking 19-year-old Jordan Gatesmith, just got off a UK tour with the Vaccines and now they’re back, getting ready to release America Give Up, their debut album, on Rough Trade Records this January 17.
I’m still caught up with this album art. Yo-Landi Vi$$er never seemed like a fallen angel to me, but her large inky eyes and appetite for freshly-acquired, oversized hearts also ring of an alien. If the Alien-Angel is an accurate composite of Die Antwoord’s upcoming TEN$ION, I’ll set up an autosearch for leaks as soon as this is posted.
Jules De Martino and Katie White, otherwise known as British duo The Ting Tings, who had their unforgettable “That’s Not My Name” taking over the airwaves in 2008, are back. Their second album, coming out four years after their debut, Sounds From Nowheresville, is due out on Columbia Records in the US in March, 2012.
San Francisco duo Jeremy Cox and Jigmae Baer began Royal Baths without any set ideas, recording on whatever devices they could find, sourcing inspiration in Cox’s fascination with alternate and open tunings of delta blues…
Our favorite dashing Dandy with the double last name is back. Courtney Taylor-Taylor, of the Dandy Warhols has hooked up with Germany’s One Model Nation and will release not just an album, Totalwerks Vol. 1 (1969 – 1977), but also a work of historical fiction, One Model Nation, a graphic novel set in Berlin in 1977, one of the city’s most turbulent periods of politics and culture.
Let’s lose it on the dancefloor tonight. FAC. DANCE is a new double album spotlighting the early dance output of Factory Records from 1980-1987. Return to the post-Joy Division, pre-rave years of this important Manchester record label founded by Tony Wilson, Alan Erasmus and designer Peter Saville. You can hear a track from A Certain Ratio now.