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UNIM-REP-5957xFlorence And The Machine
High As Hope (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 29, 2018*
Six-time Grammy-nominee Florence + the Machine are set to release their highly-anticipated new album 'High As Hope' via Virgin EMI / Republic Records. 'High As Hope' is the sound of an artist who appears more certain than ever of herself. Florence writes about her teens and twenties with a renewed, more mature perspective: of growing up in South London, of family, relationships and art itself.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. June
3. South London Forever
4. Big God
5. Sky Full of Song
8. 100 Years
9. The End of Love
10. No Choir$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
UNIM-UNI-1068xFlorence And The Machine
LungsFlorence Welch, an art-school dropout from South London, first gained fame at home with two bombastic singles; Kiss With A Fist and Dog Days Are Over. Not two years after she was discovered while singing Etta James in a club bathroom, she was awarded the 2009 Brit Awards Critics' Choice. She found herself wowing attendee's with her incredible live performance and her now legendary set of pipes.
Her debut album is co-produced by Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Maximo Park), James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Last Shadow Puppets) and Steve Mackay (PULP, M.I.A), and has already amassed a hefty amount of critical acclaim in the UK. Lungs is made of harps, choirs, drums, quartets, strange electronic wailing, while incorporating countless other instruments and emotions along the way.
The songs are full of Gothic imagery and fairytale flights of fantasy. Her seven-piece band includes long-term collaborators; Rob Ackroyd (guitar), Chris Hayden (drums), Isabella Summers (keyboards) and Tom Monger (harp). Lungs was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize as one of the 12 best albums to be released in the UK this year.1. Dog Days Are Over
2. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
3. Im Not Calling You A Liar
5. Kiss With A Fist
6. Girl With One Eye
7. Drumming Song
8. Between Two Lungs
9. Cosmic Love
10. My Boy Builds Coffins
11. Hurricane Drunk
12. Blinding$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
How Big, How Blue, How BeautifulProduced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) with contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and
John Hill, the third album by Florence + the Machine is live-sounding, tune-rich, unhinged in all the right places and powerful in all the best ways. In voice and, ultimately, outlook Florence has never sounded better.LP 1
1. Ship To Wreck
2. What Kind of Man
3. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
4. Queen of Peace
5. Various Storms & Saints
2. Long & Lost
4. Third Eye
5. St. Jude
6. Mother$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
CeremonialsCeremonials is the sophomore release from Florence And The Machine, a recording group which features otherworldly English singer/musician Florence Welch and a collaboration of backing artists. The release follows-up the group's critically lauded 2009 debut, Lungs which won the MasterCard British Album award at the 2010 Brit Awards and was also nominated for a Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards. Ceremonials was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios with producer Paul Epworth and features the lead single What The Water Gave Me.LP1
1. Only If for Night
2. Shake It Out
3. What the Water Gave Me
4. Never Let Me Go
5. Breaking Down
6. Lover to Lover
1. No Light, No Light
2. Seven Devils
5. All This and Heaven Too
6. Leave My Body$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-GLA-0712xMumford And Sons
Wilder MindWilder Mind will be released in North America through Glassnote Records. It is produced by James Ford
(Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine). It features twelve new tracks, written collaboratively by the band in London, Brooklyn, and Texas. A number of the new songs were written and demoed at Aaron Dessner's (The National) garage studios in Brooklyn. The album was recorded at AIR studios in London.1. Tompkins Square Park
3. The Wolf
4. Wilder Mind
5. Just Smoke
7. Snake Eyes
8. Broad-Shouldered Beasts
9. Cold Arms
11. Only Love
12. Hot Gates$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
How Does It Feel"A powerfully evocative piece of pop songwriting." - Spin
"Bubbling, layered, electric guitar-tinged pop." - Entertainment Weekly
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MS MR's 12 track, sophomore album is titled How Does It Feel. MS MR's sound has been compared to Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Rey and Kavinsky.1. Painted
3. No Guilt in Pleasure
4. Wrong Victory
6. How Does It Feel
8. Leave Me Alone
12. All The Things Lost$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Days Are GoneDays Are Gone is the debut album from indie-rock outfit/sisters Haim.
Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Vampire Weekend) and James Ford (Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys), Days Are Gone is an album years in the making. Since their first show as a group, which took place on July 7th, 2007, Haim have been gigging extensively. The first five years we just played every show we could play in L.A., Alana recalls. All we wanted to do was play. Then finally we realized we were playing too much. The sisters credit Casablancas specifcially for advising them that playing too many live shows is not the answer. To that end, the girls have now been more selective when lining up future tours. Still, as Alana explains, it was hard to turn down opening-slot offers from groups they love, specifically Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons. They take care of me like I'm their little sister, Alana says of the Mumfords, with whom Haim again will be playing support for later this year.
Ask the girls to describe specific tracks on Days Are Gone and they quickly fire back: If I told you I'd have to kill you, Este deadpans. Wait, really? No clues at all? The thing is, she explains, you can ask me anything about anything and I'll tell you except for our music. The record is something we're tight-lipped about. Haim do reveal that the album contains a healthy dose of the songs they've been playing in their live sets - "Falling," "Forever," "Don't Save Me" - in addition to, as Alana says, a lot of new jams. What little they'll reveal about the new material is that the album's title track was co-written with Jessie Ware and Kid Harpoon.
Rolling Stone had a chance to take the new album for a spin, however. And it's every bit worth the wait. There's palpable maturity in the lyrics: On If I Could Change Your Mind, Danielle is a self-admitted newbie at the whole love thing (I've never done this before/drove a million miles/back when you were mine/I was too young to know you were the one to find); later she's brushing off a former lover on Honey & I, then flat-out giving dude the cold shoulder (Honey, I'm not your honey-pie,) over a ripping electric guitar lick and a bass wobble generally reserved for sweaty dance clubs on the pop-friendly My Song 5. Sonically, the LP is a highly textural affair, from the 8-bit keyboard clatter on the title track to the lush, Eighties-style synths that sizzle throughout Running If You Call My Name.
- Dan Hyman (Rolling Stone)1. Falling
3. The Wire
4. If I Could Change Your Mind
5. Honey & I
6. Don't Save Me
7. Days Are Gone
8. My Song 5
9. Go Slow
10. Let Me Go
11. Running If You Call My Name$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Take All My Loves - 9 Shakespeare SonnetsGrammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright presents TAKE ALL MY LOVES, a collection of his own
compositions to beloved sonnets by the most performed playwright in the world, William Shakespeare.
Wainwrightis joined on this album by Florence Welch (Florence + the Machine), teams up with his sister, Martha Wainwright, and has enlisted soprano Anna Prohaska for a number of tracks. Between songs, Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher, William Shatner and others recite the sonnets.1. Sonnet 43 - Siân Phillips
2. When Most I Wink (Sonnet 43) - Anna Prohaska
3. Take All My Loves (Sonnet 40) - Rufus Wainwright, Marius de Vries
4. Sonnet 20 -Frally Hynes
5. A Woman's Face (Sonnet 20)
6. For Shame (Sonnet 10) - Anna Prohaska
7. Sonnet 10 - Peter Eyre
8. Unperfect Actor (Sonnet 23) - Helena Bonham Carter, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright
9. Sonnet 29 - Carrie Fisher
10. When In Disgrace With Fortune and Men's Eyes (Sonnet 29) - Florence Welch
11. Sonnet 129 - William Shatner
12. Th'Expense of Spirit in A Waste of Shame (Sonnet 129) - Anna Prohaska
13. All dessen mud (Sonnet 66) - JÜrgen Holtz, Christopher Nell, Rufus Wainwright
14. A Woman's Face - Reprise (Sonnet 20)
15. Sonnet 87 - Inge Keller
16. Farewell (Sonnet 87) - Anna Prohaska$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
WallsMulti-platinum selling rock band KINGS OF LEON (Caleb (guitar/vocals), Nathan (drums), Jared (bass) and Matthew Followill (guitar)) set to release of their hugely anticipated seventh studio album WALLS. The Grammy Award winning group decided to return to their recording roots in Los Angeles and work with famed producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Florence + the Machine). Lyrically, the album will touch on band members' personal stories, which Q Magazine calls "goosebump inducing" and "worth holding your breath for."1. Waste A Moment
3. Around The World
4. Find Me
7. Conversation Piece
8. Eyes On You
10. WALLS$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sleep Forever (Awaiting Repress)Last year Brandon Welchez and Chuck Rowell released their acclaimed debut album, Summer of Hate as Crocodiles. Straddling vast sonic terrains from the jagged guitar stabs of street-strutting lead single Neon Jesus, to throbbing kraut rock, expansive shoegaze and irresistibly danceable disco-punk jams, Summer Of Hate drew comparisons with The Velvet Underground and Primal Scream.
Significantly, it also caught the ear of James Ford, Simian Mobile Disco man and producer of the Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons and Florence and the Machine amongst others. Together, all three headed into the desert in early 2010 to create Summer Of Hate's psychedelic, hyptonic and anthemic follow-up. An album that would later be christened Sleep Forever.
Raw it may be, but Sleep Forever is still an unmistakingly more refined beast than its predecessor. Drums and organ whirls envelope you on tracks like Mirrors and Sleep Forever, which nod to Ladies and Gentelman era Spiritualized as much as they do Neu! and The Velvet Undergound.1. Mirrors
2. Stoned To Death
3. Hollow Hollow Eyes
4. Girl In Black
5. Sleep Forever
6. Billy Speed
7. Hearts Of Love
8. All My Hate And My Hexes Are For You$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Dye It Blonde (Awaiting Repress)Smith Westerns consists of Cullen Omori (vocals), Max Kakacek (guitar) and Cameron Omori (bass). All members range from ages 19 to 20. Since forming in 2007, Smith Westerns have managed to tour both the U.S. and Europe while supporting the likes of MGMT, Florence and the Machine, Belle and Sebastian, Girls and Passion Pit. Their self recorded 'lo-fi' self-titled debut was released in 2009 to critical acclaim for their youthful and glam rock tinged approach to pop music.
In 2010, Smith Westerns teamed up with Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TVOTR, Beach House) and current record label Fat Possum to record their sophomore effort in a proper studio. The result is a cleaner/higher quality recording of lush, layered timeless pop songs with emphasis on the guitar virtuosity of Led Zeppelin and the arena rock anthem's of Oasis.1. Weekend
2. Still New
3. Imagine Pt. 3
4. All Die Young
5. Fallen In Love
6. End of the Night
7. Only One
9. Dance Away
10. Dye the World$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Bitter PillProduced by Fraser T Smith (Adele/Lily Allen/Britney Spears), Cameron Blackwood (Florence & the Machine) and recorded in L.A. and London and features the massive hits 'Say Hello', 'The Book of Love', 'For You' and the current single 'Bitter Pill'.1. For You
3. Remember Me
4. Bitter Pill
5. Coming Home
6. I Don't Know Why
9. Hole in My Heart
10. Say Hello
11. Two Hearts
12. Till the Sun Comes Up
13. The Book of Love$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SpiritSpirit is the new album from Depeche Mode, and the band's 14th studio release. Spirit marks the band's first collaboration with producer James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (Foals, Florence & The Machine, Arctic Monkeys) and is the follow up to the band's blockbuster 2013 studio album Delta Machine which debuted at #1 in 12 countries.
The vinyl version of Spirit will feature 12 tracks on two 180 gram LPs, featuring 3 sides of music and a 4th side with a special SPIRIT etching.1. Going Backwards
2. Where's the Revolution
3. The Worst Crime
5. You Move
6. Cover Me
8. Poison Heart
9. So Much Love
11. No More (This is the Last Time)
Disc 2, SIDE 4:SPIRIT ETCHING$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
In ColourJamie xx will release his debut album In Colour on Young
Turks. The eleven track LP includes previous releases "Girl" and "Sleep
Sound" as well as forthcoming single "Loud Places," which features vocals
from Romy Madley Croft.
The release of In Colour comes on the back of an incredible six year
creative period for Jamie xx, which has seen him alternate effortlessly between
his role as founding member and producer of The xx, and creator
of more electronic and club orientated music as Jamie xx. A string
of acclaimed productions in recent years including debut solo single "Far
Nearer," remixes for the likes of Adele, Radiohead and Florence & The
Machine, production work for Drake and Alicia Keys plus We're New
Here - Jamie's seminal reworking of Gil Scott-Heron's final studio album -
hinted at what was to come.
With In Colour - a bold, celebratory, emotional record that features collaborations
with The xx band mates Romy Madley Croft ("Seesaw" and
"Loud Places") and Oliver Sim ("Stranger In A Room"), Young Thug and
Popcaan ("Good Times") and Four Tet ("Seesaw") - Jamie delivers his
definitive artistic statement.1, Gosh
2. Sleep Sound
3. SeeSaw (feat. Romy)
5. Just Saying
6. Stranger In A Room (feat. Oliver Sim)
7. Hold Tight
8. Loud Places (feat. Romy)
9. I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) (feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)
10. The Rest Is Noise
11. Girl$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
99 CentsClear-Colored Vinyl
I don't make music for myself, says Santigold, matter-of-factly. I pay a lot of attention to that -- making music that's liked by more people than just myself. In a scene driven by bravado, few musicians would ruminate on the Zen-like balance behind creating truly gratifying art. But exploring that intersection between integrity and intrigue has always been central to this idiosyncratic musician's appeal. That, in turn, has culminated in her latest release, '99¢', an often-playful satire on the singer's brand.
The '99¢' album cover features me shrink-wrapped among a cluttered mess of things -- my life in a bag, she explains. It is about how everything is a packaged product for sale: how we package ourselves, our lives, our relationships.
It took roughly eight months to manifest her new vision, with assists from a mix of collaborators with poppier visions such as producers Patrick Berger (Robyn, Icona Pop) and John Hill (Florence and the Machine, Charli XCX), alongside eclectic talents known more for globe-trotting sounds such as Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek. She went into the studio with them intending to make a fun record. My last record had a seriousness to it, she says. This time around, it's more playful -- but still a commentary.
Today, any of her dissents veer toward the contemplative. I wanted to write some songs that felt very personal, she says. Before Santigold, in my other band, I used to write songs like journal entries. And I tried to write a couple of songs on this record where it was really about me and my experience. Though, in true Santigold form, she balances the introspective moments with humorous ones in songs like Who Be Loving Me, a lighthearted boast about fan adoration, produced by Zeds Dead and featuring ILoveMakonnen.
You could go around being annoyed all the time, or you can go, 'This is crazy and actually funny.' Then you can play around with it, and make great art, she says. This album has required me to be more open, less of a perfectionist. Ironically, that's made the prismatic '99¢' her most ambitious album to date. I realize that my work is a collage, she says. And I can pretty much take that anywhere.1. Can't Get Enough Of Myself (feat. B.C)
2. Big Boss Big Time Business
4. Chasing Shadows
5. Walking In A Circle
6. Who Be Lovin Me (feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN)
7. Rendezvous Girl
8. Before The Fire
9. All I Got
10. Outside The War
11. Run The Races
12. Who I Thought You Were$21.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RemixedThe neo-synth pop group Bastille were formed in London, England in 2010. Originally the solo project of singer/songwriter Dan Smith, Bastille expanded to a quartet after he decided to form a band and got some of his friends involved. The band attracted a lot of attention after putting a few tracks online, leading to support slots at major U.K. festivals like Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight. While their lush, heavily '80s-inspired melodies, anthemic choruses, and literate, emotionally raw lyrics, delivered in Smith's swooping voice, undoubtedly appealed to kids weaned on the sounds of La Roux and Florence + the Machine, at least part of the hype was due to the flagrantly copyright-breaching videos that Smith, an ardent film buff, edited together out of footage from old movies like Terrence Malick's Badlands. Eventually they secured a deal with hip indie label Young and Lost Club and released their debut 7" single, Flaws/Icarus, in July 2011. This was followed later that year by Laura Palmer EP, named for the teenaged murder victim in David Lynch's cult '90s TV series Twin Peaks; the creepy accompanying video for the track "Overjoyed" was also heavily inspired by the series. The group returned in 2013 with their debut album Bad Blood.
~ John D. Buchanan, Rovi1. Bad Blood (MelÉ Remix)
2. Overjoyed (Distance Remix)
3. Pompeii (Kat Krazy Remix)
4. Laura Palmer (RAC Mix)
5. Things We Lost In the Fire (beGun Remix)
6. Flaws (Russ Chimes Remix)
7. Bad Blood (feat. F Stokes & Kenzie May) [F*U*G*Z Remix]
8. Overjoyed (Yeasayer Remix)
9. Pompeii (Tyde Remix)
10. Laura Palmer (Abbey Road Sessions)$10.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SONM-RCA-38215xNothing But Thieves
Nothing But ThievesCritically acclaimed UK based band, Nothing But Thieves release their self-titled debut album.
Nothing But Thieves consists of singer Conor Mason, guitarists Joe Lagridge-Brown and Dom Craik, bassist Philip Blake, and drummer James Price. Recorded with producer Julian Emery (Lissie) and mixed by Cenzo Townshend (Maccabees, U2, Florence & The Machine, Thirty Seconds To Mars) and Adam Noble (Placebo, Don Broco, Kids In Glass Houses).
The first single, Trip Switch has racked up over 1 million views on VEVO and is currently in the top 10 at SiriusXM's Alt Nation. All Things Loud declared, Nothing But Thieves will undoubtedly be selling out stadiums in five years' time." Nothing But Thieves has also landed on 'Best New Artist' lists of iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, MTV and Radio X, to name a few.1. Excuse Me
2. Ban All the Music
3. Wake Up Call
5. If I Get High
6. Graveyard Whistling
8. Trip Switch
9. Lover, Please Stay
10. Drawing Pins
12. Tempt You (Evocatio)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Restoration: The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 22, 2018*
Some of the world's biggest pop, rock and country artists are celebrating Elton John's most beloved and legendary catalog of hits with two albums Revamp (Island Records) and Restoration (Mercury Nashville). The superstar lineup features artists both new and iconic reinterpreting the timeless songs of the over 50 year writing partnership that Elton and Bernie Taupin share. These renditions and artists show the depth of the catalog these two icons have created, which can easily cross musical genres and their unparalleled influence across popular music of all styles.
Revamp features the hits reimagined by the best in pop, rock and urban with Mary J. Blige, Alessia Cara, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Florence And The Machine, Lady Gaga, The Killers, Mumford and Sons, P!nk and Logic, Q-Tip ft. Demi Lovato, Queens of the Stone Age, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith,
Restoration highlights countries biggest stars with thoughtful interpretations by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris, Miley Cyrus, Vince Gill and Don Henley, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton and Lee Ann Womack.
"'It's always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it," adds Elton John. "As songwriters, Bernie and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Revamp & Restoration choose to add their own unique twist in the process. It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences. We're humbled and thank them all for their generosity."
"Because of our love of all kinds of music, we're not stuck in one genre," said Bernie Taupin. "From day one we borrowed from everything that's good about American music - whether it's blues, country, gospel, pop, pure rock - everything got thrown in the mix. I think that's why our music over the years has been so varied. It would be tiring if you just got stuck in one niche your entire career, especially when it's one as long as ours."
The album art for Restoration was created by Bernie. The rustic musical instruments and flags from both nations is an extension of his mixed-media art that's another form of expression. It symbolizes the role that U.S. culture and its native music has played as a driver in the John/Taupin canon.
"For me, there's an irony about the American flag," Taupin says. "It's been battered and beaten and burned, but it's resilient. It's always come back. I incorporate it with other things, and lately I've done a lot of pieces with deconstructed guitars and other found materials: barbed wire, broken bottles, things that people identify with on an everyday level. If it's on the floor and it works, I'll put it into the artwork. But it all goes hand in hand with my belief in America and my interest, I would say obsession, with Americana."
Revamp has a pop art cover based on the Terry O'Neil photograph of Elton that was recreated in neon. The covers are very different from each other because they represent totally different albums.
"We have two completely different albums; Revamp being the pop one and Restoration being the country one and God we have so many great artists doing our songs, it's quite incredible," said Elton John. "Restoration was Bernie's project and he's a huge country fan. The 'Revamp' was more my project. He came up with an astonishing list of country performers both new and legendary. On Revamp I wrote out a wish list of people that I would love and asked them and to my surprise most of them said yes and we have quite an astonishing eclectic crew."
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Rocket Man - Little Big Town
2. Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters - Maren Morris
3. Sacrifice - Don Henley and Vince Gill
4. Take Me To The Pilot - Brothers Osborne
5. My Father's Gun - Miranda Lambert
6. I Want Love - Chris Stapleton
7. Honky Cat - Lee Ann Womack
8. Roy Rogers - Kacey Musgraves
9. Please - Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton
10. The Bitch Is Back - Miley Cyrus
11. Sad Songs (Say So Much) - Dierks Bentley
12. This Train Don't Stop - Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris
13. Border Song - Willie Nelson$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Be More KindFrank Turner has announced his seventh studio album, Be More Kind, which is set for release via Interscope Records. Months after the release of Songbook, a career-spanning retrospective which also saw reworked versions of tracks from across the past decade, Be More Kind represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for the 36-year-old. The new album combines raw political and personal universal anthems with the intricate folk and punk roar trademarks of Turner's sound imbued with new, bold experimental shades.
Be More Kind was produced by Charlie Hugall (Florence And The Machine, Halsey) and White Denim's Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block. "I wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone and do something different," says Turner. Originally, he contacted Jenkins and Block at their Niles City Sound studio in Fort Worth, Texas with the idea of recording a soul album in the vein of Dexys Midnight Runners. He found they were equally enthusiastic when he changed his mind and decided he wanted to record a more rock-led album with tints of electronic pop. "I have an obscure corner of my music taste where I'm into glitch electronic music and Warp Records," says Turner. "It's not an electronic record but I got into arpeggiator synths." While 2015's Positive Songs for Negative People was cut in nine intense days, Be More Kind was made over a period of seven months giving Turner the opportunity to turn songs on their head, try different versions, and shake up the dynamics within his band.
Turner was halfway through writing a very different sort of album, a concept record about women from history who had been ignored, when he was reading a collection of Clive James's poetry and one particular line compelled him to re-think his direction. The line, from a poem called Leçons Des TÉnèbres, reads: "I should have been more kind. It is my fate / To find this out, but find it out too late." "It devastated me the first time I read it," Turner says. "A lot of older, wiser people tend to say things like that, that the things that come out in the wash at the end of a human life are the way you treated the people around you. In the modern world, that's a lesson that all of us, myself included, could do to learn."
Turner and his band, The Sleeping Souls, were touring America in 2016 "when the world decided to go collectively nuts" and the songs that make up Be More Kind started to come together. "Somewhere in the record, there's a convergence of the ideas of personal and political, which is a central theme of the album," Turner says. One of the other driving themes of the album is empathy, even for your enemy. "You should at least be able to inhabit the mental universe of the people you disagree with. If you can't do that, then how do you communicate with people other than through force of arms, which is something we all agree is a bad idea."
The first track to be released from Be More Kind is "1933", a clattering, state-of-the-nation anthem. Furious and direct, it's inspired by articles Turner saw that suggested the alt-right was punk rock. "That filled me with a mixture of incredulity and anger," says Turner. "The idea that Breitbart or Steve Bannon think they have anything to do with punk rock makes me extremely angry." The other theme in the track is summed up by the line, "If I was one of the greatest generation / I'd be pissed / I'd be screaming at my grandkids / that we already did this." "These ideas are surfacing again that collectively as a species we've already shot down," says Turner.1. Don't Worry
3. Little Changes
4. Be More Kind
5. Make America Great Again
6. Going Nowhere
7. Brave Face
8. There She Is
9. 21st Century Survival Blues
11. Common Ground
12. The Lifeboat
13. Get It Right$25.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Funeral SkyFuneral Sky is the stunning debut album from Reuben And The Dark, the harmonious collection of five multi-instrumentalists lead by Calgary's Reuben Bullock. This suite of eleven carefully crafted songs evokes the full spectrum of the group's uplifting folk and gripping soul, with depth and seamlessness that bely their youth. The dramatic Bow And Arrow flows into the summer tint of Devil's Time; the expanse between anthemic Rolling Stone and Marionette, with its stark beauty, showcases the effortless range of Reuben And The Dark, exploring the duality of misery and joy with introspective dirges and glinting, earthen atmosphere. Funeral Sky is produced by Christopher Lloyd Hayden (Florence & The Machine) and Stephen Kozmeniuk (Madonna, Nicki Minaj, The Game feat. Kanye West), and is mixed by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele).1. Bow & Arrow
2. Devil's Time
3. Rolling Stone
5. Standing Still
7. A Memory's Lament
8. The River
9. Can't See The Light
10. Funeral Sky
11. Black Water$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pushin' Against A StoneConcord Records is proud to present vocalist/musician and Tennessee native Valerie June and her debut project, Pushin' Against a Stone. The album has already received significant buzz with its recent European release, where it's earning critical and commercial success by reaching #1 on both the UK
Indie Breakers Chart and the French FNAC Independent Chart. And now, amid all this international hype, she is primed to make a splash here in the
States as well!
Valerie June is truly one of the most unique and fascinating talents to hit the music scene in recent time. This is her highly anticipated debut release.
Valerie's voice is one of distinction that effortlessly shifts between eras and genres, transporting you to another world the moment she begins to sing.
Produced by the acclaimed Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe, Florence + The Machine), Dan Auerbach and Peter Sabak. Features an all-star cast of musicians, including Booker T, Jimbo Mathus and more.1. Workin' Woman Blues
2. Somebody To Love
3. The Hour
4. Twined and Twisted
5. Wanna Be On Your Mind
6. Tennessee Time
7. Pushin' Against a Stone
8. Trials, Troubles, Tribulations
9. You Can't Be Told
11. On My Way$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-NON-3208xThe Staves & yMusic
The Way Is ReadNonesuch Records releases The Way Is Read, a twelve-song album by the English trio The Staves-Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor (all vocals)-and New York City-based ensemble yMusic. After being commissioned in 2016 by Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Festival to collaborate on a live performance piece, The Staves delved deep into yMusic's catalogue of contemporary classical compositions to find pieces suited to their lyrics and vocals. While the Festival is known for bringing musicians together for one-off performances, this is the first time one of those partnerships has made the leap into a studio album. The LP was produced by Rob Moose and Jessica Staveley-Taylor and mixed and engineered by Brian Joseph at his studio, Hive, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
The two groups will come together live again at a series of special shows at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis on December 1 and 2, and they also will perform on public radio's A Prairie Home Companion on December 16. The Way Is Read is available to pre-order now from iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, along with an instant download of the album track Trouble on My Mind, which can be heard on Spotify. You can watch a video for that song, directed by yMusic flautist Alex Sopp, here:
Emily Staveley-Taylor says of the collaboration, Our aim from the outset was to truly collaborate with yMusic. We wanted to feel like instruments and join in with some of yMusic's existing work, using our voices in ways we hadn't previously explored. We chopped up compositions and put them together again in new ways. We took old folk songs and made them abstract. The idea of forming an orchestra with these incredible musicians was fascinating. What we have ended up with is everything we'd hoped, more than we dreamed, and hopefully the tip of the iceberg.
Rob Moose of yMusic adds, When Justin raised the possibility of our groups collaborating, we immediately upped the stakes by focusing on a combination of new Staves songs and transformations of yMusic's composed works. It was as much a thrill to hear songs emerge organically over sections of intricate chamber music as it was satisfying to strip songs of the instrument that created them, whether guitar or piano, in order to craft new connective tissue. This project was born of voice memos sent back and forth across the seas, two frenetic days in a Manhattan rehearsal space, a festival set, and a single day of recording in the woods outside of Eau Claire.
The Staves, also known as Jessica, Camilla and Emily Staveley-Taylor, moved to Minneapolis from London in the summer of 2016, where they lived for a year in order to be closer to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, friend and collaborator Justin Vernon's hometown, which has become a creative hub and second home to them. The sisters have worked with Stones and Who producer Glyn Johns, as well as Laura Marling and Ryan Adams producer Ethan Johns. In addition to their three albums and several EPs, The Staves have headlined tours across North America and Europe and performed on tours with Bon Iver, Florence and the Machine, Angus and Julia Stone, and The Civil Wars. The New York Times said of their 2015 Vernon-produced Nonesuch debut, If I Was, the songs are illuminated from within, and Magnet said, The perfection just goes on and on until you start to wonder: Are they human?
Hailed by Performance Today's Fred Child as one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music, yMusic comprises six New York City instrumentalists-violinist Rob Moose, violist Nadia Sirota, cellist Gabriel Cabezas, clarinettist Hideki Aomori, flutist Alex Sopp, and trumpeter CJ Camerieri-flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators-from Paul Simon to Ben Folds to JosÉ González-and inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today's foremost composers, including Nico Muhly and Andrew Norman.1. Hopeless
2. Take Me Home
3. Trouble on My Mind
4. Bladed Stance
5. All My Life
6. Silent Side
7. Year of the Dog
8. Courting Is a Pleasure
9. All the Times You Prayed
11. Sprig of Thyme
12. The Way is Read$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jump On BoardTexas are back with 'Jump On Board', a glorious new album from one of Britain's best-loved bands. Now signed to BMG, Texas have made an absolute pop classic boasting the back to the dance floor first single 'Let's Work It Out' and the stone cold smash hit 'Tell That Girl'.
Written and produced by Texas stalwarts Johnny McElhone and Sharleen Spiteri, in London and Glasgow, and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Florence & The Machine, Noel Gallagher),'Jump On Board' is guaranteed to turn any dark skies blue. It's the perfect antidote to these worrying times and will put a big smile back on your face.
"When music's in your DNA, what's gone in will come back out," Sharleen Spiteri says. "'Jump On Board' has references of course, but it's an up-front, modern-sounding record."
'Jump on Board' is the first new Texas studio album since 'The Conversation' in 2013. Having sold over 35 million records with 3 number one albums, 7 top ten albums and 13 top ten singles, 'Jump On Board' looks set to reignite their flame.
"We feel refreshed," Sharleen admits. "We definitely had a great time making this record. It's time to jig it all up. It's like a new beginning. This is the next part of our story, and we're loving it."
With songs as strong as the ten tracks on 'Jump On Board', who are we to argue?1. Let's Work It Out
2. Can't Control
3. For Everything
4. It Was Up To You
5. Tell That Girl
6. Sending A Message
7. Great Romances
8. Won't Let You Down
10. Round The World$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Citizen ZombiePost punk provocateurs The Pop Group, one of the most wildly innovative and barrier-shattering bands to emerge from the late '70s era are set to release their first studio recording in 35 years. The album 'Citizen Zombie' has been produced by one of the biggest names in commercial pop music, multi Grammy and Academy Award winner Paul Epworth (Adele, U2, Florence & The Machine). The album, features original members Mark Stewart (lyrics / vocals), Gareth Sager (guitar), Dan Catsis (bass), and Bruce Smith (drums).The announcement of the new album has been received with great enthusiasm from major music sites across the globe, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Noisey to name a few. Rolling Stone recently featured The Oral History of The Pop Group, citing the band as inspiration for everyone from Nick Cave to Nine Inch Nails, and going on to say:" They paved the way for Fugazi's politicized dissonance, Massive Attack and Nine Inch Nails' larger-than-life soundscapes, and the dancefloor-friendly art-rock moves of contemporary bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars."1. Citizen Zombie
2. Mad Truth
3. Nowhere Girl
4. Shadow Child
5. The Immaculate Deception
7. Box 9
9. St. Outrageous
10. Age Of Miracles
11. Echelon$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now