THIS WEEKS ESSENTIAL NEW RELEASES – 4th November 2016

Posted: November 4, 2016 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Honeyblood – Babes Never Die

Honeyblood are back in formidable form. The Glasgow two-piece – front-woman Stina Tweeddale and drummer Cat Myers release their second album, the emphatically titled Babes Never Die. The follow-up to their eponymous debut, Honeyblood which arrived in 2014 as a surprise splash, crash-landing into many of the year’s most revered Best of Lists, with near-perfect score reviews from everyone from NME to DIY, and Mojo to Uncut. Ready for The Magic is a remarkable introduction to Honeyblood 2.0. Both one of their most intense and most intensely catchy tracks to date. It’s detuned doom riffage and disco-punk rhythms make space for a tornado of a chorus ode to “the explosive nature of infatuation”. The album was recorded with acclaimed producer James Dring (Jamie T, Gorillaz) during candle-burning sessions at London’s Fish Factory studios. “The title is my own mantra,” Stina says. “I think it’s something I tell myself every day. Indifference is a plague. Giving up and turning a blind eye will be the end of us. Never before has that been more true.

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Bryde  – EP2

Limited to 250 Copies. Taking thrilling dynamic cues from PJ Harvey’s early output, Bryde’s latest single Honey is a hard hitting sonic assault which sees the London artist turn up the electric guitars. It bears the indelible stamp of Bill Ryder- Jones who takes production duties. The outcome is an intensely gratifying salvo of unabashed attitude replete with lyrics that wouldn’t be out of place in a Courtney Barnett song: “you’re like a bad word, I think I misheard”. Since setting out as Bryde, Sarah Howells has proven herself to be one of the most singular vocalists and songwriters in British indie rock. She’s a powerful projectionist with a tonal range that will likely see her drawing a few comparisons to her international axe-wielding peers Angel Olsen, Mitzki and St Vincent.

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Palace – So Long Forever

Palace release their hugely anticipated spacious romantic pop debut album ‘So Long Forever’ on Fiction Records.

The album is a great summary of where Palace are as a band. It’s a culmination of very early songs and new ones. The album takes you on a journey through different emotions and ups and downs. It’s their distinctive blues sound mixed with atmosphere and epic reverb. One of the things the album deals with is loss and how they deal with those difficult situations. Whether you fall apart or it makes you stronger. ‘So Long Forever’ has been produced by Adam Jaffery (Beach Baby, Dev Hynes, Francis Lung) and mixed by Cenzo Townshend (The Maccabees, Florence and the Machine, Wild Beasts). For fans of Jeff Buckley, Come, The Maccabees and Fleet Foxes.

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Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter

Rough Trade Exclusive with a bonus CD featuring two extra tracks The Spider and She’s in The Wall. First album of new material in seven years from Mazzy Star singer Hope Sandoval.

Luckily nothing has changed in the world of Hope Sandoval (the queen of melancholy) – it’s still dreamy, blissful, sensual and like no one else. When the world first heard Mazzy Star in 1990 it was totally original and 26 years later she is still much copied but never bettered.

Standout cuts include Let Me Get There – a laidback duet with Kurt Vile, Treasure which mixes the Velvet Underground and Tindersticks and Liquid Lady which is all breathy vocals and film noir twang. It’s great to have Hope back – it really is.

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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats – A Little Something More From.

Global soul sensations, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats release a new EP. Featuring a combination of new tracks and live favourites, the 8 track collection marks the end of what has been a phenomenal 18 months for the Night Sweats. A sold out show at the 9500 capacity Red Rocks Arena in their hometown of Denver, Colorado. Amongst the upbeat anthems, all marked with Rateliff’s winning combination of soul and classic Americana, is Just To Talk To You, a stripped back, blues gem of a track. Reminiscent of 2010’s solo album In Memory of Loss, the slide guitar and warm, gentle vocal glide around each other, demonstrating Rateliff’s innate ability to make the space left in a song just as vital as the music.

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