THIS WEEKS ESSENTIAL NEW RELEASES Friday 5th November 2021

Posted: November 7, 2021 in MUSIC

Bonfire night looms large on the calendar this weekend, but what musical infernos will you choose to light up your personal airwaves with? Lindsey Jordan’s Snail Mail project returns with album two. More Stratocaster-led indie ballads of heartbreak & feeling wrapped up with energetic and honest sentiment. Gnod’s incendiary new LP is surely appropriate fayre for emblazing the moonlit sky, the occasionally Manc / Salford-residing commune-psyche evangelists returning as loud and as fierce as ever.

Our friends A Certain Ratio have let a who’s who of current talent loose on the stems from their last, well celebrated Eps.

Radiohead fans old and new are treated to fully-stuffed, 21st anniversary edition of “Kid A” this week – one of the band’s most innovative and celebrated albums despite it completely splitting their fans in half upon it’s original release – they didn’t like the drum machines!.

New on my radar is Emma Ruth Rundle who isn’t afraid of venturing into painful and fractured moods on “Engine Of Hell”. Meanwhile Parcels, who hail from Australia-via-Berlin (that must take some getting used to!), deliver radiance, optimism and positivity on their third album for Because Music.

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Admiral Fallow – The Idea of You

Admiral Fallow release their new album The Idea Of You, their first in six years, on Chemikal Underground.

Written and mostly recorded in 2019, The Idea Of You is a captivating collection of songs – generously melodic, confidently executed and festooned with intricacies. In true Admiral Fallow fashion, these tales of friendship and carefree adventure take the road less travelled, rarely finding their terminus where it might be most expected.

Warmth, empathy and contentment course through the nine songs, a response to its makers having navigated personal and professional challenges to emerge with their identity – both as a group and as individuals – intact. The Idea Of You traverses Philly soul, sophisticated pop and guitar-driven rock, delivering humbly anthemic choruses by the barrowload.

The recording of The Idea Of You took place in Chem19 on the outskirts of Glasgow under the aegis of producer Paul Savage, who worked on the group’s first three albums – Boots Met My Face (2010), Tree Bursts In Snow (2012) and Tiny Rewards (2015). Written and recorded pre-pandemic, the album inadvertently bears the hallmarks of a less fretful era, concerned with themes of growth and bloom in contrast to those of anxiety and fear.

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Emma Ruth Rundle – Engine of Hell

Emma Ruth Rundle’s Engine of Hell is stark, intimate, and unflinching. For anyone that’s endured trauma and grief, there’s a beautiful solace in hearing Rundle articulate and humanize that particular type of pain not only with her words, but with her particular mysterious language of melody and timbre. The album captures a moment where a masterful songwriter strips away all flourishes and embellishments in order to make every note and word hit with maximum impact, leaving little to hide behind

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Parcels – Day/Night

Parcels have always been a band of extreme light and shade: they’re from surf hotspot Byron Bay in Australia but living in Berlin for years; their sweet-as-honey vocal harmonies rival the Beach Boys but their live shows can turn into slamming techno rave-ups. The band returns with an ambitious third studio album, Day/Night, a Double Record huge in scope and sound, whose hopeful messages of perseverance through difficult times are a balm for these uncertain times.

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Radiohead – Kid A Mnesia

Radiohead release Kid A Mnesia, a multiple format triple-album release marking the 21st anniversary of Kid A and Amnesiac, via XL Recordings.

Kid A Mnesia collects Radiohead’s fourth and fifth albums alongside the debut of a newly compiled third disc titled Kid Amnesiae. Exclusive to this release, Kid Amnesiae is comprised of unearthed material culled from the Kid A / Amnesiac sessions. Along with alternate versions and elements of Kid A and Amnesiac album tracks and B-Sides, Kid Amnesiae features the never-before-heard “If You Say the Word” and a previously unreleased studio recording of “Follow Me Around.”

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Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive..

I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive was the follow up to the grammy award winning 2009 release Townes. The 11-track set was produced by T Bone Burnett and is Earle’s first collection of original material since his 2007 grammy award winning album, Washington Square Serenade. The album includes the celebrated song ‘This City’, written for the HBO original series, Treme, which Earle also appears in as an actor. ‘This City’ features horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint and has garnered a grammy award nomination in the best song written for motion picture, television or other visual media category. Other highlights include ‘The Ballad Every Part of Me‘ and ‘The Ode to Those Who Make Their Living on the the Gulf of Mexico’. a protege of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, the Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.

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Steve Earle – The Low Highway

Steve Earle releases his new album The Low Highway via New West Records. The 12-track set is the anticipated follow up to 2011’s Grammy Award nominated album I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive and is the first billed as Steve Earle and The Dukes (And Duchesses). Between the opening title track and the reflective closing of ‘Remember Me,’ The Low Highway is very much Steve Earle’s road record, and one that has seen many miles. The Low Highway features ‘Love’s Gonna Blow My Way’ and ‘After Mardi Gras,’ two songs Earle co-wrote with Lucia Micarelli, his co-star in David Simon’s original HBO Series Treme.

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The Black Keys – El Camino

The Black Keys release a special tenth anniversary edition of their landmark seventh studio. El Camino (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) is available in several formats including a Super Deluxe edition of five vinyl LPs or four CDs, featuring a remastered version of the original album, a previously unreleased Live in Portland, ME concert recording, a BBC Radio 1 Zane Lowe session from 2012, a 2011 Electro-Vox session, an extensive photo book, a limited-edition poster and lithograph, and a ‘new car scent’ air freshener. A three-LP edition, which includes the remastered album and the live recording, is also be available.

El Camino was produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys and was recorded in the band’s then-new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. The Black Keys won three awards at the 55th annual Grammy Awards for El Camino – Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album – among other worldwide accolades. In the UK, the band was nominated for a BRIT Award (Best International Group) and an NME Award (Best International Band). The week of release, the band performed on Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, and the Late Show with David Letterman, and later that year, went on to perform their first Madison Square Garden show. Rolling Stone, which featured the band on their cover around the release, hailed El Camino for bringing ‘raw, riffed-out power back to pop’s lexicon,’ and called it ‘the Keys’ grandest pop gesture yet, augmenting dark-hearted fuzz blasts with sleekly sexy choruses and Seventies-glam flair.’ The Guardian said, ‘They sound like a band who think they’ve made the year’s best rock’n’roll album, probably because that’s exactly what they’ve done.’

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The Groundhogs – Roadhogs: Live from Richmond to Pocono

An essential rock artefact tracing The Groundhogs from their pre – Thank Christ For The Bomb blues roots to the final live show for the classic line up of Tony McPhee (guitar and vocals), Pete Cruikshank (bass) and Ken Pustelnik (drums).

Never before heard recordings from the Warner Brothers’ vaults including a vintage 1969 set from their show at the Richmond Athletic Ground (AKA The Crawdaddy Club) and their final explosive set at the Pocono Raceway track. Includes the live debut of what would become the anthemic ‘Cherry Red’ and McPhee’s seismic destruction of ‘Amazing Grace’. A career-spanning gem from the ultimate heavy rock power trio book-ending 976 days and 250-plus live shows.

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Muddy Waters – King Bee

King Bee is the fourteenth and final release by blues legend Muddy Waters, originally released in 1981 and produced by Johnny Winter. Due to Waters’ failing health, the LP was recorded in only three days in May of 1980. The LP includes Muddy Waters classics, such as “I’m A King Bee”, “Champagne and Reefer” and “Sad Sad Day”.

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Working Men’s Club – X

X is the first new music from Working Men’s Club since their acclaimed self-titled debut was released in the autumn of 2020, the album was the band’s perfect statement of intent, X is the delivery, the message, the action.

X rides on a sustained attack and gives way to a glorious synth heavy release of a chorus that’s just biding its time for a summer of discontent and dancing. This is the sound of your new favourite band hitting their stride. Count the days ’til you can see them in a field or in a club again.

Self-produced by Syd Minsky and once again mixed by Ross Orton, Y? is a synth heavy assault which picks up where X left off before venturing off into deeper acid-laced territory.

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