Some forty years into one of musicís most impactful partnerships, Tears For Fears have arrived together at The Tipping Point Ė the groupís ambitious, accomplished and surprising first new studio album in nearly two decades. An inspired song cycle that vividly recalls the depth and emotional force of the groupís earliest triumphs, The Tipping Point is the bold, beautiful and powerful sound of Tears For Fears finding themselves together all over again
Over the past fifteen years, Colorado's Allegaeon have built themselves a unique place in the musical landscape, forcing both technicality and melody to the forefront as they create tumultuous and riveting death metal. With Damnum, their sixth full-length, they push everything further into the extreme, and in the process deliver the definitive Allegaeon record, which while forging into new territory, takes everything compelling about the band and enhances it.
A few years ago, there were whispers about a glorious album of Led Zeppelin covers, meticulously put together by superstar producer RobCavallo (Green Day, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance). The only thing missing was vocals. Beth's dynamically expressive singing, which spans honeyed delicate tones, sandpaper gritty soulfulness, and rattle-the-rafters high notes, would be the perfect fit and the result is an artistic feat Ė a viscerally rocking album that is both faithful and personal.
The songs of Still Life were written in quiet moments between tours and recorded away from Texas in Ontario with musician and producer Daniel Romano. The phrasing and tones recall John Cale, The Kinks, Richard and Linda Thompson-like-minded artists of the late '60s and early '70s, another era of transition and innovation. Itís an offering of deliberation, a confirmation that creation is an act of hope.
Robert Glasperís (who the New York Times proclaims is ďprobably the most prominent jazz musician of his generationĒ) highly anticipated third installment to the Black Radio album series is a cultural moment that celebrates black love and resilience, features an eclectic group of talented collaborators. An essential addition to Glasperís seminal series. *Available on Limited Edition Indie Exclusive Chartreuse 2 LP*
Like every record Superchunk has made over the last thirty-some years, Wild Loneliness is unskippably excellent and infectious. Itís a blend of stripped-down and lush, electric and acoustic, highs and lows. After the (ahem, completely justifiable) anger of What a Time to Be Alive, this new record is less about what weíve lost in these harrowing times and more about what we have to be thankful for.
Carolineís debut often cascades with force like an avalanche, squalling and rumbling on the edge of all-out collapse. At other points they slip back into impossibly fragile moments of quiet Ė a simple bassline or a rattle of snare the only sound amid a dark sea of silence. These songs are expansive and emotive pieces, their rich palette drawing on a mixture of choral singing, Midwestern emo and their roots in Appalachian folk.
Each track is a lyrical short story, minimal poem in prose, presented in a lavish sonic guise, featuring Scorpions trademarks from the early 1980s. The wealth of inspiration from the bandís longstanding career is an overflowing treasure chest that forges an arc between yesterday and tomorrow. Rock Believer is perhaps the groupís most characteristic album to date Ė a recording by a band at the pinnacle of their musical art.
The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter's third album in twelve months is his most ambitious project to date. Written and recorded in less than a week, the record tells a classic American story of a Civil War-era couple torn apart by violence and reunited by loveówhat Simpson calls "a simple tale of either redemption or revenge. I just wanted to write a storyónot a collection of songs that tell a story, but an actual story, front to back.Ē
In the wake of his time leading The Healers, Marrís solo career has given rise to three UK Top Ten albums. He now returns with his most expansive work to date, Fever Dreams Pts 1-4. It was created during the long, uncertain period that followed the arrival of the UKís first lockdown, when his focus was pushed into both his interior life, and evoking the emotional states of others. ďItís an inspired record, and I couldnít wait to get in and record every day,Ē he says. ďBut I had to go inwards.Ē
Like pausing a VHS tape, music freezes the frenetic motion of daily existence. Even if just for an instant, it calms the feedback loop of routine, engages respite, and provides perspective. Siphoning guitar transmissions and a dynamic vocal push-and-pull through a lens of cinematic production, Lo Moon deftly balance expansive soundscapes and eloquent songcraft, multimately use music to make sense of each day on their sophomore offering, A Modern Life.
Sisters Eleanor and Bonnie, two of roots music's most accomplished songwriter/instrumentalist/ vocalists, are releasing their first album together as The Whitmore Sisters. Ghost Stories is inspired by the loss of family, friends, ex-boyfriends and - on the title track - people who died by police violence. These "ghosts" chose to appear right as Covid became entrenched - when live music evaporated and people were isolated from each other.
Finnish figureheads Amorphis take us on an epic journey through the lands of the north, their rich cultural and historical heritage and musical traditions. This is not only an album for fans or metal connoisseurs. Itís a must for every imaginative mind out there with a soft spot for cinematic soundscapes, triumphant melodies and breathtaking dynamics measuring the borderlands of light and dark.
Continuing the fearless exploration of their legendary sound's outer limits, UK's Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death return with Resentment is Always Seismic: A Final Throw of Throes, a partner recording to their much acclaimed Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism album from 2020. Concluding matters through vital, tumultuous Grindcore and shockwave ambience, this 8-track mini-album with all previously unreleased material - including Bad Brains and Slab!
True to the bandís expanding legacy, 4 has everything youíve come to expect from the mega group, but also unlike anything youíve heard from them yet. This time out, they captured a certain magic Ė the sound of five band mates listening to and playing off one another in the spirit of live, in-the-moment collaboration. ďIt has a very spontaneous, fun kind of thing to it, and I love that,Ē Slash says. ďItís the sound of the five of us just jamming together in one room.
Closing in on 40 eventful years of existence, Canada's progressive sci-fi metal innovators Voivod introduce their 15th studio album Synchro Anarchy. Following 2018's Juno Award winning album, The Wake, and 2020's stellar Lost Machine - Live, these nine tracks reaffirm Voivod as one of the most fervently creative bands on the planet.
The Dream is an album of intrigue, beauty and humanity - a coalescence of everything that has made alt-J a global band with real staying power. True-crime inspired stories and tales of Hollywood and the Chateau Marmont rub shoulders with some of the bandís most personal moments to-date. Itís the sound of a band growing as songwriters and storytellers.
"I made a psychedelic rock record that Sleep and High on Fire fans would like," Matt Pike says when asked for a Cliffs Notes description of the album. And maybe if you're not a Sleep or High on Fire fan, you might like it too. I definitely think it's interesting; it has D-Beat punk, two-step. It's got everything and it still works together, it doesn't sound odd. It's just an off-the-wall psychedelic rock record."
Across 18 songs presented in 4 chapters, many types of style and song structures can be heard. Songs without drums, songs centered around acoustic guitar, mostly electronic songs with no guitar, wandering and repetitive melodies, songs built around the string sections. Donít you worry though, many of the drum machines, organs, keyboards and tones that listeners associate with Beach House remain.