Indie Exclusive Releases
Deap Lips is Wayne & Steven from THE FLAMING LIPS with Julie & Lindsey from DEAP VALLY. This special collaboration came together after a friendship formed between the bands. It will hit stores on CD and LP via Cooking Vinyl on 3/13.
As we age, we face obstacles that are beyond our control. Some forces are internal: insecurity, anxiety, fear. Some are external: the loss of loved ones, an unjust system and the fragility of time. Yet the mark of maturity is how you respond when you realize you’re not in control. Where do you find your resilience?
This album is a reflection of us coming to terms with how to find our power in the face of an unfair world. These songs lead listeners past “where happy man searches, to a place only mad women know.” We question our purpose, our relationships, our faith. Trading the fears of our youth for the dread that rages within us as mature women.
With SATURN RETURN, our hope is that women can feel less alone in their journey through the modern world. We need each other more than we ever have; the less competition and the more inclusiveness and understanding, the better. We are southern women in the 21st century, convicted by our beliefs.
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Driving anywhere in Texas can cost you half a day, easy. For example, it'll take you over four hours just to get from R&B singer Leon Bridges' hometown of Fort Worth down to Houston, where the psychedelic wanderers in Khruangbin hail from. The state is vast, crisscrossed with rugged expanses of road flanked by limestone cliffs and granite mountains, forests of pine and mesquite, miles of desert or acres of sprawling grassland, all depending on what part you're in. And it's all baking under the Texas Sun that lends its name to Bridges and Khruangbin's new collaborative EP.
"Big sky country, that's what they call Texas," Khruangbin bassist Laura Lee says. "The horizon line goes all the way from one side to another without interruption. There's something really comforting about that.
On Texas Sun, these two members of the state's musical vanguard meet up somewhere in the middle of that scene, in the mythical nexus of Texas' past, present, and future—a dreamy badlands where genres blur as seamlessly as the terrain.
Released in partnership with Columbia Records and Night Time Stories Ltd
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Grammy-winning and BRIT and Mercury-Prize-nominated artist La Roux returns with her first new material in five years - 'Supervision' out February 7th 2020 on her own label Supercolour Records. From cover to contents, this is unequivocally the album Elly Jackson always wanted to make - a claim that with some artists might ring alarm bells, but in this instance simply means that ‘Supervision’ sounds precisely, unmistakably, gloriously like La Roux.
La Roux shot to worldwide fame with her debut self-titled album in 2009 selling over 6 million singles worldwide and - in addition to collaborations with the likes of Skream, Kanye West, and Major Lazer – helped reshape pop as we now know it. Elly’s second album, 'Trouble In Paradise', was a critically-adored reinvention, topping the Dance/Electronic charts in the US and landing La Roux her second top 10 album in the UK.
With their ninth album, Nada Surf: Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca, Ira Elliot, and Louie Lino continue pursuing their humanistic vision of the world through hooky, catchy rock songs with sharply drawn, yet tenderly felt lyrics. Never Not Together, is a compact, yet wide-ranging collection of songs that revel in the quartet's ability to evoke and reflect grand and intricately wrought emotions, whether through sweeping guitar solos or hushed-whisper vocals. Never Not Together was recorded at the Coach House Studio in Wales' Rockfield Studios, where artists like Echo & the Bunnymen, the Flamin' Groovies, and Dumptruck recorded albums. "I've been seeing the name on albums for so long," says Caws. "It's a working farm, and the founder/owner, Kingsley Ward, would come in and tell us stories when he wasn't farming. I'd walk into town every morning and listen to the sheep talking as I walked by them."That openness to listening to their fans, to each other, to the world has helped inform Nada Surf's legacy as down-to-earth rock stars musicians who can command festival stages around the world while connecting to audience members on a personal level, conscious of the shared humanity every step of the way.
Dan Deacon’s most emotionally open record and his most transcendent, Mystic Familiar is the result of obsessive work, play, and self-discovery. The album’s 11 kaleidoscopic tracks of majestic synth-pop expand his sound with unfettered imagination and newfound vulnerability.
'We should try again to talk,' Frances Quinlan writes. It not just a lyric'it's a suggestion, a warning, a plea, a wish. This request is woven throughout Likewise, her forthcoming solo album, amidst dramatically shifting motifs. Some are jubilant, some are dreamy and abstract, and a few are sinister, but within each dark void that Quinlan explores, there is a light peering back at her. Frances Quinlan has built an identity for herself over the past decade as the lead songwriter and front-woman of the Philadelphia-based band Hop Along, and her distinct voice is among the most recognizable and inimitable in music. While the band began as Quinlan's solo project (originally titled Hop Along, Queen Ansleis), Likewise (out January 31st on Saddle Creek) is Quinlan's debut under her own name. To make the record, she enlisted the virtuosic skills of her bandmate Joe Reinhart, and together they produced the album at his studio, The Headroom, recording in stints over the course of a year. With a renewed openness to explore different sounds, Quinlan supplements her typical guitar-based instrumentation with synthesizers, digital beats, harps, strings, and a wide variety of keyboards. The shifting and exploratory nature of these musical arrangements allow her lyrics and vocals'which have always been at the forefront of her music'to reach emotional depths like never before. Her vocal tones beckon a kaleidoscopic range of emotions across all nine songs on the album, from soft and ruminative to enraged and commanding; from conveying powerful messages to highlighting small, yet poignant, moments. Quinlan is a voyaging songwriter. Throughout Likewise, she confronts what confounds her in the hopes that she will come out on the other side with a better sense of what it is to be human. She presents listeners with a complicated, albeit spirited vision of what it could mean to truly engage with another person, to give a small piece of oneself over to someone else without expectation. Although such is likely to be a lifelong effort, these songs prove evident that light can still permeate from unsettling depths.
A person whose words are so potent that they cause the people and beings around them to vibrate is said to have a "silver tongue." It's apt, then, that Mackenzie Scott-who has spent the 2010s making boundary-pushing pop music under her Torres moniker-has chosen to call her fourth album, and first on Merge, just that. Recorded at O'Deer in Brooklyn, New York, Silver Tongue is a full-scale realization of the world Scott has created over Torres' last few albums. Even when singing in more subdued tones, Scott's voice is fervent, her lyrics stirring and unyielding as she draws from both the divine and the everyday
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ANDY SHAUF is becoming one of the most important songwriters of his generation. His songs are tuneful vignettes of small moments and big hearts. On his latest, The Neon Skyline, Shauf intertwines stories of a group of friends who frequent a local dive bar, and through them, makes poignant observations about human nature with a novelist’s detail and melancholic humor. The songwriting is down to earth, yet sophisticated and inventively melodic. The Neon Skyline is a creative leap for this already acclaimed artist.
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It’s country music but not as we know it which begs the question: Have these Bad Kids of 21st Century rock ’n’ roll finally grown up on their ninth studio album? Are they at peace with themselves? Have they made a record their parents could listen to? The Black Lips new album ‘Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart’ continues to flick the middle finger to one and all. This ain’t another gaggle of bearded southern sons fleeing their collective suburban upbringings and collegiate music education. There aren’t the usual clichés about drinking, honkytonks, and heartbreak. These are, after all, the same Black Lips who rescued the waning garage punk subgenre by not sounding or dressing their musical predecessors. They also dug contemporary hip-hop and punk and actualized themselves Like so many dramatic moments in the Black Lips career, ‘Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart’ was born out of crisis. The band’s stylistic evolution through decades of prolific touring and recording took them where no garage punk band had gone before - huge venues, network television shows, and major music festivals. Here Black Lips are at their grimiest, most dangerous and equipped with the best collection of songs since the aughts. Skidding onto the asphalt in a shower of sparks, they roll on with an unapologetic southern-fried twang, pacing the beast, every now and then dropping a psycho howl into the rubber room madness lurking underneath the truckstop fireworks. This ain’t your granny’s country album. And conversely this ain’t your mama’s Black Lips.
Recorded over the course of a series of freewheeling, improvisatory sessions, Kingdom In My Mind is The Wood Brothers seventh studio release and their most spontaneous and experimental collection yet. A testament to the limitless creativity of the unharnessed mind, the record explores the power of our external surroundings to shape our internal worlds (and vice versa), reckoning with time, mortality, and human nature. The songs here find strength in accepting what lies beyond our control, thoughtfully honing in on the bittersweet beauty that underlies our pain and sadness with vivid character studies and unflinching self-examination. Deep as the lyrics dig, the arrangements always manage to remain buoyant and light, though, drawing from across a broad sonic spectrum to create a transportive, effervescent blend that reflects the trio s unique place in the modern musical landscape.
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...And You Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are celebrating their 25th year as a band in 2020 and they will be releasing their 10th album "X: The Godless Void and Other Stories" on 1/17 via Dine Alone. This is their first album since 2014.
Five-time Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day unleash their brand new single “Father Of All…,” which is the lead track on their forthcoming thirteenth studio album of the same name, out February 7, 2020 on Reprise / Warner Records. Formed in 1986 in Berkeley, CA, Green Day is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with more than 70 million records sold worldwide and 10 billion cumulative audio/visual streams. Their 1994 breakout album Dookie, which sold over 10 million and achieved diamond status, is widely credited with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock, catapulting a career-long run of #1 hit singles. Entertainment Weekly calls Green Day, “The most influential band of their generation,” while Rolling Stone attests, “Green Day have inspired more young bands to start than any act this side of KISS, and that doesn't seem to be changing.” In 2004, Green Day released the rock opera American Idiot which captured the nation’s attention, selling more than 7 million copies in the U.S. alone and taking home the coveted Grammy Award for Rock Album of the Year. Mojo declared “It's exhilarating stuff, the kind of record that sets new parameters as to what is possible from a punk rock'n'roll band in the 21st century.” In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway to critical and commercial acclaim.
Dwight Yoakam occupies a singular position in contemporary country. No artist has better balanced mainstream commercial success with artistic, alt-country credibility, while somehow managing to embody both the music’s most traditional and its most progressive impulses. Blame the Vain marks a milestone for Yoakam as his first self-produced effort since splitting with producer/guitarist/bandleader Pete Anderson. Released in 2005 to critical acclaim, Blame the Vain has sold nearly 200,000 records to date. In honor of the 15th anniversary of this album, New West Records is proud to present Blame the Vain on vinyl for the first time.
Marigold is an urgent, multivalent meditation—and an expanded take on the blend of alt-country, indie rock and cerebral humanism that’s inspired the band’s ardent fan community. It marks their Rough Trade Records debut, offering what songwriter Evan Stephens Hall calls a “heart-first” perspective.
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4AD’s first album of the Nineties, The Comforts of Madness by Pale Saints, is receiving a long overdue reappraisal on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. The reissue includes remastered audio and a bonus disc of rarities.
Mute are pleased to announce the release of Yann Tiersen’s Portrait out on December 6. The album will be available digitally, on double CD, on indie exclusive clear triple vinyl with bonus 7”, and standard black triple vinyl with bonus 7” Portrait is a collection of analogue recreations of music from throughout Yann Tiersen’s career, including three new songs. This includes reinterpretations from his debut album Waltz of the Monsters, to tracks featured on the Amelie soundtrack, to his most recent album, All. It features collaborations with John Grant, Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals, Blonde Redhead and Stephen O’Malley from Sunn O))). The record includes fan favorites “Porz Goret”, “Monochrome”, “Comptine d’Un Autre Été (L’ Après- Midi)” and “La Dispute”. All vinyl editions will be packaged with an exclusive 7” single including alternative versions of “Comptine d’Un Autre Été (L’ Après-Midi)” from the Amelie soundtrack and the title track from his debut album, Waltz of the Monsters. These versions will be exclusive to the vinyl. Yann will be touring the US in 2020 in support of the release.
Field Music's new album 'Making A New World' is released 10 January 2020, a 19 track song cycle about the after-effects of the First World War. Born out of a project the band undertook for the Imperial War Museum, this is Field Music's first true concept album. This new release from the band follows two projects in 2019 from the brothers separately - Peter's album with Sarah Hayes as You Tell Me, and David's Donald Trump funk musical, '45', as School of Language. Field Music will be touring Making a New World throughout 2020, including a show at Hackney's Earth.
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To mark the 10 year anniversary of their Brit Award winning & Grammy nominated debut album ‘Sigh No More’, Mumford & Sons are thrilled to announce a Limited Edition 7” Collectors Boxset of this special release.
Relive the best selling album across 6 individual 7” records, housed in a bespoke gatefold holder.
Founded in 2011, The Milk Carton Kids swiftly emerged as a major force in the continuing American folk tradition, blending ethereal, oscillating harmonies and intricate, inventive musicianship with a uniquely powerful brand of contemporary song craft. 2013's ANTI-debut, The Ash & Clay, proved their national breakthrough, earning The Milk Carton Kids their first GRAMMY Award nomination, for "Best Folk Album. A second GRAMMY nomination for "Best American Roots Performance" followed in 2015, honoring "The City of Our Lady," from The Milk Carton Kids' acclaimed third studio album, Monterey. In June 2018, they released their fourth album titled All the things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn t do, which was their first album that featured a full band. Currently they re gearing up for their next release, "The Only Ones" EP on Thirty Tigers/Milk Carton Records. Coming off the heels of their full-band album, this brings them back to their roots and the quintessential Milk Carton Kids sound. Ultimately, "The Only Ones" is for their fans and speaks to the core of what The Milk Carton Kids are about musically: the duo.
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7x Grammy Winning Band Coldplay have returned with their latest singles “Orphans” and “Arabesque” from their new album Everyday Life.
Hyperspace’s new dimensions in sound are the result of Beck’s most collaborative efforts to date. Seven of the album's 11 tracks—including single “Uneventful Days” and “Saw Lightning” (as featured in the Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro campaign and also included with pre-orders)—feature co-writing and co-production from Pharrell Williams. Elsewhere in Hyperspace, “See Through” is co-written/co-produced by frequent Beck collaborator Greg Kurstin, “Star” is co-written/co-produced by Paul Epworth, “Stratosphere” features back-up from Chris Martin, the album’s title track features guest vocals from Terrell Hines, and “Die Waiting” is co-written/co-produced by Cole M.G.N. with backing vocals from Sky Ferreira. Longtime Beck bandmates Jason Falkner, Smokey Hormel and Roger Manning Jr. feature on much of the album as well.
`WHO' will be released on December 6th on Interscope Records. It is the first studio album in over 13 years, produced by Pete Townsend and Dave Sardy (Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, Gorillaz), featuring artwork by Sir Peter Blake (The Beatles' Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band). One of the top three greatest rock legacies in music history, The Who have sold over 100 million records worldwide including 9 US & 10 UK top ten albums and 14 UK top ten singles.
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Three years since their last album proper, singer Stuart Staples decided Tindersticks’ return called for something special and No Treasure but Hope, is very much that! Rich in intuitive warmth, lush melodies and an inquisitive spirit, it’s an album that casts a fresh light on Tindersticks’ core qualities, bathed in the glow of a band intent on rediscovering what they can do. Expanding the horizon without losing the focus, No Treasure but Hope manages to collect some of the band’s most immediate work in one outsstanding album.
This will be the bands twelfth record, the earliest Tindersticks release being in 1991. Over the course of the band’s rich history, Staples has found a voice in film composition as well. This includes a soundtrack to Claire Denis’ science-fiction film High Life (2019), which features vocals from actor Robert Pattinson.
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The follow up to FKA twigs’ critically acclaimed Brit Award and Mercury Prize nominated debut LP1 (2014, Young Turks). Widely regarded as one of the best albums of 2014 and selling over 340,000 records globally. Top-40 rapper Future appears on the album’s second single “Holy Terrain”, continuing a run of rap collaborations including an appearance on A$AP Rocky’s ‘Testing’ LP. Twigs will tour the US in November with a theatrical performance that debuted in May to universal acclaim as well as several major festivals (Afropunk Brooklyn and Atlanta, Flog Gnaw) Press campaign includes September i-D cover, multi-page feature in Vogue October issue, television appearances and more. Twigs is a cultural figure outside of the music realm as well: appearing in the feature film “Honey Boy” out 11/8/19, being named a creative director for Nike, and starring in a viral Spike Jonze-directed Apple ad
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Revenge, murder, bloodshed, and retribution, the Slayer Repentless Killogy is a perfectly packaged story reflecting these values that most look down upon. This is the story of Wyatt who used to run with the wrong crowd. Wyatt is a former Neo Nazi associated with a gang known as “The Hand Brotherhood” whose signature mark is a bloody handprint left after a murder had taken place. Wyatt left his gang after he fell in love with Gina, a woman who saved his life after a brush with death from those who wanted revenge on him and his gang. Wyatt and Gina go into hiding to start a family and escape his tarnished past. The Hand Brotherhood are not going to let this happen.
The Repentless Killogy Short Film is the combination of music videos from Slayer’s last full- length release “Repentless”, threaded through a film narrative that ends with Slayer performing a sold-out show at Los Angeles’ iconic Forum. The 2-cd & vinyl formats “The Repentless Killogy (Live at The Forum in Inglewood, CA)” contain the entirety of the concert, consisting of 21 tracks
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Mono formed in Tokyo, Japan in the closing winter weeks of December, 1999. They played their first live shows at the top of the new millennium, and released their first album, Under The Pipal Tree, in 2001. Recorded live in one day on a razor-thin budget, Pipal Tree was an earnest introduction to the curious magic of a band that would eventually become synonymous with monstrously dynamic, contemporary classical rock music. To commemorate those austere beginnings - and celebrate their remarkable longevity - Mono revisit three of their earliest songs, and retrofit them with speaker-destroying upgrades. Anchored by the towering 16-minute noise opus, "Com(?)", Before The Past Live From Electrical Audio shows the evolution of Mono's execution, stripping away the strings and layers of guitar overdubs to show just how massive this band can be at their most instrumentally austere. Newly recorded in one day in 2019 with longtime collaborator, Steve Albini - and mixed by Albini with Temporary Residence founder, Jeremy deVine - Before The Past is as much a declaration of the present as it is a document of the past. These songs, which are now 20 years old, feel more powerful and profound than ever - a testament to Mono's enduring dedication to their craft, and their dogged exploration of maximum minimalism.
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High Line represents a new path into the high country for the NYC ambient country quintet known as SUSS. The follow-up release to their acclaimed album Ghost Box (Expanded) on Northern Spy Records, High Line explores the horizon line where the cosmic meets the landscape of the American West. Drawing on influences such as Ry Cooder and Bruce Langhorne while forging new paths alongside fellow travelers like Daniel Lanois and Boards of Canada, SUSS uses a combination of acoustic guitars, pedal steel, harmonica, mandolin and synthesized sound manipulation to take the listener on a blissful and mythic trip into the unknown.
Frail Body is a hardcore/punk band from Rockford, IL that embodies the spirit and soul of what many define as "screamo". A Brief Memoriam combines a new four-song recording session with their sought after At Peace session into one proper album. Both sessions were recorded by engineer Zack Farrar at Choir Room Audio. A-side opener "Pastel" erupts with unhinged emotion driven by discordant guitars and hyper-speed drumming. This leads to the powerful "Your Death Makes Me Wish Heaven Was Real" a moving song of mourning and remembrance. "Aperture" then explores concepts of identity and growth amid a tangle of beautiful musical debris. Lastly, the poignant "Tradition in Verses" unfurls with a ground shaking emotion that is hard to capture in words. The B-side of A Brief Memoriam is comprised of their incredible At Peace session; a recording that shows Frail Body even in their earliest state was a heartfelt, creative force.
There is a closeness at the heart of Turnover's aptly titled new album, 'Altogether.' Though it's the first collection the trio has written while living on opposite coasts, the record actually represents the group's most collaborative and connected work to date, showcasing the intuitive, near-telepathic relationship frontman Austin Getz has developed over the years with his bandmates. Turnover first emerged roughly a decade ago in Virginia Beach, VA, but the group's critical and commercial breakthrough didn't arrive until six years later, when they cracked the Top 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart with their acclaimed sophomore album, 'Peripheral Vision.' The band-which consists of Getz, his brother Casey on drums, and their childhood friend Danny Dempsey on bass-followed it up in 2017 with 'Good Nature,' a streaming smash that racked up roughly 40 million plays on Spotify alone and which Vice proclaimed to be "their best album yet." 'Altogether' demonstrates the band's eclectic mix of personalities from the very start, opening with a lo-fi, jazzy intro that quickly gives way to the driving drums and delay-drenched guitar of "Still In Motion." Like much of the album to come, the song is a meditation on change and perspective, on learning to quiet your mind and appreciate the moment before it's gone. The bittersweet "No Reply" reckons with guilt over failing to be present with a loved one, while the effervescent "Much After Feeling" recognizes the sacrifices we make to stay connected across geographical distance, and the breezy "Parties" grapples with the kind of self-consciousness that can leave us prisoners of our own design.
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CUP is the duo of Nels Cline (the guitarist/composer best known for his work with Wilco) and Yuka C Honda (the composer/keyboardist/programmer best known for her work with Cibo Matto). Combining aspects of electronica, folk, improvisation, and some heated rocking, this debut recording'perhaps predictably'defies easy categorization. But fear not! Contained within this package is a sometimes sweet, sometimes jarring, but always compelling excursion into what a shared sensibility sounds like, and after taking the journey that is 'Spinning Creature' it all feels just right as CUP's music veers from the accessible to the abstract and back. This balance is what CUP music is all about. Nels and Yuka (who are married, by the way) even sing a little here and there as they enter their singular sound world. And now you can enter it, too!
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Half Moon Run return with their third album, A Blemish In The Great Light, via Glassnote. Produced by Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, Beck, Killers) and featuring the singles Then Again and Flesh & Blood.The word everyone comes back to when describing Montreal indie rockers Half Moon Run is "complex" (The Guardian, Exclaim, et al.) Whether they're billed as dreamy alt-pop, bucolic alt-folk, or psychedelic indie rock, the four multi-instrumentalists-Devon Portielje (vocals, guitar, piano, percussion), Conner Molander (vocals, guitar, keyboard, piano, pedal steel, bass, harmonica), Dylan Phillips (vocals, drums, piano, keyboard), and Isaac Symonds (vocals, drums, mandolin, synth, bass)-have built their name on cerebral, acrobatic arrangements and harmonies that lilt prettily till they turn feral. Their first album, Dark Eyes, placed two A-list singles on BBC Radio 1 and went platinum in Canada, earning them a nod as a Rolling Stone "band to watch." They followed up with Canadian Gold Record Sun Leads Me On (Glassnote), which had them touring furiously through Europe and North America and got them a Juno nod for Breakthrough Group of the Year in 2016.
Cigarettes After Sex return with their anticipated sophomore album - Cry via Partisan Records. Recorded during night time sessions in a mansion on the Spanish island of Mallorca, the album is a lush, cinematic meditation on the many complex facets of love - meeting, wanting, needing, losing...sometimes all at once. The album was self-produced and engineered by Greg Gonzalez, and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs).
2 Custom 180 Gram Translucent Orange LPs, Gatefold Jacket, Printed Insert, Inside LP Pockets, 24”x 36” Movie Key Art Poster folded and 11” X 17” Hollywood Map Poster folded
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Formed in 2009 by Lucas Mann, Rings of Saturn wasn’t made just to be a studio project but rather a fully-fledged band. The interstellar beings contacted Mann after he opened an inter-dimensional portal using the Art of Shred. For years after, they would speak to Mann in Archaic Sumerian of their invasion plans. The interactions, or rather instructions, prompted Mann to write the music in response. Albums of complex, experimental, and sonically heavy music followed. Embryonic Anomaly (2009 - Self Released / 2010 - Unique Leader), Dingir (2012 - Unique Leader), Lugal Ki En (2014 - Unique Leader), Ultu Ulla (2017 - Nuclear Blast), and the upcoming Gidim (2019 - Nuclear Blast) were the byproduct of Mann absorbing, reinterpreting, and projecting back a language resonant from another world. To harness the wicked intricacies on the new album Gidim, guitarist and mastermind Mann, vocalist Ian Bearer, guitarist Joel Omans, and session drummer Lord Marco (aka Marco Pitruzzella) relied on the violent vibrations caused by the new songs “Pustules,” “Mental Prolapse,” and “The Husk” to hear the otherworldly invasion message. Mann and team conjured even stranger things, odder shapes, accelerating fast and faster to attain full understanding of their inevitable fate. Songs like “Tormented Consciousness,” “Genetic Inheritance,” and “Gidim (Instrumental Title Track)” were envisioned. They harkened back, yet were future-proof in composition, style, and tone. Since the last message from Planet X was positively ominous, Rings of Saturn called on Mark Lewis (Whitechapel, Carnifex) to record vocals, as well as perform the technical ritual of mixing and mastering. The material on Gidim wasn’t a quiver but a next-level tremor, so they implored the Nashville-based veteran to amp up the songs, putting the band on a whole new level of production quality. Due to the multi-state spread of Rings of Saturn, Joel Omans’ solo work and Lord Marcos drum work were shipped to Mann for assembly at Mann Studios in Texas. It was in the Lone Star State where Gidim came into view, with Mann responsible for the majority of writing and composition, guitar recordings, as well as bass and synthesizer, following the methodical pattern of previous Rings of Saturn records. Whatever was to happen next at the behest of murderous inhumanoids, Gidim would sound clear, punchy yet melt minds.
For principal songwriter and frontman Neige, ALCEST has always been a gateway to the otherworldly, a means of exploring his spirituality. An elemental two-piece, completed by long-serving drummer and creative confidante Winterhalter, their forthcoming sixth album “Spiritual Instinct“ finds Neige at his most personal. “This time I had something urgent to put on the table,” he explains. “It is a very cathartic record - something needed to get out of me. It’s darker than usual, and heavier.” Written in bursts both during and after a prolonged period of touring in support of 2016’s hugely successful “Kodama“, the sense of urgency Neige speaks of manifests in a record full of spontaneity, of immediate impact – be that in the breath-taking pace of the tempo changes in 'Les Jardin De Minuit'’ or the sun-kissed harmonies over an impermeable back beat in 'Sapphire', one thing “Spiritual Instinct“ has is riffs, an acknowledgement and celebration of the black metal foundations that anchor their uplifting post-metal. “Some real metal riffs!” agrees Neige. “I come from the metal scene originally and it never really left me; I used black metal as a teen as a way to escape from reality and that’s what I love the most about it. It’s the best type of music to express overwhelmingly darker feelings. I usually don’t speak about my darkness in ALCEST’s music but this time it felt like something I had to do.”
Ukrainian progressive groove metal wrecking machine JINJER have returned with their long awaited new album Macro and once again prove why the unique blend of singer Tatiana Shmaylyuk‘s beautifully aggressive harmonies and vocal hooks, and the bands sheer technical brilliance and precision have set them apart from the pack. From Macro’s opening track ‘On The Top’, which showcases all of their trademark sounds at once, to the superior musicianship and delivery of tracks like ‘Pausing Death’ and ‘Home Back’, to the viciously heavy reggae induced vibe on ‘Judgement (& Punishment)’, JINJER are making it known that they are here to take over in a huge way.
The Soul Rebels return with their first official album in over 7 years. In that time The Soul Rebels have amassed a following of esteemed artists including Katy Perry, Nas, Marilyn Manson, DMX, G-Eazy, Rakim, Joey Bada$$, Robin Thicke, Metallica, Rakim, Mannie Fresh, and GZA who look to them to help enhance their live performances.
The Soul Rebels expand musical boundaries with an unwavering commitment to originality. Far more than augmentation and accompaniment, the octet – Julian Gosin [trumpet, MC], Marcus Hubbard [trumpet], Lumar LeBlanc III [snare drum], Derrick Moss [bass drum], Corey Peyton [trombone, MC], Erion Williams [saxophone], Paul Robertson [trombone] and Manuel Perkins Jr. [sousaphone] – pioneer the integration of their chosen instrumentation.
For Poetry In Motion — the group’s first album for their new imprint, Rebelution Music Group, on Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group — The Soul Rebels infused this handcrafted approach into a wider sonic palette than ever before.
Poetry In Motion features a power packed line up of notable artists including: Tarriona “Tank” Ball of Tank and The Bangas, Big Freedia, Robert Glasper, Branford Marsalis, Matisyahu, PJ Morton, Trombone Shorty, and Kes.