New Music Releases Thread

Bukowski

Winger
I'm convinced that the chorus from Quarantine the Sticks is nicked directly from a Sleaford Mods track but I can't for the life of me put my finger on it. It's driving me insane!

It’s got Billy Nomates doing vocals on it

She’s managed by Sleaford Mods’ manager / wife and has featured on at least one of their tracks before
 


Thanks to spending a lot of time on trains at the weekend, I got to listen to a lot of new stuff. This included:

Michael Rother & Vittoria Maccabruni: Rother and his current partner. Chilled out motorikness basically. Very, very good!
Herman Dune: an album that's been hanging about for a good while (just got a physical release). Lovely indie vibes. For fans of Silver Jews and Jeffrey Lewis (and Herman Dune fans, of course).
Grace Cummings: she's an up and coming Melbourne based singer-songwriter. This is a strong album. She's got a great, very distinctive voice.
The Kernal: as recommended by @Mickdundee last week. Not sure I'd recommend it as strongly as he did but it's pretty good, kind of country flecked early rock and roll.
Yard Act: much discussed on here. I think it's a good debut. Reminds me of New FADs, others of Sleaford Mods and The Fall. Probably the most high profile release of the week for those on here (Years & Years probably would be for the public).
Boris: I guess you'd almost class this as ambient metal from Japan. It's basically what Boris have done for decades now.
Jake Xerxes Fussell: American indie-folk. Very good. He's generally an interpreter of traditional songs but seems to be moving more toward songwriting here. Very, very good!
Lady Blackbird: released late last year. One of The Guardian's albums you may have missed. Strong, bluesy, kind of retro but very modern. Excellent!
Rob Aldridge & the Proponents: toward the rocky end of Americana. A bit Drive By Truckers but not as good really.
The Whitmore Sisters: more Americana but nowhere near the rock level and much better songs. Harmony vocals and good musicianship with some quite poppy hooks.
The Soundcarriers: they're associated with the hauntology scene. A little bit Broadcast, but easier to get into. a little bit upbeat Portishead. Good.
Burial: the mystery man's new EP (from 2 week ago). Quite, er, gentle. Female vocals, ambinetish. Really good.
Jana Horn: singer-songwriter who's been getting a lot of praise and column inches. This is her self released debut from a couple of years ago, given a new push. Very gentle but stirring. Well worth a listen!
Thomas Anderson: an obscure but highly acclaimed veteran. This is good enough to make me think I should seek out his back catalogue. Reminds me a little of early Flaming Lips or Daniel Johnston. Has that kind of American indie vibe that we don't really do over here. Semi-spoken semi-sung song poems. Probably for people who like Herman Dune.
Mess Esque: an Australian duo. This is beguiling and comes from two people who are yet to meet. Helen Frantmann, who does vocals, is a solo artist usually and Mick Turner (who does the music) is the member of Dirty Three who isn't Warren Ellis or Jim White. It's sort of laidback, obtuse indie-rock. Very impressive!
Fazer: jazz with motorik/Krautrock undertones from Germany. Enjoyable!
Anna von Hauswolff: a live album (recorded at Montreux Jazz Festival). This is alternately beguiling, beautiful, noisy and scary so much like her studio albums.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: remixes of Butterfly 3000 (cunningly titled Butterfly 3001). Pretty disappointing TBH (there's a good Flaming Lips mix of one of their tracks in the middle somewhere).
Rough Trade Counter Culture 2021: the Counter Culture albums are always excellent, showcasing the best of last year, bands who will become more well known this year and obscurities. This is no different. Disc 1 is a generally laidback, disc 2 more upbeat.
Heavenly Remixes 1 &2: These two came out last year. 3 & 4 (all by Andy Weatherall) are out this Friday. A lesson to most of the people involved in the Gizzard project above in how to remix songs well.

Album of the week: I'll say Thomas Anderson but there are a good few close up. The Gizz remix album is the big disappointment.
 

The Music Man

Central Defender
Need to spend more time on trains. Only heard two new releases recently. Really enjoyed Cat Power's Covers album (her third covers album). It's excellent.
The other was Jeff Tobias' Recurring Dream (@Arkle recommendation) Unfortunately I didn't connect with it at all. Will try and return to it later in the year.
 
Headliners are ho-hum/solid but below them I think it's good.
I mean it’s fine. But it feels a bit samey to me.

Pixies, Bright Eyes, deathcrash, Cassandra Jenkins, Yard Act, Marissa Nadler, Magnetic Fields, Porridge Radio, Tinariwen, black midi, Perfume Genius, Dacus should all be good. But no one that really excites me

Morby, Vile and Ryley Walker are meh.
 
I mean it’s fine. But it feels a bit samey to me.

Pixies, Bright Eyes, deathcrash, Cassandra Jenkins, Yard Act, Marissa Nadler, Magnetic Fields, Porridge Radio, Tinariwen, black midi, Perfume Genius, Dacus should all be good. But no one that really excites me

Morby, Vile and Ryley Walker are meh.

I like all of the latter three though. Not arsed about Pixies. Don't understand why Greentea Peng seems to be getting a more indie focussed audience...
 
Should go ahead - they might move the EU shows though

It’s all very exciting for them, looking forward to next Friday
Feeling less confident - Cribs canceled yesterday. Not sure if it's more likely for overseas bands to cancel because of the cross-border travel, so I'm wondering if Fontaines, Yard Act and Biffy will end up having to follow suit (I'd be less bothered about Biffy as I've seen them several times, but would be pissed if the other 2 cancel). @Mickdundee any word on whether Laura is still planning to come over? She canceled a few over here recently
 

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