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Dean Blunt

BLACK METAL 2

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Dean Blunt's new album Black Metal 2 will be released by Rough Trade Records on Friday 22nd October. Available on heavyweight LP and CD.

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Circuit Des Yeux

-io

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Coming October 22: Circuit des Yeux's first studio album since 2017, -io, and her first for Matador Records. The sky over -io is Florida's strange, radiant orange. It's a built environment, unnatural, made from concrete and glass, with skyscrapers that stretch to the vanishing point as you gaze up at them.
It's crumbling and suffocating, a city perpetually on the brink of collapse, where tension never topples over into catharsis, where the heat never breaks.
Inside this world and its closed loop of time, Fohr found her- self able to begin moving again. 'I was haunted by memories in the pandemic,' she says. 'As someone with PTSD, memo- ries are all twisted up inside of me in a way that doesn't help my higher self. Making this album was once again an exercise of trying to relieve myself of some of that darkness in a way that music has always done for me.'

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John Coltrane

A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle

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This newly discovered live-recording of a performance of the Love Supreme suite is a revelation. Recorded at The Penthouse in Seattle on October 2, 1965, this recording transports the listener to a prime seat for piece of musical history. While not studio-quality audio, the power of the performance shines through. This version is also of the full suite and features an expanded band that includes the same Classic Quartet and Pharoah Sanders in his first official gig as part of Coltrane’s group.

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Helado Negro

Far In

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2021 release. Far In is Helado Negro's first album on 4AD and the seventh full-length album in his catalog. It follows his breakthrough release This Is How You Smile which was spotlighted as Pitchfork's #7 "Best Album of 2019."
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My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket

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On their new full-length - the first new music since The Waterfall (2015) - My Morning Jacket reaffirm the rarefied magic that has made them so beloved, embedding each song with moments of discovery, revelation and ecstatic catharsis. It comes after a near permanent hiatus for the band until performing four shows in summer '19 left them with a new energy. Jim James engineered/produced at 64 Sound in LA where the band spent weeks in intentional seclusion emerging with their self-titled 9th album.

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Parquet Courts

Sympathy For Life

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Parquet Courts' thought-provoking rock is dancing to a new tune. Sympathy For Life finds the Brooklyn band at both their most instinctive and electronic, spinning their bewitching, psy- chedelic storytelling into fresh territory, yet maintaining their unique identity. Built largely from improvised jams, inspired by New York clubs, Primal Scream and Pink Floyd and produced in league with Ro- daidh McDonald (The xx, Hot Chip, David Byrne), Sympathy For Life was always destined to be dancey. Unlike its globally adored predecessor, 2018"s Wide Awake! the focus fell on grooves rather than rhythm. 'Wide Awake! was a record you could put on at a party,' says co-frontman Austin Brown. 'Sympathy For Life is influenced by the party itself. Historically, some amazing rock records have been made from mingling in dance music culture ' from Talking Heads to Screamadelica. Our goal was to bring that into our own music.'

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1914

Where Fear And Weapons

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Ukrainian blackened death/doom metal offensive 1914 continue to reflect the gruesome tales of World War I, it's soldiers' fate, their death, fear and feats to be never forgotten, and unleash their opus, Where Fear and Weapons Meet. It's eleven tracks of pure historic harshness follow up to the band's sophomore full-length, The Blind Leading the Blilnd (2018), and debut, Eschatology of War (2014), both highly acclaimed amongst critics, and create a sophisticated variety of massively brutal blackened death metal accented by dramatic and realistic audio soundscapes and disquieting melodies spiced with the approach of sludge and doom!
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Zac Brown Band

The Comeback

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2021 release, the seventh album from chart topping country group Zac Brown Band. Has announced the details of an upcoming studio album, revealing October 15 as the drop date for a project titled The Comeback. The album features guest appearances by guitarist Marcus King and jazz vocalist Gregory Porter.
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Duran Duran

FUTURE PAST

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FUTURE PAST is the highly anticipated 15th studio album from Duran Duran and boasts esteemed producers Erol Alkan, Giorgio Moroder and Mark Ronson behind the board. It features special guests Graham Coxon of Blur on guitar, Mike Garson from David Bowie's band on piano, and guest vocals from Lykke Li, with more exciting collaborations to be announced soon

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Every Time I Die

Radical

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EVERY TIME I DIE is a loud rock institution committed to leaving an outpouring of chaotic passion and blissful malcontent all over their records and on the stage. With boiling charisma and unrelenting energy to spare, the Buffalo, NY band manages not one but two near-impossible tasks. They’ve survived two decades as an underground entity cherished for coloring outside the lines, and contrary to most career arcs, continually improving with each successive album as they charge ahead. ETID makes a glorious hardcore-punk noise. Alchemized by a swampy summoning of Southern rock and coarse poetry, the music swirls beneath sardonic and clever wordplay, cementing them as leaders, not followers.

The band’s ninth studio album, Radical, is 16 tracks of peak-ETID, including raucous new anthems. They deliver what you have come to know and love and then diverge into new paths. To say that “All This And War” featuring guest vocals by Josh Scogins from The ‘68 is absolute brutal heaviness is an understatement. It’s an addictive punch in the face, you’ll want on repeat. The boys then run off to explore the dark haunted woods of a more somber and melodic side in the track “Thing With Feathers” featuring Andy Hull from Manchester Orchestra.

Radical proves with every track that it is a distillation of the strengths of their past, injected with their unyielding revelry and signature sarcasm while cognizant – and fiercely combative – of the present state of world affairs.

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Jackson + Sellers

Breaking Point

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Introducing Jackson + Sellers and their debut album Breaking Point, on ANTI records. Jade Jackson and Aubrie Sellers, two rising stars who aligned during the pandemic to write one of the most compelling duo albums of the last decade.

Drawn together by instant chemistry, cosmic forces and their ability to write intuitive romantic breakup songs for each other, their album is a window into the dissolution of two different relationships and the formation of another: a perfect, platonic, creative union. United in their desire to write a record that reflected their expansive musical interest from 70s rock to raucous roots to indie pop, their LA written, Nashville recorded album is a masterclass in unexpected vocal harmonic convergence.

With Breaking Point, Jackson + Sellers will establish themselves as two individual artists who together, share a deep friendship, musical kinship and the ability to craft tight singular pop rock songs that will embed themselves in your ears for the rest of time.

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Pat Metheny

Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV)

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Pat explains, “I wanted to create an ongoing platform to host a rotating cast of the newer generations of musicians who have particularly caught my interest along the way. From my earliest days in Kansas City onward, I was the beneficiary of so many older musicians hiring me, which gave me a chance to develop through the prism of their experiences and the particular demands of what their music implied.” Metheny has given this band concept the name Side-Eye and hopes that it might become a rotating group of musicians who could come and go in different combinations. So far, there have been four iterations, hence the V.1-IV sub-heading on the record. Whether searingly electric, powerfully intense or deeply contemplative, highly composed or totally improvised, or even with some new-fangled contraption of his own design, there is always that unmistakable Metheny sensibility at work that has stood at the forefront of jazz for what is now approaching five decades. The Side-Eye series is the latest chapter in his continually unfolding story.
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The Rolling Stones

Tattoo You: 40th Anniversary Edition [2CD]

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Tattoo You celebrates 40 years with the release of a brand new deluxe remastered edition. The 2CD includes the newly remastered album alongside Lost & Found, a brand new collection of nine previously unreleased songs from the period of the album’s original release, newly completed and enhanced with additional vocals and guitar by the band. Among these, “Living In The Heart Of Love” is a quintessential Stones rock workout, complete with urgent guitar licks and fine piano detail.

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Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters: The Montreux Years (Uk)

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Muddy Waters - Muddy Waters: The Montreux Years - The magnificent and incomparable Muddy Waters performed 3 legendary concerts at the Montreux Jazz Festival throughout the 1970s. Each of these historic concerts were recorded. Muddy Waters name is synonymous with the authenticity, excellence and individuality of the festival and this collection is a celebration of his unique talent. The Montreux Years collection will bring together for the first time, some of the finest moments from Muddy Waters' celebrated performances alongside rare material, unheard since the original recording. Expertly curated by the Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG, restored and remastered in superlative HD audio; The Montreux Years is released on superior audiophile heavy weight vinyl, MQA quality CD and in HD digital. Montreux Media Ventures (MMV) in partnership with BMG are working together to produce and release a premium series of albums and activities, curated from the unique Montreux Jazz festival archive; one of the finest music collections in the world. As part of this exciting new joint venture MMV and BMG have commenced work to establish a new series of deluxe artist collections under the new official Montreux Jazz records imprint. These initial collections; The Montreux Years will bring together the most iconic performances from the most significant artists to perform in the festival's impressive five decade history. The collaboration is an unprecedented curation project. The most extensive exploration of the official archive in the festival's history. Expertly curated by the MJF and BMG teams and overseen by Claude Nobs' partner and president of the Claude Nobs foundation, Thierry Amsallem, who will act as executive producer across the series. The Montreux Years series is a celebration of Claude's love of the artists and passion for the festival and are a fitting tribute to his legacy. The BMG and Montreux Jazz music festival design teams will work in partnership to produce new and authentic creative, faithful to the festival's reputation for iconic artwork.
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Remi Wolf

Juno

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Remi Wolf will cement her status as one of pop music’s brightest young stars when her debut album Juno lands on October 15th. With her eclectic sound and style and magnetic personality, Remi has developed an avid fan base that has made her a trailblazer of the emerging Gen Z pop scene. She has garnered a cult following of peers and fellow artists along the way, boasting collaborations with Dominic Fike, Beck, and Nile Rodgers and Instagram cosigns from John Mayer, Khalid and Camila Cabello. With all of her accomplishments before her debut album, Juno will solidify what already seems written in stone; Remi Wolf is a star.

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Tony Allen / Masekela,Hugh

Rejoice (Spec)

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'Rejoice' is the classic collaboration between Tony Allen, the legendary drummer and co-founder of Afrobeat, and Hugh Masekela, the master trumpet player of South African jazz. The record, released to great acclaim in March 2020, became the first posthumous release from Masekela, and the last release from Allen, who sadly passed away a month later. For this Special Edition, World Circuit have gone back to the original 2010 mixes and added previously unheard parts from the 2019 sessions to create 8 reimagined bonus mixes. The CD and LP releases also feature a booklet with sleeve notes and photos. Having first met in the 70s thanks to their respective close associations with Fela Kuti, the two world-renowned musicians talked for decades about making an album together. When, in 2010, their touring schedules coincided in the UK, the moment presented itself and producer Nick Gold took the opportunity to record their encounter. The unfinished sessions, consisting of all original compositions by the pair, lay in archive until after Masekela passed away in 2018. With renewed resolution, Tony Allen and Nick Gold, with the blessing and participation of Hugh Masekela's estate, unearthed the original tapes and finished recording the album in summer 2019 at the same London studio where the original sessions had taken place. 'Rejoice' can be seen as the long overdue confluence of two mighty African musical rivers - a union of two free-flowing souls for whom borders, whether physical or stylistic, are things to pass through or ignore completely. According to Allen, the album deals in "a kind of South African-Nigerian swing-jazz stew", with it's roots firmly in Afrobeat. Allen and Masekela are accompanied on the record by a new generation of well-respected jazz musicians including Tom Herbert (Acoustic Ladyland / The Invisible), Joe Armon-Jones (Ezra Collective), Mutale Chashi (Kokoroko) and Steve Williamson.
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BIA

FOR CERTAIN

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Platinum Recording Artist BIA has gradually been travelling along her own lane within music, a lane that only she can occupy. Raised in Boston, the rap femme fatale is known for music that possesses both biting wit and a boldly authentic swag. By the close of 2020, she dropped her For Certain EP, armed with the hit single “Whole Lotta Money”—a song with a central message that unlimited currency can be both mental and physical. The EP reached the Top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Charts, with the aforementioned single become a sleeper hit that would bring her uncharted success into 2021. “Whole Lotta Money” became an undeniable force, due in part to its continuous viral success on TikTok and has jumped right off the platform and into streaming stardom, marking its territory in the Spotify Viral 50 Chart as well as the Global Spotify Charts. It only keeps on growing. So what’s next for BIA? A whole lotta moves. As she readies the For Certain deluxe release for the Fall, BIA has much more in store as one of the most raved about (and streamed) artists within hip-hop. “What matters to me most is where I’m at right now and where I’m going,” she says. “I’m having the time of my life.”

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Nick Cave & Bad Seeds

B-Sides & Rarities (Part I)

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Following on from the successful An Idiot Prayer live album and livestream event released this year, Nick Cave Productions & BMG announce B-SIDES & RARITIES PART & II to be released internationally on September 24, 2021. B-SIDES & RARITIES PART I & II contains material from NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS' 30-plus year career. This collection features 56 tracks including rarities, out-takes, covers & B-sides from 1988-2005 across 3 volumes, compiled by Mick Harvey. 3CD
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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

B-Sides & Rarities: Part II [2CD]

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Following on from the successful An Idiot Prayer live album and livestream event released this year, Nick Cave Productions & BMG announce B-SIDES & RARITIES PART I & II to be released internationally on October 22, 2021.

B-SIDES & RARITIES PART II was compiled by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis and features 27 tracks from Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! in 2006 to 2019s Ghosteen. Also features 19 rare and unreleased tracks including first recordings of “Skeleton Tree,” “Girl in Amber,” “Bright Horses” and “Waiting for You.”

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

B-Sides & Rarities: Part II [Deluxe 2CD]

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Following on from the successful An Idiot Prayer live album and livestream event released this year, Nick Cave Productions & BMG announce B-SIDES & RARITIES PART I & II to be released internationally on October 22, 2021.

B-SIDES & RARITIES PART II was compiled by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis and features 27 tracks from Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! in 2006 to 2019s Ghosteen. Also features 19 rare and unreleased tracks including first recordings of “Skeleton Tree,” “Girl in Amber,” “Bright Horses” and “Waiting for You.”

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Sue Foley

Pinky's Blues

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PINKY'S BLUES is a raw, electric guitar driven romp through the backroads of Texas, with Foley's signature pink paisley Fender Telecaster, ''Pinky'' at the wheel. Pinky's Blues is a guitar driven collection of 12 songs, both original and some of Sue's favorite covers, that demonstrate not only that Sue is one of the world's greatest Blues guitarists, but that the sheer joy of playing can be felt through the recording in an emotional thrill for the listener. A vinyl version of the album on hot pink provides a dream item for fans, audiophiles and collectors. Sue Foley has been riding a wave of success since The Ice Queen (2018). She won ''Best Traditional Female (Koko Taylor Award)'' at the 2020 Blues Music Awards in Memphis, was nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy), and she took home the award for ''Best Guitar Player'' at the Toronto Maple Blues Awards. Sue's last album The Ice Queen reached #4 on the Billboard Current Blues chart, #1 on Roots Music Report's Top 50 Canada album chart and was in the Living Blues radio chart for four consecutive months, peaking at #2. Guests include Jimmie Vaughan who adds his signature guitar to the track ''Hurricane Girl''.
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Nubya Garcia

SOURCE ⧺ WE MOVE

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London-based saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia, whose critically-acclaimed album, SOURCE, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize, returns with a new remix album to be released on October 22, 2021. Through musical collaboration, Nubya has teamed up with an exciting and innovative array of artists including Dengue Dengue Dengue, Kaidi Tatham, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Moses Boyd, for a reimagined look at her award-winning album. The remix album, SOURCE  WE MOVE features 9 original remixes.

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Kazemde George

In Insist [Digipak]

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Making his auspicious debut as a leader, Brooklyn-based tenor saxophonist, composer and educator Kazemde George is proud to present I Insist, a vibrant collection of original music with a stellar band featuring Sami Stevens (vocals), Isaac Wilson (Wurlitzer, piano), Tyrone Allen II (bass) and Adam Arruda (drums). Both in his fluid improvised solo flights and his expressive writing, George exhibits a gift for streamlined, emotionally direct melodies, articulated with a warm tone and a certain guiding restraint. The title I Insist, however, is meant to be assertive. It is at once a shout-out to Max Roach's landmark 1960 protest album We Insist! Freedom Now Suite, and a statement of George's own determined disposition, not to mention an acknowledgement of our turbulent times and the role of artists in building awareness. The music is unapologetically swinging and fully engaged, whether simmering on a low flame or reaching climactic heights of intensity.
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Grouper

Shade

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The 12th full-length by Pacific Northwest artist Liz Harris aka Grouper is a collection of songs spanning fifteen years. She characterizes Shade as an album about respite, and the coast, poetically and literally. How one frames themselves in a landscape, how in turn it frames themselves; memories and experiences carried forward mapping a connection to place-"an ode to blue / what lives in shade." Songs touch on loss, flaws, hiding places, love. Deep connections to the Bay Area, and the North Coast, with it's unique moods of solitude, beauty, and isolation-a place described and transformed by the chaos and power of river-mouth, wild maritime storms, columns of mist that rise up unexpectedly on the road at night. Portions were recorded on Mount Tamalpais during a self-made residency years back, other pieces made longer ago in Portland, while the rest were tracked during more recent sessions in Astoria.Throughout, Harris threads a hidden radiant language of voice, disquiet, and guitar, framed by open space and the sense of being far away-"Echoing a lighthouse, burying the faults of being human / Into things that we project upon the sky at night."
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Guided By Voices

It's Not Them. It Couldn't Be Them. It Is Them!

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It's been just a few months since Guided By Voice's faux rock opera Earth Man Blues garnered four-star and five-star reviews, with Rolling Stone proclaiming that it "squarely hits all the marks that make Guided by Voices great-again and again and again.""Again and again and again", is perhaps GBV's credo, with Robert Pollard's never-ending supply of fascinating and supremely catchy rock. Just when one thinks one's got them pinned down, album number thirty-four opens with bizarre percussion, mariachi trumpets, strings and acoustic guitar. The adventurous spirit pervades yet another killer album from the greatest and most versatile GBV line-up. The golden boys (Doug Gillard, Bobby Bare Jr, Mark Shue, Kevin March) can do no wrong. Hooky singles "My (Limited) Engagement", "High In The Rain" and "Dance of Gurus" intermingle with occasionally dark lyrics and the oddest of GBV oddballs, the ridiculous "Razor Bug", "Psycho House", and the "Maintenance Man Of The Haunted House". The horns and strings return intermittently, with "The Bells Get Out Of The Way" going full Burt Bacharach. It's Not Them. It Couldn't Be Them. It Is Them! Is a creative tour-de-force full of surprises from the most prolific and captivating band on the planet.
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Hawthorne Heights

The Rain Just Follows Me

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2021 release. "I couldn't sleep at all while making this record," admits Hawthorne Heights frontman JT Woodruff of his band's eighth full-length, The Rain Just Follows Me. "It was an 18-year breakdown in the making." The 11-track record stands as some of Woodruff's most resonant writing to date, as he unravels themes of both physical and emotional distance as well as personal identity - anxieties so exacerbated by the last year that it's incredible the album was completed before the pandemic hit. ("There's so many undertones of what would happen over the next 16 months," he says with a laugh. "I don't know if that makes us the emo Nostradamus or what.") Most of all, The Rain Just Follows Me is quintessentially Hawthorne Heights. It's who they've always been - they just needed to push down the heartache and strife long enough to rediscover those intangible characteristics.
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La Luz

La Luz

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On their self-titled fourth album, La Luz launch themselves into a new realm of emotional intimacy for a collection of songs steeped in the mysteries of the natural world and the magic of human chemistry that has found manifestation in the musical ESP between guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland, bassist Lena Simon, and keyboardist Alice Sandahl.To help shape La Luz, the band found a kindred spirit in producer Adrian Younge. Though primarily known for his work with hip-hop, soul, and jazz acts, Younge saw in La Luz a shared vision that transcended genre. "We both create music with the same attitude, and that's what I love about them," he says. "They are never afraid to be risky and their style is captivating. It was an honor to work with them."The result is an album that is both the most naturalistic and psychedelic of the band's career. All the elements of classic La Luz are still present-the lush harmonies, the impeccable musicianship, the gorgeous melodies-but it's a richer, earthier iteration, replete with inorganic sounds that mimic the surreality of nature-the humming of invisible bugs, the atmospheric sizzle of a hot day. After spending the last few years living in rural northern California, Cleveland's lyrics have become more grounded, less interested in traveling to other dimensions than in peeking behind the curtain of this one.With sounds ranging from ghostly electric guitar shimmers, charging fuzz-guitar rock, soulful organ-driven dream-funk, galactic synths, and breezy '70s folk-pop, La Luz is an album that celebrates love-of music, of friendship, of life in all it's forms. -Mariana Timony
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Lady A

What A Song Can Do

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Lady A's album, What A Song Can Do, reinvigorates the band's signature sound - a captivating fusion of rootsy pop and electrifying harmony that has dominated charts for more than a decade. Having amassed record-breaking success, they have ushered in more than 18 million album units and 34 million tracks sold with over 5 billion digital streams. The trio has nine #1 hits to their name and has earned ACM and CMA "Vocal Group of the Year" trophies 3 years in a row with countless other honors.
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Lala Lala

I Want The Door To Open

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"I want total freedom, total possibility, total acceptance. I want to fall in love with the rock." That's how Lillie West describes the theme of "DIVER," the song she calls the thesis of Lala Lala's third record, I Want The Door To Open. The rock in question is a reference to Sisyphus, the mythical figure doomed by the gods to forever push a boulder up from the depths of hell. To West, it is the perfect metaphor for, in her words, "the labor of living, of figuring out who you are, what's wrong with you, what's right with you." Coming off of 2018's acclaimed The Lamb, an introspective indie rock album recorded live with a three-piece band, West knew she was ready to make something sonically bigger and thematically more outward-looking than anything she'd done before; a record that would be less a straightforward documentation of her own personal struggles and more like a poem or a puzzle box, with sonic and lyrical clues that would allow the listener to, as the title says, open the door to the greater meaning of those struggles. The result is I Want The Door To Open, a bold exploration of persona and presence from an artist questioning how to be herself fully in a world where the self is in constant negotiation. From the moment West declares "I want to look right into the camera" over a cascade of dreamy vocal loops on opening track "Lava," I Want The Door To Open distinguishes itself from anything she's done before in scope and intensity. The ultra-magnified iteration of Lala Lala is fully encapsulated in the monumental "DIVER." Inspired by a character from a Jennifer Egan novel, it's a pop song of Kate Bush-esque proportions replete with layered synths and booming, wide open drumming by fellow Chicago musician Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, and West pushing her vocals to the ragged edge. I Want The Door To Open is a musical quest undertaken with the knowledge that the titular door may never open; but it is through falling in love with the quest itself that one may find the closest thing to total freedom, total possibility, and total acceptance available to us on this plane of existence.
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Shannon Lay

Geist

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Geist feels like a window - or a mirror - into possibilities of the self and beyond. Shannon Lay's new album is tender intensity, placeless and ethereal. It exists in the chasms of the present - a world populated by shadow selves, spiritual awakenings, déjà vu, and past lives."Something sleeps inside us," Lay insists on the opening track, and that's the guiding philosophy throughout. A winding, golden, delicate thread of intuition that explores the unknown, the possibility. It's title, Geist, the German word for spirit, is rife with an otherworldly presence, the suggestion of another. The promise that you are never alone.Lay tracked vocals and guitar at Jarvis Tavinere of Woods's studio, then sent the songs out to multi-instrumentalists Ben Boye (Bonnie Prince Billy, Ty Segall) in Los Angeles and Devin Hoff (Sharon Van Etten, Cibo Matto) in New York; trusting their musical instincts and intuition. She then sent those recordings to Sofia Arreguin (Wand) and Aaron Otheim (Heatwarmer, Mega Bog) for additional keys, while Ty Segall contributed a guitar solo on "Shores." As a whole, Geist is both esoteric and accessible. Songs range from a concise, pared-back cover of Syd Barrett's tilt-a-whirl-esque "Late Night," to the meditative Dune-inspired "Rare to Wake," to the mostly a-cappella "Awaken and Allow," which channels Lay's deep Irish roots, a moment of reflection, before a drop happens - it's intensity mirroring the anticipation and anxiety that come with taking the first step to accepting change for yourself.And the title track "Geist," a song about the power living in all of us, is a love song to the possibility of healing, an ode to falling into the arms of what you're becoming. It's a glimpse into the parts of yourself you have yet to meet. But you can, if you want to.
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Massacre

Resurgence

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From the classic sci-fi/horror-soundtrack intro to "Eldritch Prophecies" to the bone-chilling savagery of "Book of the Dead," Florida death metal legends Massacre have readepted their squamous throne on new album, Resurgence! Indeed, the foetor of the recent past has subsided for a promising present (and future). The magnitude of Massacre's return-original members Kam Lee (ex-Mantas, ex-Death) and Mike Borders are back in the fold-is incontestable as they harness eldritch powers of the Great Old Ones to properly follow-up From Beyond (1991) and the Inhuman Condition EP (1992). Resurgence finds Massacre born again, and stronger than ever!Massacre formed in 1985 in Tampa, Florida. The group quickly shape-changed into a more stygian form after Lee assumed the frontman position-the sheer unnaturnal quality of Lee's "death growl" on Massacre's Aggressive Tyrant demo (1986) is one of the reasons he's bestowed "innovator" status in death metal. Of course, across a series of full-lengths-1991 classic From Beyond, the unorthodox Promise (1996), and 2014's comeback (under a different lineup) effort Back from Beyond-Massacre have shown resilience and perseverance befitting a band with such an eminent history. Resurgence reclaims knowledge from the Pnakotic Manuscripts, allowing Lee and Borders, along with a new backing band of Rogga Johansson (Megascavenger, Rib Spreader), Jonny Pettersson (Wombbath), Brynjar Helgetun (Crypticus), and Scott Fairfax (Memoriam, As the World Dies), to reconfigure Massacre yet again with otherworldly geometry.There is no mercy on Resurgence. From sheer brutality of "Ruins of R'lyeh" and the old-school riff-fest that is "Spawn of the Succubus" to funereal leads of "Whisperer in the Darkness" and throwback nods on "Return of the Corpse Grinder," this is Massacre at their rawest, heaviest, and most gibbous. To seal the primeval envelope back to 1992, Lee and Borders brought on death metal king Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Infestdead) to co-produce, engineer, mix, and master Resurgence. With Pettersson assisting, Resurgence retains the masonry of old, but has the charnel fortitude of today. Indeed, fans old and new will hear old-school death metal-the Massacre way-and ultimate respect for the genre on Resurgence. Phantasmagoria begins
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Maston

Souvenir

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby was a work so filled with ambition, yearning, and inner contradictions that it came to represent the condition of a nation itself. Yet, at its core, the slim novel tells a story about people and, more often than not, their inability to communicate and connect In 2018, composer/producer Frank Maston was living in Paris, working on new music when he was introduced to Geneva based band L'Eclair. Blown away by what he heard, there seemed to be a mutual understanding and appreciation for that loungey, groovy world of library and soundtrack music from the seventies. An immediate thought occurred to him - what if he could record with this simpatico group backing him up? The result is the colorful and kinetic album Souvenir.

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Misanthur

Ephemeris [Limited Edition] (Jewl)

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NCT 127

The 3rd Album 'Sticker' [Jewel Case Ver.] [Random Cover]

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NCT 127’s 3rd full-length album ‘Sticker’ includes 11 songs across various genres including the lead single “Sticker.” The Jewel Case version includes 1 cover, 1 photo book, 1 AR photo card, and 1 AR clip card (all random 1 out of 9). The cover and photo book has 9 versions, 1 per member. It also includes a lyric book. This is an official release from SM Entertainment. Size: 144mm x 144mm x 11mm. Weight: 128g.

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NCT 127

The 3rd Album 'Sticker' [Seoul City Ver.]

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NCT 127’s 3rd full-length album ‘Sticker’ includes 11 songs across various genres including the lead single “Sticker.” The Seoul City version includes 1 photo card, 1 sticker, 1 postcard (all random 1 out of 9). It also includes 1 belly band, 1 photo book, and 1 folded poster. This is an official release from SM Entertainment. Size: 144mm x 205mm x 8.5mm. Weight: 360g.

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NCT 127

The 3rd Album 'Sticker' [Sticker Ver.]

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NCT 127’s 3rd full-length album ‘Sticker’ includes 11 songs across various genres including the lead single “Sticker.” The Sticker version includes 1 photo card, 1 sticker, and 1 postcard (all random 1 out of 9). It also includes 1 photo book, and 1 folded poster. This is an official release from SM Entertainment. Size: 219mm x 298mm x 8.9mm. Weight: 415g.

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