Another week with several stellar new releases now in stock at Backbeat. The browsers are feeling a little stuffed right now, but we can’t help ourselves from ordering all the great albums that have been coming out recently. Let’s get right to the new stuff for this week including the latest releases from Goldfrapp, Father John Misty, Tall Ships and Timber Timbre. What’s your “must spin” album from these new releases?
After all the new release details check out the sweet record storage carry cases we now have in stock.
Also, don’t forget to check out all the restocks and new additions to our new vinyl selection at the bottom of this post.
Tall Ships – Impressions
Brighton’s Tall Ships have released their long-awaited second album “Impressions”.
Impressions serves as the follow-up to the band’s acclaimed debut album, 2012’s Everything Touching, which saw them championed by the BBC and NME, selling out shows across the UK including London’s Scala, and headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival.
The group – comprised of frontman Ric Phethean, bassist Matt Parker, drummer Jamie Bush and keyboardist Jamie Field – opted to go it alone: retreating to Field’s Devon home, on the edge of Dartmoor, to adopt a similarly DIY recording process to that which birthed Everything Touching years earlier. “We recorded and engineered it all. The DIY nature of it is one of necessity, not aesthetic,” says Field.
What emerged speaks for itself. Impressions bristles with a fresh intensity: it’s a set that feels constantly on a knife edge of unpredictability, capable within a single song of being both disconcertingly tender and universal – easily the most ambitious and anthemic music the band has ever written, marking them out as one of the UK’s most promising rock bands.
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Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
Pure Comedy, Father John Misty’s third album, is a complex, often-sardonic, and, equally often, touching meditation on the confounding folly of modern humanity. Father John Misty is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Josh Tillman. Tillman has released two widely acclaimed albums; Fear Fun (2012) and I Love You, Honeybear (2015).
While we could say a lot about Pure Comedy – including that it is a bold, important album in the tradition of American songwriting greats like Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Leonard Cohen – we think it’s best to let its creator describe it himself. Take it away, Mr. Tillman:
Pure Comedy is the story of a species born with a half-formed brain. The species’ only hope for survival, finding itself on a cruel, unpredictable rock surrounded by other species who seem far more adept at this whole thing (and to whom they are delicious), is the reliance on other, slightly older, half-formed brains. This reliance takes on a few different names as their story unfolds, like “love,” “culture,” “family,” etc. Over time, and as their brains prove to be remarkably good at inventing meaning where there is none, the species becomes the purveyor of increasingly bizarre and sophisticated ironies. These ironies are designed to help cope with the species’ loathsome vulnerability and to try and reconcile how disproportionate their imagination is to the monotony of their existence.
Something like that.
Timber Timbre – Sincerely, Future Pollution
Timber Timbre’s music has always traced a shadowed path, using cues of the past to fuse the sound of a distant, haunted now. Its fourth record – Sincerely, Future Pollution – is the cinema of a dazzling dystopia, rattled by the science fiction of this bluntly nonfictional time. Taylor Kirk and co-composers Mathieu Charbonneau and Simon Trottier, together with drummer Olivier Fairfield, offer their most daring artistic work yet. With the palette of archetypal synthesizers at La Frette studio outside Paris, the long-time collaborators took a unique approach to Timber Timbre’s characteristic sonic invention. The first single – “Sewer Blues” – is an ironclad groove marked by plodding, heavy rhythm, cavernous delay, and a backdrop of starry synthesizers. Sincerely, Future Pollution is a romance of neoteric machines and dark, futuristic hues, with promise as beautiful as it is unsettling. Covering a spectrum of New Age to Popular French Disco Revival, the sound is synthetic, exotic, yet familiar, with Kirk’s chilling croon and the mid-apocalyptic setting of his poetry. This is Timber Timbre’s document of our generation’s degeneration and disarray: Signed and sealed / Sincerely, The Pollution
Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
Goldfrapp follow up 2013’s Top 5 UK album Tales of Us with the deep, dark and electronic musical palette of Silver Eye, their brand new studio album, made, for the first time, with an eclectic collection of collaborators. John Congleton, Grammy-winning producer of St. Vincent, John Grant and Wild Beasts, electronic composer Bobby Krlic, aka The Haxan Cloak and mix engineer David Wrench (The XX, Caribou, fka Twigs) have helped create an album of stomping underground electronica, sensual ethereal melodies and metal machine pop, that is undeniably Goldfrapp. A passionate and increasingly in-demand photographer, Alison art directed and shot all the images for the album cover.
That’s a load of great music right there! Now how about something cool to keep those records organized. We’ve just received these record storage carry cases from the UK. We think they look pretty sweet. You can stuff about 50 records in there, but 30 if you want to be able flip through them.
Finally, you need to know about all the recent restocks and new additions to our selection here at Backbeat. We now have back in stock the latest from Real Estate, Shins and couple more of the red vinyl version of Spoon “Hot Thoughts”. Blind Melon “Soup” and Mathew Sweet “Girlfriend” have finally arrived too. Here’s the complete list of what came in this week.
Air – Moon Safari
Alice In Chains – Jar Of Flies/Sap
Alice In Chains – MTV Unplugged
Beastie Boys – Pauls Boutique
Black Marble – It’s Immaterial
Blind Melon – Soup
David Bowie – Changesonebowie
Johnny Cash – American IV: Man Comes Around
City And Colour – If I Should Go Before You
Coldplay – Parachutes
Cure – Standing on a Beach: Singles (Import)
Cure – Disintegration
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
Dead Can Dance – Aion
Depeche Mode – Violator
Dismemberment Plan – Emergency And I
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Dr. Dre – Chronic
Explosions In The Sky – The Wilderness
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes w/Sun Giant EP
Vince Guaraldi – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Iron And Wine – Endless Numbered Days
Jay Som – Turn Into
Robert Johnson – King Of the Delta Blues
Norah Jones – Come Away With Me
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give The People What They Want
July Talk – Touch
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Madvillain – Madvillainy
Metallica – And Justice For All
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Nas – Illmatic XX
Nirvana – 1993: Unplugged In New York
Nirvana – Nevermind
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
Quintet – Jazz at Massey Hall
Real Estate – In Mind
Roots – How I Got Over
Shins – Heartworms
The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
The Shins – Oh Inverted World
Smiths – Hatful Of Hallow
Spoon – Hot Thoughts (red vinyl indie exclusive)
Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise
Matthew Sweet – Girlfriend
Tragically Hip – Road Apples
Muddy Waters – Electric Mud
White Stripes – Elephant
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Sonny Boy Williamson – Down & Out Blues