Let’s get caught up on some of the recent new releases to hit the shelves here at Backbeat. The latest from Arkells, Costello, Greta Van Fleet, Papercuts and St. Vincent are all here. Check out the details below. There’s also a few notable reissues that recently arrived from Cranberries, System of a Down and Skinny Puppy. Further down the post is a list of restocks and additions to the new vinyl selection here at Backbeat. Don’t forget, if we do not have it in stock we can special order it for you, just let us know.
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On to the new releases.
Arkells – Rally Cry
Arkells fifth studio album Rally Cry is the band’s most pointedly powerful effort thus far.
Long known for their exceptional songwriting and high-energy performances, the Hamilton, ON-based quintet – singer Max Kerman, guitarist Mike DeAngelis, bassist Nick Dika, keyboardist Anthony Carone, and drummer Tim Oxford – reveal on Rally Cry an unheard soulfulness that elevates their new songs to places that, while connected to a new approach, feel perfectly in tune with who the band is and always has been. Rally Cry has the size and scope to match Arkells’ ambition and ever-growing audience that love the band for the uniquely raw energy that is all their own.
Elvis Costello – Look Now
Elvis Costello and The Imposters – Steve Nieve (keyboards), Davey Faragher (bass), Pete Thomas (drums) – have made a sensational new album that ranks alongside the best work this singularly great artist has ever produced.
Recorded in Hollywood, New York City and Vancouver, British Columbia, ‘Look Now’ is beautiful in its simplicity, reflective in its lyrical vision, surrounded by melodies and orchestrations that are nothing short of heavenly. It’s the first album Costello has made with The Imposters since the 2008 release of ‘Momofuku’ and his first new album since the acclaimed 2013 Roots collaboration, ‘Wise Up Ghost’.
‘Look Now’ is an outstanding 12-strong addition to his song catalogue. Most of the titles were written solely by Elvis Costello although, ‘Don’t Look Now’ and ‘Photographs Can Lie’ were co-written with Burt Bacharach, who makes a guest appearance, leading The Imposters from the piano for those two ballads.
Greta Van Fleet – Anthem Of The Peaceful Army
Firing twin barrels of arena-rock muscle and moving melodies, Greta Van Fleet is a modern rock & roll band rooted in the genre’s strongest traditions: super-sized hooks, raw riffage and the sweeping vocals of a front man who was born to wail.
The four-piece formed in Frakenmuth, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, where 20 year-old twin brothers Josh and Jake Kiszka began playing shows with their 17 year-old younger brother, Sam, and 17 year-old family friend Danny Wagner. Holding their practices in the Kiszka family garage and road-testing their songs onstage throughout Michigan, the four became a band of brothers whose songs mix classic chops with the thrill of teenage angst.
From sing-along choruses to fiery guitar solos, Greta Van Fleet rounds up a highlight reel of rock & roll heroics. These guys aren’t revivalists; they’re looking ahead, breathing new life into a sound that’s blasted out of car dashboards and living room stereos for decades.
Papercuts – Parallel Universe Blues – White Vinyl
Over the course of five stellar albums, Papercuts’ Jason Quever has shown himself to be a top-notch song-writer and producer, equally at home with lush, baroque textures and more stripped-down arrangements. His skill in the studio has helped him build-up an enviable resumé recording, producing and playing with artists including Luna, Beach House, Cass McCombs, Dean Wareham/Dean & Britta and Slumberland’s own The Mantles.
Papercuts’ new album “Parallel Universe Blues” reflects Quever’s recent move from long-time musical home San Francisco to Los Angeles and all of the searching and self-exploration that accompanies leaving your home, your friends and your scene. The sound is intimate and close, nicely balancing the sonic concerns of the last few Papercuts records. The opening pair of songs “Mattress On The Floor” and Laughing Man” superbly sets the table for the rest of the album: perfect Spectorian pop songs echoed down through The Velvet Underground, LA’s Paisley Underground, Spiritualized and The Jesus and Mary Chain.
Never sacrificing song-writing for atmospherics, “Parallel Universe Blues” is a superb addition to the Papercuts catalog. Its themes of self-examination are as a timeless as the tunes themselves, the dreamy autumnal mood perfectly captured in the pastoral cover art. The album is a triumph and points to more great things in the future from Quever and Papercuts.
St. Vincent – MassEducation
A stunning standalone work in its own right, MassEducation is in fact another dimension of last year’s universally acclaimed MASSEDUCTION. Recorded live in the studio over two nights in 2017, MassEducation lays bare the exquisite songcraft of its other half. Performed entirely by Annie Clark on vocals and Thomas Bartlett on piano, the new album renders songs like “Young Lover” and “Fear The Future” and their subjects in vivid, vulnerable new light. Clark herself describes the album as “two dear friends playing songs together with the kind of secret understanding one can only get through endless nights in New York City.”
Recent Notable Reissues
Cranberries – Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? – 1993
Skinny Puppy – Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse – 1986
System Of A Down – Mezmerize – 2005
System Of A Down – Steal This Album! – 2002
System Of A Down – System Of A Down – 1998
System Of A Down – Toxicity – 2001
System Of A Down – Hypnotize – 2005
List Of Restocks And Additions From This Past Week
|Alabama Shakes||Sound And Color|
|Arctic Monkeys||Whatever People Say I Am|
|Arrested Development||3 Years 5 Months|
|Bowie, David||Aladdin Sane|
|Brubeck, Dave Quartet||Time Out|
|Budos Band||The Budos Band|
|Buena Vista Social Club||Buena Vista Social Club At Carnegi Hall|
|Daft Punk||Random Access Memories|
|Dangerdoom||The Mouse and the Mask|
|Davis, Miles||Kind of Blue|
|Interpol||Turn on the Bright Lights|
|Judas Priest||Defenders Of The Faith|
|Lamar, Kendrick||Good Kid M.A.A.D. City|
|Mazzy Star||So Tonight That I Might See|
|MF Doom||Operation: Doomsday|
|MF Doom||Unexpected Guests|
|Mos Def||Black On Both Sides|
|Motley Crue||Greatest Hits|
|Neutral Milk Hotel||In The Aeroplane Over The Sea|
|Parks, Tess & Anton Newcombe||Parks, Tess & Anton Newcombe|
|Quaye, Finley||Maverick A Strike|
|Sheepdogs||Learn & Burn|
|Smiths||Hatful Of Hollow|
|Soundtrack||Beauty And The Beast (Pic Disc)|
|Soundtrack||Sleeping Beauty (Pic Disc)|
|Tragically Hip||Fully Completely|
|Tribe Called Quest||Midnight Marauders|
|Winehouse, Amy||Back To Black|
|Young, Neil||Harvest Moon|
That’s it for now, go get your snow pants ready.