We don’t normally post about recent new releases on a Tuesday but since we’re expecting lots of great releases coming out this Friday we thought we’d catch you up on a few recent new releases that just came in.
Steve Earle and The Dukes – J.T.
On August 20, 2020 the world lost an amazing light with the passing of Justin Townes Earle. Justin was a vibrant songwriter who could play the blues, country, and rock n roll all in the same song. In his short career, Justin released eight albums and one EP that all manage to sound classic and yet inventive.
Justin’s father, Steve Earle, pays tribute to his son by recording an album of songs written by Justin titled, J.T. The album consists of ten Justin Townes Earle songs as well as one song written by Mr. Earle. J.T. features fan favorites such as “Harlem River Blues,” “Far Away In Another Town” and “Champagne Corolla” along with lyrically heavy songs like, “The Saint of Lost Causes” and “Turn Out My Lights.”
J.T. is a loving tribute to a loved son and beautiful songsmith who left this earth too early.
Factor Chandelier – Eastlake
Western Canada-based prolific producer Factor Chandelier has a new solo collection of songs entitled “Eastlake.” The new instrumental LP takes you on a trip through the producer’s most personally expansive, raw and experimental work to date. Eastlake was written, recorded, mixed and produced following a flood in Factor’s studio during our global pandemic. These events fuelled a unique inspiration that sparked the creation of a new sound. Sonics weaving through genres, while remaining rooted in hip-hop, lead to moments of down-tempo and trip hop amidst electronic instrumental soundscapes. Factor Chandelier has been able to creatively evolve his sound with the ever-changing musical climate, showcasing originality, diversity and one-of-a-kind production on “Eastlake”. The album immediately follows his culturally relevant 2020 collaborative EP with Myka 9, titled People Into Making Progress.
Tindersticks – Distractions
Just before the end of the year 2020, a mere 12 months, after the release of their celebrated record “No Treasure But Hope”, Tindersticks surprised everyone with mentioning a new album to be released in 2021.
Stuart Staples was already nurturing seeds for a different kind of Tindersticks album before lockdown halted their tour in early 2020, singer. If 2019’s “No Treasure but Hope” saw the band rediscovering themselves as a unit, the follow-up reconfigures that unit so that everything familiar about Tindersticks sounds fresh again. “Distractions” is an album of subtle realignments and connections from a restless, intuitive band: rich in texture and atmosphere, it lives between its open spaces and details, always finding new ways to connect with a song.
If it’s an album that resists easy summation, at least one thing is clear: though it isn’t untouched by the lockdown, “Distractions” is not ‘a lockdown album’. As Staples says, “I think the confinement provided an opportunity for something that was already happening. It is definitely a part of the album, but not a reaction to it.”
Menahan Street Band – The Exciting Sounds Of Menahan Street Band
Menahan Street Band, a veritable supergroup of some of today’s most prolific songwriters, arrangers, and producers return with this beat-forward, cinematic masterpiece. If you have spent any time hanging out in bars, cafes, or casually tuning into NPR in the last 10 years you should be well versed in MSB’s catalog. Their unique brand of instrumental soul has not only been the foundation for some of modern hip-hop’s most successful beats, it has also become the perennial soundtrack and veritable vibe-generator for countless parties, art shows, and restaurants throughout NYC and abroad. While this album carries the aesthetic torch that MSB has skillfully woven into the tapestry of their DNA, it also delves deeper into the experimental, exotic sounds that fill many of the coveted Sound Library and Soundtrack LPs of the late sixties and early seventies – an amalgamation of moog synths, electric pianos, drum machines, and a bevy of analog instrumentation, that ebb and flow in lush swells of Morriconian grandeur.
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