Hey Backbeaters! Just a reminder that we are closed tomorrow June 12th, just in case you didn’t see our last post. Sorry for any inconvenience but don’t worry we’ll keep all these great books and records safe for you.
We have a couple recent releases that we had been waiting for to come in and now they are here! All the details are farther down the page.
Before we get to those new releases how about some more used/vintage vinyl to dig into? It seems like lately our days are mostly filled with cleaning and getting used vinyl ready for you folks to consume. A great mix of albums this week heading out into the shop, lots of 80s synth and obscure new wave in there, plus a bunch of RUSH. Here’s what it is hitting the browser right now.
Recent New Vinyl Releases now at Backbeat
Marissa Nadler – Strangers
For more than 12 years, Marissa Nadler has perfected her own take on the exquisitely sculpted gothic American songform. On her seventh full-length, Strangers, she has shed any self-imposed restrictions her earlier albums adhered to, stepped through a looking glass, and created a truly monumental work.
In the two years since 2014’s elegiac, autobiographical July, Nadler has reconciled the heartbreak so often a catalyst for her songwriting. Turning her writing to more universal themes, Nadler dives deep into a surreal, apocalyptic dreamscape. Her lyrics touch upon the loneliness and despair of the characters that inhabit them. These muses are primal, fractured, disillusioned, delicate, and alone. They are the unified voice of this record, the titular “strangers.”
The Kills – Ash & Ice
Over their almost decade-and-a-half career, multi-faceted rock minimalists The Kills have released four records, each one a restless, reckless enigmatic art statement that bristled with tension, anxiety, sex, unstudied cool and winking ennui. Yet not one of them sounded like the previous one. “In an effort to not repeat ourselves, the path of least resistance has never been ours. Change is uneasy. Art should be uneasy”, says Alison Mosshart, sitting at a long wooden table in her rented house above Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, where she’s been residing for a month, right next door to her musical partner Jamie Hince.
Ash & Ice, says Hince, “the most forward thinking record we’ve ever tried to make.” From the Trans Siberian Railway to the hills of Hollywood and to New York City via London and Nashville, The Kills’ epic sonic journey meant discarding not just earlier material but also their own ideas on what it means to be a guitar band. There is a sense with both of them, that the two people who began this album weren’t the same as the two that finished it. Hince concludes, “It’s a not a retrospective, throwback album by any means. In fact, if anything it’s running away from the past. It’s a record of now and it’s a record for the future.”
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