"These songs have a feel you can only get when you're by yourself at three o'clock in the morning," says Patty. "To listen to the bulk of these recordings, you do have to let go of the idea of good sound quality and just listen to the performance. I feel better getting some true rarities out there for people to listen to...not compiled by a computer algorithm."
Vaxis II welcomes us back to “The Amory Wars” as the 2nd installment of the new five-part “Vaxis” arc about a couple on the run from tyrannical forces and their mysterious new addition. It finds the band embracing their love of classic heavy metal riffage, before exploding into the kind of soaring chorus that Coheed have been churning out since day one.
These twelve songs are a profound meditation on light and darkness, recorded in the spring of 2021 in the Kentucky countryside. James Elkington serves as co-producer (alongside Shelley) and the album features collaborations with Bill Callahan, Meg Baird and the British novelist Max Porter along with Shelley’s musical partner Nathan Salsburg.
In this time of strife, insanity and confusion, only one band is depraved enough to offer themselves up as herald. Like sin-eaters if sins had to be ingested from a very small spoon, Viagra Boys have consumed the utterly incomprehensible chaos of our era and distilled it into 12 immaculate tracks of post-truth-cow-funk-kraut-wave-enlightenment.
Windwaker examine the aftershocks of love and the changes made in its wake over a soundtrack tilt-a-whirling from moments of insane heaviness to heavenly release. The Australian quartet first landed in 2017, recently inked a deal with Fearless Records and wrote, produced, and engineered their full-length debut Love Language by themselves over the course of 2021.
Clapton’s lifelong passion for the blues burns brightly here on 17 previously unreleased live performances recorded in 1994 during the legendary guitarist’s tour supporting From The Cradle, his Grammy-winning, multi-platinum blues album. Longtime co-producer, Simon Climie, has remixed the audio from those performances from the original multi-tracking recordings
Following upon the success of his combined EPs, Take Time & When Its All Said And Done, the 7x Grammy nominated R&B’s singer’s newest, Give Or Take, continues a narrative of heart felt songwriting in singles “For Tonight” and “Lie Again” and will undoubtedly become one of this new decade’s acclaimed developing artist stories.
Bob Marley with the Chineke! Orchestra reimagines some of Bob Marley’s most recognized, listened to, and legendary songs with contemporary classical orchestration. The Chineke! Orchestra provides opportunities to a diverse range of up-and-coming and internationally respected classical musicians.
Scoring The End of the World fully encompasses the expanse of Motionless In White’s dynamic, deep, and dark vision, and marks the band's first full-length body of work in three years since 2019's Disguise. "This is my love letter to you, our fans,” vocalist Chris Motionless elaborated on the ambitious new project.
This is a deeply earnest coming-of-age story, a nuanced introduction to NoSo's universe and Hwong's rapidly expanding musical abilities. The marriage of their lyrics and captivating guitar performance feels magical, as if NoSo can open up portals to fantastic new realms, guided by an emotional honesty that breaks you down in one moment and fills you with joy in the next.
Home, before and after is ReginaSpektor's eighth studio album and most quintessentially “New York”. Recorded in upstate New York, produced by John Congleton and coproduced by Spektor, the album is Spektor at her most inspired, heralded by "Becoming All Alone," a surrealist ballad that swells with arrangements and comes alive in your head.
These 17 tracks collect some of the lesser-known, buried treasures in the Everly Brothers’ rich catalog. Assembled by Adria Petty, Tom Petty’s daughter, with help from Phil’s son Jason, who provided track-by-track commentary for the liner notes. This collection holds the bittersweet distinction of being the final project Don worked on.
I've been playing since I was 11 years old," says Charlie Gabriel, the most senior member of the legendary Preservation Hall Band, "I never did anything in my life but play music.” Eighty Nine includes six standards, a handful of newer pieces on which Gabriel is a writer/singer, and also marks Charlie's return to his first instrument, clarinet.
Across its 10 tracks, Heart Under presents a coherent style and ethos -- those scything guitars, Katie's magical vocals -- but still incorporates a wide and untethered vision. There are brooding, atmospheric rock songs and others that apply a lighter, dreamier touch, all tied together with impeccable instrumentation and a united vision.
Set It Off has never been your standard emo band. Or pop group. Or pop-punk band. They are all of those things and more. Just listen to the lead singles from the new album Elsewhere – moody, melodious pop-rock with fast rapping tearing up the break. This is a group both fully committed to its roots and diving into its future by embracing inevitable change.
There's conviction and delicacy in this music, which ranges from duets that showcase the pair's deep psychic and artistic connection to solo banjo meditations and full band romps. Recorded over six days in an old barn, the album displays the multiple Juno Award-winning duo playing music that is honest, direct, and reflective of life's beauty and knottiness.
This immersive and compulsively replayable new full-length cements Sophie Allison’s status as one of the most gifted songwriters making rock music right now. The album finds Sophie broadening the borders of her aesthetic without abandoning the unsparing lyricism and addictive melodies that made earlier songs so easy to obsess over. To support her vision Sophie enlisted producer Daniel Lopatin, whose recent credits include the Uncut Gems movie score and The Weeknd’s Dawn FM.
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