Top albums this week
Another week, another punishing schedule of releases. It used to be that Record Store Day put a dampener on everything for about a month either side. Clearly Record Label People haven't been getting the memos...and thank goodness for that.
Holly Herndon - PROTO
Like it or lump it, A.I. and other forms of automation are playing increasing roles in everyday human life. It’ll be good and bad, but it won’t be stopped. Tech pop boffin Holly Herndon’s newun PROTO looks to the exciting and optimistic possibilities of ensuring such changes are on human terms. The tracks were created with assistance from her specially trained A.I., Spawn. Attabot, Spawn.
The Cinematic Orchestra - To Believe
The Cinematic Orchestra do not work with haste. To Believe is their first full, proper studio album since 2007’s Ma Fleur, and its title track (with gorgeous vocals from Moses Sumney) has been circulating as a single since 2016. But now, when they are good and ready, they present To Believe in full! Guests include Heidi Vogel and the great Roots Manuva, and this one promises to be another deep classic. On Ninja Tune.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Now weirdly busier than ever, Anton Newcombe was planning two albums for 2018 but the success of Something Else and it's associated tours has led this self titled follow up to be pushed back to 2019. Well at least we have a brand new the Brian Jonestown Massacre album to listen to before we all die. Something Else was really rather good so we are looking forward to the treats on offer here.
Matmos - Plastic Anniversary
Experimental electronic duo Matmos have decided to highlight the plight of convenience with their new album, Plastic Anniversary. The album was made by using plastic objects to make sounds. One sound was achieved by smashing up LPs by '70s soft rock band Bread. Interesting sounds with an important message.
The Comet Is Coming - Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery
On their latest LP the futuro-jazz trio The Comet Is Coming encourage us to Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery. Whether or not you think such a sentiment is sound advice is up to you, but one thing that we can all agree on is that this is another incendiary set of electrified saxophonic fare from Shabaka Hutchings et al (he's the one from Sons Of Kemet, by the way). Kate Tempest guests on ‘Blood Of The Past’.
Oozing Wound - High Anxiety
I guess an Oozing Wound would be a cause of High Anxiety. This Oozing Wound are a bunch of stoners from Chicago, whose music sounds as though they are fuelled by something more stimulating. Their sound meets halfway between sludgy rock and thrash metal and it has to be said, it’s quite exciting. LP and CD on Thrill Jockey.
Rian Treanor - ATAXIA
First full-length album from young producer Rian Treanor. ATAXIA is accordingly a tighter and more rigorously organised set of tracks, with intense rhythmic structures and precisely calibrated synthesis. But in case that sounds alienating, fear not, because Treanor’s sound leaves plenty of room for the dance as well as the home listening environment. On Planet Mu.
Black Peaches - Fire In The Hole
Second album from sonic globetrotters Black Peaches, fronted by Hot Chip and sometime Scritti Politti member Rob Smaughton. Following in the footsteps of 2016 debut, Fire In The Hole promises more virtuosic musicianship and blending of genres and eras, ranging from country and rock to funk and tropicalia.
And here are the other notable things from this week:
- Get your prog on: a bunch of Popol Vuh reissues, including a very tasty box set collection.
- Rather than gab on about albums you've heard about a billion times before we thought we'd take a look instead at some underrated 60s classics. Have a read.
- And you can grab both our Weekly Playlist and our Friday Jukebox over on our YouTube channel.
Have a great weekend!
This week's reviews
- Elephantine by Maurice Louca (9/10 from Daoud )
- Trials and Tribulations by JH1.FS3 (9/10 from Ant)
- We The Animals: An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Nick Zammuto (8/10 from Daoud )
- The Ultimate Wave Riding Vehicle by Jensen Interceptor (8/10 from Ant)
- Sky Blue by Townes Van Zandt (8/10 from Will)
- To Believe by The Cinematic Orchestra (8/10 from Daoud )
- ATAXIA by Rian Treanor (8/10 from Daoud )
- Plastic Anniversary by Matmos (8/10 from Daoud )
- High Anxiety by Oozing Wound (8/10 from Daoud )
- The Brian Jonestown Massacre by The Brian Jonestown Massacre (7/10 from Will)
- Lines Of Sight by Daniel Thorne (7/10 from Will)
- Metaprogramação by Deafkids (7/10 from Will)
- Groove Denied by Stephen Malkmus (7/10 from Daoud )
Bestsellers this week
- To Believe by The Cinematic Orchestra
- The Brian Jonestown Massacre by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
- Bend Sinister / The 'Domesday' Pay-Off Triad-Plus! by The Fall
- Lux Prima by Karen O & Danger Mouse
- Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery by The Comet Is Coming
- Low Distance by Deaf Center
- Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 by Various
- Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk
- And We Are Passing Through Silently by Abul Mogard
- Grey Area by Little Simz
- Dummy by Portishead
- Beware of the Dogs by Stella Donnelly
- Eton Alive by Sleaford Mods
- Kokoroko by Kokoroko
- Encore by The Specials
- Groove Denied by Stephen Malkmus
- The Leftovers - Music From The HBO Series - Season One by Max Richter
- Combustion by Pregoblin
- V.A 4 by Monomorph / Brainwaltzera / The Jaffa Kid / SSIEGE / Rawmance
- Gallipoli by Beirut
- Only Human by KH
- Feeling Fades by The Murder Capital
- Fire In The Hole by Black Peaches
- Dizzy Spells by Patience
- Full Upon Her Burning Lips by Earth
- Fishing For Fishes by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
- Useless Coordinates by Drahla
- Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs) by Beth Gibbons & The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Truth Is In The Stars by Zefur Wolves
- I Am Easy To Find by The National
- Father Of The Bride by Vampire Weekend
- Be A Girl by The Wannadies
- Here Comes The Cowboy by Mac DeMarco
- Capsule Losing Contact by Duster
- So Much Better by Carla dal Forno
- The Age of Immunology by Vanishing Twin
- After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house by Nivhek
- Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986 by Various
- Low Distance by Deaf Center
- Droneflower by Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky
And for all this week's records...
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