New This Week
November 9th, 2018
Every Friday we pick out our Top 10 new releases. We hope you love them...
Following an 11-year hiatus, The Good, the Bad & The Queen, a Damon Albarn (Gorillaz/Blur) fronted supergroup made up of Paul Simonon (former bassist of The Clash), Tony Allen (Afrobeat pioneer), and The Verve’s Simon Tong is back with new album Merrie Land. Produced by Tony Visconti and completed in London and Wales this year, Merrie Land is a questioning good-bye letter and a series of observations and reflections on Britishness in 2018. This 10-track sophomore art project features a lovely set of downbeat ballads and is complete reform from their 2007 debut. Available on 180 Gram Green Vinyl via newly created label Studio 13.
Covering an another artist’s album start to finish isn’t a new concept. It was an idea blue-rock singer-songwriter Ryley Walker had been toying with for quite some time. The album? Dave Matthews Band’s previously unreleased-but-leaked 2001 art-rock masterpiece The Lillywhite Sessions. Walker recorded the 12 songs that appear on The Lillywhite Sessions in a four-day burst back in January 2018 in Chicago, while he was waiting for the release of Deafman Glance in May, his fourth album of original material. Walker's rendition has a Dave meets Drag City vibe with a new adult pathos and a budding post-rock wanderlust. Available on Standard Black Vinyl and Standard CD via Dead Oceans.
Art-rock icon Kate Bush personally remastered her entire back catalogue together with with producer/engineer James Guthrie, who previously worked on Bush’s 1985 LP, Hounds of Love. This will be the first time Bush's albums will be available on vinyl in nearly a decade. The complete collection features 18 vinyl discs and rare tracks never-before pressed on vinyl. Her discography on vinyl is four boxsets starting with Remastered in Vinyl 1 which includes her #1 debut album Wuthering Heights, as well as Lionheart, Never For Ever and The Dreaming. Available on 4-LP Box Set via Rhino.
Ambient 1 - Music For Airports is considered by many to be the ultimate ambient album. Originally released by Polydor Records in 1978, Brian Eno's sixth studio album is so delicate, lovely, and aesthetically moving. This album is a four part 'piece' performed entirely on synthesizer and piano. The composition finds meditative synthesizer notes resembling bells interwoven with bits of melody and fading in and out of silence. It's genuine, pure, and achingly beautiful. Now remastered and available on Standard Black Vinyl and CD via Astralwerks.
Swedish synth-pop group Little Dragon release Lover Chanting EP, their debut on Ninja Tune. The dance-driven, R&B-flavored four-track EP features three new original songs and an edited version of Lover Chanting as the fourth. Their follow-up to 2017’s Season High is about the force of love and features drum and synth bass grooves as the central sound. Available on Standard Black 12" Vinyl.
Rough Trade's Top 10 New Releases This Week:
1. The Good, The Bad and the Queen - Merrie Land
2. Ryley Walker - The Lillywhite Sessions
3. Kate Bush - Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl 1
4. Brian Eno - Ambient 1 - Music For Airports
5. Little Dragon - Lover Chanting EP
6. De La Soul - Buhloone Mindstate
7. Mick Harvey and Christopher Richard Barker - The Fall and Rise of Edgar Bourchier and the Horrors of War
8. Various Artists - Brainfeeder X
9. Cigarettes After Sex - Crush
10. The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet - 50th Anniversary Edition