New This Week

March 15th, 2019

Every Friday, we pick out our Top 10 new releases and we have some gems we think you'll love. Get spinning!

Karen O and Danger Mouse - Lux Prima

Karen O and Danger Mouse’s collaborative album marries the sounds of the queen of the aughts rock revival with those of the highly sought-after (and grammy-winning) producer. Both embarked on what Karen O calls a “vision quest of sorts,” exploring what it means to make music two decades into their respective careers, and built a cinematic soundtrack to an astral world dotted of lush disco-tinged cuts and sprawling, soulful psych rock. Available on Limited Red Vinyl with Poster and Download via BMG.

Stephen Malkmus - Groove Denied

Groove Denied is Stephen Malkmus’ secret electronic record, a delightful, synth-laden departure from the Pavement frontman’s catalog. Ditching instrumentals and drawing from early eighties post punk (think The Human League or Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’), this release expands the horizons to which his askew melodies can travel to. As Malkmus commented: “It’s fun to mess with things that you’re not supposed to.” It’s a fun listen, too. Available on Limited Clear Vinyl via Matador.

The Cinematic Orchestra - To Believe

For their first album in 12 years, Jason Swinscoe and Dominic Smith, who weave neo-classical jazz with electronic sensibilities under The Cinematic Orchestra moniker, enlisted a plethora of guests from the contemporary soul and jazz scene: vocalists Moses Sumney, Roots Manuva, Heidi Vogel, Grey Reverend and Tawiah; strings player Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and keyboardist Dennis Hamm – both of whom have worked with Flying Lotus and Thundercat. Restrained, intricate, fragile, and nonetheless a muscular tour de force. Available on Double 180 Gram Clear Vinyl and White Vinyl via Ninja Tune.

Fatamorgana - Terra Alta

Barcelona synthpop duo Fatamorgana delivers a sharp, clean and hooky debut, unspooling 10 propulsive and immediate tracks, sung in icy cold Spanish, that echo early post punk that could be could be pin-pointed somewhere between Depeche Mode, Young Marble Giants, The Human League. Under the veil of primal rhythms and danceable beats, Terra Alta conceals pensive and mesmeric qualities that lend itself to be listened to in broad daylight or under the glow of a disco ball. Rough Trade Exclusive Limited to 150 Copies on Blue Vinyl with Lyric Insert and Download via La Vida Es Un Mus.

Robert Forster - Inferno

From the post-punk-leaning indie pop of the Go-Betweens through his enduring solo career, acclaimed Australian singer songwriter Robert Forster continuously offered sharp and precise songwriting. It’s no different on Inferno, a concise effort which hears him in his characteristic reflective mode and idiosyncratic wit, although this time with notable zest and warmth. Available on Rough Trade Exclusive Silver Colored Vinyl via Tapete Records. Limited to 200 Copies.

Rough Trade's Top New Releases This Week:

1. Karen O and Danger Mouse - Lux Prima

2. Stephen Malkmus - Groove Denied

3. The Cinematic Orchestra - To Believe

4. Fatamorgana - Terra Alta

5. Robert Forster - Inferno

7. Sontalk - Stay Wild

8. Dwight Trible - Mothership

9. Matmos - Plastic Anniversary

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