New Release Round-Up 04-21-15
ALABAMA SHAKES - Sound & Color - ATO Records
Alabama Shakes's Sound & Color is the follow-up to the band's Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girls, which earned the group three Grammy nominations, including a nod for Best New Artist. Sound & Color demonstrates the tremendous strides made by a group of musicians who had only been playing together for a few months when they recorded their first album. From the searing single "Don't Wanna Fight" to the garage-rock freak-out on "The Greatest" to the psychedelic space jam "Gemini," Alabama Shakes build on the soulful blues-rock base and map a surprising, innovative new direction.
BUILT TO SPILL - Untethered Moon - UME
Built To Spill, one of the most endearing and enduring rock bands of its generation, releases its eighth studio album, entitled Untethered Moon. Untethered Moon is the first BTS album recorded with new band members Steve Gere (drums) and Jason Albertini (bass), who join vocalist/guitarist Doug Martsch with guitarists Brett Netson and Jim Roth. Untethered Moon was produced by Martsch and Sam Coomes.
FRANK SINATRA - Ultimate Sinatra - UME
The defining voice of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra enjoyed a legendary recording career that spanned six decades, beginning with his earliest session in 1939 and culminating with his last in 1993, for his world-renowned, multi-platinum Duets and Duets II albums. Ultimate Sinatra presents key recordings spanning the Chairman of the Board's recordings for Columbia, Capitol and Reprise, together for the first time. Ultimate Sinatra's single-disc CD brims with 25 stellar recordings representing a cross-section of Sinatra's unparalleled recording career. Also available is the Ultimate Sinatra: The Centennial Collection which is a 4-CD set of 100 Songs Celebrating 100 Years.
PASSION PIT - Kindred - Sony
Kindred was written by Passion Pit creative force and frontman Michael Angelakos and recorded in New York City. The album was produced by Angelakos alongside longtime collaborators and co-producers Chris Zane and Alex Aldi, as well as Benny Blanco. Kindred follows Passion Pit's 2012 hit Gossamer, which found the band selling out Madison Square Garden, appearing on Saturday Night Live, a special "Live on Letterman" performance, and playing at major festivals including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Outside Lands and more.
DRAKE - If You're Reading This It's Too Late - Republic
The digital version of Drake's If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late debuted with no publicity and scanned over 500,000 copies in 3 days. This physical release features two exclusive tracks “How About Now” and “My Side.”
GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS - A Forest Of Arms - Nettwerk
A Forest Of Arms is the sixth album from Tony Dekker’s Great Lake Swimmers and the follow-up to their 2012 Juno Award and Polaris Music Prize-nominated New Wild Everywhere. The album is a return to Dekker's naturalistic folk sound, as well as the process of recording in unique and unusual locations, which provided elements for some of their most dynamic songs ever recorded. Those familiar with past Great Lake Swimmers albums will recognize the thematic threads of beauty in the natural world, environmental issues and explorations of close personal ties that hold us together.
DELERIUM - Rarities & B-Sides - Nettwerk
Rarities & B-Sides contains 3 new songs, including “Glimmer,” featuring Emily Haines (of Metric), “Aurora,” featuring rising star Rykka and “Ray,” featuring iconic Delerium singer, Kristy Thirsk. This collection highlights the rich history of Delerium, who trail-blazed trance and anthemic dance with Silence in the 90s and is still going strong, as highlighted by this extraordinary collection of songs.
MEW - + - - PIAS America
Danish indie-prog-rock/noisemeisters Mew, following a somewhat extended hiatus, announces its long-awaited new album, the band's first in six years, + - (as in "plus minus"), which will be available as a 10-track CD, deluxe double CD, and a double vinyl album.
THE WEEPIES - Sirens - Nettwerk
Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met, and soon formed indie band The Weepies. On the strength of their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, they quietly sold more than a million records, with over 17 million streams on Spotify, and 20 million views on YouTube. They married and had three children, rarely touring but continuing to release their music, five records over seven years. At 16 songs and almost an hour long, Sirens shows a band at the height of its powers.
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.