Music Releases 01-11-19
|Ode To A Friend [LP]
Old Sea Brigade releases his highly anticipated full-length debut Ode to a Friend. While the songs remain rooted in Americana, indie, rock, and ambient soundscapes, they also toss and turn between analog cinematic flourishes and provocative lyricism. At times singer-songwriter, other times indie-rock – no matter the inspiration behind the mélange of styles, Cramer has created a soundscape of the utmost sincerity and beauty. Throughout Ode...Old Sea Brigade tackles one of life’s most complex crises: how to make each day’s fleeting moments amount to something. It's these deeply introspective, meditative songs that make Old Sea Brigade so compelling.
|Old Sea Brigade||$26.98 Digital: $|
Buoyed by the smashing success of his recent trio of EPs – The Monologue, The Paradox and The Boy Who Cried Freedom – Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter Jacob Banks released his eagerly awaited full album debut, Village, on Interscope Records. Jacob’s powerful vocals and genre-bending style quickly received widespread praise everywhere from Billboard, The FADER, Complex, Interview, PAPER and NYLON, and TIME Magazine. This fall Jacob will embark on the Village worldwide tour.
|Jacob Banks||$25.98 Digital: $9.99|
Country singer and songwriter Randy Houser was born and raised in Lak, Mississippi, where his love of music was apparent even as a young child. Houser starterd fronting bands when he was around 13 years old and continued playing local gigs all the way through high school. Magnolia is his first new full length since 2016's "Fired Up".
|Heart Songs [LP]
In music as in love, one + one can add up to not two but a new and greater one. On Heart Songs two of the world's greatest guitarists, Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles, make this clear. Both are masters of their instrument, honored by the iconic Chet Atkins with the rare designation of CGP (Certified Guitar Players). Their early journeys were dissimilar. Emmanuel began his in Australia, grew up on the road with his family's band, settled as a teenager in Sydney and left his rock band to launch a spectacular solo career. Knowles followed a more academic path, eventually earning a PH.D. in physics from Texas Christian University but then electing to pursue his true love of music. Inevitably they would cross paths, become friends and perform on stages and clinics around the world. Their styles are distinctive but for that very reason they mesh seamlessly, with Knowles generally creating sophisticated but compelling foundations over which Emmanuel's guitar soars in astonishing yet always musical flights.
|Tommy Emmanuel / John Knowles||$19.98 Digital: $|
|Soy Pablo + Roy Pablo [2CD]
Norwegian 19 year old indie pop sensation Boy Pablo releases double EP on 2cd set full of winningly naïve but old soul pop. Disc 1 is the brand new Soy Pablo EP, featuring new single “Feeling Lonely” along with “Losing You” and “Sick Feeling.” Disc 2 is his Roy Pablo EP from 2017, never before released on CD. Tremendous press; Pitchfork, Fader, Pigeons & Planes, i-D. Touring the world this fall with two dates in LA… full US tour in Spring 2019. Vinyl of each EP to be released in January 2019.
|Roy Pablo EP [White Vinyl]
Debut EP from 19 year old Norwegian indie pop star released for the first time on vinyl. Originally released digitally in May 2017, the six song EP features the singles “Everytime” and “Dance, Baby.” Limited pressing will be on 140g white vinyl.
|boy pablo||$14.98 Digital: $5.99|
|Soy Pablo EP [Light Blue Vinyl]
Soy Pablo is the sophomore EP from Boy Pablo, Norway’s new indie pop sensation, now available on vinyl. Originally released digitally in October 2018, the seven song EP features “Sick Feeling” and “Losing You.” Limited pressing will be on 140g light blue vinyl.
|Nine Pins - Single
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SOILWORK has been around, in one form or another, for twenty years now. Some people say that they haven’t made anything worth listening to after “Steelbath Suicide”. Some have only heard “Stabbing The Drama. Some think “The Living Infinite”, the band’s 2013 double disc release, was quite epic. It’s all good. At this point in a band’s career, you can either choose the nostalgia route, playing old albums in their entirety, because that makes an easy package for promoters to sell. Verkligheten, the title of Soilwork’s latest offering, is the Swedish word for reality, the entity that we’re all trying to escape from. Verkligheten is their attempt to try and go somewhere else, to express all those things that are born in between hypnagogic states and frenzies of hyperrealism. SOILWORK is a band that has been through a lot. They don’t have to try and tidy things up by using clichés like personal and/or musical differences. It has been hell. They are not young anymore, and their reality these days is the hellhounds on their tails, the ghosts in their subconscious and the coldness of existence that starts eating at the soul the very day that you leave the womb. We can no longer escape the fact that we’re vulnerable to the shortcomings of life itself.
Most people haven’t heard of Esens, Germany, once home to Baroque composer Philipp Heinrich Erlebach. Nestled at whatever-end of Lower Saxony, where the East Frisian Islands form a barrier against the wailing North Sea, the town of 7,000 has slept the years away. However, rising death metal stars NAILED TO OBSCURITY are about to put Esens on the proverbial map with new album, “Black Frost”, their first for Nuclear Blast Records. Formed in 2005, NAILED TO OBSCURITY went through the usual ups and downs as a band. Mere months after forming, NAILED TO OBSCURITY issued their first demo, “Our Darkness”. While most bands live and die on the possibility of signing a label deal, NAILED TO OBSCURITY persevered, releasing their debut album, “Abyss”, independently in 2007. Since then the band has released two full length releases, “Opaque” (2013) and “King Delusion” (2017). Today, NAILED TO OBSCURITY remains a labor of love with band members spread out over Germany, but they still shack up on weekends in the rehearsal room in Esens to write together. That’s how new album, “Black Frost”, was born. Songs like 'Tears Of The Eyeless,' 'The Aberrant Host,' 'Road To Perdition,' and the magnificent title track were part of NAILED TO OBSCURITY’s weekend forays into the depths of melodic death metal (and beyond). The frantic pace at which “Black Frost” was written, however, didn’t impact the quality of songcraft. Whereas “King Delusion” focused on the pairing of savagery and melody, “Black Frost” changes up the formula. Call it maturity or desire to present ideas differently, NAILED TO OBSCURITY’s new songs churn, swirl, and coalesce around and into the band’s engaging if cloudy psychosocial lyrics.
|Nailed To Obscurity||$12.98|
|Going Straight Crazy (Feat. Princess Shaw) - Single