Asphalt Meadows is neither a nostalgic rehash of earlier heights nor a workmanlike product lacking innovation or novelty. It is instead a statement that Death Cab can both occupy space in the indie rock pantheon while at the same time producing new work deserving of consideration with some of their finest early work. *Indie Exclusive Pink LP*
Magnetically energetic and eternally hopeful, Dayglow excels in creating catchy, carefully crafted, effervescent indie pop. Fun and colorful, People In Motion meditates on the ideas of commitment, inner peace, and movement, while inviting the listener to the dance floor to leave the chaos and noise of our current culture behind.
Produced by longtime collaborator Josh Wilbur (Korn, Megadeath), Omens is Lamb Of God's most diverse affair. Densely muscular with a pessimistic eye toward inner struggles and global affairs alike, Omens is a furious entry in the band’s catalog, perhaps their angriest album yet. "It’s a pissed-off record,” explains vocalist D. Randall Blythe.
Aside from the blood, the gore, the theatrics and the noise, there’s always been much more to the band’s ability to shock and surprise – and now it seems their next left turn could be their most daring yet. As Taylor warns on the old-school arena shredder, “Warranty”: “Isn’t this what you came here for?” *Indie Exclusive 2x Neon Yellow LP*
James Mercer (The Shins) and Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) share an alchemical connection. In Burton’s hands, the studio becomes a transformative space, where he can robe Mercer’s songs as instinct and imagination demand. Mercer’s understated, emotive songraft, meanwhile, keep Burton’s sonic visions anchored. *Indie Exclusive Opaque Purple LP*
The members of the legendary 1990s Joshua Redman Quartet—Redman (saxophone), Brad Mehldau (piano), Christian McBride (bass), and Brian Blade (drums)—reunited after twenty-six years for 2020’s RoundAgain. They return now with LongGone, a flawless effort by four musicians that have only gotten better in time, each at the very top of his game now.
Produced by Martin Terefe, Nut draws on Tunstall's love of percussive West African grooves as a metaphor for the learning patterns of the mind. It is an eclectic album that seamlessly weaves together disparate styles while showcasing the Grammy-nominee’s singular knack for balancing introspective folk and propulsive rock.
Working again with Patrick Carney, Branch picks up where Hopeless Romantic left off. Where that record had a slight modern patina thanks to dabbling in lite electronica, The Trouble with Fever feels retro: it's heavy on harmonies and studded with fuzz guitars, all accentuating sharply crafted melodies. It’s alluring and open, an invitation for relaxation as much as it is for reflection.
The 11 song suite was created over 7+ years, as McCraven strived to design a highly personal but broadly communicable fusion of odd-meter compositions from his working songbook with orchestral, large ensemble arrangements and the edit-heavy “organic beat music” that he’s honed over a growing body of production-craft. *Indie Exclusive Ivory LP*
Freddie’s been in the game for a while (debuted on the Freshman XXL cover with Meek Mill, Nipsey Hussle) yet he was the only one with no major label backing. His partnership with Warner is his very first major deal. He feels as if he has made it thus far in his career without compromising his morals, creative integrity and principals as a man all while resisting temptations… hence the title.
Dealing with dueling themes—light and dark, creation and destruction, hope and despair—god’s work is a truly personal record with depth in its message-driven lyrics. It provokes questions among listeners, even if that question is “Did LeAnn Rimes just say ‘fuck?’,” and it urges them to look inward. It’s got a lot to say.
Rife with fluttering guitar melodies, inviting vocals, and homey imagery of the Northeast on the verge of changing seasons, Stick Season represents a massive turning point for Kahan. His relationship with his career has been altered, his conviction for storytelling and a pursuit of a more organic sound that aligns with the folk music of his upbringing has firmly arrived.
The two-time Grammy nominee’s keen pop sensibilities make it light yet her country roots keeps it frank. There is a lot of nostalgia to this record as Ballerini has mentioned. "It does sound really '90s-inspired, '90s country and '90s pop... I really just wanted to start this next chapter with something that feels good. It's breezy, it's happy, and I hope people hear that."
Return plays like a masterclass on guitar and a freewheeling imagination. Threading his husky-voiced phrasing through a likable cosmic cowboy manner, he invites you on a tour of tunes humorous, Proustian and heart-worn. As the fifteen-song set unfolds, you can feel a tangible bond building between Snider and his fans. *Indie Exclusive Opaque Sky Blue LP*
Co-produced by beloved Texas musician and larger-than-life personalities Paul Cauthen and Beau Bedford, Married Alone is the genre-benidng songwriting spitfire’s finest work yet, bringing together confessional songwriting, image-rich narratives and no shortage of sonic surprises for a loosely conceptual album about loss and healing.
10 years after his Grammy-nominated From The Ground Up, Fullbright is back. This time it’s a team effort with various Tulsa residents act as backing band. This seems to have loosened up his songwriting, forgoing the stately economy of the past for something altogether more expansive and with a renewed lightness of spirit. Let’s sincerely hope he’s back for good now.
Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Henry Rollins…these are just a few of the punk icons who have shown support. The Bobby Lees make music that is punk in spirit and soul; unfettered and resolutely honest. It's the kind of aural exorcism any listener can tap into, something that struck a chord with Rollins who brought them to Ipecac Recordings. *Limited Edition White LP*
It’s the little things that count on this muted mini album. This unsettled music for an unsettled era, the kind of songs which can make you feel euphoric and make you feel down-hearted (sometimes at the same time). Through it all, though, these tunes are the sonic equivalent of living, breathing, human warmth. Bittersweet melancholy is rarely more refined.
The Swedish pop star explores the intricacies of her femininity on her fifth album, Dirt Femme. “I’m a pansexual woman married to a straight man,” says Tove. “I believe masculine and feminine lives on a spectrum in all humans. There are so many more interesting nuances than most people want to accept. Songs on this album will contradict each other, will probably upset some of you, will make you want to dance, cry, fuck and drive your car really, really, fast.”
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