New Release Round-Up 04-08-16
THE LUMINEERS - Cleopatra - Dualtone Music Group
It took four years for The Lumineers to follow up their platinum-plus, multi-Grammy-nominated, self-titled debut – which spent 46 weeks on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #2 -- but Cleopatra is well worth the wait. After exploding onto the scene with their monster single, “Ho Hey” (which spent a staggering 62 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #3) and its follow-up, “Stubborn Love” (recently featured on President Barack Obama’s Spotify playlist), The Lumineers spent a solid three years touring six of the seven continents.
BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS - Call It What It Is - Fantasy
Call It What It Is, the long awaited album that reunites Ben Harper with The Innocent Criminals, is the first recorded album by the band in nine years. The 11-track album is an incisive, bold, poetic statement that could only come from these longtime musical partners, one of popular music's most essential, cohesive and dynamic ensembles. The standout title track showcases Harper's unmatched ability to blend the personal and political. The genre-spanning collection contains many highlights including the sun-kissed groove of "Shine" and the album's swaggering lead track "When Sex Was in Dirty." Call It What It Is is kinetic and emotional, flowing with spark, depth, passion and growth that Ben Harper core fans love the world over.
DEFTONES - Gore - Reprise
Gore is the eighth full-length studio release for the Sacramento alternative metal band Deftones and features a guest appearance from Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell.
M83 - Junk - Mute U.S.
“On the last album, there was too much of me.” That’s how Anthony Gonzalez – the sonic auteur behind that most sublime purveyor of symphonic-indie-electronic-dream pop, M83, describes the primary inspiration behind his new album Junk. So why would Gonzalez try to remove himself from its follow-up and supplant himself with the surprising likes of Beck and Steve Vai. Wait, Steve Vai? The legendary virtuoso guitar hero who defned an era? On a M83 album in 2016? In trying to “remove” his identifable musical presence, ironically Gonzalez may have made one of his most personal eforts yet in Junk and with no compromise. With Junk, M83 has succeeded in making what Gonzalez called “an organized mess” - a collection of songs that aren’t made to live with each other, yet somehow work together.
HAYES CARLL - Lovers And Leavers - HWY 87 Records
Texas native Hayes Carll's style of roots-oriented songwriting has been noted for its plain-spoken poetry and sarcastic humor. In 2011, American Songwriter awarded him with Song of the Year for "Another Like You," and the same year he was nominated for Artist of the Year at the Americana Awards. Now, 5 years later, Hayes returns with a powerful and raw set of songs produced by Joe Henry entitled Lovers And Leavers.
PARQUET COURTS - Human Performance - Rough Trade US
Their third album, Human Performance, establishes Parquet Courts as simply one of the best rock bands active in the world right now, no qualifiers needed. Not “in Brooklyn,” not “something-something millennial,” not “art-rock this” or “slacker indie that” - but a brilliant, accomplished rock band that have established themselves as deserving a role in the historical legacy of the genre alongside the likes of The Velvet Underground, REM, Sonic Youth, and (okay, fine) Pavement. The LP – their masterpiece - brings together the tunefulness, wit, and guitar wizardry that earned them a crush of critical praise & excitable fans right out of the gate, with a deeply human sense of drive, of yearning, and of wisdom earned.
SANTANA - Santana IV [Indie Exclusive Low Price] - Santana IV Records
April 15th marks the release date of Santana IV, the wildly anticipated studio album that reunites the revered early '70s lineup of guitar icon Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums). The album signifies the first time in 45 years since 1971's classic Santana III that the quintet has recorded together. Santana IV features 16 all-new tracks written and produced by the band that burst with the same unparalleled energy and superlative musicianship that made Santana a pioneering force in world music and a household name across the globe. Joining the core Santana IV band in the studio are current Santana members Karl Perazzo (percussion) and Benny Rietveld (bass), with the legendary vocalist Ronald Isley guesting on two cuts.
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.