New Release Round-Up 06-03-16
PAUL SIMON - Stranger To Stranger - Concord Records
"The idea is not to just make another album," Paul Simon explains. "The idea is to make something that's really worth a listen." For anyone who's been listening to great music during the past half-century, Paul Simon is certainly no stranger. So one of the most remarkable things about his extraordinary new masterpiece, Stranger To Stranger, is that it conjures a vivid and vital new context to his well-established genius as a singer and songwriter. Full of thrilling textures that feel fresh and modern, while still offering subtle and artful allusions to our shared musical past, Stranger to Stranger presents the perfect opportunity to get to know Paul Simon in a new way.
THE KILLS - Ash & Ice - Domino
Over their almost decade-and-a-half career, The Kills have released four records. Each one a restless, reckless enigmatic art statement that bristled with tension, anxiety, sex, unstudied cool and winking ennui, yet not one of them sounded like the previous one. Ash & Ice is the follow up to 2011’s critically lauded Blood Pressures and was five years in the making in part due to Jamie Hince’s five hand surgeries, which resulted in him having to re-learn how to play guitar with a permanently damaged finger.
TEGAN & SARA - Love You To Death - Warner Bros.
Love You To Death is the follow up to Tegan & Sara's pop breakthrough album Heartthrob, which featured the singles "Closer," which was certified gold in the US, and "I Was a Fool." In addition to this, the band were featured on the LEGO Movie single "Everything is Awesome" with The Lonely Island, and were invited to perform that song as part of the 2015 Oscar telecast.
THE STROKES - Future Present Past EP [Indie Exclusive Blue 10 Inch Vinyl] - Cult Records
This surprise new EP includes three original songs (“Drag Queen,” “OBLIVIUS,” and “Threat of Joy”) along with an additional remix of “OBLIVIUS” by drummer Fab Moretti. Future Present Past will be released in both digital and physical formats to coincide with the band’s headlining performance at the Governor’s Ball Festival in New York. Future Present Past was recorded over the past year in several locations with the help of producer Gus Oberg. The band is currently at work on new material.
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.