New Release Round-Up 07-22-16
LOOK PARK - Look Park - Yep Roc Records
Look Park is the debut album from Chris Collingwood, lead singer and founding member of Fountains of Wayne, under the moniker Look Park. It features the pop sensibilities and unmistakable vocals he made famous in Fountains. The self-titled Look Park debut album was produced by Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Crowded House, Sheryl Crowe, The Pretenders, Los Lobos). Look Park plans on touring in late summer beginning in the US, with UK and EU dates to follow.
CROWN THE EMPIRE - Retrograde - Rise Records
Art should confront and challenge convention, but Crown The Empire take it one step further. Since bursting onto the scene in 2012, Crown The Empire have shown no signs of slowing down on their undeniable course toward world domination. They have sold over 175,000 albums in the US over two releases, and have toured the world repeatedly with the likes of The Used, Of Mice & Men and Pierce The Veil. Crown The Empire are back with their new album, Retrograde, the highly anticipated follow up to the band’s previous release, The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways.
MSTRKRFT - Operator - Last Gang
After a five-year hiatus, Canadian electronic Music pioneers MSTRKRFT (Jesse F. Keeler & Al-P) are back. Driven by distorted drum beats, hauntingly hypnotic synths, and booming cinematic soul, Operator immediately captivates. "It's probably the most accurate reflection of how we work on stage" says Jesse. "We had to be very creative with very few elements. It took time to figure that out."
THE AMAZING - Ambulance - PTKF
The followup to 2015's acclaimed Picture You, Ambulance sees The Amazing continue their journey to a place where music is free of restrictions. Despite reflecting Chris Gunrup's often bleak worldview, the music is expansive and beautiful, marked by playing that’s as much free jazz as rock - pure music without any showiness. The songs unfold slowly, without a traditional verse/chorus structure, spinning gauzy webs of shimmering mystery with their own inimitable dynamic of sinuous, swirling guitars; rich, ambient bass lines; crisp percussion and restrained, church-like, keyboard textures. Sharing members with Sweden's psych forefathers Dungen, the album was recorded in just a few days in one tiny room at Stockholm's Buller & Bäng studio and delves into the hidden recesses of the heart, finding inner space to be just as expansive as the midnight sky. "The Amazing specialize in a beauty that isn’t airbrushed or slick or antiseptic... it's elemental rock—earthy, molten, aquatic, but uses each of their qualities to soothe rather than destroy or intimidate." - Pitchfork
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.