New Release Round-Up 08-19-16
JOHN PAUL WHITE - Beulah - Single Lock Records
Beulah is the title of John Paul White's new album, his first in nearly a decade, a remarkably and assuredly diverse collection spanning plaintive folk balladry, swampy southern rock, lonesome campfire songs, and dark acoustic pop. Gothic and ambitious, with a rustic, lived-in sound, it’s a meditation on love curdling into its opposite, on recrimination defining relationships, on hope finally filtering through doubt.
BLOOD ORANGE - Freetown Sound - Domino
Freetown Sound is the third full-length album from Dev Hynes (Blood Orange). Written and produced by Hynes, Freetown Sound is a tour de force, a pastiche of Hynes’ past, present, and future that melds his influences with his own established musical voice. For well over a decade, Dev has proven himself a virtuoso of versatility, experimenting with almost every conceivable musical genre and working with a wide variety of artists as a writer and producer. On his solo work he has created a singular style of urgent, delicate pop music by carefully stitching a sound palette that gently recalls elastic funk, slinky R&B, and pure pop. Thematically, the album is profoundly personal and unapologetically political, touching on issues of race, religion, sex, and sexism over 17 shimmering songs.
DOLLY PARTON - Pure & Simple - Sony
Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist Dolly Parton is back with a new album, Pure & Simple, her first release since 2014's Blue Smoke. Comprised of songs written solely by Dolly, highlights include "Pure and Simple," "Head Over High Heels," as well as new recordings of "Tomorrow is Forever," originally recorded as a duet with Porter Wagoner in 1970, and "Say Forever You'll Be Mine," which Dolly & Porter recorded in 1975.
The documentary Miss Sharon Jones! follows dynamic frontwoman Sharon Jones through her 2013 battle with cancer and her triumphant return to the stage around the release of Give The People What They Want. The soundtrack, featuring the exclusive "I'm Still Here," boasts a nice selection of tracks ranging from her early singles on Daptone, to tracks from the band's 2014 release, Give the People What They Want. Much like the film, the soundtrack gives you an intimate, candid look into the life of a woman who refuses to be defined by the challenges she faces. The perfect accompaniment to a truly extraordinary film. Stay tuned this summer for Miss Sharon Jones! theatrical release.
DRAKE WHITE - Spark - Dot Records
"One of the country's most energizing performers," (Rolling Stone Country) Drake White is officially burning up trails and charts with the release of his debut album on Dot Records. Spark features his current single “Livin’ the Dream." Billboard calls White a "confident, energetic presence with a mix of gravel, soul and gospel in his voice."
AGES & AGES - Something To Ruin - PTKF
If Ages & Ages' debut album Alright You Restless declared independence from the cynicism and self-consciousness plaguing a generation, and the follow-up Divisionary was an exercise in confronting change, conflict, and loss, Something To Ruin confronts the debris of our collective failures and asks whether we might be better off letting go and starting over. Recorded at Isaac Brock’s studio (Ice Cream Party), this album still has plenty of the infectious and joyful melodies the band is known for, but this time the stakes are higher. It raises questions about facing our society’s collective wreckage both environmentally and culturally. With all members hailing from Portland, Oregon, Something to Ruin explores what it’s like to watch your hometown implode in a frenzy of real estate development and lifestyle branding.
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.