New Release Round-Up 07-28-17
ARCADE FIRE - Everything Now (Night Version) - Sony
The fifth full-length studio release for the Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, was co-produced with Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, Markus Dravs, and Pulp's Steve Mackey. Features "Electric Blue". The album is available as the standard "Day Version" and the Indie Exclusive "Night Version" which features exclusive artwork.
MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA - A Black Mile To The Surface - Loma Vista
A Black Mile To The Surface is a bold record of vision and purpose, inspired by and dwelling in a sensory and imaginative experience. It's a reinvention of sorts, both musically and personally-a sort of cosmic worldview shift. But in the end, the record's themes are universal. Inspired by their experience creating the score for the film Swiss Army Man, Manchester Orchestra seized the chance to rethink their typical methods of working. This process gave them new ideas of how to think about writing, how songs could flow, and how to layer melodies on top of one another to propel the tune into a new emotional arena. To manifest this vision, the band turned to producer Catherine Marks (Foals, PJ Harvey, The Killers, Interpol) and began working with her at Echo Mountain studio in Asheville. In addition to mixing with Marks at her Assault & Battery studio in London, Manchester Orchestra also worked with John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions In The Sky, Angel Olsen, Cloud Nothings) in Los Angeles - gathering new sounds, adding to and widening the songs' dimensions. Encouraged to go against first instinct, each collaborator added their own touch to the music, pushing it to places no Manchester Orchestra record had ever gone before.
JUICEBOXXX - Freaked Out American Loser - Dangerbird
Freaked Out American Loser is the latest album from Juiceboxxx, the Milwaukee-bred punk rap artist who is quite simply the first and last of his kind all at once. Juiceboxxx grew up in the 2000s within the noise, punk rock, and underground rap communities of Wisconsin, and while those banners still fly high independently today, there are very few other artists who not only understand that venn diagram but who are also actively attempting to merge those sounds cohesively. Juiceboxxx might be out of his mind, but in all the best ways--he owns it and commits to this unstoppable onslaught of creative ideas and outbursts. Freaked Out American Loser is a punk rap blast that captures the anarchic, aggressive spirit of Juiceboxxx's live show while also adding a new level of polish, focus, and dare we say, professionalism. Songs like ''Guts And Tension'' and ''Destruction and Redemption'' place the listener in the middle of the pit, blazing with frenetic guitar and thick energy. ''Freaking Out'' and ''Go To The Club Alone'' display dexterous rap skill and a heavier hip hop feel while retaining a jittery post-punk edge. And the album-closing eponymous track even brings to mind the melodic chime and epic codas of the Pixies.
ALICE COOPER - Paranormal - Earmusic
Alice Cooper's new studio album, his first in six years, Paranormal was recorded in Nashville with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin. The ten-track album also features a very special bonus CD a mini-album consisting of two brand new songs written and recorded together with the original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith, and guitarist Michael Bruce alongside carefully selected live recordings. Paranormal also features special guest appearances by U2's Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple's Roger Glover.
JOYWAVE - Content - Hollywood Records
Rochester alternative band Joywave are releasing their sophomore studio album titled Content, and getting ready to make their return to the live stage. The quintet will head out on tour with Young The Giant and Cold War Kids at the start of August. Content, which has a playful double meaning, is produced by Joywave's Daniel Armbruster & Sean Donnelly and mixed by Rich Costey and will be released on Hollywood Records/Cultco Music.
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.