New This Week

December 14th, 2018

With 2018 coming to a close, our new releases may be dwindling but we've still got some hits. We hope you love them...

Karen O and Danger Mouse - Lux Prima

Yeah Yeah Yeah matriarch Karen O and super producer Danger Mouse teamed up for a highly anticipated collaborative full-length that's due to our shelves December. Both artists have been working on separate projects over the last year (Danger Mouse produced Parquet Courts’ recent album Wide Awake while Karen O released new track 'YO! MY SAINT’), but the duo decided to team up in the spirit of collaboration, leading to the creation Lux Prima. The first track off the upcoming album is a lush, cinematic and nine-minute taste of what's to come. On it, Danger Mouse surrounds Karen O’s bellowing vocals with a lengthy synth-laden intro and spacey outro to completely shape-shift the track from beginning to end. This week, we have the Lux Prima single available on White 12" Vinyl via BMG Rights.

Silent Servant - Shadows of Death and Desire

Shadows of Death and Desire sets the standard in electronic post-punk. Now-legendary producer, DJ, and art director Juan Mendez arguably reset techno by capturing the youth-driven mutation of crossover electronics and dark parties churning in the American underground. Now, Mendez has evolved to more aggressive and stripped-down acid-punk/electro dance attacks. This record is a subtle nod to Silent Servant's initial Maurizio-leaning EPs but with the grandiosity and slow-motion haze of My Bloody Valentine. Available on Standard Black Vinyl and CD via Hospital Productions.

The Decemberists - Traveling On

In March of 2018, we saw a slightly-synthier, vibrant side of veteran folk-rockers The Decemberists on their latest full-length release I'll Be your Girl. The album saw a shift in sonic influences in the direction of both New Order and Roxy Music. Now as a follow up to their eighth studio album, The Decemberists return with the twenty-one minute, 5-track EP Traveling On. The EP features songs that didn't quite find a home on the album, but shine nonetheless. Available on Standard Black 10" Vinyl via Capitol Records.

Brockhampton - Iridescence

Iridescence is the fourth studio album, major-label debut, and first installment of the The Best Years of Our Lives trilogy for American collective Brockhampton. The group's fourth record is a pummeling collection of mosh-pit conductors, crowded songs, and fleeting moments of delicacy. Recorded over 10 days at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios, Iridescence puts aside braggadocio, unleashes unharnessed energy and unchecked emotion. Available on Double Limited 150 Gram Clear Vinyl Set via Question Everything, Inc. and RCA Records.

Neil Young - Songs for Judy

Songs For Judy is a thoroughly engaging, powerful and unique collection of live acoustic performances culled from Neil Young's November 1976 solo tour and features 22 songs recorded at various cities along the tour. Hear Young revisit some of his earliest gems such as Springfield's "Mr. Soul" ('67), "Here We Are In The Years" ('68), and "The Losing End" ('69) from some of his earliest solo recordings which remain as timeless as ever. Restored to pristine warmth for the launch of Young’s own Reprise imprint, Shakey Pictures, the record features an introduction on how surreal it was to spy Judy Garland in the front row of one of his shows, as well as the addition of previously unreleased track "No One Seems To Know". Available on Double 140 Gram Vinyl housed in Gatefold Sleeve via Reprise Records.

Rough Trade's Top New Releases This Week:

1. Karen O and Danger Mouse - Lux Prima

2. Silent Servant - Shadows of Death and Desire

3. The Decemberists - Traveling On

4. Brockhampton - Iridescence

5. Neil Young - Songs for Judy

7. Andrew Bird - Bloodless

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