New This Week
August 3rd, 2018
Every Friday we pick out our Top 10 new releases. We hope you love them...
Being in love is a complicated, personal experience. It takes a special personality to soundtrack such introspective and honest emotions. Together with longtime collaborator, composer, and producer Mica Levi (of Micachu and the Shapes), London-based singer-songwriter Tirzah delivers just that. Her full-length debut Devotion delivers gentle, atmospheric, backdrops and leaves her vocals to be the primary instrument. With a unique blend of neo-soul/R&B and downtempo electronica, her unique sound is both welcoming and somber, hypnotic and laid-back. This stunning 11-song record is available on Limited Heavyweight White Colored Vinyl, Heavyweight Black Vinyl and Standard CD via Domino.
New Zealand born band, The Beths, release their warm and energetic debut album Future Me Hates Me full of joyful hooks and sun-soaked harmonies perfect for Summer. The new record delivers roadtrip-ready tracks, each song hitting your ears with an exhilarating endorphin rush, like the first time you heard The Breeders or Veruca Salt. Front and center on these ten infectious tracks is lead singer and primary songwriter Elizabeth Stokes, whose vocals demonstrate the confidence of Joan Jett and the vulnerability of Jenny Lewis, while the guitars draw contemporary inspiration from artists such as Alvvays and Courtney Barnett. Available on Tangy Yellow Colored Vinyl (with 12" x 12" Lyric Sheet and Download) and Standard CD via Carpark Records.
Three years behind the release of her debut full-length, Odetta Hartman releases sophomore album Old Rockhounds Never Die, a record spearheaded by dust-bowl murder ballad 'Misery', complete with booming gunshots and an eerie, echoing banjo. Heavy like a locomotive, this album convenes ghosts of the past while marching relentlessly forwards. The dark electronic pairing with Odetta's old-west folk comes from her partner Jack Inslee, who supplies the album with all the necessary dark tones. Available on Indie Exclusive Red Colored Vinyl, Standard Black Vinyl, and CD via Northern Spy and Memphis Industries.
Lola Kirke may be known for her major roles in Gone Girl, Mistress America, and Mozart in the Jungle, but her venture into music (following her dad's footsteps) is not to be over looked. Throughout her time on the big screen, her passion for music remained constant with her guitar following her from dressing room to dressing room. A New Yorker by the way of London, Kirke felt a strong connection to ‘70s rock and 21st century country which is exactly the sound you'll find on her folk-western debut, fittingly titled, Heart Head West. With heavy heartfelt lyrics that delve into themes of self esteem and alienation, the record reveals vulnerability and an impressive overarching softness. Available on Rough Trade Exclusive Standard Black Vinyl via Downtown Records.
Jamaican-born, modern contemporary reggae singer Protoje is back with A Matter Of Time, the follow-up to his acclaimed 2015 full-length, Ancient Future. This album, a mix of new-roots, dub, dancehall and rock, is part of Protoje's bigger mission to bring reggae back to the charts. Chronixx and Jah9, two collaborators on the album, coined the term “reggae revival” to help market this scene, and as a result, the record features elements such as a sweeping James Bond orchestra score before rolling into rapid-fire rhymes and uptempo reggae licks. Romantic lyrics, and a modern outlook on the genre give this album a fresh new feel. Available on Standard Black Vinyl and Standard CD via Easy Star Records.
Rough Trade's Top 10 New Releases This Week:
1. Tirzah - Devotion
2. The Beths - Future Me Hates Me
3. Odetta Hartman - Old Rockhounds Never Die
4. Lola Kirke - Heart Head West
5. Protoje - A Matter of Time
6. The Moldy Peaches - The Moldy Peaches
7. Neko Case
8. Bass Drum of Death - Just Business
9. Liars soundtrack
10. Clairo - diary 001