New This Week
June 14th, 2019
Every Friday, we pick out our Top 10 new releases and we have some gems we think you'll love. Get spinning!
Jordan Rakei - Origin
Available on Rough Trade Exclusive Blue Vinyl (Limited to 200 copies).
Jordan Rakei’s new record Origin follows his 2017 Ninja Tune debut Wallflower, which showcased his unwavering competence as a neo-soul singer-songwriter. Thematically, Origin draws directly from our cultural obsession with the idea of dystopian future. With a specific focus on the effect technological growth has on the human experience. The influence of contemporary dystopian works of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return, inspired the structure of Origin.
Bill Callahan - Shepard in a Sheepskin Vest
It has been nearly six years since Bill Callahan released an album. In his latest endeavor, Callahan’s songwriting diverts from what we have come to expect from past releases. Prior to Shepherd, we became familiar with Callahan’s unmistakably distinct sound: long and dissonant folk songs providing us with a look inside the contemplative consciousness of the artist. While the new songs are shorter in length, they don't just maintain the emotional appeal we find comfort in; they redefine it. The uncharacteristically directness of the lyrics within Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest reveals a Bill Callahan that was previously hidden.
Kate Tempest - The Book of Traps and Lessons
Many artists have been inspired by the world’s ongoing crises of climate and politics, but few with the virtue that Kate Tempest shows in her third studio album, ‘Book of Traps and Lessons’. Stripping poetry out of books and throwing it against a microphone, Tempest tells of the elegance of rough edges: serrated, dangerous. “I engage with all of myself, which is why it’s dangerous” she recently told The Guardian. Producers Rick Rubin and Dan Carey’s simple melodic landscapes stretch into forty five minutes, welcoming her narrative thread: sung precipitations and words, spoken. A feast of precious motifs, corroded, magnificent.
Crumb - Jinx
Brooklyn-based Crumb wrote their debut album’s title-track, “Jinx”, about a car accident that left the quartet wounded both physically (one broke their hand, the other their sternum) and inwardly, reflecting on “the fragility of the whole situation that we’re in, and about how it could come to an end at any point” singer Lila Ramani shared. Their endurance shines through on the 10-track album that unfurl a steady stream of jazzy dream pop songs. Available on translucent Yellow vinyl.
Shellac - The End of the Radio
Shellac, the noise rock trio fronted by Steve Albini release their double-vinyl album, The End of the Radio. The album features unreleased recordings from both of their Peel Sessions (1994 and 2004), as well as songs cut from the groups 1994 debut, At Action Park. The record also includes early live versions of songs eventually recorded in-studio for the trio’s 2007 release; Excellent Itallian Greyhound. The previously unheard material on The End of the Radio fills in an essential piece of the sonic evolution and overall history of the group.
Rough Trade's Top New Releases This Week:
1. Jordan Rakei - Origin
2. Bill Callahan - Shepard in a Sheepskin Vest
3. Kate Tempest - The Book of Traps and Lessons
4. Crumb - Jinx
5. Shellac - The End of the Radio
6. Mattiel - Satis Factory
7. Brian Eno - Ambient 1: Music For Airports
8. Purple Mountain - Purple Mountains
9. Burial - Claustro
10. David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks: Season Two Music And More