New This Week
February 15th, 2019
Every Friday, we pick out our Top 10 new releases and we have some gems we think you'll love. Get spinning!
Piroshka - Brickbat
In their debut album Brickbat, Piroshka combines the talents of former Lush vocalist and guitarist Miki Berenyi, former Moose guitarist KJ “Moose” McKillop, Modern English bassist Mick Conroy, and former Elastica drummer Justin Welch. With this stacked roster, the album succeeds in unifying shoegaze, shoegaze-pop, post punk, and indie rock into one cohesive sound. Their most recent single “What’s Next?” shows their seamless integration of dreamy vocals and whimsical instrumentals with flavors of punk. Ultimately, the album reflects the versatility of each musician involved through their ability to collaborate with one another without losing any of their own iconic sounds. Available on Limited Pink Vinyl via Bella Union.
Pinegrove - Skylight
Pinegrove have had a tumultuous couple years, going from best new band + leaders of an emo revival to taking a year off completely after allegations (since cleared up). Returning now with a shelved album originally written in 2017 and an article in Pitchfork detailing their journey, they've addressed the concerns in a way few have and delivered a record rife with introspection and emotional vulnerability, dealing with personal growth and relationships. They left behind much of that "emo sound" for something folkier, more alt-country leaning, but that doesn't mean they've lost what made them so beloved. Zach Levine's drums bolster Evan Stephens Halls vocals and lyrics, all produced by guitarist Sam Skinner and filled with a very strong band. It's a good record enlightened by the last year and definitely worth checking out. Available on White Vinyl.
Methyl Ethel - Triage
Methyl Ethel’s third studio album arrives with a mature and reflective perspective from lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Jake Webb. Recorded and produced by Webb, the album showcases airy and blissful guitar matched with Webb’s signature vocals, and songwriting marked by a coming-of-age tone. Recent single “Trip the Mains” features spacy, almost 80s synth, giving the song a haunting sound. Webb describes “Real Tight” as being a “surrealist love song”, a title which holds true when hearing the lyrics “You were sublime / But tell me real life, is this real life?”
Available on CD or LP via 4AD
HOMESHAKE - Helium
On his fourth studio album, Peter Sagar expands the horizon of his recording project Homeshake by branching out to different sounds and styles of songwriting. Sagar cites ambient and experimental music as a major influence to Helium, the first album that shows he’s explored synthesizers in depth. The songwriting reflects a comfort in isolation and solitude, as well as a newfound sense of clarity that sets this record apart from his previous recordings. Available on Limited Light Blue Vinyl via Sinderlyn.
Rough Trade's Top New Releases This Week:
1. Piroshka - Brickbat
2. Pinegrove - Skylight
3. Methyl Ethel - Triage
4. HOMESHAKE - Helium
5. Hayes Carll - What It Is
6. Tullycraft - The Railway Prince Hotel
7. Ladytron - Ladytron
8. SWMRS - Berkeley's On Fire
9. Marie Davidson - Nina Kraviz x Afrodeutsche
10. Robert Ellis - Texas Piano Man