New This Week
July 12th, 2019
Every Friday, we pick out our Top 10 new releases and we have some gems we think you'll love. Get spinning!
Khruangbin- Hasta El Cielo
Available on Yellow Vinyl with 7" including two additional dub remixes by Scientist
Hasta El Cielo expands even further the scope of Khruangbin’s influences, which sonically range from the gospel of the Houston church where guitarist Mark Speer and drummer Donald Johnson began playing together, to Johnson’s hip hop roots, and Speer’s affection for psychedelic and funk music from every part of the world; from Thailand whose word for airplane gave Khruangbin their name, to Jamaica where the producer of ‘Hasta El Cielo’s dubs remixes, Scientist, hails from. To the trio, dub always felt like a prayer, “spacious, mediative, able to transport the listener to another realm” Get ready to be transported.
Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
After a 10 year hiatus, Silver Jews’ founding member David Berman is back with a 10-track LP under a new moniker, Purple Mountains. The self-titled effort addresses the most recent chapter of his life: different yet familiar struggles. Throughout the album Berman goes on to discuss parental relationships, breakups, loneliness, the difficulty of maintaining adult friendships and other sensitive topics in immensely personal detail. Despite having a somber subject matter, Purple Mountains is some of Berman’s most accessible, bright-sounding work yet. The album features warm production by Woods members Jarvis Taveniere and Jeremy Earle, and songwriting credits from Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach on the album’s closing track, “Maybe I’m the Only One for Me.”
Body Type - EP 1 & EP 2
It’s come to our attention that Australians love to talk about the flora & fauna (cue to King Gizzard’s “Rattlesnake,” Tame Impala’s “Elephant,” Babe Rainbow’s “Monky Disco,” Pond’s “Giant Tortoise.”) In Body Type’s EP2, the four-piece speak about a stingray that had an immaculate conception at the Sydney Zoo. Really, the song is a cautionary tale from frontwoman Sophie McComish to her friends who should liberate themselves from lousy relationships - but the track boasts the energy of a shark attack, dancing amongst a school of riffs in scarlet waters. A hooky introduction for a fun EP, full of rock-solid melodies.
Bleached - Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?
Jessie & Jennifer Calvin have learned their lesson… by making plenty of life mistakes. Break-ups, rebounds & giving up bad habits led the sisters Calvin to clean-cut tracks, hoisting themselves to a stadium-ready sound with the glittering sheen of disco choruses (“Kiss You Goodbye”) and hooky 80s beats (“Hard To Kill”). An album to blast with two fingers up, screaming “no regrets,” while sipping on lemonade.
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm Live
Released during the post-punk revival movement of the early aughts, Bloc Party’s first album, Silent Alarm, still holds up as one of the most hyped debuts to date. With songwriting inspired by the likes of Thom Yorke and Björk, frontman Kele Okereke conveys themes of helplessness and weariness through his focus on how he felt in his late teens. Silent Alarm has been regarded as one of the most significant and influential albums of the 2000’s by the press and 14 years after its release, many people still point to it as an early influence on their musical tastes, shaping them into the indieheads they are today. Silent Alarm Live is a special commemorative release of live recordings from their 2018 European tour and homecoming show at Alexandra Palace.
Rough Trade's Top New Releases This Week:
1. Khruangbin - Hasta El Cielo
2. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
3. Body Type - EP 1 & EP 2
4. Bleached - Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?
5. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm Live
6. Metz - Automat
7. Petrol Girls - Cut and Stitch
8. Frightened Rabbit - Tiny Changes: A Celebration of the Midnight Organ Flight
9. Drab majesty - Modern Mirror
10. Tycho - Weather