You’ll want these records in your collection…
In this fast-paced musical landscape, where it’s so easy to simply put a playlist on shuffle, nothing compares to putting a record on, sitting back and enjoying all it has to offer in full (or at least until you have get up again to flip it over).
Every week, NME will round up the best vinyl releases available to buy or pre-order. Check out the best from this week below.
Ariana Grande – ‘thank u, next’
When Ariana Grande followed up her stunning 2018 album ‘Sweetener’ with ‘thank u, next’ earlier this year, we at the time called it a “bold” release that “deals with trauma and tragedy” and was a “ tribute to resilience and finding strength in the darkest of moments… providing a guide to how to keep on keeping on even when it feels like whatever you do is going to end in devastation.” It’s been hard to ignore the record this year, but if you’re not heard it already, then it’s definitely not the kind of album that you want to be sleeping on.
The Raconteurs – ‘Help Us Stranger’
The Raconteurs haven’t released an album since 2008’s ‘Consolers of the Lonely’, but early indicators are that the return of Jack White and band is going to be worth the wait. Well, just take it from the band themselves, who recently declared that they had “just finished making the rock & roll album you’ve been waiting for.” After reconvening in Nashville, a press release promises that the LP will see the band “bonding prodigious riffs, blues power, sinewy psychedelia, Detroit funk, and Nashville soul”. ‘Help Us Stranger’ will drop on 21 June.
Hayden Thorpe – ‘Diviner’
When Wild Beasts called it a day in 2017, a statement from the band read: “Our hearts and minds have been devoted to the band since we were teenagers… We’re care takers to something precious and don’t want to have it diminish as we move forward in our lives.” Frontman Hayden Thorpe has now re-emerged with his solo debut ‘Diviner’, scheduled for a 24 May release, and just like he did with Wild Beasts, Thorpe will be putting everything into his new venture: “I often think musicians are kind of like tennis players, in that they become so hyper-specialised at that one very specific thing, they’re actually ultimately very useless at other ways of being,” he recently told us. “Once you’re used to crafting beauty and the cadence of your life is towards trying to create beauty, that becomes the compulsion, and nothing else matches that. That is everything.”
Amyl and the Sniffers – ‘Amyl and the Sniffers’
When ramshackle Melbourne outfit Amyl and the Sniffers, led by iconoclastic singer Amy Taylor, featured in NME 100, our essential new artists for 2019 earlier this year, we said that they were “ushering a new age of bristling garage-punk”. After writing, recording and releasing their ‘Giddy Up’ EP in just 12 hours, they’re spent a bit more time on their first full-length, now preparing their self-titled debut album for release on 24 May via Rough Trade Records. The resulting 11-track LP, which features raucous lead single ‘Monsoon Rock’, looks to be an thoroughly enjoyably, chaotic affair.
Jesca Hoop – ‘STONECHILD’
Jesca Hoop has described her new album, and follow-up to 2017’s ‘Memories Are Now’, as a “compassion project”, adding that the record was intended to “wrap its arms around our human planet spinning in its increasingly precarious wobble”. The sessions for the LP saw the singer-songwriter relocate to Bristol to work with famed PJ Harvey producer John Parish, an experience that took Hoop out of her comfort zone. “I’ve never been so brutally edited,” she says. “[Parish] was a gentle collaborator until he killed one of my darlings.” She adds: “I think I actually enjoyed that treatment… being stripped back to the bare basics, albeit painfully.” We look forward to hearing the fruits of such collaboration.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – ‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’
If you thought Psychedelic Porn Crumpets was a bizarre band name, and that ‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’ was a strange choice for an album title, then buckle yourself in for the premise behind the Aussie band’s new record. “The original concept was to take a 1930s carnival that had been re-imagined for future generations, a collage of Punch and Judy, Carousels and coconut shy’s that progresses in musical concepts and travels with the listener,” the band say. “Then as we started traveling I was swept off into my own kind of circus, the odyssey of touring life. Large nights out, larger characters, drunken recollections of foreign cities and rabbit hole-ing into insanity.” The album arrives on 31 May.
Froth – ‘Duress’
As far as song inspiration goes, it’s going to take a lot to beat the story behind the opening track from ‘Duress’, the new album from noisy LA trio Froth. “This song is about a guy who listened to the Yanny/Laurel thing and he can only hear Laurel,” the band say of opener ‘Laurel’. “He’s really passionate about Laurel being the correct pronunciation to the point where he will die before admitting otherwise. In the end, he reveals that he loves his girlfriend more than he loves the correct pronunciation of ‘Laurel/Yanny’.” With song names like ‘John Peel Slowly’ and ‘Department Head’, we expect the rest of the album to be equally as bizarre. ‘Duress’ will be released on 7 June via Wichita Recordings.
Mattiel – ‘Satis Factory’
Mattiel’s lo-fi, bluesy songwriting has been compared to the likes of early White Stripes, so it was no surprise when the Atlanta native was announced recently as tour support for Jack White. Her second album ‘Satis Factory’ aims to keep the “dusty, cinematic, and garage rock feel” of her debut while adding “more stylistic diversity with the musical compositions and an increased level of intensity”. It arrives on 14 June.
Oliver Cherer – ‘I Feel Nothing Most Days’
‘I Feel Nothing Most Days’, the latest album from Croydon-born, Hastings-based Oliver Cherer, delves into the artist’s own personal and musical history. Many of the songs date all the way back to 1983, with early versions originally recorded on a simple 4-track in an Elephant and Castle squat. 35 years on, Cherer has revisited the material, re-recording the tracks with a guitar used during the recording of Morrissey’s first solo LP ‘Viva Hate’. ‘I Feel Nothing Most Days’ will be released on 10 May.
Crass – ‘Best Before 1984’
With the current global political climate of confusion and turmoil, there’s been no more apt a time to revisit the music of anarcho-punks Crass. One Little Indian are reissuing this seminal compilation, which collects the group’s singles and standout tracks and was originally released in 1986. The collection has been remastered at Abbey Road and comes with a booklet running through the band’s rich history. It’ll be released on 3 May.
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