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New Release Round-Up 04-09-21

Silver Synthetic - Silver Synthetic

Silver Synthetic - Silver Synthetic - Third Man Records
In the midst of the thick New Orleans summer of 2017, Chris Lyons of garage punks Bottomfeeders found himself sitting on a small batch of songs that didn’t quite fit the fuzzed-out pileups of that band. The new songs were more chiming, driving but relaxed, full of little corners begging to be filled with classic pop harmonies and wayward country licks. He called in his trusted confidants: Bottomfeeders drummer and longtime musical partner Lucas Bogner—the two started playing music together at the tender age of 15—plus bassist Pete Campanelli, and Kunal Prakash (Jeff the Brotherhood) dug the songs and signed on, and the quartet started playing in earnest, hunkering down in the practice space.  By the time the band played its first gig in late 2018 at the opening of Nola’s ManRay Records, the songs had multiplied and the members of the newly christened Silver Synthetic had become genuine rock & roll craftsmen. In a world that doesn’t seem capable of swaying, Silver Synthetic’s self-titled debut shakes and boogies. It makes sense that the band’s first gig was in a record shop ‘cause folks, this is record nerd-core in a major way, evocative of the LP's first golden era, as the late sixties oozed into the strange 1970s, with the requisite T-Rex stomps, Britfolk twists and turns, and dueling Verlaine/Lloyd guitars. It’s about warmth, and you can practically smell the gently glowing amp tubes on “In the Beginning,” which wafts along on a gust borrowed from Lou Reed’s beatific Coney Island Baby breeziness. With “Chasm Killer,” the boys lean into jammy heartland rock, almost approaching Silver Bullet Band territory at one point! Even when the band kicks into charging lean rock-n-roller, like on the Kinksy “Around the Bend,” there’s a laid-backness that allows more room for the spirit.  You could call Silver Synthetic rock & roll formalists, but the truth is they're more like minimalists, stripping away tired clutter and unnecessary bloat and just zooming in on the essential.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE - Entertainment Death [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Maroon, Deep Purple and Coke Bottle Clear Marbled LP]  Video Available

Taylor Swift - Fearless: Taylor's Version [2 CD]
Parker Millsap - Be Here Instead
Rhiannon Giddens - They're Calling Me Home
Cheap Trick - In Another World
The Orb - Abolition Of The Royal Familia - Guillotine Mixes [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Double Blue LP]
The Pink Stones - Introducing...the Pink Stones
Luke Bryan - Born Here Live Here Die Here: Deluxe
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Dance Songs For Hard Times
Nick Waterhouse - Promenade Blue
Ariana Grande - Positions [Coke Bottle Clear LP]
BROCKHAMPTON - ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE
Briston Maroney - Sunflower [Translucent Blue-Green LP]
The Blips - The Blips
Bill MacKay and Nathan Bowles Keys - Keys
Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac Live: Super Deluxe Edition [2LP/3CD/7in]
Various Artists - Wilcovered [Red 2LP]
Pony - Tv Baby
Show Me the Body - Survive EP [10in Vinyl]


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For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

UPCOMING RELEASES

Greta Van Fleet - The Battle At Garden's Gate

Greta Van Fleet - The Battle At Garden's Gate - Republic
After three years, one-million concert tickets sold across five continents, four consecutive #1 singles, a GRAMMY Award, and performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live, Greta Van Fleet is hurtling into the future with its second album, The Battle At Garden's Gate on Lava/Republic Records. Indie Exclusive on white vinyl.


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Tom Petty - Finding Wildflowers: Alternate Versions

Tom Petty - Finding Wildflowers: Alternate Versions - Republic
Finding Wildflowers: Alternate Versions—the latest offering of Tom Petty music, curated with help from his loving family, bandmates and collaborators—will be released on April 16 via Warner Records. The tracks, which were previously released on the limited-edition Super Deluxe 9-LP version of 2020’s Wildflowers & All The Rest, will now be available on limited edition gold vinyl for indie retail, and CD.  A black vinyl release will follow on May 7. Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions) features 16 studio recordings of alternate takes, long cuts and jam versions of Wildflowers songs as Tom, band members and co-producer Rick Rubin worked to finalize the album in 1994. The release offers fans further deep access into the writing and recording of Wildflowers, as well as realizing the full vision of the project as Tom had always intended. The collection was produced by Tom’s longtime engineer and co-producer Ryan Ulyate who listened to 245 reels of 24-track tape, revealing Tom and his collaborators’ evolutionary process, and finding the group willing to do whatever it took to discover the essence and magic in the material.


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Eric Church - Heart & Soul

Eric Church - Heart & Soul - EMI Nashville
Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Eric Church confirmed that new music is on the horizon: "I have [new] albums coming out in April. They came out of my 28 days in the mountains of North Carolina, where the songs were recorded and written. The collection is entitled Heart & Soul."


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Imelda May - 11 Past The Hour

Imelda May - 11 Past The Hour - Decca
The goal of the album is to show Imelda May returning to her most honest self. Truthful beauty, feminine intuition. Intelligence. Visually, we should be showing a soft sense of warm spirited grittiness. Intimate. At home. Behind the curtain Imelda's radiant smile and illuminating laughter. A nod to her roots. Irish Heritage & inherent connection to storytelling. Imelda's words as a lyricist/poet/writer & overall thread to her Irish roots as a storyteller is a key thread within the campaign.


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New Release Round-Up 04-02-21

Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions)

Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions) - High Top Mountain
After the surprise release of the Cuttin' Grass (Vol. 1): Butcher Shoppe Sessions album—which Uproxx called “the most sublime and delightful music he’s yet made on record”— Sturgill Simpson returns with the next installment of his bluegrass series, Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions). The genre-defying singer/songwriter reconvened an A-Team of acoustic players (now dubbed "The Hillbilly Avengers") for another round of reinterpretations of his catalogue, this time largely focusing on 2016's A Sailor's Guide to Earth, which won the Grammy for Country Album of the Year and was nominated for Album of the Year. This volume also includes "Jesus Boogie," originally performed by Simpson's first band, Sunday Valley, and two previously unreleased songs, "Tennessee" and "Hobo Cartoon," the latter of which was co-written with the incomparable Merle Haggard—who once said that Simpson was "about the only thing I've heard that was worth listening to in a long time."


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Arab Strap - As Days Get Dark [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear & Black LP]  Video Available

Demi Lovato - Dancing With The Devil...The Art Of Starting Over
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & the London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
The Fratellis - Half Drunk Under A Full Moon
Flux Pavilion - .Wav
Haunted Shed - Faltering Light
Hey, King! - Hey, King!
Flock Of Dimes - Head Of Roses
Shakey Graves - Roll The Bones X
Charlotte Lawrence - Charlotte EP
Brasstracks - Golden Ticket [Deluxe 2LP]
Daniel Lanois - Heavy Sun
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Teenage Gizzard [Limited Edition Pink Splatter on Transparent Yellow LP]




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The Antlers - Green To Gold

The Antlers - Green To Gold - Anti
Green To Gold is the much-anticipated new album from New York based, Indie/Folk band, The Antlers. Perhaps what distinguishes Green to Gold from the rest of The Antlers’ canon is its, well, sunniness. Conceived and written almost entirely in the morning hours, Green to Gold is the band’s first new music in nearly seven years, and easily their most luminous to date. ”I think this is the first album I’ve made that has no eeriness in it,” singer and primary songwriter Peter Silberman asserts. “I set out to make Sunday morning music.”  The brighter outlook emerged, paradoxically, after a succession of ominous events. In 2015, Silberman suffered with an auditory condition that made touring near impossible and he retreated to the quiet of Upstate New York to heal. His return in 2017 with a solo album was short lived when he was diagnosed with lesions on his vocal chords, which required surgery and again a quiet rest and recovery period. Silberman explains. “I took these health obstacles as a sign that I should change course for a little while. I hadn’t made a full stop like that since The Antlers began.” But he still felt the strong pull to spend time and work with longtime drummer Michael Lerner, and frequently invited him up to visit the idyllic hamlet he now called home. The two friends’ days typically involved long walks in the woods, but routinely ended up in Silberman’s converted-garage studio. “I would record him playing drums in the studio while he listened to old soul and R&B songs in headphones... and those drum recordings ultimately served as starting points for the songs that followed. At the time, we were merely attempting to make music together again, without really knowing how to approach it, or to what end.” “I think the shift in tone is the result of getting older. It doesn’t make sense for me to try to tap into the same energy that I did ten or fifteen years ago, because I continue to grow as a person, as I’m sure our audience does too. Green to Gold is about this idea of gradual change,” he sums up. “People changing over time, struggling to accept change in those they love, and struggling to change themselves. And yet despite all our difficulty with this, nature somehow makes it look easy.”


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Sara Watkins - Under The Pepper Tree

Sara Watkins - Under The Pepper Tree - New West Records
For two decades, Sara Watkins has been one of the most visible artists in roots music, with her catalog ranging from solo albums and Watkins Family Hour, a duo with her brother Sean Watkins, to her Grammy-winning bands Nickel Creek and I’m With Her. With the nostalgic and gentle new album Under The Pepper Tree, Sara Watkins offers a comforting record for those moments as daily rhythms fade into nightly rituals – and when a child’s imagination comes to life. Made with families in mind, the personal project encompasses songs she embraced as a child herself, as well as the musical friendships she’s made along the way. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Tyler Chester, Under the Pepper Tree brings storytelling, solace, and encouragement to the listener, no matter the age.


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The Dust Coda - Mojo Skyline

The Dust Coda - Mojo Skyline - Earache Records
Championed by Sir Elton John on Apple Music Beats 1. From the label that is pioneering the new wave of 21 st century Rock N Roll artists. Following in the footsteps of bands like Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke, Massive Wagons & Those Damn Crows. Developed a fearsome live reputation with relentless touring up and down the UK. Played festivals such as Ramblin' Man Fair, Planet Rockstock & Winter's End. Chosen for the support slots with the likes of Black Stone Cherry * The Dead Daisies Huge support from major UK Rock media such as Classic Rock Magazine and Planet Rock Radio (1.2 million listeners per week)


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3 Doors Down - The Better Life: 20th Anniversary

3 Doors Down - The Better Life: 20th Anniversary - Republic
Anniversary edition of the debut album from 3 Doors Down. The first disc is the album featuring the smash hit "Kryptonite" plus four bonus tracks: The Better Life (XX Mix), Kryptonite (2000 Acoustic), Be Like That (2000 Acoustic) & Wasted Me (Studio Version). Disc two is The Escatapwa Sessions of early home demo recordings, including the never-released "Dead Love" & "Man in My Mind". 2 CD.


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Carrie Underwood - My Savior

Carrie Underwood - My Savior - Capitol Nashville
Carrie Underwood will be releasing her first ever Inspirational album on March 26th entitled My Savior. Available on Double White Vinyl on April 30th.


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SYML - You Knew It Was Me EP

SYML - You Knew It Was Me EP - Nettwerk Records
With a keen grasp on textural and emotive songwriting, SYML aka Brian Fennell wrote this EP choosing to paint in piano rather than using lyrics to describe his feelings. Says Fennell, "Words can be limiting, especially when the writer isn’t speaking a language you understand. I wanted to make a piece of wordless music that still tells a story."


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


Joe Strummer - Assembly [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 2LP]
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia: The Moonlight Edition
Neil Young - Young Shakespeare
Ariana Grande - Positions
Evanescence - The Bitter Truth
Tune-Yards - Sketchy. [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]
AJR - Ok Orchestra
Justin Bieber - Anyone / Holy [12in Single]
Loney, Dear - A Lantern And A Bell
Xiu Xiu - Oh No
Tomahawk - Tonic Immobility [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Green LP]
The Horrors - Lout [Limited Edition Blood Red 7in Single]
SG Lewis - Times
The Mountain Goats - Songs for Pierre Chuvin [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Pink & White Swirl LP]
Ben Howard - Collections From The Whiteout [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear 2LP]
Death From Above 1979 - Is 4 Lovers [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
World Party - Bang!
Suzi Quatro - The Devil In Me
Karol G - KG0516
Lamb Of God - Lamb of God: Live In Richmond, VA


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For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

UPCOMING RELEASES

Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions)

Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions) - High Top Mountain
After the surprise release of the Cuttin' Grass (Vol. 1): Butcher Shoppe Sessions album—which Uproxx called “the most sublime and delightful music he’s yet made on record”— Sturgill Simpson returns with the next installment of his bluegrass series, Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions). The genre-defying singer/songwriter reconvened an A-Team of acoustic players (now dubbed "The Hillbilly Avengers") for another round of reinterpretations of his catalogue, this time largely focusing on 2016's A Sailor's Guide to Earth, which won the Grammy for Country Album of the Year and was nominated for Album of the Year. This volume also includes "Jesus Boogie," originally performed by Simpson's first band, Sunday Valley, and two previously unreleased songs, "Tennessee" and "Hobo Cartoon," the latter of which was co-written with the incomparable Merle Haggard—who once said that Simpson was "about the only thing I've heard that was worth listening to in a long time."


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