The Weeknd - Dawn FM - XO Records
Dawn FM is the fifth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd. The album is narrated by Jim Carrey, and features guest appearances from Tyler, the Creator and Lil Wayne. The production was handled by The Weeknd himself alongside Oneohtrix Point Never-who produced the majority of the tracks-as well as Max Martin, Oscar Holter, Calvin Harris, and Swedish House Mafia, among others. The album serves as a follow-up to The Weeknd's fourth studio album, After Hours (2020).
Bad Suns - Apocalypse Whenever - Epitaph
Bad Suns sound - dreamy '80s pastiche flanked by Stratocasters through cranked Vox amps, pulsing synths, and palpable rhythmic energy - that endeared listeners to the band in the first place, and their fourth LP, Apocalypse Whenever, uses that musical foundation as the jumping-off point for their next evolution. Conceived as "the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't yet exist," the 13-track album, helmed by longtime producer Eric Palmquist (MUTEMATH, Thrice) at his Palmquist Studios and the band's North Hollywood rehearsal spot, is more conceptually rigorous than anything they've ever attempted - but no less compelling or accessible. "We also knew we wanted the album to have a through-line, a story from beginning to end," frontman Christo Bowman explains, so the band did what any good directors would: They assembled a mood board, filtering their neo-noir version of Los Angeles through the dreamlike haziness of author Haruki Murakami, the futuristic flair of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Blade Runner, and the lifted cinematography of Spike Jonze's HER. These disparate influences don't just offer APOCALYPSE WHENEVER an expanded palette of sonic choices to color Bad Sun's airtight hooks - they help give the songs an emotional complexity that works on a multitude of levels depending on how listeners choose to receive them.
Eels - Extreme Witchcraft - E Works / PIAS
Eels have had one of the most consistently acclaimed careers in music. The ever-changing project of principal singer/songwriter E (Mark Oliver Everett), Eels have released thirteen studio albums since their 1996 debut, Beautiful Freak. During the height of the pandemic lockdown in early 2021, E got an out of the blue message from Mark Romanek, director of the first Eels video, "Novocaine For the Soul". It triggered him to reach out to John Parish, who was in between numerous projects and immediately got to work in his HonorSound studio in Bristol and began sending ideas to E. "I'd sneak out of bed at 4 in the morning to hear the latest thing John had sent, and try to add my part to it and get it back to him quickly before my 4 year old son woke up," E says. The resulting album is Extreme Witchcraft.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEKFor more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones - The Alien Coast [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold Nugget LP]
Fruit Bats - Sometimes a Cloud Is Just a Cloud: Slow Growers, Sleeper Hits and Lost Songs (2001–2021) [Indie Exclusive Deluxe 2LP]
Amber Mark - Three Dimensions Deep
The Temptations - Temptations 60
Lucinda Williams - Lu's Jukebox Vol. 6: You Are Cordially Invited....A Tribute To The Rolling Stones
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake - Demos
Tori Amos - Ocean To Ocean
Rick Ross - Richer Than I Ever Been [Deluxe]
The Magnetic Fields - The House Of Tomorrow EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Green Vinyl]
Brent Cobb - And Now, Let's Turn To Page...
Various Artists - SING 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Jethro Tull - The Zealot Gene [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 2LP + CD]
Aaron Lewis - Frayed At Both Ends: Deluxe
Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 2 [RSD Essential Clear w/ Red & Teal Splatter 2LP]
FKA Twigs - Caprisongs
Grateful Dead - Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 3/1/1969 [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition 3LP]
Margo Price - That’s How Rumors Get Started [Sliver LP + 7in Single]
Wiz Khalifa - Kush & Orange Juice
Lady Wray - Piece of Me [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deep Emerald LP]
Charlotte Day Wilson - Alpha [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Pink LP]
Indiana Mandy - ... EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green Vinyl]
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Hippo Campus - LP3 - Grand Jury
Minneapolis indie pop rebels Hippo Campus return with their third full-length, LP3, on February 4th. Their strongest and most complete work yet, LP3 is a freshly-inked portrait excavating young adulthood, identity and, more importantly, how that personal identity fits into a larger camaraderie.
Bastille - Give Me The Future - Republic
Give Me The Future, Bastille's wildly-ambitious new album, is a tribute to tech times and a glimpse of what could be to come. Exploring both the opportunities of new technology and the dark side of lives lived online, it’s as playful as it is thought-provoking, as dystopian as it is dancefloor-friendly and as electronic as Bastille have ever been. Executive produced by Ryan Tedder, Give Me The Future by Bastille will release on February 4, 2022.
Paul McCartney And Wings - Wild Life: 50th Anniversary - UMe
Following the eclectic charm and intimacy of 1970's solo McCartney and 1971's homespun lo-fi indie-pop progenitor RAM credited to Paul and Linda McCartney, Wild Life found Paul once again redefining his post-Beatles creative identity, this time beginning his tenure as a founding member of Wings. A rollicking left turn from its predecessors, Wild Life was recorded in barely more than a week, with more than half of the songs captured in a single take. The end result would be eight songs running the gamut from joyous freewheeling jams to proto-chamber pop to spare introspective musings — all bristling with a raw, jagged energy akin to the grungiest of garage bands—whether on the careening blues-rock rave-up of opener "Mumbo," a reggae-tinged reimagining of Mickey & Sylvia's "Love Is Strange," or the plaintive and heart wrenching ballad "Dear Friend." Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Half Speed Master LP