Music

Lissie – Castles (Released 23rd March)

£21.99 - LP + DL Code & Limited Print

LIVE IN STORE PERFORMANCE ON MONDAY 26TH MARCH AT 6:30PM – RESERVE FOR PRIORITY ENTRY. MORE DETAILS HERE

£21.99 – LP + DL Code & Limited Print

After the success of her critically acclaimed top 20 album ‘My Wild West’, Lissie returns deeply emotive piano ballad Blood & Muscle, showcasing a power vocal performance that has become with synonymous with this always engaging musician.

“Undoubtedly her best album yet” ★★★★ – Q

“Another bittersweet triumph” ★★★★ – Independent on Sunday
★★★★ – The Guardian ★★★★ – The Star
★★★★ – Mail On Sunday ★★★★★★★ – Uncut

“Wild West contains her most convincing songs yet” Evening Standard

“Country rock calm flows through this album, her voice a mix of Stevie Nicks and Lana Del
Rey” Daily Express

“Lissie’s third album is the country-rocking belle’s fond farewell to Los Angeles” Daily Mail

“Fits somewhere between the rustic charm of Emmylou Harris and a dash of Stevie Nicks”
The Times

“An album made by an artist who is still top of her game” The 405

“Spellbinding” Red Bull

“An intoxicating return” Clash

Tracklist
1. World Away
2. Crazy Girl
3. Castles
4. Blood & Muscle
5. Best Days
6. Feels Good
7. Boyfriend
8. Somewhere
9. Love Blows
10. What Am I Gonna Do
11. Peace
12. Sand
13. Meet Me in the Mystery

Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar (Released 9th March)

£19.99 - Indies Only Blue LP & DL Code (Limited)

£19.99 – Indies Only Blue LP & DL Code (Limited)

In November 2017, Young Fathers announced that they’d completed work on a new album. The trio – Alloysious Massaquoi, Graham ‘G’ Hastings and Kayus Bankole – marked the news by previewing a brand new song, ‘Lord’ and a subsequent accompanying video. Just like their previous standalone 2017 single ‘Only God Knows’ (written for the Trainspotting T2 film and described by director Danny Boyle as “the heartbeat of the film”), ‘Lord’ provided an enticing glimpse of what to expect from Young Fathers’ third full album; something typically unique and exhilarating, but leaner, more muscular and self-assured than ever before.

Today, Young Fathers announce full details of that album. Titled Cocoa Sugar, the twelve track album will be released on 2nd March 2018 via Ninja Tune and follows the group’s previous two albums; 2014’s Mercury Prize-winning DEAD and 2015’s White Men Are Black Men Too. Written and recorded throughout 2017 in the band’s basement studio and HQ, Cocoa Sugar sees Young Fathers operating with a newfound clarity and direction, and is without doubt their most confident and complete statement to date.

1LP:

A

1. See How

2. Fee Fi

3. In My View

4. Turn

5. Lord

6. Tremolo

B

1. Wow

2. Border Girl

3. Holy Ghost

4. Wire

5. Toy

6. Picking You

Vinyl Download Code Included: Yes

Gengahr – Where Wildness Grows (Released 9th March)

£19.99 - LP & DL Code containing exclusive Live material

£19.99 – LP & DL Code containing exclusive Live material

Gengahr announce their highly-anticipated new record Where Wildness Grows out on Transgressive Records, 9th March 2018.

Having released debut album A Dream Outside in June 2015, the band spent a soul-searching two years writing and recording its follow up, a process which saw them reject multiple recordings and eventually return to the drawing board, re-group and head back to the studio with a clarity and conviction to deliver an album which sees them taking a bold and ambitious artistic stride.

“The journey has been far from straight-forward up until now and in many ways we are an altogether different band than the one that wrote A Dream Outside,” explained frontman Felix Bushe

“Over the past two years we have given everything in order to create an album that would meet all our ambitions, fulfilling our vision of what Gengahr is now. It’s been gruelling at times, but like a caterpillar entering metamorphosis you know the moment of darkness will be outshone by the transformation. There were certainly times along the way when frustrations grew and it seemed as if our vision for the album would shatter entirely. We spent almost 3 months recording a version of the album that would eventually end up making us feel a little uncomfortable in our own skin. Having to reset, take stock and go at it again wasn’t easy, but we were confident in the songs we had. That is always the most important thing as an artist, above anything else. We are incredibly proud of the record we have made and beyond excited to release it into the world for others to enjoy. “

The LP was recorded in London during summer 2017 by producer Neil Comber (Glass Animals, M.I.A, Songhoy Blues)and includes a download to album plus exclusive live bonus material.

Editors – Violence (Released 9th March)

£26.99 - Limited Edition Deluxe LP & Inserts

£26.99 – Limited Edition Deluxe LP & Inserts

Album VI from the British indie-rock 5-piece
All artwork by renowned photographer Rahi Rezvani
Ltd edition deluxe LP is pressed on 180g red vinyl and contains a download code including two bonus tracks. The vinyl sits inside a triple gatefold sleeve, which also contains 12 inserts

David Byrne – American Utopia (Released 9th March)

£19.99 - Heavyweight 140 gram high-performance vinyl, DL Code & insert

£19.99 – Heavyweight 140 gram high-performance vinyl, DL Code & insert
David Byrne’s new solo record, American Utopia, will be released on Todomundo/Nonesuch Records and accompanied by a world tour that will bring a choreographed concert that Byrne has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.” The album includes the track ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’, co-written with Brian Eno, featuring contributions from TTY, Happa Isaiah Barr (Onyx Collective), Mercury Prize winner Sampha, and others.

American Utopia fits hand-in-hand with Byrne’s vision for his series ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’ – an ongoing series curated by Byrne of hopeful writings, photos, music, and lectures – named for the song by the late Ian Dury. Over the last year, Byrne has been collecting stories, news, ideas, and other items that all either embody or identify examples of things that inspire optimism, such as a tech breakthrough, a musical act, a new idea in urban planning or transportation – something seen, heard, or tasted. Just as the album questions the current state of society while offering solace through song, the content of the series recognizes the darkness and complexity of today while showcasing alternatives to the despair that threatens us.

While David Byrne has collaborated on joint releases with Eno, Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim), and most recently St. Vincent over the past decade, American Utopia is Byrne’s first solo album since, 2004’s Grown Backwards, also on Nonesuch. American Utopia morphed during the writing and recording process, beginning with longtime collaborator Eno, and eventually growing to include collaboration with producer Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, King Krule, Sampha, Savages) alongside a diverse cast of creative contributors including Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Jam City, Thomas Bartlett (St. Vincent producer, aka Doveman), Jack Peñate, and others. The album was recorded in New York City at David’s home studio, Reservoir Studios, Oscilloscope, XL Studios, and Crowdspacer Studio and in London at Livingston Studio 1.

Speaking about the album, Byrne said:

Is this meant ironically? Is it a joke? Do I mean this seriously? In what way? Am I referring to the past or the future? Is it personal or political?

These songs don’t describe an imaginary or possibly impossible place but rather attempt to depict the world we live in now. Many of us, I suspect, are not satisfied with that world – the world we have made for ourselves. We look around and we ask ourselves – well, does it have to be like this? Is there another way? These songs are about that looking and that asking.

This album is indirectly about those aspirational impulses. Sometimes to describe is to reveal, to see other possibilities. To ask a question is to begin the process of looking for an answer. To be descriptive is also to be prescriptive, in a way. The act of asking is a big step. The songs are sincere – the title is not ironic. The title refers not to a specific utopia, but rather to our longing, frustration, aspirations, fears, and hopes regarding what could be possible, what else is possible. The description, the discontent and the desire – I have a feeling that is what these songs touch on.

I have no prescriptions or surefire answers, but I sense that I am not the only one looking and asking, wondering and still holding onto some tiny bit of hope, unwilling to succumb entirely to despair or cynicism.

It’s not easy, but music helps. Music is a kind of model – it often tells us or points us toward how we can be.

The album packaging features the work of “outsider artist” Purvis Young, whose work was often a blend of painting/drawing and collaged elements comprised of everyday found objects. A painting depicting a head with a face of indeterminate race or possibly gender – dreaming, meditating, contemplating – is on the album’s cover.

David Byrne’s recent works include Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, a theatrical exploration of the historical heroine which premiered at The Public Theater in New York (2017); The Institute Presents: NEUROSOCIETY, a series of interactive environments created in conjunction with PACE Arts + Technology that question human perception and bias (2016); Contemporary Color, an event inspired by the American folk tradition of color guard and performed at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre (2015); Here Lies Love, a twenty-two-song theatrical production about the life of Imelda Marcos, authored in collaboration with Fatboy Slim that premiered at The Public Theater in New York (2013), travelled to London’s National Theatre for a sold-out run (2014–15), and was remounted at the Seattle Repertory Theater (2017); Love This Giant, a studio album and worldwide tour created with St. Vincent (2012); and How Music Works, a book about the history, experience, and social aspects of music (2012). In 2015 Byrne curated Southbank Centre’s annual Meltdown festival in London. A co-founder of the group Talking Heads (1976–88), he has released nine studio albums and worked on multiple other projects, including collaborations with Brian Eno, Twyla Tharp, Robert Wilson, and Jonathan Demme, among others. He also founded the highly respected record label Luaka Bop. Recognition of Byrne’s various works include Obies, Drama Desk, Lortel, and Evening Standard awards for Here Lies Love, an Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe for the soundtrack to Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Talking Heads. Byrne has published and exhibited visual art since his college days, including photography, filmmaking and writing. He lives in New York City.

Tracklisting

I Dance Like This
Gasoline And Dirty Sheets
Every Day Is A Miracle
Dog’s Mind
This Is That
It’s Not Dark Up Here
Bullet
Doing The Right Thing
Everybody’s Coming To My House
Here

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Tearing At The Seams (Released 9th March)

£26.99 - x 2 Disc Limited Indies only Edition White Colour Vinyl - 180g, Gatefold

£26.99 – x 2 Disc Limited Indies only Edition White Colour Vinyl – 180g, Gatefold

He’s back! and he’s sweating at the seams.

more info TBC.

TRACKLISTING

Shoe Boot
Be There
A Little Honey
Say It Louder
Hey Mama (IG 2)
Babe I Know
Intro
Coolin’ Out (IG 3)
Baby I Lost My Way (But I’m Coming Home)
You Worry Me (Single 1 and IG 1)
Still Out There Running
Tearing at the Seams

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland [Heavenly Recordings] (Released 9th March)

£16.99 - 180 g LP & DL Code

£16.99 – 180 g LP & DL Code

It took King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard three albums in quick succession to build up to what they’ve done on Polygondwanaland. All four albums are worth your time, but King Gizzard had to chase their muse down a few different rabbit holes before they ended up with something truly stunning, and that something truly stunning is Polygondwanaland.

FYI: After soooo many releases, we’ve decided to just stock the Heavenl;y (their Record Label) version.

Nap Eyes – I’m Bad Now – (Released 9th March)

£19.99 - Indies Only Coloured LP & DL Code

£19.99 – Indies Only Coloured LP & DL Code

Nap Eyes return with an allusive, ambitious third album, elevating to a new sonic clarity, depth and wavelength of succinctly stinging, guitar-centric rock and roll. They are all Nova Scotians by raising and temperament but acclimated to life on an Atlantic peninsula linked narrowly to the rest of North America. ‘I’m Bad Now’, which follows enigmatic frontman Nigel Chapman’s quest for selfunderstanding, is their most transparent and personal to date and constitutes the third chapter of an implicit, informal trilogy that includes ‘Whine Of The Mystic’ (2015) and ‘Thought Rock Fish Scale’ (2016).

While Nigel composes songs in their inchoate form at home in Halifax, Brad Loughead (lead guitar), Josh Salter (bass) and Seamus Dalton (drums), who live a twelve-hour drive away in Montreal, augment and arrange them, transubstantiating his skeletal, ruminative wafers into discourses that transcend. The band provide ballast and bowspirit to Nigel’s cosmical mind, this album lending itself to a new sonic clarity, depth and range to match his effortless melodies and extraordinary writing.