Colter Wall, Mister Wives, PVRIS, and R.E.M. reissues headline the new releases for tomorrow. Some other new artists and oddities are also in the mix.
Colter Wall will release Little Songs, which, if I remember, was about ten songs long. I will have a review up tomorrow along with a review of last week’s ANOHNI and The Johnstons album that I am just about ready to finally write about. I had a chance to hear the Colter album last week, and it is very much a continuation of what he has been doing. Cowboy and prairie songs from the rancher As with all his albums, he will leave you wanting more and make you wait for it.
Birdy is back with her fifth album, Portraits, and the initial songs released off it lean towards a lot of mainstream synth pop goodness. I am very much looking forward to this album from the Brit.
Blake Mills (who I always confuse with James Blake) will release his fifth album, Jelly Road, which he wrote with jazz musician Chris Weisman, and the first single has a little jazz influence. There’s some potential here.
R.E.M. is reissuing their final four albums this week, including Around The Sun and Collapse Into Now. Reveal and Accelerate will be out in late August. These are stand-alone reissues on black vinyl, and give me those all day long unless you have something pretty great to add to them. I am one of those “I like the entire catalog” R.E.M. fans, but if you were going to pick one out of the bunch if you stopped paying attention to the band at some point, Reveal is the one.
Royston Langdon, the singer of Spacehog, is doing a stripped-down version of their debut album, Resident Alien. I only listened to “In The Meantime” to see how embarrassing it was. It was not, dude can sing, and it was kind of pleasant.
Claud’s third album, Supermodels, will be released tomorrow. The indie singer-songwriter follows the success of their single “Soft Spot” (does every indie pop song from the past five years talk about being at a party?) with singles “Wet” and “Every Fucking Time”. The second has a Regina Spekter name check and an acoustic vibe, while “Wet” is a hooky pop song much closer to “Soft Spot’. This will be a must-listen tomorrow.
Tessa Violet (who will be at Slowdown on August 25th) releases her third album, My God! The YouTube star has a trio of mainstream pop songs in the can as pre-release material.
Rapper DDG (who seems to put out music weekly) will put out Maybe It’s Me…
Tech N9ne will release BLISS with guests Conway The Machine, Joey Cool, X-Raided, and more.
Duane Betts will put out his first solo album this week. The son of an Allman Brother will feature Marcus King, Derek Trucks, and Nikki Bluhm on the album entitled Wild & Precious Life.
Speaking of kids of legends, we also have a new Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real album out called Sticks & Stones. Lainey Wilson is a guest on “More Than Friends.”
The British band Evile is closing in on 20 years of thrash with The Unknown.
Temple of Angel are listed as a goth band, but this isn’t super dark stuff, it’s definitely a classic 80s underground sound. (For You) “I’d Lose It All” I liked a lot, but the other tracks lacked.
Far Caspian, who is multi instrumentalist Joel Johnston doing indie bedroom pop on The Last Remaining Light,
Marc Ribot, who has literally worked with everyone, has an album out with Ceramic Dog called Connection. It will probably be a little weird.
Rita Ora hasn’t put out an album in five years. Earlier this year, “Praising You” with Fatboy Slim came out. Fun remake (kind of).
Misterwives released Nosebleeds, and I will probably dig into this and review it at some point.
Nightbeats has a new one called Rajan.
I always try to get into Palehound, but it never seems to fully work out. This new song sounds good, so I will try it again.
PVRIS follows up the wildly successful Use Me album, which is still selling well, with EVERGREEN. I look forward to digging into this one from the pop artist.
Mahalia has her second album out called IRL (that means in real life!) with guests Stormzy and Jojo. This sounds like it could be the R&B album to listen to this week, if you are looking for an R&B album to listen to this week.
Duo Snooper are doing fun, quirky, quick hit rock music on their debut album, Super Snooper. This is a lot of fun.
British Rapper J Hus, creator of Afroswing, returns after a few years with Beautiful and Brutal Yard. Guests include Drake and Naira Marley.
John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy’s Evenings at the Village Gates is a collection of found recordings from their residency at the Village Gates in 1961.
A second posthumous album from rapper King Von will be released, called Grandson.
Celebrate! Kool & The Gang are back with their second album this decade, People Just Want To Have Fun, with the single “Let’s Party”. They know their niche!
American Idol Contestant Lauren Spencer Smith released Mirror, and what I can hear of it sounds like an American Idol contestant. She is being hailed as the next Olivia Rodrigo. I don’t know.
The California rock band Lead Pony released their self-titled album. Maybe a little Nude Party vibe here?
Lil Tjay is putting out 222 with guests such as Summer Walker, Kid Loroi, Jadakiss (forgot about Jadakiss), and my favorite rapper, YoungBoy Never Broke Again.