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New, minimalistic takes from his successful 2018 album Yawn bring you far closer to Bill Ryder-Jones' songwriting and performance. Yawny Yawn re-creates a dynamic sonic landscape with a unique instrumental consistency.
The Black Keys loudly rock out with Let's Rock, an album celebrating the directness and enjoyment of the electric guitar.
Editors return to original recordings with Blanck Mass for 2018's Violence and release a special set that improves and expands on the "original version" with more depth, darkness, and exploration.
The exploration of Alex Chilton's recording career and legacy is expanded by Bar/None Records' dual release of From Memphis to New Orleans and Songs from Robin Hood Lane.
Yola's solo debut, Walk Through Fire, soars to showcase her dynamic and captivating vocals while delivering an evocative and playful mix of retro country and soul.
Dr. Timothy Leary's 'Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out' Soundtrack Receives an Enlightening Kaleidoscope Vinyl LP Reissue
A special limited reissue LP on kaleidoscope vinyl reveals the historical relevance of Dr. Timothy Leary's takes on philosophy, existence, and life in the 1960s, for the "soundtrack" to the indeterminable film Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out.
Lost Under Heaven's second album Love Hates What You Become emotionally confronts indifference in modern life, whether represented in political and social developments or environmental and societal collapse.
The Good, the Bad & the Queen Tackle England, Englishness, and the Impact of Brexit on 'Merrie Land'
As a reflection on Brexit, the Good, the Bad & the Queen's Merrie Land succeeds through musicianship whilst fear and concern permeate its messages on England and Englishness amidst uncertainty and departure.
Disregarding a legacy footnoted by a cameo in a film, the Beta Band's collection of The Three E.P.'s is remastered and reissued in celebration of its 20th anniversary and the band's too short career.
David Åhlén and Andreas Eklöf as 1921 collaborate with dynamic vocals and instrumentation to craft an experimental and sentimental reflection of relaxing pop musicality on In My Veins.
Imagine Dragons return with Origins, a passionate set of songs with soothing instrumentals and sentimental lyrics, but too limited in its pop strengths.
Bill Ryder-Jones creates a dynamic sonic landscape for a personal invitation and dialogue just on the precipice of sleep with his latest album, Yawn.
Singer-songwriter Will Hoge's My American Dream is a timely protest album with the 2018 mid-terms in view by confronting mass shootings, gun control, and politics of modern American society.
Liars Continue to Experiment with Solitude and Broken Relationships on 'Titles with the Word Fountain'
Liars quickly follow-up 2017's TFCF with TWTWF, a sparse, ambient set of tracks that continues Angus Andrew's experimentation as the sole remaining founding member of the band.
Paul McCartney's Egypt Station carries listeners on a conceptual journey through musical "stations" that admits experiences and teases experiments as only he could achieve and deliver.
Inconsistent songwriting and a strange album cover detract from the confidence and musical strengths of the Coral's Move Through the Dawn.
BJ Barham assembled a new line-up for American Aquarium's seventh album Things Change to reflect and share thoughts on changes in his personal life and the American landscape.
Uniform Distortion is a brisk and nearly straightforward rock 'n' roll record that takes inspiration from Jim James finding a 1971 distorted photo of "The Illuminated Man" by Duane Michals.
Scottish chamber pop ensemble Modern Studies document and detail the unknown with strong writing and recording on their second album Welcome Strangers.
Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino is an intriguing musical shift from Arctic Monkeys' wildly popular and massively dominating AM, but rooted in their style and progressive growth as musicians and performers.
Folk band Dead Horses' third album My Mother the Moon soars as a solid reflection of music and its capability for expression and healing.
Kate Nash's fourth album is deep and introspective, welding personal lyrics and experiences to pop sensibilities on an uneven, yet still enjoyable collection of tracks.
Sam Morrow has crafted a deep and heavy album that indicates his maturing songwriting, performing, and attention to themes apparent in American society and his own life.