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Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week. Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday April 15th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Kevin Morby – Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)


Singing Saw combines straightforward folk rock with a triumphant horn section and gospel leaning backing vocals, all while being overseen by the cool, Bob Dylan-esque singing and songwriting of 28 year old music veteran Kevin Morby.  Having released several albums as a member of Woods, a couple as a member of Babies, and now his third as a solo artist, Morby knows how to write really engaging music at this point.  Singing Saw covers a lot of ground lyrically, from personal ruminations to responding to police brutality, yet the songs always stay grounded.  All that aside, this is just a great sounding folk rock album, which is a joy to listen to.

 

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (Atlantic Records)


“Hello my son, welcome to Earth / May not be my last, but you’ll always be my first” is the lovely opening lyric of A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, the incredibly personal new album from country artist Sturgill Simpson.  This album is a letter to his newborn son and finds Simpson equally dispensing advice and poetically describing his immense love for the newest addition to his life.  The country sound on the album generally falls into three categories: beautiful orchestral country, straightforward modern country rock and rollicking country complete with an awesome horn section.  Also, he impeccably covers Nirvana’s “In Bloom.”  This is all in just nine songs in under 40 minutes, making it a lean and remarkable listen.

PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island Records)


The story of PJ Harvey’s The Hope Six Demolition Project is at least as interesting as the resulting album, if not more.  Harvey traveled to Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington D.C. to be inspired for her new album.  The Hope Six Demolition Project could therefore be described as journalistic rock music.  A lot of her observations have been met with criticism, especially surrounding the song “The Community of Hope.”  Lyrically this album is quite dour with not much hope being offered for the state of our world, which is a hard pill to swallow if you reside in a neighborhood Harvey is singing so negatively about.  Yet, there is something admirable about presenting an unfiltered, outsider perspective over engaging, messy and rough alternative rock music.  This is all around a difficult album to engage, yet a rewarding one for those who spend time with it.

Other Noteworthy Releases

The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend (Suicide Squeeze)

Mr. Lif – Don’t Look Down (Mello Music Group)

Ashley Shadow – Ashley Shadow (felte)

 

 

Welcome, one and all, to the very first volume of Future Sounds.  Every few weeks we will bring you a playlist of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears.  Below you’ll find the entire playlist via Spotify, as well as Playlist Highlights, which are songs that really stand out as essential listening.  So please, sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.

Playlist Highlights

PJ Harvey – The Wheel
Let it be known that I’m a sucker for hand claps, and there is some mighty fine hand clapping in this song.  PJ Harvey is back with her first new music since 2011, and if this is a sign of things to come then it was well worth the wait.  The guitars on this song really stick out as well as the sort of primitive, yet not at all simple feel.
from the album The Hope Six Demolition Project out 4/15/16 on Vagrant Records

Eric Bachmann – Mercy
Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers frontman is back once again as himself.  This song has such a HUGE sound with lovely doo-wop influenced backing vocals.  Lyrically it seems to be about unfollowing friends and family on Facebook, but still loving them despite huge differences.  Seriously in love with this song.
from the album Eric Bachmann out 3/23/16 on Merge

Parquet Courts – Dust
Just a straight up great rockin’ song complete with chaotic freak out. Also, one of the simplest and strangest choruses, which I’m absolutely in love with.  Dust is everywhere … Sweep!
from the album Human Performance out 4/8/16 on Rough Trade

Big Ups – Capitalized
It all begins with an ominous bass line and doesn’t let up over the course of two bone crunching minutes.  Big Ups is a band that I had not heard of before this month, yet their upcoming album grows more and more promising with each single they release ( see also: National Parks).
from the album Before a Million Universes out 3/4/16 on Exploding in Sound

Flume – Smoke and Retribution (feat. Vince Staples and Kucka)
Icy cold synths mixed with dripping hot verses from Vince Staples, one of the most promising young rappers today, makes for an incredible listen.  Vince Staples is what brought me to this song initially, but Flume’s production is what has me excited to hear the rest of his album when it comes out.  Turn this one up as loud as possible, trust me.
from the forthcoming album Skin via Mom + Pop

Whitney – No Woman
A lovely folk song with a bit of a country feel and great horns from members of the band Smith Westerns.  This is about as smooth a song as you’ll find.  I just want to throw this on and drive around in northern Michigan for forever.
from an upcoming release later in 2016 from Secretly Canadian

Full Playlist

Starting on January 16, 2015, PJ Harvey began recording her 9th studio album in front of a live audience. A custom built recording studio was made in London’s Somerset House. Reporter for Uncut magazine noted that much like her previous album, 2011’s Let England Shake, many of the lyrics were politically charged, but this time it was more globally focused. During recording she was seen using saxaphones, bouzouki, and an autoharp.  Flood (NIN, Nick Cave, U2, Depeche Mode) was confirmed to be the producer of the album which has yet to be titled.

The debut single is “The Wheel” and Harvey’s album has been christened The Hope Six Demolition Project. and the album trailer has just been released.

In December PJ Harvey released a 20 second teaser for her album which didn’t give a lot but gave so much to fans to anticipate.

The Hope Six Demolition Project will be available on vinyl, CD and as a digital download. The full track-listing is:

01. The Community of Hope
02. The Ministry of Defence
03. A Line in the Sand
04. Chain of Keys
05. River Anacostia
06. Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln
07. The Orange Monkey
08. Medicinals
09. The Ministry of Social Affairs
10. The Wheel
11. Dollar, Dollar

PJ Harvey will play select festival dates across Europe this summer with her new 9-piece band:

06/04/16 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
06/04-05/16 – Paris, France – We Love Green Festival
06/12/16 – London, UK – Field Day
06/17-18/16 – Helsinki, Finland – Sideways Festival
06/20/16 – Berlin, Germany – Zitadelle Spandau
06/22/16 – Zagreb, Croatia – INMusic
06/24-26/16 – Beuningen, The Netherlands – Down The Rabbit Hole
06/29/16 – Gdynia, Poland – Open’er Festival
06/29-07/02/16 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
07/02/16 – Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
07/03/16 – Herouville St Clair, France – Beauregard Festival
07/07/16 – Tren?ín, Slovakia – Pohoda Festival
08/11/16 – Oslo, Norway – OYA
08/11-13/16 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Way Out West

Hope

Not much is known about the new album PJ Harvey is releasing next year but what we do know is her new record documents a distinctive artistic journey which has taken her from Afghanistan to Washington, D.C. The album was recorded during a month-long, open to the public residency at London arts and cultural center Somerset House. Fans were able to watch Harvey at work with her group in studio.

Here Harvey gives a glimpse of her next full-length album. Some of us just can’t seem to wait that long.