Mattiel – Mattiel
She’s a digital ad designer, illustrator, and set builder, but the singer from Atlanta, Georgia also has superlative pop voice and songwriting talent alongside colleagues Randy Michael and Jonah Swilley , with colours running through her work. We profiled two of her songs - Count Your Blessings and Whites of Their Eyes on Song of the Day, and her debut album certainly lives up to their promise. Out on Heavenly.
Mattiel – Bye Bye
Ty Segall and White Fence – Joy
Psychedelic rock from one of today’s great guitar heroes, who, when performing live, could be seen a US cross-equivlent throwback between Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Joining forces again with White Fence, aka Tim Presley, this is pick’n’mix album with elements of The Who thrown in, and more substantial than their last one, Hair, from six years ago, but is only a mere side dish to Segall’s latest full-blown solo triumph from earlier this year, Freedom’s Goblin. Out on Drag City.
Ty Segall and White Fence – Good Boy
Dirty Projectors – Lamp Lit Projectors
In what is more of a return to their early noughties breakthrough period, the clever, quirky Brooklyn band’s ninth studio album features guest appearances from Syd, Empres Of, Amber Mark, Haim, Rostam, Robin Pecknold, and Dear Nora, as well as longtime DPs’ rhythm section Nat Baldwin and Mike Johnson. Out on Domino Records.
Dirty Projectors - Break-Thru
Wimps – Garbage People
Witty, pithy and punky, Seattle’s Rachel Ratner, Matt Nyce, and David Ramm return with their thrid album adding a dash of saxophone and keyboards to the simple formula, but still managing to do what they do best, being straightforward, funny and full of pathos. Out on Kill Rock Stars.
Wimps – Giant Brain
RVG – A Quality of Mercy
Fresh, honest and sometimes brutally funny, Australian punk band RVG, fronted by singer Romy Vager, draw on various influences from Echo and the Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, and the Go Betweens. Their eight songs are recorded by the band, live off the floor, at Melbourne’s iconic rock’n’roll pub, The Tote. Out on Fat Possum.
RVG - A Quality of Mercy
Primo! – Amici
Wonderfully upbeat, debut album of bright, clever, fuzzbox indie pop from another Australian band, featuring members of Shifters and Terry – Vio (Shifters), Xanthe (Terry) and Suzanne (film expert), on bass, drums guitar and vox. Out on Upset The Rhythm
Primo! – Mirage
Body/Head – The Switch
The duo of Kim Gordon (CKM, Sonic Youth, Free Kitten) and guitarist Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange), release their second studio album. This has less of a dark rock album feel, and is sparser, and more experimental. It plays with the ideas of dark and light, and other contrasts (emotion/intellect, obviously body/head, and focusing and blurring of near/far. Out on Matador Records.
Body / Head – You Don’t Need
The Jayhawks – Back Roads and Abandoned Motels
Bright, folky, country Americana acoustic live-feel fare, with oodles of fine vocal harmonies and alife-on-the-road feeling, this is a compilation of songs co-written by Gary Louris' with Dixie Chicks, Jakob Dylan, Emerson Hart (of Tonic), Ari Hest, Scott Thomas, Carrie Rodriguez and more, and re-recorded by the Jayhawks in two sessions in 2017.
The Jayhawks – Backwards Women
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