In Stores Now 9/19

In Stores Now
Janice Headley

September continues to be strong for new releases. Highlights include the latest from Staten Island, NY band Cymbals Eat Guitars. KEXP Music Director Don Yates says their fourth album, "brings a bit more of an expansive and energetic sound to their anthemic indie-rock. Produced by John Congleton, the album adds synths, occasional horns and other instrumentation alongside the band's searing guitar work on emotionally hard-hitting songs with often-dark lyrics revolving around anxiety, depression and mortality."

Eight-piece Birmingham, AL band St. Paul & The Broken Bones release their second album of old-school soul, "nother excellent set that pairs a darker, more funk-edged sound with more politically conscious lyrics. Produced by Paul Butler (who also just produced Michael Kiwanuka's impressive new album), the album features an airtight sound with some beautiful arrangements to frame Paul Janeway's powerful vocals." Bellingham producer/multi-instrumentalist Manatee Commune (aka Grant Eadie) shares "a strong set of dreamy, psych-tinged electro-pop with a warm, intimate sound featuring bubbly synths, unhurried beats, sampled ambient sounds, blissed-out melodies, manipulated vocal fragments and occasional guest vocals from Marina Price, Moorea Masa and Flint Eastwood."

Preoccupations -- the band formerly known as Viet Cong -- "offers up their debut full-length under their new name. It's a potent set of dark, adventurous post-punk with driving rhythms, atmospheric guitars, hypnotic keyboards, gloomy vocals, bleak lyrics and sharp song hooks." Icelandic artist Sin Fang (aka Sindri Már Sigfússon) "ditches the chamber-pop orchestration that colored his last album (2013's Flowers) in favor of a moody, R&B-influenced electro-pop sound with more forceful beats, atmospheric synths, gentle vocals, dark lyrics and dreamy melodies. Guest vocalists include Jonsi, Soley and Farao." Danish producer Trentemøller returns with "a bleak blend of moody electro-pop and atmospheric dream-pop. Marie Fisker, Lisbet Fritze and Savages' Jehnny Beth are featured as guest vocalists."

  • (Various Artists) Arakatula - "Wake Up Africa"
  • from Nigeria Soul Fever: Afro Funk, Disco and Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem! on Soul Jazz
  • Aaron Lewis - "That Ain’t Country"
  • from Sinner on Dot
  • Against Me! - "Crash"
  • from Shape Shift with Me on Total Treble
  • Alex G - "Hollow"
  • from DSU reissue on Run for Cover Records
  • Bad Suns - "Disappear Here"
  • from Disappear Here on BMG / Vagrant
  • Bobby Rush
  • from Porcupine Meat on Rounder
  • Brujeria - "No Aceptan Imitaciones"
  • from Pocho Aztlan on Nuclear Blast
  • CC Dust - "Never Going To Die"
  • from CC Dust on K Records
  • Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Have A Heart"
  • from Pretty Years on Sinderlyn
  • Dawes - "We’re All Gonna Die"
  • from We're All Gonna Die on Hub Records
  • The Devil Makes Three - "Champagne and Reefer"
  • from Redemption & Ruin on New West
  • Devon Allman - "Pleasure & Pain"
  • from Ride or Die on Ruf Records
  • El Perro del Mar - "KoKoro"
  • from KoKoro on The Control Group
  • Ghost - "Square Hammer"
  • from Popestar on Loma Vista Recordings
  • Grumbling Fur - "The Ballad of Roy Batty"
  • from FurFour on Thrill Jockey
  • Helen Money - "Become Zero"
  • from Become Zero on Thrill Jockey
  • Keaton Henson - "Alright"
  • from Kindly Now on Oak Ten Records / PIAS
  • Kishi Bashi - "Say Yeah"
  • from Sonderlust on Joyful Noise
  • Kool Keith - "World Wide Lamper (feat. Bars Murre & Dirt Nasty)"
  • from Feature Magnetic on Mello Music Group
  • Led Zeppelin
  • from The Complete BBC Sessions on Atlantic / Rhino
  • Madeleine Peyroux - "Tango Till They’re Sore"
  • from Secular Hymns on Verve
  • Matt Berry - "Obsessed And So Obscure"
  • from The Small Hours on Acid Jazz
  • Meatloaf - "Speaking In Tongues"
  • from Braver Than We Are on SLG
  • Mndsgn - "Ya Own Way"
  • from Bodywash on Stones Throw
  • patten - "Sonne"
  • from Psi on Warp
  • Preoccupations - "Degraded"
  • from Preoccupations on Jagjaguwar
  • Psychic TV
  • from Alienist on Angry Love Productions
  • Robert Glasper Experiment - "Find You"
  • from ArtScience on Blue Note
  • Royal Canoe - "Somersault"
  • from Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit on Nevado Music
  • Sin Fang - "Candyland (feat. Jónsi)"
  • from Spaceland on Morr Music
  • Southern Culture on the Skids - "Grey Skies"
  • from The Electric Pinecones on Kudzu Records
  • Still Corners - "Lost Boys"
  • from Dead Blue on Wrecking Light
  • Suzanne Ciani / Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "Closed Circuit"
  • from Frkwys, Vol. 13: Sunergy on RVNG Intl.
  • Sumerlands - "Seventh Seal"
  • from Sumerlands on Relapse Records
  • Tim Presley - "Clue"
  • from The WiNK on Drag City
  • Tom Brosseau - "No Matter Where I Roam"
  • from North Dakota Impressions on Crossbill Records
  • Trentemøller - "One Eye Open"
  • from Fixion on In My Room
  • Usher - "Missin U"
  • from Hard II Love on RCA
  • Willie Nelson
  • from For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price on Legacy / Sony Music
  • Wrekmeister Harmonies
  • from Light Falls on Thrill Jockey
  • Young Guns - "Mad World"
  • from Echoes on Wind-Up

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