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What's New 3-25-22

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4AD

Warm Chris blends the breezier '70s folk of 2019's Designer with the jazz explorations and the dark chamber pop of 2017's Party. As usual, the idiosyncrasy and mystique of the Kiwi folk star's songwriting is thrilling with Harding unafraid to treat the ridiculous and the sublime with equal reverence. It’s this unpredictability that keeps the listener constantly on their toes, perplexed and enthralled all at once.

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Merge

Labyrinthitis brims with mystic and intoxicating terrain, circuitously drawing ever inward, with each turn offering giddy surprise, anxious esoterica, and thumping emotionality at equal odds. While Bejar initially envisioned it as a straight dance record (“just like Donna Summer’s greatest hits”), that simple notion is exploded into a million shining pieces, finding joy in mutual discovery instead of isolated certainty.

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Merge

Like all good Afrofuturist stories, it begins with an existential crisis. "It's darker than anything we've done previously," says Eno Williams, the group's singer. Produced by British synthpop group Hot Chip, a collaboration born out of a shared love of Francis Bebey and Giorgio Moroder, Electricity reveals a gleaming, supercharged, Afrofuturist blinder.

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Better Noise

Asking Alexandria teams up for the first time with Better Noise Music for their seventh studio album, See What's On the Inside. The band returns with a revival and a rebirth after spending the winter of 2021 living in the studio, the first time they had spent an extended period alone together writing and recording in over a decade. The product is the truest album by the band yet.

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Atlantic

Tell Me That It’s Over gives Wallows the opportunity to dive further into the exploration that they started on their first album, informed by everything from lo-fi post-punk to indie-folk to early-’90s dance-pop psychedelia. These 10 tracks bounce of the walls with an as much sadistic glee as nervous energy. There’s an innate ability present that makes any day that much sunnier with every listen.

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Sub Pop

After a decade building a reputation as one of the most ferociously creative art-rock groups working, Famously Alive finds Guerilla Toss coming into the fullness of their power, celebrating their prismatic idiosyncrasies from a place of optimism and abundance. It is a joyous album, equal parts bizarre, accessible, and fun, built off psychedelic texturing and Krautrock syncopation with the gloss and glow of contemporary pop music.

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Relapse

In the five tracks that make up Absent In Body‘s debut record, the band delivers music that is furiously spiritual. Its harshness is balanced by tranquil progressions that stir the mind – that lull listeners into a state where there is calm and storm. Made up of brilliant musicians Amenra’s Mathieu J. Vandekerckhove and Colin H. Van Eeckhout, Neurosis’ Scott Kelly, and ex-Sepultura’s Igor Cavelera.

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Lock13 Records

Like the creeks that run and tributaries that trickle throughout singer-songwriter Ian Noe’s homelands in Eastern Kentucky, water flows throughout his new LP. Thoughtfully and intentionally named, River Fools & Mountain Saints highlights Noe’s storytelling prowess through 12 country rockers and Appalachian ballads, depicting contemporary and historical life in the region.

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Fallen Sparks

Like only the most gifted storytellers, Matisyahu spins the rare kind of stories that simultaneously enlighten, enthrall and expand the audience’s sense of possibility. On his eponymous new album, the Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter/rapper shares his most autobiographical work to date, merging that personal revelation with a shapeshifting collision of reggae and hip-hop and boldly inventive pop.

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BMG

Like their sci-fi-noir rock contemporaries Garbage, Placebo are a band to which music is finally catching up. Nine years on from their seventh album Loud Like Love, Never Let Me Go finds their brooding cyber rock gently tweaked and polished – a little more synth, a touch more buzz and clatter – yet sounding as timely and relevant to future rock trends as ever.

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Interscope

Kelly’s ability to churn out infectious bangers is present here in his second collaborative project with drummer/producer Travis Barker. “emo girl” is a bucketload of charm; serving as a playful twist on the classic, doe-eyed poppy love song – the lyrics are so ridiculously self-aware that you can’t help but love it. And the Bring Me The Horizon feature ‘maybe’ is also a total delight, with Linkin Park-y guitars and a slick, irresistible flow.

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Red House

Steve Poltz is a living example of the American music tradition, a songwriter who can bend your ear with a hooky melody, then break your heart with a wry observation about the human condition. Now in Nashville, Poltz enlisted members of The Wood Brothers for Stardust and Satellites - an album dealing with loss (he's lost both parent's in the past two years), simple joys and childhood memories.

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Compass Records

Possessing one of the most distinctive and recognizable voices on the planet, former Men at Work frontman Colin Hay faces down struggle, loss and the existential questions about mortality on Now and The Evermore. It’s a defiantly joyful celebration of life and love drawing on vintage pop charm, pub rock muscle, and folk sincerity to forge a sound that's at once playful and profound, clever and compassionate, whimsical and earnest.

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Interscope

Fighting Demons, the fourth studio album and second posthumous album from Juice WRLD, is now available on vinyl, CD, and cassette with features from Justin Bieber, Polo G, Trippie Redd, Suga of BTS and more. It serves as a tie-in for an HBO-produced documentary titled Juice Wrld: Into the Abyss.

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Century Media

Approaching nearly 30 years since the beginning of their journey as one of Swedish Black Metal's most genuine and unvarnished exemplars, Dark Funeral continue to reach for new heights to bring audiences into its otherworldly & unholy visions on the band's seventh full-length. The new record sees the Satanic vanguards deliver their most aggressive and expansive songs to date.

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