Our Friday, September 24 album releases playlist opens with a fabulous cover of “Venus in Furs” by Andrew Bird, before giving way to 27 artists offering an original release and 3 reissues.
I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico
The Dream Team of Anglo-Saxon pop (American, but not only) meets to record an album of cult covers Velvet Underground & Nico of 1967. The revival of Venus in Furs by Andrew Bird and Lucius is extraordinarily accomplished. The entire disc is worth a listen – which is not always the case for such an exercise.
CALEB LANDRY JONES
Gadzooks Vol 1
(SACRED BONES RECORDS)
Playlist track: Never Wet
Actor and rocker, Caleb Landry Jones had announced this new album in the sequence of the Cannes Film Festival, which awarded him the Palme d’Interprétation Masculine for his role in Nitram. The Texan excels on both sides of his performances.
SUFJAN STEVENS & ANGELO DE AUGUSTINE
A Beginner’s Mind
(ASTHMATIC KIRRY RECORDS / MODULOR)
Playlist track: Back to Oz
Sufjan Stevens returns to songwriting and song format for the first time since his album The Ascension one year ago. He does this with Angelo de Augustine, the West Coast artist he took under his wing and who has (already) released three albums in recent years. The result is very beautiful, even if it is difficult to affirm that the universe of the two artists is sublimated in contact with the other.
Playlist track: jaywalker
The career of Andy Shauf is disturbing in that the Canadian connects two discs in quick succession before disappearing four years to return with two albums in two years. Wilds is as such the little brother of The Neon Skyline (2020), whose splendor he shares.
Spencer Cullum’s coin collection
(FULL TIME HOBBY)
Playlist track: Falling to Pieces
An English musician now based in Nashville, Spencer Cullum is a reference in the pedal steel guitar. His first album draws as much on the psychedelic pop of the sixties and seventies as on country-referenced sounds. The Full Time Hobby label, which is never wrong, had a good ear once again.
Party Like A Human
(3RD OFFICE / WAGRAM)
Playlist track: Pick up the pieces
Almost twenty years of career for the electro-pop (and funk, and soul, and …) project of Hervé Salters. Now based in Berlin, the keyboardist remains an international hit machine.
Mouth full of glass
Playlist track: Finally
Macie Stewart is one half of the Ohmme duo. Mouth full of glass is the first solo effort from the Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist songwriter. Recorded in near autarky, Mouth full of glass is the intimate exploration of a person getting to know themselves.
one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden
Playlist track: hurt
Ada Lea is the diminutive of Alexandra Levy, Montreal songwriter who tells here, on piano mats or guitars, personal stories that contribute to her maturity.
ALBIN DE LA SIMONE
(SOONER OR LATER)
Playlist track: A friend
Recently active and solicited in drawing and graphic design, Albin de la Simone delivers a sixth entirely instrumental album.
From the wasteland
Playlist track: they will last long
Mainly instrumental, From the wasteland is a series of essays that are more ambient music than traditional pop. Flavien Berger is releasing this astonishing album in cassette form.
Sand Castle Tapes
Playlist track: losers
(Big Crown Records / Modulor)
Playlist track: Ain’t that the way
ANNA B SAVAGE
These Dreams EP
Playlist track: A girl like you
Country Covers Vol.1
(SUB POP RECORDS)
Playlist track: Green Rocky Road
Aisles EP (physical output)
Piece of the playlist: Forever Young
(FIVE7 / WAGRAM)
Playlist track: Eric (with Philippe Katerine)
PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
Playlist track: The Rhythm of the Maschinen
If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right / PART 3
(MOSHI MOSHI RECORDS)
Playlist track: The Bad Sleep Well
ULRICH SCHNAUSS & MARK PETERS
Playlist track: Words Can be dismissed
THE BODY AND BIG BRAVE
Leaving None but Small Birds
Playlist track: Oh Sinner
Playlist track: Brother
The Sound of Yourself
(MERGE RECORDS / MODULOR)
Playlist track: Circle Around
Walk Swim Fly EP
Playlist track: Welcome Back to Sunny Ghost City
Playlist track: brain dance
(PHONE EXPLOSION RECORDS)
Playlist track: April 18
THE BOBBY LEES
Playlist track: Wendy
(ONE LITTLE INDEPENDENT RECORDS)
Playlist track: Cuverball
22-06-15 – Phonotopias
Playlist track: rue cortot
(UMG / UNIVERSAL)
Playlist track: Holidays in the Sun – ALt. mixed
My Echo / July Flame / Years of Meteor / Carbon Glacier exclusive limited edition color vinyl
Playlist track: Snowcamping
Melody Nelson 50th Anniversary Story – Dolby Atmos Sound
Playlist track: Cargo Cult