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May the 4th be with you. As Gandalf said: we hope you live long and prosper or whatever.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 4th, 2018.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.  As our staff post reviews of these albums, links will appear below the art work so that you can read about the release, see how we scored it, and more.


Featured Release

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Frank Turner – Be More Kind
Genre: Folk Punk / Pop Rock
Label: Xtra Mile / Polydor / Interscope

As evidenced by the album art and title, the central theme of Frank Turner’s newest release is one of empathy and compassion in a time of ever-pervasive social and political turmoil. Be More Kind has several tracks that seem tailor-made for radio or your local Target – think more along the lines of “The Way I Tend to Be” from Tape Deck Heart, less anything pre-England Keep My Bones – with the hardest-hitting songs being “1933” and possibly album highlight “Brave Face”. Turner’s pop sensibilities are still strong, though, thanks to his backing band The Sleeping Souls sounding better than ever. In songs like “Little Changes”, “21st Century Survival Blues”, and even “Make America Great Again” (which might otherwise be a throwaway song without the humorous video – see 4:08 for an example), the warmer tones envelop like a blanket, and the Bastille-like electronics in songs like “Blackout” add another dimension to the record. While the bleeding-heart, rail-against-the-right ethos might turn more than a handful of listeners off, and the opinions expressed aren’t necessarily controversial, there’s nevertheless a valuable refrain throughout the record with plenty of well-crafted folk/pop hooks on display.


 

– Sample List of Releases: May 4th, 2018 –

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Belly – Dove
Genre: Alternative / Jangle Pop
Label: Belly Touring LLC

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Black Moth Super Rainbow – Panic Blooms
Genre: Neo-Psychedelia / Experimental Pop
Label: Red Cult

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Bong – Thought and Existence
Genre: Drone / Psychedelic
Label: Ritual

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Dead Sea – Colorate EP
Genre: Chillwave / Post-Pop
Label: [PIAS] Recordings

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Dimmu Borgir – Eonian
Genre: Symphonic / Melodic Black Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast

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DJ Koze – Knock Knock
Genre: Deep House
Label: Pampa

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Brian Eno – Music for Installations
Genre: Ambient
Label: UMC

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Eternal Summers – Every Day It Feels Like I’m Dying…
Genre: Dream Pop / Indie
Label: Nevado

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Ben LaMar Gay – Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun
Genre: R&B / Soul / Eclectic
Label: International Anthem

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Gaz Coombes – World’s Strongest Man
Genre: Indie
Label: Caroline International

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The Glitch Mob – See Without Eyes
Genre: Glitch Hop / Electro House
Label: Glass Air

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Jon Hopkins – Singularity
Genre: Microhouse / Tech House
Label: Domino

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Iceage – Boundless
Genre: Post-Punk
Label: Matador

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Ihsahn – Àmr
Genre: Progressive Metal / Synthwave
Label: Candlelight

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Matt and Kim – Almost Everyday
Genre: Indietronica
Label: Fader

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Parkway Drive – Reverence
Genre: Metalcore
Label: Epitaph

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Peace – Kindness is the New Rock and Roll
Genre: Indie Rock
Label: Ignition

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Plan B – Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose
Genre: UK Hip Hop / Pop Soul
Label: Atlantic

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Royce da 5’9″ – Book of Ryan
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label: Entertainment One

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Shakey Graves – Can’t Wake Up
Genre: Singer/Songwriter / Americana
Label: Dualtone

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Shinedown – Attention Attention
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Atlantic

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Thy Catafalque – Geometria
Genre: Progressive Metal / Avant-Garde
Label: Season of Mist

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Trampled By Turtles – Life is Good on the Open Road
Genre: Bluegrass
Label: Banjodad

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Tropical Fuck Storm – A Laughing Death in Meatspace
Genre: Punk Blues / Noise Rock
Label: Mistletone


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JWT155
05.04.18
Some interesting stuff. A lot of big hitters from a diverse set of genres.

theBoneyKing
05.04.18
Nothing interesting this week. Time to check some older albums instead.

verdant
05.04.18
eeee koze and hopkins!! tropical fuck storm too!! my friends and i are playing a festival alongside them soon :~)

JWT155
05.04.18
Tropical Fuck Storm is a great band name

jmh886
05.04.18
tropical fuck storm?!

Chortles
05.04.18
koze and hopkins are all i need in this world. new iceage is nice as well

Demon of the Fall
05.04.18
I had a little chuckle at that one & the album cover etc. curiosity might get the better of me, otherwise it looks like a snooze-fest week (just an excuse to do what Boney said & jam old stuff)

Jom
05.04.18
I debated putting it as the featured release but we are a wholesome Christian site so it had to hide at the bottom I guess!

Demon of the Fall
05.04.18
We're a Christian site? I didn't get that memo.

Jom
05.04.18
lol no

It's just a super old site meme.

brb as I go say 50 Hail Marys

Demon of the Fall
05.04.18
I was hoping you were joking, please ignore my request to cancel my subscription

DoofusWainwright
05.04.18
Loads of stuff this week - Iceage, DJ Koze, Jon Hopkins, Eleanor Friedberger, Belly, Black Moth Super Rainbow...

Boney there is Damien Jurado, RF Shannon, Trampled by Turtles...and maybe Shakey Graves are good? Know nothing about them. Admitted I doubt there's a classic among those but they'll all be decent.

Atari
05.04.18
Thx Jom. New Frank Turner is first on my list

theBoneyKing
05.04.18
Shakey Graves past work good. The rest aren’t really on my radar/I haven’t listened to them before and there doesn’t seem to be any hype on them and I’d rather just check some old stuff this week anyways.

theBoneyKing
05.04.18
Shakey Graves past work isnt good that is (why tf cant we edit blog comments)

DoofusWainwright
05.04.18
Well, the RF Shannon I've checked and it sounds nice but instantly forgettable - like Cass McCombs without the toons.

Will get back to you on the other three...

Divaman
05.04.18
Will definitely be checking out Belly and Matt & Kim.

SandwichBubble
05.04.18
Fun week

butcherboy
05.04.18
tropical fuck storm is the side project of the singer from The Drones.. will be checking along with writing up Iceage, of course..

IcelandRevel
05.05.18
https://venetiansnares.bandcamp.com/album/venetian-snares-x-daniel-lanois This also came out on the 4th!

SowingSeason
05.06.18
new shakey graves rules

AsleepInTheBack
05.06.18
new Frank Turner is very okay, sadly. expected more.

SowingSeason
05.06.18
Yeah what I heard of it was pretty watered down

AsleepInTheBack
05.06.18
tempted to do a write up but I have a feeling Jom or Atari or someone are gonna jump on that pretty soon

Nikkolae
05.07.18
Someone plz review Thy Catafalque asap

Atari
05.07.18
@Ben, can't speak for Jom but I'm not doing a review for it. All I have time for right now is shitty soundoffs ;]

AsleepInTheBack
05.07.18
well then, I may give that a go

Jom
05.07.18
>> Someone plz review Thy Catafalque asap

A contributor did: https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/76933/Thy-Catafalque-Geometria/

>> @Ben, can't speak for Jom but I'm not doing a review for it.

It's all you, Asleep. I might publish something later on down the line during a slow period.

klap
05.09.18
Boney check out Eleanor Friedbergers old stuff. She’s a treasure

nigelgrab
05.10.18
People are sleeping on that Tropical Fuck Storm release...it's a wild mix of psych rock and post punk and it's so good. Basically sounds how the album cover looks.

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