Listening suggestions for the first drizzly day of lockdown.
Record of the Week and sitting handsome on the racks right now is Earth, the debut album from Radiohead's Ed O'Brien as EOB. There was a great documentary a while back where Thom and Jonny were talking about overhearing solo project ideas and being jealous.... the band are going to be awful jealous and awful proud of this one, it really is a cracking album. The main narrative here is the beautiful harmony between the album's intricate and delicate pieces, and the full chug and gnarl of the big moments. Vocally he sounds fantastic. You can hear how much depth his fine voice adds to the group ensembles. Beautifully produced and full of excellent and really hooky songs. This excellent album deserves just as much attention as any other solo project, or the day job come to mention it!
+ Available on a limited edition indie shop orange vinyl pressing.
+ Available initially on CD as a limited edition softpak.
Duo Shabazz Palaces return on Sub Pop with The Don Of Diamond Dreams and it's a right headspace this. Across their excellent discography, they have taken so many detours it's hard to actually pin down what they actually sound like, but if you can nail a description of this latest outing, this is them. A smokey haze to the vocals with lines and motifs appearing in and out of the smoke. From crunching synths to big jazz club baselines and brushed drums, there is well enough chopping and changing to keep you guessing. Sonically adventurous, this is a trip we highly recommended.
+ Limited edition 'Loser' LP is on Sky Blue vinyl.
A corker of a live album on CD and LP for your home stereos. elbow 'Live at The Ritz' is an acoustic performance that really highlights that under all the massive and brilliant production, they are still excellent songwriters.
Melbourne quartet Primo! release Sogni on Upset The Rhythm and it has us giving it the big head bop. Their second LP was recorded in a number of home studios across Melbourne, but it has such a cohesive live vibe to it, it's simple but you can feel all the energy. Some lush hooks and some real pound to the bass.
+ Indies Only Edition LP is on opaque orange vinyl
Sir Richard Bishop returns (from far reaching travels) with the excellent Oneiric Formulary on Drag City. Full of mysterious ethereal timbres and some of his most spiritual sounding playing to date. Celerity at the start of the album, in particular, is a real vibe.
London based Tony Donson releases his new LP Joyful Death under the name Sonikku today on Bella Union. Massive pop bangers with some really lush production. Really smart this.
+ LP format is on Mint Green vinyl and includes a download code
Enter Shikari release Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible today. We have an indies only LP on limited green and purple splatter, transparent vinyl!
Rina Sawayama's debut LP Sawayama is due today, we think it is en route, more on that and others to follow.
One that has just arrived is Herbie Hancock's The Prisoner, his last for Blue Note reissued here in glorious fashion. The album is a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, evoking his spirit and dreams through spacious, exploratory post-bop.
This morning, Tim Burgess announced that he will still be making the trip down to Devon (virtually) For Sea Change, bringing his amazing #timstwitterlisteningparty album playbacks plus an exclusive DJ set next Sunday night at Sea Change Goes Online.
We are so thrilled to be welcoming The Breeders' Last Splash (with Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Jim MacPherson and Josephine Wiggs joining us online), Midlake's The Trials Of Van Occupanther (featuring the original band line up Eric Pulido, Eric Nichelson, McKenzie Smith, Paul Alexander and Tim Smith in attendance), Gwenno's spellbinding 'Le Kov', Ren Harvieu's fantastic new Revel In The Drama and an all time Drift classic with Joe Mount joining us to look back at Metronomy's Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe).
Make sure you are following Drift and Sea Change wherever possible this week as we'll be announcing a ton of amazing content for next weekend's big bash. Save the date.
Saturday 25th + Sunday 26th April.