More new CDs for July include a collaborative EP from Robyn & Royksopp; new music from Sharon Van Etten, Passenger & Parquet Courts; and new remastered Deluxe editions of 90s classic albums from Slint & Soundgarden….
Are we there.
“For this album, Van Etten found a kindred spirit in veteran music producer Stewart Lerman. Originally working together on ‘Boardwalk Empire’, they gently moved into new roles, rallying around the idea of making a record together in Lerman’s studio in New Jersey. Lerman’s studio expertise gave Van Etten the freedom to make ‘Are We There’ the way she imagined. Van Etten also enlisted the individual talents of her band, consisting of Heather Woods Broderick, Doug Keith and Zeke Hutchins and brought in friends Dave Hartley and Adam Granduciel from The War On Drugs, Jonathan Meiberg (Shearwater), Jana Hunter (Lower Dens), Peter Broderick, Mackenzie Scott (Torres), Stuart Bogie, Jacob C Morris and Mickey Freeze. Always direct, and never shying away even from the most personally painful narratives, Van Ettten’s songwriting continues to evolve. Many of the songs deal with seemingly impossible decisions, anticipation, and then resolution. ..“Her voice is breathtaking throughout the record, altering to inhabit every emotional extreme.” – Uncut (9/10), “She seems to set her voice no boundaries” – Mojo (4 stars), “Van Etten goes several layers deeper, and faster, than most songwriters. ‘Are We There’ is the kind of album that many people have been trying to make for years and only a dozen or so have pulled off; words, voice, and heartbreak.” – The New Yorker…” (Abridged from publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)
Do it again / Royksopp & Robyn.
“Royksopp & Robyn are proud to announce the release of ‘Do It Again’, an incredible 36 minute 5 track mini album which will be unleashed on 26th May 2014 and precedes a new Royksopp album to be released later in the year. The ‘Do It Again’ tour with Royksopp and Robyn includes a headline slot on the 6Music stage at Latitude Festival on 19th July. ‘Do It Again’ is the first single from the mini album and is an accidental pop song written after a night out together in Bergen. It is one of the most effervescent, effortlessly uplifting electro-pop tunes of recent years, and started life as a rave-inspired throwback. Elsewhere, the mini album covers big thumping house in the shape of the club-ready ‘Sayit’. On the other end of the spectrum there is the closing ‘Inside The Idle Hour Club’, which utilises Robyn’s vocal discreetly to create a pensive, slowly evolving soundscape that’s worth diving headlong into. “This doesn’t sound like Royksopp featuring Robyn or Robyn produced by Royksopp, it’s just something else entirely, the word ”collaboration” has never before been more justified in the world of music!” – (Royksopp). “In the beginning we just knew we wanted to do something together and then it started to feel more like a band thing than songs for a Royksopp or Robyn album so we’re releasing this music together as a band you could say” – (Robyn)…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)
“Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, presents Whispers, the follow up to 2012 s All The Little Lights, which featured the international hit single and 3x Platinum “Let Her Go.” Recorded in Sydney and co-produced by Chris Vallejo, Whispers is comprised of 11 tracks that tell tales some real, some imagined of love, death, growing up and getting old. A master of story telling, Passenger yet again strikes the perfect balance between the heartbreaking and the humorous, all wrapped in beautiful instrumentation, creating a sumptuous, symphonic sound.”This is easily the most “up” album I ve ever made,” explains Passenger. “It s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some somber moments about loneliness and death but, hey, it wouldn t be a Passenger album without those. Mostly though, it s a really positive album.” Lead single “Scare Away The Dark,” which is already a fan favorite at live shows, presents listeners with a different side of Passenger than the one they ve come to know from international smash single “Let Her Go.” It s a riotous rant about technology taking over our lives, calling on listeners to seize the moment and embrace life. Though he didn t realize it at the time, title track “Whispers” captures the chaos in Passenger s head as “Let Her Go” began to snowball. “Heart s On Fire” is the album s grandest love song, starting sparse on finger picked guitar and building into a dramatic, passionate, strings-soaked plea to the person you can t get out of your head…” (Publishers description from Amazon.com)
“Much as Light Up Gold & the subsequent EP Tally All The Things That You Broke offered a uniquely tattered perspective on everyday life, Sunbathing Animal applies the same layered thoughts and sprawling noise to more cerebral, inward-looking themes. While heightened in its heaviness and mania, the album also represents a huge leap forward in terms of songwriting and vision…” (Publishers description from Amazon.com)
Spiderland [bonus DVD].
“Slint’s 1991 album, Spiderland, remastered from the original analog master tapes by Bob Weston and pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Both CD and LP include a download coupon for 14 outtakes & demos personal selected by Slint, mastered by Bob Weston. Includes Breadcrumb Trail, a brand new, never- before-seen, 90 minute DVD documentary about Slint and the making of Spiderland, directed by Lance Bangs. Booklet includes foreword by Will Oldham…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)
“This year, the band celebrates the 20th anniversary of this groundbreaking album with a special deluxe series of reissue formats. Superunknown is the LP that is considered Soundgarden’s “masterpiece”, yielding such iconic tracks as “Black Hole Sun,” “Spoonman,” and “Fell on Black Days“, which helped redefine alternative rock and influenced the course of music. DELUXE EDITION : (2CD) 2014 remastered reissue of mega 1994 album featuring ‘Black Hole Sun’ & ‘Fell On Black Days’.Expanded with 17 bonus tracks including demos, rehearsals, b-sides & more + 28-page booklet!…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)