Feel-good pop doesn’t seem to fulfil its promise these days. But Arlo Parks‘s debut album, “Collapsed in Sunbeams”, manages to bring a little bit of sunlight-infused pop into our hearts and ears. Extra points for the poetic-feel and the whimsical but very accurate Portra 400 reference.
Blake Mills has been over the place over the past few years, including this very setlist (that’s also him on Perfume Genius’ new track). You can find him producing, playing or singing on albums such as Laura Marling’s “Semper Femina”, Dawes’ “We’re All Gonna Die”, Conor Oberst’s “Salutations”, Weyes Blood’s “Titanic Rising”… you know the drill. They’ve all been featured here. After adding some guitar tracks on Cass McCombs’ “Mangy Love” a few years back, he has now invited back the fellow Californian for some collaborative songwriting on his exquisite, brilliant new album, “Mutable Set”.
Plus: brand new tracks by A.O. Gerber, Skullcrusher, Fenne Lily, Dana Gavanski, Modern Studies, Woods, Blitzen Trapper, Dougie Poole, Willie Nelson, Sarah Siskind, Matthew Tavares, Masaki Batoh, Fontaines D.C., Disheveled Cuss, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, White Denim, Gia Margaret Music, Dirty Projectors, Jessie Ware, Tei Shi, Kehlani, Thundercat, and Bad Bunny.
Fourteen LPs into her career, Lucinda Williams is roots music’s biggest treasure. Not sure how she hasn’t crossed over enough into an ocean of indie reverence. Their loss. “Good Souls Better Angels” is yet another gem from the Louisiana singer-songwriter. Plus: new tracks by Angelo De Augustine, John Paul White, Lizanne Knott, Hazel English, Katie Von Schleicher, Jennie Lawless, Jenny O., Jaime Wyatt, Whitney Rose, Israel Nash, The Texas Gentlemen, Garrett T. Capps, Lithics, No Age, Built to Spill, Sammy Brue, Okey Dokey, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, John K. Samson, Chuck Prophet Official, Zachary Cale, Modern Nature, Blake Mills, Sam Prekop, and Khruangbin.
Mapache define themselves as “cosmic West Coast Pop Americana”, which is enough of a descriptor to deter me from writing anything else to try to explain what they sound like except for “They definitely know their Everly Brothers”. The Californian duo has just released their second album and we’re delighted to share it with you on our second (third?) week of quarantine. We didn’t even know it was Wednesday. New tracks by Bright Eyes, Waxahatchee, Car Seat Headrest, Modern Nature, Arbouretum, Hexvessel, Wax Machine, Empty Country, Squid, Dogleg, Tropical Fuck Storm, LEYA, Kenny Berg ft. Chico da Tina, J Balvin, Lil Yachty, Baxter Dury, Margaret Glaspy, Kelsea Ballerini, Jennah Barry, Blake Mills, Natalia Lafourcade Oficial & Los Cojolites, Dave Simonett, Carl Anderson, and Lucinda Williams.
Everyone seems to be publishing their 2018 lists one month before the end of the year, and here we are pretending we’re surprised by that. We still have one more before we hibernate for a few weeks. Simultaneously with the release of his book, Wilco’s frontman Jeff Tweedy has just put out WARM, his first solo album of original material, and probably one of the best Wilco-related releases since 2007’s Sky Blue Sky.
Plus: new tracks from Michael Chapman, the Mountain Goats, Ryan Bingham, Daniel Romano, Foxwarren, The Green Apple Sea, Hollow Hand, DBUK, Pavo Pavo, Blake Mills, Sharon Van Etten, Jessica Moss, These New Puritans, ГШ / Glintshake, Harlem, and Conor Oberst.