Kate NV’s third record, Room for the Moon, is our album of the week. The Moscow-based musician takes us on a trip through 70s and 80s Russian and Japanese pop music and film with 47min of synth- and bass-heavy melodies. Plus: new tracks by John Prine, Norah Jones, Leah Senior, Margo Price, Lori McKenna, Nick Lowe, Bedouine, Lowland Hum, Drab City, The Cactus Blossoms, Sondre Lerche, Los Retros, Jarvis Cocker, Ron Gallo, Leon Bridges, Chancha Via Circuito, Mulatu Astatke, Sonic Boom, Dougie Poole, Built to Spill, Blitzen Trapper, Naked Giants, Idles, Sammy Brue, Pert Near Sandstone, Matt Costa, and Lionlimb.
Nathaniel Rateliff has loved and lost. It really shows on his first solo album since 2013, going back to his roots after a successful stint with his Night Sweats. Serving as a tribute to late friend and collaborator Richard Swift, this is not your average “look, I’m divorced now” bearded dude folk record.
Plus: new tracks by Nap Eyes, The Men, Lucinda Williams, Spanish Love Songs, U.S. Girls, Tame Impala, Tennis Music, Lala Lala, Nadia Reid, Anna Burch, Molly Burch, Miss Tess, Anna Ash, Waxahatchee, Billie Eilish, Jozef van Wissem, William Prince, Logan Ledger, Jonathan Wilson, and Khruangbin + Leon Bridges.
20 days into the new year and we’re already in love with one of the most beautiful albums 2020 will have to offer. Bill Fay’s third album since breaking a decades-long absence is not only a spotless collection of new songs by the veteran singer-songwriter. The deluxe version is where the true gems are: full band versions of some of the best tracks off the album, plus two bonus tracks and a new arrangement of an old favorite. Fortunately you don’t need to buy a fancy Japanese version of it or stand in line for a RSD release. It’s all on Spotify, just like all these new tracks by The Innocence Mission, Nadia Reid, Aoife Nessa Frances, Samantha Crain, Madison Cunningham, Possessed by Paul James/Official, James Steinle, Margo Price, Soccer Mommy, TORRES, Nap Eyes, David Dondero, The Panhandlers, John Moreland, Hawktail, Thundercat, John Carroll Kirby, Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Swamp Dogg ft. John Prine, Alabaster dePlume, and LINA_ RAÜL Refree.
‘what we say in private’ is the debut album by Canadian singer-songwriter/painter/visual artist Alexandra Levy, or Ada Lea. It’s been out for less than a handful of days but it’s already one of our indie rock albums of the year. Is it because its opening song sounds like a lost track off Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’s recording sessions that eventually morphs into a more layered Big Thief song, while never sounding like a tribute to either bands? Or maybe it’s because of the stellar songwriting in it. We don’t know. Let’s just listen.
Plus: new tracks by Wilco (the new kind of Wilco, not the old YHF one), Andrew Combs, Strange Ranger, Long Beard, Aviva le Fey, Shannon Lay, Joan Shelley, Holy Golden (now known as Dolly Valentine), Summer Salt, Grace Lightman, Bleached, Roselit Bone, Trash Kit, Fly Pan Am, Adam Green, Tony Molina, Leon Bridges, Whitney, RF Shannon, Hiss Golden Messenger, Joe Pug, Jim Lauderdale, and Twain + The Deslondes.
Bolachas Now Playing, a new music Spotify playlist updated every Tuesday.
Jess Williamson’s third record “Cosmic Wink” is our album of the week! We first heard her voice when she was touring Europe with Kevin Morby a couple of years ago and now we can’t get enough. Give it a spin or ten. Plus: new songs by Arctic Monkeys, Ryley Walker, Wild Pink, En Attendant Ana, Rayland Baxter, courtney barnett, Dawes, The Milk Carton Kids, Brent Cobb, Luke Winslow-King, Buck Meek, The Bones of J.R. Jones, Leon Bridges, Mason Jennings, Erin Rae, Half Waif, The Magic Lantern, The Innocence Mission, and Many Rooms.
Bolachas Now Playing, 19/2018 (#146):
Arctic Monkeys – Star Treatment
Ryley Walker – Spoil with the Rest
Wild Pink – Lake Erie
En Attendant Ana – The Violence Inside
Rayland Baxter – Casanova
Courtney Barnett – Sunday Roast
Dawes – Crack the Case
The Milk Carton Kids – Big Time
Brent Cobb – Providence Canyon
Luke Winslow-King – Blue Mesa
Buck Meek – Joe by the Book
The Bones of J.R. Jones – Enemy
Leon Bridges – Mrs.
Mason Jennings – Race You To the Light
Jess Williamson – Awakening Baby
Jess Williamson – White Bird
Erin Rae – Bad Mind
Half Waif – Lavender Burning
The Magic Lantern – Lydia
The Innocence Mission – Green Bus
Many Rooms – Hollow Body