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.
Dan Bejar enters the another decade with what is probably his most remarkable piece of work since Kaputt. We’ve been featuring Destroyer’s new singles for a while now; this week, it’s time to celebrate “Have We Met”’s release. Plus, we have new tracks from Youbet, Diet Cig, Frances Quinlan, Torres, Lala Lala, JFDR, Lowland Hum, James Elkington, Sir Richard Bishop, Clem Snide, Sam Doores, Tre Burt, Alex Rex, Futurebirds, Pokey LaFarge, The Sadies, Bohren & der Club of Gore, Brooch, Dan Deacon, Shopping, The Men, Hailu Mergia, and Chuck Prophet.
In the beginning of the month, Americana heroes The Felice Brothers quietly released “Undress”. Their new collection of songs focuses on, well, 2010s USA, and it turns out to be possibly their most cohesive album – and its fantastic harmonies make it one of the catchiest records of the year so far.
On this week’s playlist: new songs by Ryan Pollie, Olden Yolk, David Berman’s Purple Mountains, Sam Cohen, Mikaela Davis, Pearl Charles, Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation, The National, Lowland Hum, Native Harrow, William Ryan Fritch, Michael Fracasso, Tōth, Luís Severo, Mega Bog, Joseph Shabason, Aviva le Fey, Little Mazarn, Shannon Lay, Matt Kivel, and Siskiyou.
We knew from the first couple of singles that Julia Jacklin’s new album would be at least almost as good as her debut. We also know she never wrote a bad song, so a disappointment sounded very unlikely. Still, we weren’t prepared for how great it really is – and we’re so goddamn lucky she’s playing Festival Vodafone Paredes de Coura next August. See you all there.
Plus: new songs by Buck Meek, Damien Jurado, Baptiste W. Hamon, James Yorkston, Lowland Hum, Aldous Harding, Kalyn Fay, Molly Sarlé,Strand of Oaks, Orville Peck, J.S. Ondara, Justin Townes Earle, Reed Foehl, Harlem, Vandoliers, The Yawpers, Filthy Friends, and Black Country New Road.
Bolachas Now Playing, 23/2017 (#108):
Delorean – Giro
Arcade Fire – Signs of Life
SZA – Drew Barrymore
Sevdaliza – Hubris
St. Vincent – New York
Girl Ray – Don’t Go Back at Ten
Chicano Batman – Passed You By
Rips – Losing II
Deer Tick – It’s a Whale
Beach Fossils – This Year
Grizzly Bear – Four Cypresses
The Deslondes – Nelly
The Deslondes – Just In Love With You
Zephaniah Ohora and the 18 Wheelers – I Do Believe I’ve Had Enough
Hiss Golden Messenger – Standing in the Doorway
Iron & Wine – Call it Dreaming
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – Chaos and Clothes
Hayden Pedigo – Madrid
Holly Throsby – Aeroplane
Lowland Hum – Thirty Years Old