Sputnikmusic News Wk 09.22.2017

Published: September 20, 2017

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 22, 2017.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.  As our staff post reviews of these albums, links will appear below the art work so that you can read about the release, see how we scored it, and more.


Featured Release: Godspeed You! Black Emperor: “Luciferian Towers

Luciferian Towers

Genre: Post-Rock/Ambient/Drone // Label: Constellation

Background:

The fathers of post-rock are back at it.  Two years removed from ‘Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress’, an album that for all intents and purposes reinvented Godspeed’s core philosophy (drone/ambient, shorter overall length), the band finds itself trudging further down that path while adding precious few wrinkles in the process.  It’s once again shorter than some of their gargantuan efforts of the past, and it opts for emotive string sections and concise, calculated progressions over the sprawling, free-form drone passages of this album’s predecessor.  Interjecting their fair share of political imagery, GY!BE ultimately prove that amid the minor tweaks this is still the same embittered, eccentric band that conceptualized the end of the world in 1997’s F♯ A♯ ∞.  As our very own contributing reviewer LandDiving surmised in his review, “although previous Godspeed releases have spun sprawling post-apocalyptic narratives imbued with pathos, this new record engenders a last-ditch effort to prevent the end of the world from occurring, as if it plays out before both F#A# and Lift Your Skinny Fists… in this universe’s chronology.”  If you enjoy in-depth analyses as far as concept albums go, then sit back and enjoy this Luciferian Towers flashback – a look at the events that led up to the horrific, terrifying end in F#A#.

Listen to the opener, “Undoing A Luciferian Towers” here:

 


– Full List of Releases: September 22, 2017 –

BCCIV

Black Country Communion: BCCIV
Genre: Rock/Blues // Label: J&R Adventures

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The Blow: Brand New Abyss
Genre: Electronic/Indie-Pop // Label: CD Baby

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Hiss Spun

Chelsea Wolfe: Hiss Spun
Genre: Experimental/Gothic/Industrial // Label: Sargent House

Stream Hiss Spun  here.

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Bidin' My Time

Chris Hillman: Bidin’ My Time
Genre: Country/Rock // Label: Rounder

Stream Bidin’ My Time here.

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The Amulet

Circa Survive: The Amulet
Genre: Alternative Rock/Post-Hardcore // Label: Hopeless

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Music For The Age Of Miracles

The Clientele: Music For The Age Of Miracles
Genre: Indie-Pop/Pyschedelic // Label: Merge

Stream Music For The Age Of Miracles here.

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Fool's Paradise

Cold Specks: Fool’s Paradise
Genre: Soul/Experimental/Gothic // Label: Arts & Crafts

Stream Fool’s Paradise here.

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You're Not You Anymore

Counterparts: You’re Not You Anymore
Genre: Metalcore/Hardcore // Label: Pure Noise

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Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay

Cradle Of Filth: Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay
Genre: Black Metal/Gothic/Death Metal // Label: Nuclear Blast

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Exitoca

Cristobal And The Sea: Exitoca
Genre: Pop/Rock // Label: City Slang

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Haiku From Zero

Cut Copy: Haiku From Zero
Genre: Electronic/Pop/Post-Punk // Label: Astralwerks

Stream Haiku From Zero here.

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Zero Hour

Diabol Blvd: Zero Hour
Genre: Metal/Hard Rock // Label: Metalville Mod

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The Spark

Enter Shikari: The Spark
Genre: Post-Hardcore/Electronic // Label: Pias America

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Double Dutchess

Fergie: Double Dutchess
Genre: Pop // Label: BMG Rights Management

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Luciferian Towers

Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Luciferian Towers
Genre: Post-Rock/Ambient/Drone // Label: Constellation

Stream Luciferian Towers here.

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What's That Sound?

Haley Reinhart: What’s That Sound?
Genre: Pop // Label: Concord

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V

The Horrors: V
Genre:  Post-Punk/Shoegaze/Gothic // Label: Caroline International

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Subjugate

Implore: Subjugate
Genre: Punk/Death Metal/Grind // Label: Century Media

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Children of the Sounds

Kaipa: Children of the Sounds
Genre: Progressive Rock // Label: Inside Out

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Wonderful Wonderful

The Killers: Wonderful Wonderful
Genre: Indie-Pop/Alt-Rock // Label: Island

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Let Love Rule

Ledisi: Let Love Rule
Genre: R&B // Label: Verve

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Skin&Earth

Lights: Skin & Earth
Genre: Indie-Pop/Electronic // Label: Warner Bros.

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I'm A Harmony

Linda Perhacs: I’m A Harmony
Genre: Folk/Psychedelic // Label: Omnivore Recordings

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Strange Peace

METZ: Strange Peace
Genre: Noise Rock/Post-Punk/Grunge // Label: Sub Pop

Stream Strange Peace here.

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Aromanticism

Moses Sumney: Aromanticism
Genre: Folk/Soul // Label: Jagjaguwar

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Cities In Search Of A Heart

The Movielife: Cities In Search Of A Heart
Genre: Post-Punk/Emo/Hardcore // Label: Rise

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White Noise

Noah Gundersen: White Noise
Genre: Folk/Alt-Rock // Label: Cooking Vinyl

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Stranger In The Alps

Phoebe Bridgers: Stranger In The Alps
Genre: Rock/Pop // Label: Dead Oceans

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Laila's Wisdom [Explicit]

Rapsody: Laila’s Wisdom
Genre: Hip-Hop/Soul // Label: Rapsody

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Deep Calleth Upon Deep

Satyricon: Deep Calleth Upon Deep
Genre: Black Metal/Folk/Rock // Label: Napalm

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Gossip

Sleeping with Sirens: Gossip
Genre: Pop-Rock/Post-Hardcore/Pop-Punk // Label: Warner Bros.

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Ununiform

Tricky: Ununiform
Genre: Trip-Hop/Electronic // Label: !K7

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8

Ufomammut: 8
Genre: Pyschedelic/Doom Metal/Stoner Rock // Label: Neurot Recordings

Stream 8 here.

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Roll With The Punches

Van Morrison: Roll With The Punches
Genre: Folk-Rock/Soul // Label: Legacy Recordings

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Thrice Woven

Wolves In The Throne Room: Thrice Woven
Genre: Black Metal/Ambient/Post-Rock // Label: Artemisia

Stream Thrice Woven here.

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