Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of January 20, 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.
AFI (A Fire Inside) have a storied history as one of punk’s most long-lived and influential bands. As they find themselves now ten albums deep into their career, what should we be expecting from AFI (The Blood Album)? Even the most hopeful of fans know another Black Sails in the Sunset or Answer That and Stay Fashionable isn’t in the cards, because quite frankly the band is in its third decade and its members reside at a totally different juncture in their lives. The material released in advance of The Blood Album yielded singles with a sound more darkened, yet equally as melodic and accessible as – say – Crash Love. Thus, a more realistic target for this record may be a return to the band’s early 2000’s punk/emo heyday, something along the lines of Sing The Sorrow. It remains to be seen if the band will match the passion and energy of that era, but songs like ‘Snow Cats’ are a good indicator of what to expect. Give it a listen below to hold you over until the album’s official release tomorrow.
Listen to “Snow Cats” and get addicted to the chorus:
AFI: AFI (The Blood Album)
Genre: Punk/Alt-Rock // Label: Concord Music Group, Inc.
Alex Clare: Tail of Lions
Genre: Electronic/Soul // Label: ETC Recordings
As It Is: Okay.
Genre: Pop-Punk // Label: Fearless Records
Austra: Future Politics
Genre: Electronic/Indie // Label: Domino Recording Co
Bash and Pop: Anything Could Happen
Genre: Pop Rock // Label: Fat Possum
Cherry Glazerr: Apocalipstick
Genre: Indie Rock // Label: Secretly Canadian
Genre: Indie-Rock/Psychedelic // Label: Jagjaguwar
Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes: Modern Ruin
Genre: Punk/Rock/Hardcore // Label: International Death Cult
Joan of Arc: He’s Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands
Genre: Emo/Indie-Rock // Label: Joyful Noise Recordings
Stream He’s Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands here.
Kid Koala: Music To Draw To: Satellite
Genre: Electronic/Ambient // Label: Kid Koala Productions
Mick Harvey: Intoxicated Women
Genre: Alternative Rock // Label: Mute Artists Ltd
The Proper Ornaments: Foxhole
Genre: Indie-Rock // Label: Slumberland Recordings LLC
Shintaro Sakamoto: Love If Possible
Genre: Folk/Pop // Label: Other Music Recordings
Tim Cohen: Luck Man
Genre: Indie-Rock // Label: Sinderlyn
Uniform: Wake in Fright
Genre: Industrial/Noise Rock // Label: Sacred Bones
Genre: Electronic // Label: Citizen
William Basinski: A Shadow in Time
Genre: Ambient/Minimal // Label: 2062/Temporary Residence Limited
Youth In Revolt: The Broken
Genre: Post Hardcore // Label: Outerloop
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