Here are our highlights from today's album release schedule.
New Music Friday is the new release fix you need! We’ve been listening to The Script, Jake Bugg, LCD Soundsystem and more.
What’s even better about New Music Friday is that you can listen to a lot of the new music live. We’ve also found a few artists who’ve got new records out and are about to take them on tour. Double win!
RELEASE OF THE WEEK: The Script – Freedom Child
Irish three-piece The Script kick off our New Music Friday with their fifth studio album Freedom Child. The release follows their 2014 record No Sound Without Silence and features lead single Rain. The album was recorded in London and Los Angeles, and for the first time the band worked with external writers and producers. We had a chat with them about the new record and their upcoming intimate tour. Check it out below. [Tickets] [Buy album]
Jake Bugg – Hearts That Strain
Ahead of his acoustic tour this November, singer-songwriter Jake Bugg releases his fourth album, Hearts That Strain. Recorded in Nashville, the record features collaborations with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach who lends his guitar skills to new single How Soon The Dawn. But that’s not all. Legendary American Sound Studio house band The Memphis Boys also collaborated with the Nottingham singer. About the band he says: “They’re old guys but they’re amazing. It was ten to five and then that’s it. They’d pack up and we’d done two or three tunes. It was a mad vibe being from England and meeting these absolute legends and then cutting some tracks with them.” [Tickets] [Buy album]
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
With American Dream, LCD Soundsystem return from retirement after five years to deliver their fourth studio album. On the record, James Murphy reintroduces his long-existing anxieties and new troubles as an older man, all in detailed layers of sound. In just three weeks the band are taking over London’s Alexandra Palace for two huge shows just after playing Manchester’s Warehouse Project and Glasgow’s Barrowland. [Tickets] [Buy album]
Walter Trout – We’re All In This Together
Taking a different approach from the emotional intensity of 2015’s Battle Scars, the American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist created We’re All in This Together as a more light-hearted collection of songs. It features contributions from a number of respected artists including John Mayall, Randy Bachman, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Warren Haynes and many others. Trout’s son Jon even appears on the track Do You Still See Me At All. Listen to the last track featuring Joe Bonamassa for which the album was named here, and catch Trout when he heads out on a UK tour in October. [Tickets]
Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
With their new record Every Country’s Sun, Mogwai fine-tune their synth-focused sound which they had been toying with since the early 2000s. Produced by Dave Fridmann, the album creates a dream-like atmosphere and while the rock elements are still audible, they are minimalist, making way for a more synthesized sound. You can catch the Glasgow five-piece in their hometown as well as London’s O2 Academy Brixton in December. [Tickets] [Buy album]
Starsailor – All This Life
English post-Britpop band Starsailor share their new album All This Life. Anthemic lead single Listen To Your Heart marks the first release of new material the band has recorded in nearly a decade. James Walsh describes the album: “I think in doing what we do, you have to be emotion and instinct lead. If every decision was sensible, practical and mulled over, we’d never have done anything or got anywhere. It’s not always easy, so you have to keep reminding yourself.” Earlier this year they supported icon Phil Collins at BST Hyde Park and now they’re set for a massive UK tour in October. [Tickets] [Buy album]
Hercules & Love Affair – Omnion
New dance music this week comes courtesy of American project Hercules & Love Affair and their record Omnion. Created by DJ Andy Butler in 2004, the project consists of a rotating cast of performers and musicians. On the new album, the band once again combine deep sorrow and disco delight with gospel tinged vocals. You can dance to the new beats at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on 8 December. [Tickets] [Buy album]
INHEAVEN – INHEAVEN
South London indie rockers INHEAVEN release their self-titled debut today. The twelve-track record features recently released lead single Vultures and takes the listener back in time to those favourite late 2000s indie sounds. The band will soon be heading out on their biggest UK tour to date and we still have a few tickets! [Tickets] [Buy album]
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment Of Luxury
“On this album we have managed to make beautiful things out of noises and repetitive patterns,” McClusky explaines about the new record. “The trouble is, we just cant help but write a catchy melody!” And full of catchy melodies it is. With The Piuunishment Of Luxury, OMD deliver their thirteenth studio album and a tour in support of it as well. [Tickets] [Buy album]
Motörhead – Under Cöver
If you love Motörhead, you know they are no stranger to a good cover of a band they adore. To celebrate the “Motörheading” of some of those tracks, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee have now released a record full of them, including a cover of David Bowie’s Heroes. “It’s such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be,” says Phil Campbell, “and Lemmy ended up loving our version.” Mikkey Dee adds “He was very, very proud of it, not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be – fun!” [Buy album]
Check back next week for the latest album releases.