This week is an interesting one in terms of releases. It’s interesting not so much for its new releases, but for its re-issues and releases from older artists. Out this week were deluxe reissues of Led Zeppelin’s IV and Houses Of The Holy as well as a reissue by KISS and new music from Yusuf / Cat Stevens and Jerry Lee Lewis. Also out today is the latest album out by The Flaming Lips, a tribute to The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album titled With A Little Help From My Fwends.
With all these reissues and re-imaginings, how did I spend my time at the record store this week you ask? I spent it picking up previously released albums I had missed in prior trips. Starting off with Zola Jesus‘ latest album that released at the beginning of October, Taiga.
With heavy use of artificially produced sounds and simplistic and direct transitions, the music lends itself well to the style of similar artists in the spectrum (like the Sia’s of the world who write for so many other top pop acts) while also being prone to being remixed multiple times for an even larger audience. Her music does maintain a darker edge to it though in both feeling and lyrics which helps center . Tracks like Taiga, Go (Blank Sea) and Hunger are solid tracks that truly make up the crux of what was the album’s goal. Other tracks such as the final two tracks Hollow and It’s Not Over are also stellar tracks that utilize an echoing effect and her distinct voice with perfection. Be sure to catch these and check out the rest of the album.
Also acquired this week was technically a new album, the début self-titled full length from Brooklyn outfit Haerts.
The album Haerts got a physical release this week and the 10-track album is primarily a compilation of all their previous releases. Bolstered by singles Wings, All the Days and Hemiplegia from the EP Hemiplegia that had originally surfaced in 2013 as well as by newer singles from earlier this year in Call My Name and Giving Up, the album is very strong.
Despite its lack of truly new music (only 4 tracks that had not been pre-released), the album stands as a solid début that has some lasting power. On top of this, Haerts have become a première support act of late in the US market. Having previously toured with Atlas Genius, Washed Out and London Grammar and currently on tour with St. Lucia, as well as having shared the spotlight with The 1975 and Bastille, arriving early to the shows has been a major benefit.
I will leave you this week with a recently released new track from electronic artist Robert Delong who, after coming off his breakout 2013 album Just Movement is beginning to start releasing new music into the world again.
And now, as always, here was everything acquired on this New Release Tuesday:
Now Playing: Robert Delong – Long Way Down