It’s another fairly big music week, with eleven new releases. There’s a Spotify playlist at the bottom.
Benji Hughes – Songs In The Key Of Animals
– When not making jingles and songs for films, Benji Hughes makes sunny pop music in the Midnite Vultures/Beach Boys/Prince vein. Opening track: “Peacockin’ Party“.
Bill Frisell – When You Wish Upon A Star
– Two years ago, one of the most diverse and interesting jazz guitar players alive took on surf music, now he covers songs from film scores. Track: “You Only Live Twice“.
Bloc Party – Hymns
– The fifth album from the British indie rock band is their first to feature their new drummer and bass player. Video: First single and opening track: “The Love Within“.
The Crookes – Lucky Ones
– Another British alternative-rock band (this seems to be the season for them to put out new albums), this one has a real 80’s feel. Video: “I Wanna Waste My Time On You“.
Dr. Lonnie Smith – Evolution
– Mostly in the public consciousness for his cover albums of Beck and Jimi Hendrix on Hammon B3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith returns to Blue Note Records after thirty-five years away. Opening track: “Play It Back“, featuring Robert Glasper.
– Manchester-based alternative-rock band’s 2nd album. Video: “I’ll Be The Night“.
Nevermen – ST
– Supergroup featuring Faith No More‘s Mike Patton, TV on the Radio‘s Tunde Adebimpe, and rapper Doseone. Track: “Hate On“.
Saul Williams – Martyr Loser King
– Political rapper returns after a five-year break, losing his recent dance-pop direction for something more reminiscent of his collaboration with Trent Reznor. Video: “Horn of the Clock-Bike“.
Sia – This Is Acting
– Sia Fuller follow up her first #1 album and biggest single with a collection of tracks she was writing for other people but decided to keep for herself. Video: “Alive“.
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By
– Massive 12-piece band led by husband and wife Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks mixes many styles, including jazz, funk, Southern soul, and various world music influences. Opening track: “Anyhow“.
Walter Martin – Arts + Leisure
– Second solo album from ex-Walkmen bassist/organist. Video: ” Down by the Singing Sea“.