Danny Brown, Bon Iver & Regina Spektor Are Among The Albums of the Week September 24-30
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:25:30
There's a lot of sweet action in the albums of the week, with releases from Indie Rock innovators, soulful singer-songwriters, and solid hip hop talent.
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon has been stirring a fuss ahead of his third album release, sharing his opinion of artists who take big sponsorship deals, or who court fame. Calling out Beyoncé, in particular, led to Fleet Foxes Robin Pecknold to recall Vernon's own foray into sponsorship deals, and his whiskey promo-days - it was a strange and colorful non-spat-spat. Vernon, who has been as involved in collaborations as he has been focusing on his own solo projects, working with James Blake, Kanye, and covering Peter Gabriel, has produced yet another disarmingly beautiful collection of tracks. New album 22, A Million blends fonts and feelings from song titles and continues the disorientating emotional landscape. For fans of Vernon this may well prove to be a cornerstone in their relationship with one of this generation's most innovative songwriters. For newcomers this is a collection of songs populated by the kind of craft that easily shows the magical sense of timeliness and space that Bon Iver captures better than almost anyone, distinctly showing what the fuss is always about.
Bon Iver - 22, A Million - 4AD
Bon Iver blends fonts and feelings from song titles and continues the disorientating emotional landscape of new album 22, A Million with "33 "God""
Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition - Warp
A follow up to 2013's Old continues the Detroit rapper spiralling rise to the top of his game.
Pixies - Head Carrier - PIAS
The iconic Black Francis and crew continue adding to the canon of indie-rock brilliance with "Head Carrier". ARTISTdirect spoke with new bassist Paz Lenchantin about the new album, contributing to the creativity and just how one becomes a Pixie.
Regina Spektor - Remember Us To Life - Sire Records
The delightfully idiosyncratic songwriter returns with a set of typically untypical songs. Building on her reputation to pass easy pop through prisms of surrealism and whip-smart lyricism, Regina Spektor presents some of the smartest songs of her career.
Yellowcard - Yellowcard - Hopeless Records
Post punk outfit Yellowcard say farewell to their fans, and each other with this, the final album in their twenty-year career. A sad day for audiences and band alike, this album will sit as a perfect bookend to a whole bunch of memories.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff