LCD Soundsystem, OMD & Mogwai Deliver New Dreams In Top Albums Of The Week - September 1
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:09:29
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This seems like the weekend everyone has been waiting for. We all have three days to enjoy barbecues, beers, along with some of the most highly anticipated albums in recent memory.
LCD Soundsystem is finally back with a new record, and it's impressive as anyone had hoped. Electronic legends Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark ended their four year break from the recording studio in style. Scottish indie heroes Mogwai, meanwhile, added another notch to their collection of intense cult favorites. Madeline Kenney delivered an amazing debut, which has us gasping for air. And Australia's Cloud Control celebrated a decade as a band with a new album. So without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's top albums of the week:
LCD Soundsystem — American Dream
There are few albums that have been as highly anticipated in recent years as LCD Soundsystem's' unexpected return. James Murphy famously retired in 2011 after his biggest album ever, but five years later he got the band back together to play some shows… and write some music... and sign to a major record label. With so much pressure on the Soundsystem, it would be easy for the band to miss the target, but they haven't, and indeed, deliver one of the finest albums of the year so far. It has everything you would expect from an LCD album, but finds James & Co. digging even deeper into their record crates and scummy North American psyches.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark — The Punishment Of Luxury
When we caught up with OMD's Andy McCluskey to discuss the new album, he told us about how he's feeling about the release, "Very positive actually. We are very happy with what we created. We took our time to make sure that it was a good collection of ideas and well-executed musically. We're happy that we pushed our envelope a little. We're not just sitting back. We hope we're not just trotting out some bad pastiche of our former selves. And the feedback we've got so far is very positive and reaffirming, so we're in a very good place."
Mogwai — Every Country's Sun
It has been 20 years since Mogwai delivered their breathtaking, outstanding, genre-defining debut album, Young Team. With such an explosive first album, it would have been easy to imagine the band quickly burning out, but they've managed to be one of the most reliable groups around over these past two decades. This week they delivered their ninth studio album, Every Country's Sun. It's another piece of outsider excellence from a band who simply continue to deliver the goods time, after time, after time.
Madeline Kenney — Night Night At The First Landing
Madeline Kenney told us about her new record, "I recorded most of the stuff myself in my house in Oakland, CA, but got some help with the drums and bass from my friend Carlos and did some overdubs with Chaz at his studio. I think the record is about people, and maybe about jokes about myself. There's always Candy."
Cloud Control — ZONE
This year marks a decade of Cloud Control as a band and four years since the Australian-born/London-based/back down under indie rockers delivered their breakthrough record Dream Cave, but it seems that time off was well-spent. Despite some line-up shifts, their new album ZONE, finds a band who has changed into a trio, matured and spread their wings musically. Each song on the album sounds different, creating a long-player made to fit a wide variety of moods. While they never seem to be pushing, however, the music all comes together naturally to create both a spacious and diverse new album ready for both old fans and new.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff