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Arca [KiCk i]

July 17 street date. Produced and recorded by Arca, "KiCk I" defines a new era of multiplex harmony for the Venezuelan artist, singer, DJ, performer and experimental music composer. With appearances from Björk, Rosalía, Shygirl and SOPHIE, this is the first time Arca has invited collaborators into her world, previously having lent her sound to some of the decades most avant-pop artists. "KiCk I" is a celebration not only of the joy Arca's been able to find in her life, but the sometimes arduous journey it took for her to find it. Her struggles to reconcile her Venezuelan heritage and her trans Latinx identity emerge as reggaetón and pop en Español. But "KiCk I" isn't just a pop record, or an experimental record, or even simply a mix between the two, but rather all of them at once- and so much more. Depending on where you drop the needle you'll find bubblegum, harsh noise, electronic psychedelia, balladry, bangers, laughter, tears, passion, and expressions of faith - sounds and ideas that don't simply blend together, but coexist simultaneously in quantum superposition made possible inside the sonic worlds Arca builds in her music.
Barlow, Lou [EMOH (2LP/re-issue)]

July 31 street date. Vinyl reissue of Lou Barlow's 2005 solo album "EMOH", previously only briefly available on vinyl in the UK upon release. "Emoh is primarily an acoustic LP with live performances at its core, and that was a personal achievement for me. I'm still very pleased with it. Though my follow-up, Goodnight Unknown, went back inward and is, lyrically, more evasive, with Emoh I realigned myself with my craft. I had embraced songwriting in a high-profile way and made myself solely responsible for the results. The fact that it coincided with becoming a father for the first time makes it a time marker and game changer that has been invaluable to me, serving to keep me focused and on track personally and creatively ever since" - Lou Barlow.
Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin [Stygian Bough: Volume 1 (2LP)]

July 10 street date. The debut collaboration album from doom metal giants Bell Witch and Aerial Ruin (the solo folk project of singer/songwriter Erik Moggridge), under the moniker of Stygian Bough is a culmination of the work of both artists as witnessed previously on Bell Witch's three full length albums, where Moggrdige has contributed guest vocals. With each succeeding Bell Witch release, one has seen Moggridge's involvement with the band developing, growing and getting more elaborate. This release, produced by Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Anna Von Hausswolff), follows up Bell Witch's colossal "Mirror Reaper" opus with Moggrdige actually being involved in the creative and writing process with the band duo of Dylan Desmond (bass/vocals) and Jesse Shreibman (drums/synthesizers/vocals). Not only does Stygian Bough expand and broaden this alliance between the artists, but with Aerial Ruin contributing to the songwriting of this dedicated collaboration and incorporating his signature and alluring style of emotionally-driven folk, along with taking the lead vocal position, adding to the band's caliber of unearthly towering doom, this album becomes its own singular, unparalleled doom metal entity.
Bing & Ruth [Species]

July 17 street date. Bing & Ruth, the ever-evolving project helmed by New York composer David Moore, has announced the release of "Species", which will be released on 17 July. "Species" is an exploration of the sonic possibilities of the Farfisa organ, aided only by a clarinet and double bass. "I suppose what interested me the most in putting this together was the concept of trance and what can happen to the listener by submitting to the wave of the thing," Moore explains. "Species", and the transcendental state it embodies, was inspired by two recent loves of Moore's: the desert and long-distance running. Bing & Ruth have had to postpone their previously scheduled Spring/Summer tour. Canadian dates will now take place on September 1st (Toronto - Brothers Dressler) and September 2nd (Montreal - La Sala Rossa).
Bridgers, Phoebe [Punisher]

June 19 street date. The arrival of "Punisher" cements Phoebe Bridgers as one of the most clever, tender and prolific songwriters of our era. Bridgers is the rare artist with enough humor to deconstruct her own meteoric rise. She doesn't write love songs as much as songs about the impact love can have on our lives, personalities, and priorities. "Punisher", her fourth release and second solo album, is concerned with that subject. To say she writes about heartbreak is to undersell her blue wisdom, to say she writes about pain erases all the strange joy her music emanates. Repeatedly praised by publications like The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, Pitchfork, The Fader, The Los Angeles Times and countless others. On "Punisher", Bridgers pulls together a formidable crew of guests, including the Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Christian Lee Hutson and Conor Oberst as well as Nathaniel Walcott (of Bright Eyes), Nick Zinner (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Jenny Lee Lindberg (of Warpaint), Blake Mills and Jim Keltner as well as her longtime bandmates Marshall Vore (drums), Harrison Whitford (guitar), Emily Retsas (bass) and Nick White (keys).
Carcass [Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious]

August 7 street date. Available again! Liverpool's legendary Death Metal pioneers Carcass (who still tour extensively to this day) are often credited with shaping the entire death metal genre, pushing boundaries with their shocking imagery whilst evolving and innovating with each new album. "Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious" is Carcass' third studio album and the first featuring guitarist Michael Amott. The album was well received by press and fans upon its original release in 1991 and was ranked in Rock Hard magazine's Top Rock/Metal Albums of all time.
Firewind [Firewind (digi)]

Available now. Each time Firewind released an album over the last 20 years, it wasn't just the brilliancy of exceptional guitarist Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Arch Enemy, Dream Evil) that fans were in awe of, but also the skills of every one of the band's vocalists. In that respect nothing has changed in their newest self-titled album, quite the contrary: with his charismatic voice new member Herbie Langhans (Avantasia, Radiant, Seventh Avenue, amongst others) refines each and every last one of the ten new songs and infuses them with an expressive force that is remarkable. Gus G and Herbie Langhans got to know each other back in the autumn of 2019, when the Firewind leader was looking for a suitable replacement for Henning Basse after the tour with Queensrÿche. Just a few weeks later the recordings for "Firewind" were a done deal, ready for Swedish sound engineer Tobias Lindell (Europe, Avatar, H.E.A.T.) to mix them in Lindell Audio Studios. The result is impressive indeed. "Firewind" boasts 11 prime examples of Melodic Metal songs. The skill, craftsmanship and power bleeds through every note, a passion you can almost taste, with hymnal melodies as a particularly outstanding feature.
Graffin, Greg [American Lesion (re-issue/re-master of 1997 release)]

July 24 street date. Epitaph Records is proud to announce the re-issue of Greg Graffin's long-out-of-print solo album from 1997. "American Lesion", which has been newly remastered, will be available on black vinyl. "Around the time of Bad Religion's "Gray Race" (1996), I was undergoing some unusual stress. A crisis of trust, friendship, and love beset my creative world. A divorce coincided with a trusted partner and friend leaving the band. I retreated to songwriting as an expression of some of my complicated emotions at the time," explains Greg Graffin. "This album, recorded and mixed in my home studio, was entirely my own creation, almost like an emotional experiment. I'm grateful to anyone who finds interest in the result and hope that maybe it will inspire others to value the healing properties of music during times of need."
Guided By Voices [Vampire On Titus (gold vinyl)]

July 31 Street date (date change). Please note: this will no longer be a Record Store Day release. We are pleased to announce a new vinyl pressing of the classic Guided By Voices album, Vampire on Titus. Although there were several different pressings in the 1990s, this is the first since 1998. This edition features a new master cut at Golden, is packaged in a sturdy tip-on jacket, and includes Bob's original insert, now enlarged to a more readable size. A limited RSD quantity will be available on gold vinyl (colour change) (with a standard black edition forthcoming). Originally released in 1993, Vampire was not unique at that time in its 4 track recording methodology, but it was perhaps the first to garner major media attention. Many minds were blown, and a few were baffled enough to return the album to the store, believing the crude sound meant their copy was defective.
Jarv Is [Beyond the Pale (clear orange vinyl)]

July 17 street date. Jarv Is are pleased to announce their debut album "Beyond The Pale". Jarv Is is a band featuring Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar, percussion), Serafina Steer (harp, keyboards, vocals), Emma Smith (violin, guitar vocals), Andrew McKinney (bass, vocals), Jason Buckle (synthesiser & electronic treatments) & Adam Betts (drums, percussion, vocals). Jarv Is was conceived as a way of writing songs in collaboration with an audience. As the material they were playing was in a state of flux, the band decided to record their live shows so that they could monitor how the songs were developing. After an appearance at the Desert Daze festival in California, Geoff Barrow (Portishead, Beak>) suggested that these recordings could be used as the basis for an album. Jarv Is an ongoing live experience because life is an ongoing live experience. Or, to put it another way: THIS IS NOT A LIVE ALBUM - it's an ALIVE ALBUM.
Khruangbin [Mordechai]

June 26 street date. Khruangbin has always been multilingual, weaving far-flung musical languages like East Asian surf-rock, Persian funk, and Jamaican dub into mellifluous harmony. But on its third album, it's finally speaking out loud. Mordechai features vocals prominently on nearly every song, a first for the mostly instrumental band. It's a shift that rewards the risk, reorienting Khruangbin's transportive sound toward a new sense of emotional directness, without losing the spirit of nomadic wandering that's always defined it. Musically, the band's ever-restless ear saw it pulling reference points from Pakistan, Korea, and West Africa, incorporating strains of Indian chanting boxes and Congolese syncopated guitar. But more than anything, the album became a celebration of Houston, the eclectic city that had nurtured them, and a cultural nexus where you can check out country and zydeco, trap rap, or avant-garde opera on any given night.
Lanza, Jessy [All the Time]

July 31 street date. ‘All The Time’, Jessy Lanza's first album since 2016's ‘Oh No’, is the most pure set of pop songs that she and creative partner Jeremy Greenspan have recorded, reflective and finessed over time and distance. Innovative juxtapositions sound natural, like rigid 808s rubbing against delicate chords in ‘Anyone Around’, subtle footwork flutter giving a nervous energy to ‘Face’, unusual underwater rushes underpinning ‘Baby Love’. The songs also sound more "live" than ever before. Jessy's voice is treated, re-pitched and edited on songs like ‘Ice Creamy’ and gestural sounds seem to respond to her lyrics in songs such as ‘Like Fire’, which reward the listener on repeated plays. More than previous albums, the lyrics on ‘All The Time’ became an important focus for Jessy too, channelling the negativity of anger and frustration arising from some significant changes in her personal situation into the text. These lyrics sometimes process raw feelings, which aren't obvious to begin with, but are soon felt, standing in stark contrast to the cushioned settings of the music. ‘All The Time’ has ended as a triumph and an abstracted diary of a sometimes difficult, but enduring friendship and creative relationship, and it's their best work yet.
Lawrence Arms [Skeleton Coast]

July 17 street date. The Lawrence Arms are a lot of things but predictable isn't one of them. Since forming in Chicago in 1999, the trio of bassist/vocalist Brendan Kelly, guitarist/vocalist Chris McCaughan and drummer Neil Hennessy have never broken up or become a nostalgia act, choosing instead to make albums that continually challenge the boundaries of their sound. In the process they've carved out a distinctive identity in the punk community that's simultaneously gritty, beautiful, melodic and mutinous. Although it was written and recorded before the Coronavirus upended the world, the band's seventh full-length "Skeleton Coast" sounds eerily prescient as it imagines an apocalyptic future where coyotes croon and wolf packs roam free. "For a band who has been around as long as us, this is about as urgent of a record as we could make," Kelly explains. "It may be kind of dark but it's really about searching for light in the darkness and finding it, as small as those moments may seem. That's sort of where we're at: collecting the scraps of things that could make for a bearable existence in dark times."
Marling, Laura [Song For Our Daughter (indie exclusive ltd purple & white vinyl)]

August 7 street date. Marble Purple & White Vinyl. Laura Marling's exquisite seventh album 'Song For Our Daughter' arrives almost without pre-amble or warning in the midst of uncharted global chaos, and yet instantly and tenderly offers a sense of purpose, clarity and calm. As a balm for the soul, this full-blooded new collection could be posited as Laura's richest to date, but in truth it's another incredibly fine record by a British artist who rarely strays from delivering incredibly fine records. Taking much of the production reins herself, alongside long-time collaborators Ethan Johns and Dom Monks, Laura has layered up lush string arrangements and a broad sense of scale to these songs without losing any of the intimacy or reverence we've come to anticipate and almost take for granted from her throughout the past decade.
Paint [Spiritual Vegas]

July 10 street date. Having first made his mark as a songwriter and guitarist for Los Angeles' Allah-Las, Pedrum Siadatian has etched out a place of his own with his solo work as PAINT. What started as modest 4-track experiments quickly took on a life of their own as Pedrum began distilling his musical and lyrical inspirations into something both timeless and new. His miniature menagerie of light-psych and proto-punk gems had outgrown their cassette cage and were now ready to be heard. This year sees PAINT returning with the release of the ambitious "Spiritual Vegas". While Ray Davies-smirks and Kevin Ayers-wit abound, Siadatian's singular touch is unmistakable. Here we find an emboldened artist coloring outside the lines, unleashing an opus both idiosyncratic and focused - cohesion through diversity.
Pixies [Bossanova (30th Anniversary/Red vinyl)]

August 7 street date. 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of "Bossanova", the third studio album by Pixies. To celebrate, 4AD are releasing a limited red vinyl edition with the original 16-page booklet being reinserted, having previously only been available with the initial UK LP pressing. Featuring the singles ‘Allison’ (a tribute to jazz and blues pianist Mose Allison), ‘Dig For Fire’ and ‘Velouria’, plus the first cover to feature on one of their albums ‘Cecilia Ann’ (originally by The Surftones), "Bossanova" showed a less primal side to the band, with surf and space rock rising to the fore. Lyrically, Black Francis is even more cryptic with a recurring sci-fi theme running throughout, which in turn influenced Vaughan Oliver's classic planet design for the sleeve.
Sparks [A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip (2LP/colour)]

Please note: street date is now TBA. Sparks present their 24th studio album ‘A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip’. "Over the years, fans have come to expect dizzyingly witty lyrics and dazzling, ever-changing sonics from the Mael brothers. Their 24th album offers plenty of both, as well as a more pointed outlook and a slightly more down-to-earth sound than the duo's last outing, 2017's "Hippopotamus". Throughout "A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip", Ron and Russel Mael riff on their history deftly, and the results are both timely and quintessentially Sparks" -allmusic.com.
Spoon [Telephono]

July 24 street date. Spoon have confirmed their celebrated back catalog will be returning fully to print and become widely available worldwide for the first time on vinyl and CD in 2020 on Matador Records. The "Slay On Cue" series will see the reissue of the band's first eight records in original editions. Some of these albums haven't been available on vinyl or CD in years. Kicking off the reissue series are raucous debut album "Telephono" and the watershed "Soft Effects" EP, available individually on vinyl and CD for the first time since their original 1996-1997 small run on Matador. The opening salvo of major releases trace the fledgling rock heroes' mercurial evolution, from the raw sonics and jagged dynamics of "Telephono", to the sharp and sophisticated songwriting found on "Soft Effects", pointing towards the bright and adventurous future ahead with subsequent Spoon records.
STRFKR [Future Past Life]

July 24 street date. STRFKR has always been a constantly evolving entity, growing over the years from rambunctious beginnings into the manicured electro-pop perfection they exhibited on their last studio album, 2016's pristine "Being No One, Going Nowhere". New album "Future Past Life" breaks new ground, dialing back some of the high-gloss production they're known for to craft songs that are stripped down, spaced out and somehow as visceral as they are dream-like. The immaculate but danceable pop that has long been STRFKR's calling card is pushed into exciting new places on "Future Past Life". It's a strange and beautiful sonic environment, one that finds STRFKR growing as they embrace the chance and spontaneity that brought these songs about in the first place.
Tyler, William [Music From First Cow (Kelly Reichardt film)]

July 31 street date. William Tyler composed the music for "First Cow", the new A24 film directed by Kelly Reichardt, almost entirely on several of his guitars and a dulcimer. In "First Cow", Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early 19th century way of life. A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner's prized milking cow. Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America.
U.D.O. [We Are One (2LP-silver vinyl)]

July 17 street date. Limited silver vinyl edition. "We Are One" is one of the most elaborate concept albums the market has ever seen, combining U.D.O.'s hard rocking sound with a 60 piece orchestra, creating a wholly unique worldwide musical project! The album was written in collaboration with the official Concert Band of the German Armed Forces (Musikkorps der Bundeswehr) under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Scheibling and is a wholly unique worldwide musical project. The album contains 15 new songs that have been developed and arranged by U.D.O. together with Christoph Scheibling. The two former Accept musicians Stefan Kaufmann and Peter Baltes have been part of the songwriting too - as well as the German Armed Forces' composers Guido Rennert and Alexander Reuber. Not to be compared with the 'rock band meets orchestra' collaborations that already exist in the music world, the hard rocking sound of U.D.O. has not only been intensified by a 60 piece orchestra, but contains some unique arrangements that underline how characteristic yet versatile U.D.O. is. :We Are One" is a critical reflection of a world in which we all leave our mark, and in which we all have to show responsibility. Udo Dirkschneider about the message behind the songs: "We all live on this planet. No matter who we are or what we do, we all just have this one planet!"
Woods [Strange To Explain]

Please note street date is July 31. Dreaming doesn't come easy these shadowed days, which is why "Strange To Explain" by Woods is such a welcome turning of new colours. It presents an extended moment of sweet reflection for the 15-year-old band, bouncing back to earth as something hopeful and weird and resolute. Like everything else they've recorded, it sounds exactly like themselves, but with subtly different shades and breaths and rhythmic feels and everything else that changes, the natural march of time and the intentional decisions of the musicians moving in what feels like an uncommonly organic alignment. Recorded in Stinson Beach, the kind of place that seems like an AI simulation of an idyllic northern California coastal escape, the familiar jangling guitars recede to the background. John Andrews' warm keyboards and twining Mellotron rise around Earl's songs and dance across the chord changes like warm sunlight off the Pacific. The music feels a karmic landmass away from the creepiness of the uncanny valley.
Yaeji [What We Drew]

July 17 street date. Yaeji has announced a vinyl release for her new mixtape "What We Drew". This latest project, which was released digitally in April, is the first full-length body of work from the NYC-via-Seoul based electronic producer, DJ, and vocalist. It is available on limited edition transparent yellow vinyl with obi strip wrap-around and translated lyric sheet. "What We Drew", which is produced and written entirely by Yaeji, draws on her appreciation for her community, family, friends and the support she's felt through a period of growth that displays her newfound laser-focused creative vision. An artist who many pegged as the one to watch, Yaeji now aims beyond expectations, with an eye toward the worlds of music production, visual art, game design and more. And as Pitchfork exclaimed Yaeji has found, "clarity in vulnerability, in the pendulum swing of her humanity".

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