In this segment, we present the most notable albums each week. Here are the albums released on September 23, 2022:
Alex G, God save the animals
Alex G is back with his ninth album, God save the animals, out today at Domino’s. The Philadelphia musician wrote and demoed tracks for the new LP alone at home before recruiting several engineers to several studios in Philadelphia to search for new sounds and “a routine that was outside of my apartment,” according to the press release. After 2019 Sugar house as well as his recent score for Jane Schoenbrun’s horror film We’re all going to the World’s Fair, the record features early singles “Runner,” “Blessing,” “Cross the Sea” and “Miracles.” Read our review God save the animals.
Beth Orton, Weather in life
Beth Orton has released her first album in six years, weather alive, through partisan. A British artist wrote a sequel to it Children’s sticks on an old piano he rescued from Camden Market after returning home to England. “Through writing these songs and making this music, I found a way back into the world around me, a way to reach out to nature and the people I love and care about,” Orton explained in a statement. “This record is a sensory exploration that allowed me to connect with the consciousness I was looking for. Through the resonance of sound and a battered old piano I bought at Camden Market, living in a city I had no intention of staying in, I found a way of acceptance and healing.
Maya Hawke, Moss
Moss, Maya Hawke’s sophomore album, is available now via Mom+Pop. Follow-up until 2020 Blush produced in collaboration with Benjamin Lazar Davis, Christian Lee Hutson and Will Graefe, among others, and mixed by Jonathan Low at Long Pond. “This record is called Moss because I’ve accumulated a lot over the last few years,” Hawke said in a statement about the album, which was preceded by the singles “Thérèse,” “Sweet Tooth” and “Luna Moth.” “Sitting still and collecting a green blanket of memories and feelings. Making this record I tried to stand , to shake it off and look at it all. This was the first step in untangling myself and really looking at the rock under the moss. Read our review Moss.
Makaya McCraven, In these times
Makaya McCraven has released her latest full-length In these times, via International Anthem/Nonesuch/XL. The Chicago-based percussionist, composer and producer invited a number of collaborators for the continuation of 2021. Deciphering the message, including guitarist Jeff Parker, harpist Brandee Younger, Macie Stewart, Junius Paul, Lia Kohl and Marquis Hill. The album, which features the singles “Seventh String”, “Dream Another” and “The Fours”, was recorded in five different studios and four live venues, with McCraven working at home during the post-production process.
TOLEDO, How it ends
How it ends is the debut album by TOLEDO, the Brooklyn-based duo of Dan Álvarez de Toledo and Jordan Dunn-Pilz. LP finds the couple looking back at their family history to explore how divorce and trauma have affected their relationship in the present. “We want it to be pretty clear that that’s what it’s about, because as a kid I felt like I don’t know if a lot of albums talked about that publicly,” Dunn-Pilz said in our Artist Spotlight interview. “I also have a lot of friends that I’ve talked to through this process — your feelings about your self-worth, how you approach other relationships because you look at what your parents were like. It was just coming to a head in our personal lives, so it seemed like a good time to address these patterns and experiences.
Jackie Cohen, Pratfall
Jackie Cohen is back with his third album, Pratfall, out now via Earth Libraries. He recorded a follow-up album in 2019 Zagg, with her musical collaborator and husband, Jonatha Rado. It was preceded by the singles “Moonstruck” and “The Valley” featuring Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering and Diane Coffee’s Shaun Fleming. “When you see it, you gasp and hold your breath because it’s so violent you worry if it’s real,” Cohen said of the album’s title in press materials, referring to Meryl Streep’s rehearsal skills. “You want to look away, but you can’t until he gets up. And when he finally jumps up and says tah-da, you’re so relieved that it was all just that, you burst out laughing.”
Comet is coming Hyperdimensional expansion beam
The Comet Is Coming – the London-based jazz rave trio of Danalogue (Dan Leavers), Shabaka (Shabaka Hutchings) and Betamax (Max Hallett) – are out with a new LP on Impulse! Records. Hyperdimensional expansion beam is the sequel for 2019 afterlife, and was recorded with the help of longtime engineer Kristian Craig of Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios group. After a four-day recording process, Danalogue and Betamax sampled, distilled, and arranged the material into “a musical message about the future of technology, humanity, spirituality, and the interconnectedness of the universe,” according to press materials. The album features the singles ‘Technicolour’, ‘Code’ and ‘Lucid Dreamer’.
wonderful years, The buzz lasts forever
The Wonder Years are back with a new album titled The buzz lasts forever, out now via Hopeless Records. Coming four years after his last studio effort, Sister Sister, marks the band’s first LP since vocalist Dan Campbell became a father. “The low hum of sadness never leaves me,” Campbell said in an interview with Pitchfork about the album, which deals with postpartum depression and the anxiety of fatherhood. “It’s important to realize that no matter how loud it is, my kids need me. How do you take care of another person if you don’t want to take care of yourself?”
Lande Hekt, A house without a view
Lande Hekt released his sophomore album, A house without a view, out today via Get Better Records/Prize Sunflower Records. After his 2021 solo debut Going to hell, the album includes the previously released tracks “Gay Space Cadets”, “Backstreet Snow” and “Cut My Hair”. “I feel more confident than I did then Going to hell was coming out,” Hekt told Guitar.com. “That first record had to go straight to Bandcamp before Get Better Records offered to release it. I was so shocked to see how many people bought it or listened to it. This time I wrote a little longer and demoed all the tracks A house without a view in the studio before recording it.
Altopalo, the enemy
Brooklyn experimental outfit Altopalo have released a new album, the enemy, via Nettwerk. After their 2018 debut frozen there and this year away from everyone you know, the LP features the band’s first outing from Bartees Strange, who guested on previously shared single “love that 4 u.” The group wanted the enemy reflect their mutual relationship; “The least dishonest thing we can do is just make music about us,” noted guitarist Mike Haldeman. “The source material is literally the fabric of our friendship.”
Other albums coming out today:
Future teenagers, Self help; Editors, EBM;Marisa Anderson, Still here; Soft month, Exists; WILLOW, MECHANISM OF ACTION; Khruangbin and Vieux Farka Touré, Ali; Nikki Lane, Denim and diamonds; Nils Frahm, Music for animals; Dr. John, That’s how things happen; Sophie Royer, Harlequin; Yumi and the weather, It’s all in my head; Sorcha Richardson, Smiling like an idiot; Cam’ron and A-Trak, You weren’t there; The tallest man on earth, It’s too late for Edelweiss; Smithereens, The lost album; Sports team, Cucumber!; Meeting, Guitar music; Tim Burgess, Typical Music; Siavash Amini and Eugene Thacker, Songs for sad poets; Razor, The cycle of contempt; Albert van Abbe and Jochem Paap, General sound; Creepy Wanda, Internet radio; KEN mode, ZERO; Divino Niño, The last spa on Earth; Thme, The grip of miracles.