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Acclaimed singer/songwriter Gracie Abrams releases her new project, This Is What It Feels Like, bringing raw introspection to the most intimate of emotional experiences (self-betrayal, insecurity, failed attempts at connection). True to her DIY sensibilities, the 12-track album finds her taking a greater role in the production process, working with Aaron Dessner, Joel Little, and frequent collaborator Blake Slatkin, to dream up each track’s minimalistic yet kaleidoscopic sound.
Emerging songwriter Gracie Abrams shares her highly-awaited debut project, minor. A stunning showcase for her nuanced lyricism and mesmerizing vocals, the seven-song project features Abrams’s acclaimed singles “21,” “I miss you, I’m sorry,”, “minor” and “Long Sleeves.”
Dirt, the critically acclaimed and 5x Platinum certified, studio album from Alice In Chains is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The album, which features some of the band's biggest hits including "Them Bones," "Would?," and "Rooster," is now available on vinyl for the first time as a 2-LP with remastered audio.
The Avalanches’ new album, We Will Always Love You, will be released by Astralwerks on December 11. An exploration of the vibrational relationship between light, sound and spirit, The Avalanches have moved beyond the party-up exuberance of their youthful music to a tender, reflective sound infused with hard-earned life wisdom. Building on the sample-based approach of their classic albums Since I Left You and Wildflower, We Will Always Love You is their most song-oriented album yet, made with an array of guest singers and writers.
With touring paused, Billie Joe Armstrong got to work. He said, "While we’ve all been in quarantine I’ve been reflecting on the things that matter the most in my life. Family, friends and of course music. I figure if we have to spend this time in isolation at least we can be alone together." No Fun Mondays started by releasing a new cover every Monday on YouTube, now all 14 covers will now be in one place available on CD and Vinyl to be released on November 27th. The track list includes "I Think We're Alone Now," "That Thing You Do" & more.
For over two decades, Atmosphere has maintained a course of rigorous output, releasing over two dozen studio albums, EP's and collaborative side projects in as many years. In that time, the venerated duo have built a legacy out of bringing honesty, humility and vulnerability to the forefront of their music, continually challenging themselves to evolve without straying too far from their roots. Slug has proven masterful at storytelling and writing compelling narratives, leaving a trail of his own influence while paying homage to the rappers and songwriters that shaped him. Ant has skillfully molded the soundtracks with inspiration from soul, funk, rock, reggae, and the wizardry of hip-hop's pioneering producers, creating his own trademark sounds while providing the pulse for songs about life, love, stress and setbacks. At it's essence, Atmosphere has been a musical shepherd, and with each new album comes a new journey as they guide generations of listeners through this thing called life.
Much like everything else in 2020 though, Atmosphere's new album, The Day Before Halloween, is something of a detour from the anticipated path. Cutting loose and eschewing their established norms, Slug and Ant have delivered the anti-pop answer to the content and compositions of previous albums. Over razor-sharp drums and distorted synths, The Day Before Halloween explores the life of a visual artist living in an antiquated surveillance state. It's menacing. It's murky. It's George Orwell meets Keith Haring at a video arcade, on New Year's Day, 1985. If you've entertained any theories that we've slipped into an alternate reality, you may find further evidence in this dark and brooding release of future's past.
For over 20 years, Atmosphere have pursued the underbelly of what it means to be human with a rabid curiosity. Ant’s dusky production has provided the pulse for Slug’s evolving and matter-of-fact pen. As Slug transitioned from throwing-up-in-the-backseat-raps to holding-hands-when-you-cross-the-street-raps, Ant has grown to be a master of crate digging and unearthing the humanity of a drum loop. Thriving at the intersection of guttural and self-effacing, Atmosphere will go down as some of America’s best archivists. On Whenever, the duo continue to move in lockstep. Within the minutiae lie clues they’re still struggling with mortality and the need to protect emotional energy, as on previous releases, but there’s a quiet romanticism now, with Slug sounding—reluctantly—in love with life. And no other producer can pull truths out of a rapper like Ant fishes the blues out of Slug. Be it the twinkle of “Bde Maka Ska” leading into twanging guitars, or the anxious skitter of “Lovely,” Slug finds obvious comfort in working with Ant. “Postal Lady” recounts the simplicity of Slug’s life over warm and enveloping production, while “Romance” recalls God Loves Ugly with its undulating glitches, as if we crawled through Ant’s drum machine. It’s clear the pair’s harmony is reaching new peaks. These aren’t dad-raps, these aren’t anti-establishment-raps, and these aren’t chasing-old-fire-raps. Even at its darkest (“You’re Gonna Go”) Whenever houses blessed-to-be-alive-raps. The album breathes in the way only Slug and Ant could summon a collective breath. On Whenever, the duo inhale panic and exhale greatness.
Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars] - Lasse Jonsson
Alto Saxophone - Perra Moraeus
Arranged By [Orchestral Arrangements] - GĂ¶ran Arnberg
Bass, Bouzouki - Rutger Gunnarsson
Bouzouki, Guitar, Violin - Kalle Moraeus
Contractor [Orchesta] - Isobel Griffiths
Coordinator [Assistant Music Co-ordinator] - Lotta LilliestrĂ¶m Stenberg
Coordinator [Music Co-ordinator] - GĂ¶rel Hanser
Design [CD Packaging Designed By] - Dewynters
Directed By [Musical Director], Conductor - Martin Lowe (2)
Drums - Per Lindvall
Executive-Producer - Benny Andersson, BjĂ¶rn Ulvaeus, Judy Craymer
Featuring - ABBA
Flute, Piccolo Flute [Piccola], Saxophone [Baritone Saxophone] - Jan Bengston*
Guitar [Guitars], Bouzouki - Lasse Wellander
Leader [Orchestra] - Thomas Bowes
Music By, Lyrics By - BjĂ¶rn Ulvaeus
Percussion - JĂ¶rgen Stenberg
Photography By - Peter Mountain
Photography By [Cover Photography] - Lorenzo Agius
Photography By [Of Benny Andersson] - Mona NĂ¶rklit
Producer, Music By, Lyrics By, Piano, Keyboards, Arranged By, Mixed By - Benny Andersson
Recorded By [Additional Recording] - Andy Dudman*, Chris Barrett, Steve Price (6)
Recorded By, Mixed By - Bernard LĂ¶hr
Recorder, Clarinet, Saxophone [Saxophones] - PĂ¤r Grebacken
Trumpet - Leif Lindvall
Tuba - Calle Jakobsson
Written-By [Some Songs With] - Stig Anderson
Following a short hiatus ATREYU returned firing on all cylinders with Long Live during 2015. It crashed the Top 30 of the Billboard Top 200 and earned widespread acclaim. The band sold out countless headline shows in addition to sharing the stage with everyone from Slipknot to Linkin Park. After a 2 year tour cycle for Long Live, Atreyu regrouped in Southern California for what would become offering number seven, reuniting with producer John Feldmann who famously helmed Lead Sails Paper Anchor.