Waterloo Records

What's New 4-28-23

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Saddle Creek

It’s remarkable how much emotion De Souza squeezes out of a few decidedly simple phrases. All of This Will End encapsulates one of the North Carolina singer-songwriter’s other great skills, her ability to look back at parts of her life, even the darkest moments, with curiosity and gratitude, somehow transmuting those experiences into beautiful memories or, in this case, a wonderful album.

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Stony Plain

With a voice as instantly recognizable as Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, or Dr John, Taj Mahal has throughout his career pushed the envelope of American music forward by incorporating sounds from the Caribbean, Africa, traditional blues and jazz. With Savoy, Taj takes a new direction in his musical journey, exploring classics from the American songbook with his good friend and acclaimed record producer John Simon.

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4AD

First Two Pages… is a more somber moment in The National’s catalogue, a carefully sculpted project, a level of fluidity and richness stitched together with the highest caliber of performance, production and songwriting. Like Frankenstein and his monster, the commitment to the design and blueprint of this record is incredible; every minute detail, sound, glitch, has been selected with the utmost care.

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Warp

Yves Tumor continues their tradition of never doing exactly the same thing twice. Their third release for Warp channels the careening energy of Heaven to a Tortured Mind into concise -- but not confined -- songs that examine sensuality and spirituality and confidently subvert pop, rock, noise, electronic, and R&B. At once challenging and inviting, Praise a Lord… is another dazzling work from a creative whirlwind.

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Century Media

Firing up audiences on tour with the likes of At The Gates, Obituary and Municipal Waste, Richmond Virginia's Enforced take their spot as torchbearers for crossover thrash with War Remains. Mixed by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Kreator), War Remains is a classic in the making with riffs that rival Slayer at their most furious and thrash anthems that will cement Enforced's spot in the annals of metallic hardcore history.

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Pytheas Recordings

Produced by Ritter’s longtime collaborator Sam Kassirer, Spectral Lines finds Ritter expanding beyond the bounds of his previous work to create a record both atmospheric and profound. Dedicated to the memory of his mother, Ritter searches for commonality across these ten seamless tracks by exploring life’s most universal ideas—love, devotion and what it means to be connected, to both each other and to ourselves.

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Republic

The Nigerian-American musician, songwriter and producer’s third original full-length album vividly captures the human experience with a profound simplicity, celebrating the little details and simple pleasures of being alive, while giving voice to some of life’s most complex experiences in a way only she can. The album boasts feats from Chris Stapleton, Noah Kahan, Mt. Joy and more.

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Interscope

Deluxe edition of the singer, actress and performer’s unfiltered and deeply vulnerable debut EP. Originally released in November ‘22, the stripped-back title track and EP opener, now expanded, explores Rapp’s desire to show up for the important people in her life. The release also boasts two new tracks including the single “Bruises,” an exploration of her love-hate relationship with being sensitive and easily wounded.

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Interscope

With its stylish, sonically detailed production, Dr. Dre's 1992 solo debut, The Chronic, transformed the entire sound of West Coast rap. The album’s comic song intros and skits became prerequisites for rap albums, plus Snoop Doog and Dre’s terrific chemistry ensured that even their foulest insults are cleverly turned. Both unreal and all too real. One of the greatest and most influential hip-hop albums of all time.

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Easy Star

A reggae re-imagining of David Bowie's entire The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album. As on previous occasions, The Easy Star All-Stars do it again here, engaging along the way some big musical names that include Macy Gray, Maxi Priest, Steel Pulse, Fishbone, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), and others, with results that are none less than brilliant.

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New West

This is the quiet culmination of years spent fully immersed in a developing artistry, and presents Rose’s always vividly detailed emotional scenes with new levels of clarity and control. As with previous work, her songwriting transfigures the chaos and uncertainty of a life in progress, but here she introduces a newfound pop element that attaches unshakably catchy hooks to even the darkest stretches of the journey.

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Sub Pop

Star Eaters Delight is less of a uniform statement than Acquainted with Night was, but this collection of versatile songs acts as a tour of different neighborhoods in the beautifully smeary nocturnal dream world Neale began building on her last album. Neale has put together a tight package of an album with no stray notes but one also brimming with a sly multitude of ideas, something wholly different than anyone else out there.

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Glassnote

After seven years, Daughter are back. Since their debut in 2013, Elena Tonra’s intimate, crushingly honest lyrics have been a lifeline for the band’s fans, whilst also finding a gateway to the likes of alternative giants Phoebe Bridgers and Bon Iver. Stereo Mind Game is warmly optimistic in tone, finding a lightness in Tonra’s poetry, whilst still desperately evoking an emotional resonance unmatched in the alternative space.

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Napalm

Celebrating Powerwolf, one of the most successful current heavy metal bands, Interludium features six new studio tracks, a collection of gems and rarities from the band’s history, and two special bonus albums. Communio Lupatum II has befriended bands covering of Powerwolf’s biggest hits while Interludium Orchestrale contains eight orchestral versions of the album tracks.

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