New Release Round-Up 12-11-20
Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 1 (The Butcher Shoppe Sessions) - High Top Mountain
Since breaking through in 2014 with his Grammy nominated Metamodern Sounds in Country Music album, Sturgill Simpson has established himself as one of the most daring and most acclaimed artists of our time. His music stretches across genres and styles, from the psychedelic soul of 2016's A Sailor’s Guide To Earth (Grammy nominated for Album of the Year and winner for Best Country Album) to the fuzzed-out rock attack of Sound & Fury in 2019. Now Simpson returns to the music of his native Kentucky with his first bluegrass project, Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 1 (The Butcher Shoppe Sessions). A true "mixtape for the fans", as Sturgill calls it, sees him reimagining songs from across his catalogue backed by some of Nashville's finest acoustic virtuosos.
Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams - Plastic Bouquet - New West Records
Every December, Christchurch, NZ enjoys the start of summer as Saskatoon, SK begins to freeze over. For as far apart as these places may seem, you would never know it from the sound of Plastic Bouquet, the debut collaborative album between Saskatoon duo Kacy & Clayton and Christchurch singer and songwriter Marlon Williams. While on tour across Europe in 2017, Kacy & Clayton quite literally stopped Marlon in his tracks. As if playing by divine design through the radio, the pair’s “Springtime of the Year” immediately enchanted him. Soon thereafter, Marlon hopped a flight to Saskatoon and they wrote and recorded the bulk of what would become Plastic Bouquet. They unlocked undeniable chemistry. With Plastic Bouquet, these three musicians find common ground in dusty country spun through a kaleidoscope of psychedelic soul and dreamy fifties delivery. They created an ethnosphere that is more than the sum of its parts. It’s also the beginning of something very exciting.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You
The Kills - Little Bastards
Laura Jane Grace - Stay Alive
Belle And Sebastian - What To Look For In Summer
Coheed & Cambria - Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Volume 2: No World For Tomorrow
Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters [Deluxe]
M. Ward - Think Of Spring
Mumford & Sons - Delta Tour EP
Deftones - White Pony: 20th Anniversary [Deluxe 2CD]
Various Artists - Willie Nelson American Outlaw (Live At Bridgestone Arena 2019)
Jeezy - The Recession 2
The Rolling Stones - I Can't Get No Satisfaction: 55th Anniversary Edition [Limited Edition Emerald 12in Single]
Soulwax - Nite Versions [Limited 15 Anniversary Edition Pink & White LP]
The Killers - Imploding The Mirage [LP]
Big Sean - Detroit 2
Neil Young - After The Gold Rush: 50th Anniversary Edition
Def Leppard - Hits Vegas - Live At Planet Hollywood [Limited Edition Translucent Blue 3LP]
Less Than Jake - Silver Linings
Puscifer - Existential Reckoning
John Prine - John Prine Live
Guided By Voices - Styles We Paid For
Majestica - A Christmas Carol
& More .....
Paul McCartney - McCartney III - Capitol
50 years following the release of his self-titled first solo album McCartney, featuring Paul playing every instrument and writing and recording every song, Paul McCartney will release McCartney III on December 18th. Paul hadn’t planned to release an album in 2020, but in the isolation of “Rockdown,” he soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating even more new ones. Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs would become McCartney III: a stripped back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade, in the tradition of 1970’s McCartney and 1980’s McCartney II. Recorded earlier this year in Sussex, McCartney III is mostly built from live takes of Paul on vocals and guitar or piano, overdubbing his bass playing, drumming, etc. atop that foundation. McCartney III spans a vast and intimate range of modes and moods, from soul searching to wistful, from playful to raucous and all points between — captured with some of the same gear from Paul’s Rude Studio used as far back as 1971 Wings sessions. And Paul's array of vintage instruments he played on the new album have an even more storied history, including Bill Black of Elvis Presley's original trio's double bass alongside Paul's own iconic Hofner violin bass, and a mellotron from Abbey Road Studios used on Beatles recordings, to name but a few. Just as McCartney’s 1970 release marked Paul’s return to basics in the wake of the biggest band break-up in musical history, and the 1980 avant-garde masterpiece McCartney II rose from the ashes of Wings, McCartney III finds Paul back on his own, turning unexpected circumstances into a personal snapshot of a timeless artist at a unique point in history.