There are some days where you click around for hours trying to find something to listen to, but you're bored of everything in your collection and no one has surprise released anything in hours. Then there are days where there's too many great albums to conceivably listen to, so you have to fake knowledge based on Solange thinkpiece headlines until you can finally carve out some time to listen to A Seat At The Table. Yes, that's pretty specific. Yes, we're talking about today.
Anyways, here are 9 great new albums, including a number of Canadian ones you might have missed, for you to press play on immediately. And there goes the weekend.
Fucked Up, This Mother Forever
Toronto's most ambitious punk band Fucked Up have weaved us a new Herculean work of prog hardcore. Bookended by ambient psychedelic movements, the title track offers — what reads like — a hymn in praise of the grand creative force, whatever that might be. "This Mother Forever" comes packaged as a 12" with the Tanya Tagaq collaboration "Our Own Blood" on the B-side.
Fucked Up's This Mother Forever 12" is available now.
Danny Brown, Atrocity Exhibition
Here it is. The album named after a Joy Division song that was named after a J.G. Ballard book. The album produced by Evian Christ and Paul White and The Alchemist and Petite Noir and Black Milk. The album Danny has variously described as influenced by the Talking Heads, System of a Down, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. The album that gets Kendrick, Earl, and Ab-Soul for a posse cut. The album he decided to release on English electronic titan Warp Records. It's here. And it's glorious.
Danny Brown's Atrocity Exhibition is out now on Warp Records.
Solange, A Seat At The Table
Solange describes her third full-length (the first long-player since 2008) as “a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing.” For A Seat At The Table, she's gathered a dynamic cast of talent including Lil Wayne, Dev Hynes, Sampha, Q-Tip, Kelly Rowland, The-Dream, BJ the Chicago Kid, Kelela, and Sean Nicholas Savage to help realize her vision.
Solange's A Seat At The Table is out now on Saint Records/Columbia.
Dan Edmonds, Ladies On The Corner
Dan Edmonds' Ladies On The Corner is out October 7 on Missed Connection Records.
BANKS, The Altar
Pop-tinged R&B, dark and brooding like a snake trailing behind you in a bush. The Altar sounds like what a body contorting looks like. We talked to BANKS about how she brought her vision to life, and why that's empowering.
BANKS' The Altar is out today on Harvest Records.
Pixies, Head Carrier
The second post-Kim Deal Pixies album contains a song about Kim Deal. Latter-day Pixies seems to turn some people off, but for us it's comfort food. Yeah, it's not from your favourite pizza place, but it's still pizza.
Pixies' Head Carrier is out today via Pixiesmusic/Play It Again Sam.
Jenny Hval, Blood Bitch
Told through the conceptual lens of a vampire story, Norwegian avant pop artist Jenny Hval leads an investigation of the sanguine lifeforce on Blood Bitch, her fifth full-length. It is a gorgeous, sometimes terrifying, meditation on menstrual blood, an emblem of both life and death.
Jenny Hval's Blood Bitch is out now on Sacred Bones.
ABAKOS, New Constellation
Congolose-Canadian Afro-electronic-soul heavyweights Pierre Kwenders and Ngabonziza Kiroko are political, they're funky. Their individual personalities became the raw organic material used to power ABAKOS’ futuristic mothership. These first three songs are a taste of big things to come.
Cursed Arrows, Jimmy's Dead
Canadian riff rock lifers (/real-life married couple) Cursed Arrows have had a heavy few years: miscarriages, a cancer scare, and a new baby named Fox. They've channelled all that into Jimmy's Dead, a fully improvised new album. And if that's not enough, they've also dropped, Stolen Sex Tapes, a full -length film about their life as a band: