Sunday, February 24, 2019

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending February 23, 2019)

The Oscars air tonight, and I have officially watched all of the Best Picture nominees prior to the ceremony (I think for the first time ever). I capped off the Oscar film viewing last night with A Star Is Born, which I think was very good, though not my pick for Best Picture. However, there were some exciting cameos in the film that made my music-obsessive heart flutter for a moment, including Lukas Nelson, Brandi Carlile, and Marlon Williams!

Go to my Upcoming Releases page for a full list of new music that I'm excited for!

This week, Aldous Harding announced her third album, Designer.

I single out Aldous Harding for this week not just because she's an incredible newer artist, but also due to her personal and professional connection to one of the cameos I mentioned above. She has previously dated and often recorded with Marlon Williams, both being native New Zealanders. Both have a similar style, rooted in folk, but in contrast to Williams' crooning vocals, Harding displays more of an avant-garde bent to her music.

I first found out about her when I saw her open for Deerhunter a few years back. I was enthralled with her music and immediately checked her out when I got home. At the time, her only record was her debut, Aldous Harding, though she soon released an incredible sophomore album, Party, in 2017.

She announced the third album this past Tuesday, along with the video for "The Barrel."

Designer will be released on April 26.

Also announced recently:

2 Chainz - Rap or Go to the League (March 1)
Alex Lahey - The Best of Luck Club (May 17)
Bruce Hornsby - Absolute Zero (April 12)
Damien Jurado - In the Shape of a Storm (April 12)
Drugdealer - Raw Honey (April 19)
Filthy Friends - Emerald Valley (May 3)
Gesaffelstein - Hyperion (March 8)
Good Cop Bad Cop - Good Cop Bad Cop (March 29)
Guards - Modern Hymns (May 22)
Ioanna Gika - Thalassa (April 5)
Justin Townes Earle - The Saint of Lost Causes (May 24)
Kate Bush - The Other Sides (March 22)
Kehlani - While We Wait (out now)
Lydia Ainsworth - Phantom Forest (May 10)
Marina - Love + Fear (April 26)
More Pain - More Pain (April 19)
Norah Jones - Begin Again (April 12)
Quelle Chris - Guns (March 29)
Sad Planets - Akron, Ohio (April 19)
Sam Cohen - The Future’s Still Ringing in My Ears (May 17)
Tim Hecker - Anoyo (May 10)
Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride (April 22)
Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising (April 5)
Yoko Ono & John Lennon - Wedding Album Reissue (March 22)

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