10 New Music Releases on, 5/15/20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 15, 2020 04:52pm | Post a Comment

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Here's 10 of our favorites from this week's new releases, available on!

See all the new releases HERE.

Perfume Genius

Perfume Genius: Set My Heart On Fire Immediately (CD & Vinyl)

Set My Heart on Fire Immediately, the fifth studio album from Perfume Genius, explores masculinity through themes of love, sex, memory, and the body. Mike Hadreas channels American pop music history on this journey with nods to everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Elvis. This stylistically diverse release features contributions from musicians Jim Keltner, Pino Palladino, and Matt Chamberlin.

Hamilton Leithauser

Hamilton Leithauser: The Loves Of Your Life (CD & Vinyl)

For his second solo album, Hamilton Leithauser, former frontman of The Walkmen, releases a deeply personal collection of stories about real people he's met over his years living in New York City. His dynamic vocals and well-crafted songs about love and the large impact that strangers, friends, family, and lovers have on you comes at a perfect time, when we need it the most.

Johanna Warren

Johanna Warren: Chaotic Good (CD & Vinyl)

With Chaotic Good, Johanna Warren transitions away from the folk-ish sound that defined her early solo albums. This is a bold statement piece demonstrating the breadth of her ambition. Warren alternates between crushingly honest declarations over sparse piano and heavy affirmations of independence that have more in common with ‘90s grunge than anything we’ve ever heard from her. More than stylistic flexing, this range of sounds and emotions demonstrates that there’s more to Warren than meets the eye.

Moby: All Visible Objects (CD & Vinyl)

Moby’s new dance-heavy album was made in the legendary EastWest Studios in Studio 3 where Pet Sounds was recorded, using the same board that was used in the making of Ziggy Stardust and the same piano that Sinatra used to record some of his most notable hits. With a pedigree as royal (and diverse) as that, and including a collaboration with Dead Kennedys’ drummer D. H. Peligro and rapper Boogie, Moby’s 17th studio album is as unique as he is.

Sleaford Mods

Sleaford Mods: All That Glue (CD & Vinyl)

England's Sleaford Mods release a collection of songs spanning the last seven years of their career that features an array of crowd pleasers, B sides, unheard tracks, and rarities. One of the most intractable British pop bands, Sleaford Mods' music is drawn at a flawless fault-line of anger, tenderness, and humor -- a triumvirate of raw energy.

Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib: Flight (CD & Vinyl)

Creating samples and beats with producer Leon Michels from scratch, Hanni El Khatib has created a rollicking sampledelic opus with Flight that recalls the beautiful chaos that the Dust Brothers created on Paul’s Boutique and Odelay. It's filtered through the singular lo-fi style that El Khatib has developed over the previous ten years, but it's also like if Dilla and Madlib had come up on The Cramps. Because El Khatib wasn’t concerned with the need to perform the songs live, it unlocked a new level in composition. So rather than blistering guitar attacks, you might hear two drum samples, a live flute, and a weird tape loop that could never be played live. It’s a record both dense and intricate yet direct and spontaneous. It is garage rock, it is hip-hop, it is soul, it is blues, it is psychedelic, but more than anything, it’s a brilliant Hanni El Khatib record.


ADULT.: Perception Is/As/Of Deception (CD & Vinyl)

ADULT. return with Perception is/as/of Deception, an anxiety-fueled cyclone of pandemonium that only they would know how to harness. Created in a temporary space the duo crafted by painting their windowless basement entirely black with the sole intention of depriving their senses, question their perceptions, and witness the resulting ramifications, Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus have created their most punk-infused and introspective work to date. The elements of frustration and apprehension that have consistently woven throughout their material are at full mast.

Thao & The Get DOwn Stay Down

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down: Temple (CD & Vinyl)

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's fifth studio album is San Francisco-based singer/songwriter Thao Nguyen's most open and honest work yet. Temple finds her coming out in her public life after a long career in which she kept her queer identity quiet in an effort to avoid turmoil with her family and culture. Temple is an album compelled by love and the urgent need to live one full, whole life.

Jess Williamson

Jess Williamson: Sorceress (CD, Vinyl & Blue Vinyl)

Offering a deep-hued kaleidoscope of dusty `70s cinema, `90s country music, and breezy West Coast psychedelia, Jess Williamson's Sorceress is a wild love letter to a confusing present and uncertain future-with reflections on femininity and the pursuit of perfection, New Age beliefs, capitalist critiques, and much more. Her insights on the loss of innocence and acquired wisdom is self-critical, self-assured, and soul-searching.

Mosses Sumney

Moses Sumney: Grae (CD, Vinyl & Black & White Vinyl)

Moses Sumney's scale is cinematic but his moves are precise deeds of art and stewardship. Sumney's new album is an assertion that the undefinable still exists and that dwelling in it is an act of resistance. To try to pin Sumney down on a sound is to end up with a hand full of fog, but his genius is never allowing the set to sound like a hodgepodge.


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