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Every Teardrop Is A WaterfallThe first single, Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall from Coldplay's upcoming fifth album b/w the track, Major Minus.Side One1. Every Teardrop is a WaterfallSide Two1. Major Minus$9.997 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Head Full Of Dreams (Colored Vinyl)180 Gram Double LP
Pink & Blue Colored Vinyl
This is the seventh studio album from multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning artist Coldplay. Front man Christ Martin stated it might be the band's final album and compared it to Harry Potter; It's our seventh thing, and the way we look at it, it's like the last Harry Potter book or something like that. He added that, unlike their promotion efforts for Ghost Stories, the band will tour for the seventh record. In an interview with Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2, Martin hinted at the style of the album by saying that the band was trying to make something colourful and uplifting, yet not bombast. He also stated that it will be something to "shuffle your feet" to!1. A Head Full Of Dreams
3. Hymn For The Weekend
5. Adventure Of A Lifetime
8. Army Of One
9. Amazing Day
10. Colour Spectrum
11. Up&Up$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
How Big, How Blue, How BeautifulProduced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) with contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and
John Hill, the third album by Florence + the Machine is live-sounding, tune-rich, unhinged in all the right places and powerful in all the best ways. In voice and, ultimately, outlook Florence has never sounded better.LP 1
1. Ship To Wreck
2. What Kind of Man
3. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
4. Queen of Peace
5. Various Storms & Saints
2. Long & Lost
4. Third Eye
5. St. Jude
6. Mother$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His FriendsColdplay is set to release their highly-anticipated fourth studio album entitled Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends. The album is comprised of 10 brand new tracks, recorded in London, Barcelona and New York with producers Brian Eno and Markus Dravs. Viva la Vida takes its name from a painting by Frida Kahlo, the acclaimed 20th century Mexican artist. The album's artwork features the classic painting Liberty Leading the People by French painter Eugène Delacroix, commemorating the July Revolution of 1830.
Notes on the sessions state that the lyrics are much more abstract, much more visual than before, and that the music is less straight-forward, more oblique.1. Life In Technicolor
2. Cemeteries Of London
5. Lovers In Japan/Reign Of Love
7. Viva La Vida
8. Violet Hill
9. Strawberry Swing
10. Death And All His Friends$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Rush Of Blood To The HeadRanked 473/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
A Rush of Blood to the Head is a soulful, exhilarating journey, moving from the cathartic rock of Politik to the hushed tones of Green Eyes without once breaking its mesmerizing momentum. Singer Chris Martin takes his voice on soaring flights, reaching places only Jeff Buckley previously dared to go. And the music is nearly flawless, as heartfelt and emotionally liberated as you can get.1. Politik
2. In My Place
3. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
4. The Scientist
7. Green Eyes
8. Warning Sign
9. A Whisper
10. A Rush Of Blood To The Head
11. Amsterdam$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mylo XylotoMylo Xyloto (pronounced my-lo zy-letoe) is the fifth full length studio release from Britpop giants, Coldplay. Produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson, with enoxification and additional composition by Brian Eno, Mylo Xyloto follows-up 2008s Viva La Vida, which charted at #1 in 36 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Features the singles Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall and Paradise. This 180-gram vinyl edition also includes a 12 x 36 poster.1. Mylo Xyloto
2. Hurts Like Heaven
4. Charlie Brown
5. Us Against The World
7. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
8. Major Minus
10. Princess of China
11. Up In Flames
12. A Hopeful Transmission
13. Don't Let It Break Your Heart
14. Up With The Birds$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ParachutesColdplay's acclaimed debut is a dark and melodic masterpiece that swells with pure emotion and showcases the group's boundless warmth and flair for moodily dramatic pop craftsmanship. Parachutes pristine, heartfelt songs stand up gracefully alone but gain even greater breadth in the context of the full album. It's an album of remarkable depth and beauty and a fine introduction to a band that has since gone on to become one of the biggest pop acts in the world.1. Don't Panic
8. High Speed
9. We Never Change
10. Everything's Not Lost$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ghost StoriesGhost Stories is the sixth studio album by British alternative rock band Coldplay.
After surfacing in 2000 with the breakthrough single Yellow, Coldplay quickly became one of the biggest bands of the new millennium, honing a mix of introspective Brit-pop and anthemic rock that landed the British quartet a near-permanent residence on record charts worldwide.1. Always In My Head
4. True Love
6. Another's Arms
8. A Sky Full Of Stars
9. O$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
X & YMusically, Coldplay has never sounded more adventurous than they do on X & Y and they absolutely perfect making simplicity seem sublime here. The music shifts from intimate, quiet and personal to soaring climaxes that culminate in massive layered sounds which push back the band's own boundaries. The scale of Coldplays ambition is on full display as they've never been known to shy away from success and with the momentum they manage to accrue with each successive release, there's literally no stopping this band.1. Square One
2. What If
3. White Shadows
4. Fix You
6. X & Y
7. Speed Of Sound
8. A Message
10. The Hardest Part
11. Swallowed In The Sea
12. Twisted Logic
13. Till Kingdom Come$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Garden State SoundtrackThe soundtrack to Zach Braff's Garden State is nearly as much of a piece with the film as the similarly sweet, quirky combinations of sound and vision in Wes Anderson's films and soundtracks. Garden State, however, is more modern in its outlook and more emotionally direct, with a mixtape earnestness belied by using not one but two songs from the Shins' Oh, Inverted World. New Slang is an obvious choice, as the song just seems to grow in stature as time passes, but Caring Is Creepy, Oh, Inverted World's vulnerable, ever-so-slightly unhinged opening track, is not, and adds to the personal, diary-like feel of the album. The bright poignancy of the Shins' tracks stands out even more among the low-key melancholy of songs like Coldplay's Don't Panic, Remy Zero's Fair, and Colin Hay's I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You. The inclusion of Hay's track, Bonnie Somerville's Winding Road, and the Cary Brothers' Blue Eyes shows that Garden State doesn't go for the hipster, too-cool-for-school poses that one might expect from the soundtrack of a hot indie movie, even with the inclusion of Iron & Wine's cover of the Postal Service's Such Great Heights. Still, there's something of a collegiate feel to the soundtrack, especially with the re-rediscovery of Nick Drake (One of These Things First) and Simon & Garfunkel (The Only Living Boy in New York) as well as the tentative forays into electronica and trip-hop like Zero 7's In the Waiting Line, Frou Frou's Let Go, and Thievery Corporation's Lebanese Blonde. Perhaps this collegiate feel comes from the fact that those years are often the time when many people are the most ready and willing to explore music that is new to them (but not necessarily new), but, as the success of Garden State's soundtrack shows, any time can be the right time.
- Heather Phares (All Music Guide)LP 1
1. Don't Panic (Album Version) - Coldplay
2. Caring Is Creepy (Album Version) - The Shins
3. In the Waiting Line - Zero 7
4. New Slang (Album Version) - The Shins
5. I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You (Album Version) - Colin Hay
6. Blue Eyes (Album Version) - Cary Brothers
7. Fair (Album Version) - Remy Zero
1. One Of These Things First (Album Version) - Nick Drake
2. Lebanese Blonde (Album Version) - Thievery Corporation
3. The Only Living Boy in New York - Simon & Garfunkel
4. Such Great Heights (Album Version) - Iron And Wine
5. Let Go (Album Version) - Frou Frou
6. Winding Road (Album Version) - Bonnie Somerville$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Venetian Vinyl (Best Of)Printed Inner Sleeves
Brand New Compilation, Vinyl Only Release!
Californian Pop Rock group Venice started in the town by the same name in 1977 by cousins Michael and Kipp Lennon. Members of Venice have performed alongside, or recorded with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Phil Collins, Sting, Melissa Etheridge, Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Stevie Nicks, Billy Idol, and the list goes on and on.
To date, Venice has found their biggest success in The Netherlands. In 2003, the band won an Edison Award (the Dutch version of the Grammy) for Best International Artist, beating out superstars U2 and Coldplay. In The Netherlands Venice's singles are a mainstay on radio, their tours sell out consistently, and they've been guests on countless television programs.
Venetian Vinyl is a brand new vinyl-only Best Of compilation of this long standing band. As the band themselves put it: ''The band sat together for days, choosing our favorite acoustic based tracks from previous albums...then we sequenced them in an order that we think really flows...giving you a compilation album you can put on, then kick back on the couch, kick your shoes off, grab your favorite beverage and relax while we massage your ear drums with what we feel is the best of our vocal harmonies and vibey tracks we've created to date.'' VENICE, 2015LP1
1. Rivers Never Run
2. When I Get Over You
3. The Family Tree
4. The Point
5. Hold Me
6. The Road To Where You Are
7. Things That Always Make Me Think Of You
8. Father Time
9. Blue Ocean Park Waltz
11. Two Places At One Time
12. That's The Way It Is
1. It's Time
2. The Romance That Never Was
3. Ashes In The Snow
4. Language Of The Heart
6. What Summer Brings
7. Back To The Well
8. Oh Bahia
9. We're OK
10. 15 Presents
11. It's Too Late For Me Now$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Kaleidoscope EP (Pre-Order) (On Sale)180 Gram Light Blue Colored Vinyl
Kaleidoscope is the thirteenth EP by Coldplay. It serves as a companion piece to Coldplay's seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams (2015).
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. All I Can Think About Is You
2. Miracles (Someone Special)
4. Something Just Like This
5. Hypnotised$17.99 $15.29 Save $2.70 (15%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl EP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
The SunBefore Four Tet was remixing Radiohead and Coldplay and before Adem was performing with David Byrne and Fairport Convention, they were breaking new ground as Fridge, a trio formed in 1996 with fellow schoolmate Sam Jeffers. After three critically acclaimed albums, they're back with The Sun, their most celebrated album yet. It's a dense, aggressive record that casually blends post-punk, left-field funk, free jazz, folk, noise, and Krautrock into one sound that, despite the years and each individual's development, is unmistakably trademark Fridge.1.Sun, The
3.Our Place in This
4.Drums of Life
10.Years and Years and Years....$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
InsidesJon Hopkins is a musical shape shifter: a composer, pianist and a self-taught studio wizard. He makes big, bold electronic music using walls of synths, twinkling melodies and amorphous bass rumbles. As such his two albums have seen him labeled by the likes of ambient patriarch Brian Eno as an electronic innovator while an impressive sweep of artists from Herbie Hancock to David Holmes, not to mention contemporary choreographer Wayne McGregor, lo-fi folkster King Creosote and musical blue bloods Coldplay, have all called upon the 28-year-old Londoner's handiwork as a producer and composer.
On Insides, his Domino debut, Hopkins showcases an intriguing musical aesthetic to brilliant effect. Insides is about juxtaposition: natural, arcane textures welded to pulsing, hypnotic rhythms, beautiful acoustic melodies set against jarring bass. The music is reminiscent of the beautiful melodies and harsh dirty beats of other British artists like Four Tet, Squarepusher, Burial and Aphex Twin. Above all, Insides is an audacious album which boasts a magical aura all of its own.
Hopkins' talents caught the ears of Brian Eno, who enlisted him to work on his Another Day on Earth album and most recently on Coldplay's Viva la Vida. In fact, Coldplay were so taken with Hopkins' music, the band asked him to rework the track Light Through the Veins (from Insides) to bookend their album. The pairing eventually led to an invitation to Hopkins to join the band on its 2008 USA, European and Japanese tour, both as an opening act and pre-show DJ.1. The Wider Son
5. Colour Eye
6. Light Through The Veins
7. The Low Places
8. Small Memory
9. A Drifting Up
10. Autumn Hill$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SupersoakerWhen Kings Of Leon first made their way onto radars, blogs, Soulseek, and the pages of NME, they were often dubbed the "Southern Strokes." Over time, it's a tag the Followill brothers' band more or less shed, the same way Coldplay eventually shed those "poor man's Travis" comparisons. But Kings Of Leon's new single, "Supersoaker" - the first from their sixth album, Mechanical Bull - actually feels a bit like the Strokes, or as I like to call them, the "American Phoenix." Spin it.
- Michael Nelson (Stereogum)1. Supersoaker
2. Work On Me$5.997 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
Love Is HereLove Is Here is the debut studio album by indie rock band Starsailor.
Starsailor was already a critic's darling in the band's native England during mid-2001, and the group's painfully melodic debut, Love Is Here, poised the band to rise in the shadows of Doves, Coldplay, and Travis. Starsailor, however, isn't as polished as its counterparts, but that's not to say Love Is Here isn't a beautiful piece of work. It's less lilting than Coldplay's Parachutes, and frontman James Walsh's aching vocals shape his angularity as a singer/songwriter.
Starsailor is a young band, and Love Is Here illustrates the group's sharp intellect inside basic acoustics. Singles such as the passionately violent Alcoholic and melancholic dark hues of Fever touch upon Starsailor's own pop stylings. The band isn't typically jaunty, for the members of Starsailor are a bit cynical. Lyrics reflect battles with self-discovery, independence, and being lovelorn; however, they're matches of a survivor.
Talk Her Down, one of the album's most gnarling tracks, bounces with light psychedelic patterns, and Good Souls is probably Starsailor's closest rock & roll moment. The live soundscape found on Love Is Here sets up the simplistic beauty of this new band. They didn't go for a grand bombast of crashing guitars and angst-ridden stories similar to Oasis and Manic Street Preachers. They go for something more positive as well -- each song soars with intricate musicianship and melodic lushness. Wigan native Richard Ashcroft would be pleased.1. Tie Up My Hands
2. Poor Misguided Fool
5. Way To Fall
7. She Just Wept
8. Talk Her Down
9. Love Is Here
10. Good Souls
11. Coming Down$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rivers In the WastelandNEEDTOBREATHE announce the release of their fifth album, Rivers In The Wasteland, on Atlantic Records. This eleven-song album was recorded throughout 2013 and will be led by first singles The Heart and Difference Maker.
Formed in 1999, NEEDTOBREATHE began by building an impressive regional following, playing throughout the Southeast. Along the way, they sold more than 15,000 copies of their self-released EP's. The year 2006 saw the release of the band's major label debut, Daylight, and a relentless, national touring schedule. NEEDTOBREATHE returned the following year with The Heat, which went to #2 on the Heatseekers chart and spawned the hit single More Time, a top 10 success at Triple-A radio (sitting alongside established artists like Coldplay and Jack Johnson). The band's third album, The Outsiders, was released in August 2009. NEEDTOBREATHE has appeared in film and television, including the Hilary Swank-starring, motion picture I Love You and MTV's The Hills, among many others.1. Wasteland
2. State I'm In
3. Feet Don't Fail Me Now
4. Oh Carolina
5. Difference Maker
6. Rise Again
7. The Heart
8. Where The Money Is
11. More Heart, Less Attack$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Memories... Do Not OpenPressed On 150-Gram Translucent Gold Vinyl
Memories Do Not Open is the debut full-length album from Grammy Award winning artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers. Comprised of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, The Chainsmokers have evolved into a dominating musical force with a diverse repertoire of songs that have led them to become today's hottest young artist/producer duo. With a signature sound that deftly reaches across indie, progressive and pop realms, their original tracks and remixes have topped the charts throughout the world.
The album features the just certified Gold first single Paris, a brand new single with Coldplay - Something Just Like This, and 10 additional brand new, never before heard tracks from the hit-making duo.
The Chainsmokers have dominated radio charts for the past two years, and along the way sold over 10 million singles. They have also performed all over the world to sold-out crowds at their own headline shows and major festivals including SXSW, Ultra and Coachella, and also at the 2017 Brit Awards, the 2016 American Music Awards and the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.1. The One
2. Break Up Every Night
4. Don't Say (feat. Emily Warren)
5. Something Just Like This (feat. Coldplay)
6. My Type (feat. Emily Warren)
7. It Won't Kill Ya (feat. Louane)
10. Wake Up Alone (feat. JhenÉ Aiko)
12. Last Day Alive (feat. Florida Georgia Line)$29.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MeteoritesLegendary Liverpool band Echo & the Bunnymen to release their 12th studio album and first since 2009, Meteorites. Produced by Youth (Killing Joke, The
Verve), the album contains ten hand-picked new songs written by founder Ian McCulloch and performed by Bunnymen stalwarts Mc Culloch and Will
Sergeant along with Gordy Goudie (guitar) and Stephen Brannan (bass).
Formed in 1978, the Bunnymen have been a vital force in the indie rock world for over 36 years having won over millions of obsessive music fans
worldwide and indelibly influenced countless bands with their signature sound from the Flaming Lips to Coldplay to Pavement. Meteorites is a key addition
to their repertoire. It s an intimate song cycle written by Ian McCulloch performed by the band with a renewed sense of purpose showcasing all of their
unmistakable musical hallmarks while taking them to a new level.
Says McCulloch: Meteorites , the new Bunnymen album...at long last we ve made the worthy successor to Crocodiles, Heaven Up Here, Porcupine and
Ocean Rain. Meteorites is what Echo and the Bunnymen mean and are meant to be up there in heaven--untouchable, celestial, beautiful and real. It has
changed my life.1. Meteorites
2. Holy Moses
4. Is This A Breakdown
5. Grapes Upon The Vine
6. Lovers On The Run
7. Burn It Down
9. Market Town
10. New Horizons$29.99Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Black Mountain (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)Limited Edition Grey Vinyl
It's only a clichÉ because it's true, but the greatest records are timeless. Black Mountain's self-titled debut
album is just such a record. It is a new classic rock, with reference points arcane and clear, its sound fresh,
unfamiliar and irresistible. The work of a small collective of musicians operating from Vancouver, Canada,
far from any industry buzz but firmly in the eye of their own storm of creativity, Black Mountain's debut
album was, of course, a beginning, but it also marked an ending.
Begun as the fourth album for Jerk With A Bomb, the 4-track bedroom project turned non-rock band led
by Stephen McBean that preceded Black Mountain, the songs grew from skeletal sessions cut by McBean
and Josh Wells and honed on the road in empty North American clubs along with Amber Webber. "We'd lay
down the bed tracks, the guitars and drums," remembers McBean. "Matt [Camirand, bass] joined, and we
changed the band name after a dream of how life could be different in the B section between Black Flag and
Black Sabbath. Josh's roommate Jeremy [Schmidt, keys] was lurking about. We asked him if he wanted to
add some synth bleeps or whatever. He came back with all these orchestrated keyboard parts, and we said,
'Oh, you should probably join the band now.'"
They cut the album at the Hive and their jam space in Vancouver, recording in "a big cement room with a
tall ceiling, nice boomy acoustics, lots of natural reverb, on an 8-track reel-to-reel tape recorder." During the
sessions, these elemental first tracks found their true shape: wry & giddy, hypnotic & gracefully heavy, the
dark and powerful blues, and mysterious chugging murk.
The album's initial success saw the band take to the road, leaving their Vancouver enclave for stages across
the world. "It felt like there was a real explosion of excitement at shows," remembers McBean. "We wouldn't
write setlists, we'd just feel the energy in the room and call things out, jamming on songs like 'No Hits' and
'Druganaut.' It was a good time for live rock'n'roll: DJ booths were being transformed back to drum risers,
people were digging 20 minute heady jams and there were bands like Comets On Fire and Oneida out there
who we felt kinship with. I was into Faust and Amon Duul but had no idea of the scene of modern bands
doing that stuff. And then we met those bands, and it was cool. And then we went on tour with
Coldplay and the adventures continued.
Their jaunt across the world as guests of perhaps the biggest band in the world is a tale for another time,
perhaps: the start of Black Mountain's next chapter, and all that followed. For now, savor the compact,
spacey brilliance of that cosmic, heavy and subtle debut album, expanded now with a raft of delicious bonus
tracks scavenged from the Black Mountain Army archives.Modern Music
Don't Run Our Hearts Around
Set Us Free
Heart Of Snow
Druganaut (Extended Remix)
Behind The Fall
Set Us Free (Demo)
Black Mountain (Demo)
No Satisfaction (UK Radio)
It Wasn't Arson$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-GLA-2695xLittle Green Cars
Absolute ZeroAbsolute Zero is the debut album by Irish quintet, Little Green Cars. Absolute Zero's 48 minutes, crafted in unabashed earnestness with the aid of seasoned epic-producer Markus Dravs (Mumford and Sons' Sigh No More and Babel, Arcade Fire's Neon Bible and The Suburbs, Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto), acts as a soul-bearing report, as guileless as the young five-piece themselves, on the act of simply growing up; a process that requires, at once, so little and so much effort it could explode you from the inside at any moment.
"This record constantly jumps between two contrasting perspectives: the beauty of a reckless youth and the fear and confusion caused by our ever-pending adulthood," Appleby explains. "It's a hopeful and naïve look at love and life in general, which gives the album its bright days - but also deals with isolation, unrequited love and madness. We wanted to express both a feeling of strength and vulnerability, so the work had to encompass both the light and dark."
"These are all feelings we've had, as a group or as individuals. We hope this is something people can relate to. That's always been why music has been written; it's a voice for people who don't have a voice. Hopefully someone can find some sort of comfort or solace in this. "
The band -a group of 20-year-old friends with a habit of waxing deadly serious about their ever-expanding ambitions - convened in 2008 in a bungalow in Stevie Appleby's parents' backyard for as ordinary a reason as any: as the frontman admits sheepishly, they wanted to win a battle of the bands competition. With guitarist Adam O'Regan and bassist Donagh O'Leary friends since primary school, and the rest having met in secondary, the five rehearsed for the gig, at which they promptly lost out to another local band.
The defeat, however, was surprisingly fuel enough. It inspired them to work harder, to work through their remaining two years of school, during which they produced a massive catalog of demo recordings, blending acoustic and electronic, classical and punk, djembe drums and synth strings. Then, in 2010, not long before graduation, then-rising manager Daniel Ryan found them at one of their sparse live gigs. With just one client already under his wing, he approached the young band with a terrifying, yet exhilarating ultimatum: Do you want to go to university, or do you want to really be in a band?
"That was the first time we considered looking that far ahead," says guitarist/vocalist/primary songwriter Faye O'Rourke. "We were trying to avoid thinking about the future because of the prospect of college, but " The choice became obvious. And like that, they dove in. For two years they redoubled their efforts, crafting a wide-eyed musical narrative that mirrored their evolution as an ensemble until, inevitably, label suitors began to knock. Since 2011 they've been quietly boiling down those demos into an album - the first they've ever recorded.
"The main thing I want to hear out of an artist I admire is the truth," says Appleby. "How they really felt. If I'm going to say something, it may as well be the truth." The lengths to which Appleby, O'Rourke and the rest of the band will go to tell that truth have yet to reveal their depth, but a full-steam-ahead debut record is a good place to start. Finally, five years' worth of backyard Garage Band tracks have a name: Absolute Zero.
The songs of Absolute Zero have only begun to see the light of day, because, as Appleby puts it, "we've always been more interested in recording and writing and experimenting with everything than in touring. [The past five years] was time spent finding our sound, finding ourselves. We've gone through everything, from acoustic guitars to electronic music. We needed the time to grow up as people and as musicians."
In other words, this is a debut that is a sum total of its creators' ascent to this moment. It is a desperate, under-pillow diary; a painstakingly lettered love note dropped in a locker; a collective, yet very personal, dissertation. On the record's debut single The John Wayne, a fierce paean to the ones who so easily break our hearts, the lot of them proclaim, "It's easy to fall in love with you/It's easy to be alone/It's easy to hate yourself when all your love is inside someone else." On "My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me," O'Rourke is torn between the heartbreak and the healing that comes from being heartbroken, "But my heart burned out til it was no more/still I wait on the ground, I don't know what for/There is a heart in you/where is the heart in me?/This love's killing me, but I want it to." And by its early-morning close, when Appleby asks, "And who will write and who will fight for this man/I know I am?/And if you're running out of space/Please don't erase your time with me," it becomes clear that it's not just love Little Green Cars are grasping at: even amidst an ex-lover's plea for acknowledgement, the search has grown far beyond that.1. Harper Lee
2. Angel Owl
3. My Love Took Me Down to The River to Silence Me
4. The Consequences of Not Sleeping
5. Big Red Dragon
6. Red and Blue
7. The Kitchen Floor
8. The John Wayne
11. Goodbye Blue Monday$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Babel follows the 2009 release of Mumford & Sons' debut album, Sigh No More. It is produced by Markus Dravs.
Fantastic 4 Star review from American Songwriter!
There are some guitar sounds so indelibly stuck into our collective pop-consciousness that even those who can't tell a minor from a major chord can identify the band or player from just a few riffs -a dreamy John Lennon lick, the cosmic climb of Joe Perry, Slash's slash, Nirvana's fuzzy-barre rips, the post-punk fury of Sonic Youth. Now, the chugging, kinetic strum of Mumford & Sons is slowly creeping onto this revered list - not born out of extreme skill or virtuosity but by sheer branding, note for note. And it's how the band's second album, Babel, opens on the title track: with that same very strum, born somewhere between English mountain folk and an old time Appalachia. You can nearly hear the sweat flying off Marcus Mumford, his Martin instrument hiked high on his chest, every time he and banjo player Winston Marshall attack their strings.
So it's no coincidence, it seems, that the band's highly anticipated sophomore record begins exactly where we might expect, and the rest of LP that follows proves that this isn't an attempt to smash any expectations with a sudden progression of their style. For those devotees looking for the Mumfords to evolve drastically, well, you're out of luck. But who would that audience be, anyway? The band is no doubt polarizing: old time and bluegrass faithfuls wouldn't be caught dead with a copy of Sigh No More, and their most ardent followers are more likely to have an iPod stocked with Coldplay and John Mayer than Bill Monroe or Doc Watson. Even pop addicts can't deny the catchy craft of "Little Lion Man" or "The Cave." No one is looking for their Kid A. Thus Babel's not a new sentence in the book of Mumford & Sons - it's what happens after an ellipses. And in many ways, that suits them just fine. It will most definitely suit their fans.
Marcus Mumford has always been a bit of a melancholy fellow, and even a marriage to pixie-haired starlet Carey Mulligan, sold-out shows and Grammy nominations haven't shaken the teary introspection from this set of songs. Obviously, Babel deals in a lot of religious imagery and lyrics - with all the success and opportunities to indulge, it seems the boys have taken a moment to ask a few questions of their maker. "This cup of yours tastes holy/but a brush with the devil can clear your mind," Mumford sings on the second track "Whispers in the Dark." It's an anthem call with a firm statement: "I'm a cad but I'm not a I'm not a fraud / I set out to serve the lord." Maybe the trials and tribulations of being simultaneously loved and harangued have worn on the Mumford's, but at least they can prove to themselves, their audience or even their lord that this stuff comes from the heart.
The album's single, "I Will Wait," is an easy crowd-pleaser moment with an arena-ready hushed chorus, set to those furious strings. The lyric and melody could easily be a Fray song if you removed the plucking banjo -and that's the amazing thing about Mumford & Sons. Purists aside, there's no one else that can get an audience from ages eight to eighty screaming along to a bunch of acoustic instruments or urge a kid to choose guitar lessons over computer games. Every time they perform - live or on Babel - they do it with sheer fervor, as if it's both their first and last time.
While the band is mostly known for their "Americana" sound, they also pull references from their side of the pond: from both classic British countryside folk and Celtic punk bands like The Pogues. Those influences run a little more clear on Babel - "Ghosts That We Knew" and "Reminder" are both soft, melancholy stunners born out of grassy hills and cockney-tinged tales told in wood-paneled bars. And "Broken Crown" is the boys at their angriest yet: "I'll never be your chosen one," Mumford sings lightly before launching into an all-out war over minstrel plucks. It's a force of a song, and not your firmest pick nor hard-earned callous could weather that storm.
Babel has some other unexpected moments, too, like on "Hopeless Wanderer," which begins with keys instead of strum, and "Lover of the Light" is a sunnier moment, perhaps a nod to the singer's recent vows ("to have and to hold," Mumford howls on the track). And the album's closer, "Not Without Haste," is a beautiful lullaby meant more for singing a restless man to sleep than a still-innocent child.
There's also a continuation of the Mumford's love of literary references, with the boys even copping recently to ripping a line from Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall - this is the band, after all, that was able to loop Macbeth's fateful cry of "stars, hide your fires" into their rollicking song "Roll Away Your Stone." So while the album title, Babel, is most likely a biblical reference, it's hard not to think of Jorge Louis Borges' short story, The Library of Babel. In it Borges imagines a universe composed of an endless library that contains every book in every possible permutation, and, therefore, nothing at all. This excess causes great despair for people of the library as they try to search for meaning in all of it. They fret. They come up empty.
Babel may not hold all the answers, and it may not be some exotic transformation of their original formula - it's a safe bet to say that nothing from the Mumford & Sons may ever be. In The Library of Babel, the final realization that everything repeats itself is the universe's saving grace. And in Babel, you could say the same. Though there may not be endless possibilities, there's comfort - elegance, even - in that familiar, now nearly iconic rip of those strings, strummed in the way only those boys from West London can strum. It's not perfect, but it's perfectly Mumford & Sons.1. Babel
2. Whispers In The Dark
3. I Will Wait
4. Holland Road
5. Ghosts That We Knew
6. Lover Of The Light
7. Lovers' Eyes
9. Hopeless Wanderer
10. Broken Crown
11. Below My Feet
12. Not With Haste$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SONM-RCA-6410xKings Of Leon
WallsMulti-platinum selling rock band KINGS OF LEON (Caleb (guitar/vocals), Nathan (drums), Jared (bass) and Matthew Followill (guitar)) set to release of their hugely anticipated seventh studio album WALLS. The Grammy Award winning group decided to return to their recording roots in Los Angeles and work with famed producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Florence + the Machine). Lyrically, the album will touch on band members' personal stories, which Q Magazine calls "goosebump inducing" and "worth holding your breath for."1. Waste A Moment
3. Around The World
4. Find Me
7. Conversation Piece
8. Eyes On You
10. WALLS$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Synthetica (Awaiting Repress)Synthetica is the fifth full-length release from the Canadian indie rock/new wave band Metric and follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed Fantasies. Recorded in the band's home studio in Toronto and at Electric Lady Studios in NYC, the 11-song set was produced by the band's lead guitarist Jimmy Shaw and mixed by John O'Mahony (Coldplay, The Cribs). Includes the first single Youth Without Youth, with its Gary Glitter beat along with The Wanderlust featuring Lou Reed.
It sounds like the culmination of everything we have done, explains vocalist Emily Haines. We've always had a sound in our heads that we hoped to realize and we finally heard it coming back out of the speakers this time.
She adds, Fantasies was all about pushing ourselves out into the world, going to unknown places and shaking off everything familiar. Synthetica is about staying home and wanting to crawl out of your skin from the lack of external stimulation. Synthetica is about forcing yourself to confront what you see in the mirror when you finally stand still long enough to catch a reflection. Synthetica is about being able to identify the original in a long line of reproductions. It's about what is real vs what is artificial.
Standard vinyl release is pressed on single 180g LP and is housed in a gatefold package with a digital download.1. Artificial Nocturne
2. Youth Without Youth
3. Speed The Collapse
4. Breathing Underwater
5. Drums So Real
6. Lost Kitten
7. The Void
10. The Wanderlust
11. Nothing But Time$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now