Despite being Friday the 13th, it’s actually been quite a good news day with some significant album releases occurring.
First up there’s the brilliant new self-produced debut solo album from the Sleepy Jackson and Empire of the Sun’s frontman Luke Steele, Listen To The Water, which was released today. From Dylanesque raw ballads to ambient, emotive personal glimpses into Steele’s hyper-creative, peculiar mind, you’ll find it difficult to stop playing this one over and over. Recorded in a secluded cabin in Northern California, aptly named Eccentric Farm, a stiller and family-centric version of life birthed this new chapter for Steele, giving him the space to feel more difficult emotions. LISTEN HERE
Also today, Melbourne-based electronic rock band Black Cab release their long awaited sixth album Rotsler’s Rule, out now on digital and limited edition vinyl. To celebrate it’s release Black Cab will be launching the album with invigorating live shows at Sydney’s Mary’s Underground on Friday 20 May and Melbourne’s Howler on Saturday 28 May – tickets are on sale now here. Purchase album HERE
It seems like multi-talented artist and performer MALLRAT has been around forever but only today delivers her hotly anticipated debut record Butterfly Blue, out everywhere now via Dew Process. On her debut full-length, Mallrat — aka Grace Shaw — embodies the spirit of its titular creature, but without the delicacy that keeps you at a distance. Over a dozen clever and open-hearted tracks, she draws you in close and shows you the world through her wide, hopeful eyes. https://mallrat.ffm.to/butterflyblue
From across the globe, Florence + The Machine today releases her highly-anticipated new album, Dance Fever. The album features previously-released tracks ’My Love’, ‘Free’, ‘King’ and ‘Heaven is Here’, all of which arrived alongside breathtaking videos from acclaimed director Autumn De Wilde. Florence will return to Australia in March 2023 on her ‘Dance Fever’ tour with special guest King Princess LISTEN HERE
Then there’s the highly-anticIpated release of The Rolling Stones, Live At The El Mocambo, marking the first official appearance of the group’s two famous secret concerts at the 300-capacity Toronto club in March 1977. Who wouldn’t have wanted to be there and this is the next best thing. The album is available on double CD, 4 LP Black Vinyl, 4 LP Neon Vinyl and digitally. It features the Stones’ full set from the March 5 show, plus three bonus tracks from the March 4 gig, newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain. https://rollingstones.com/
Fear not Friday the 13th, bring it on!