August Burns Red – Found In Far Away Places
The metalcore group from Pennsylvania releases their seventh studio album this week, following 2013’s Rescue & Restore. ABR has spent the last twelve years carving a niche in the metal realm, finding success and becoming show favorites at various festivals with songs that feature heavy breakdowns and lyrics that speak on personal emotions and social changes.
Neil Young + Promise of the Real – The Monsanto Years
Neil Young teams up with his backing band – Promise of the Real – to release this new, politically focused album that targets the likes of Starbucks, Walmart, Chevron, and Citizen’s United. A few of the songs come across as overly simplistic, and it’s obvious that his voice can no longer hit the notes he once could.
LA Priest – Inji
Born Sam Eastgate, LA Priest released a single track in eight years ago, and is now finally releasing a full album. The synth-pop, psych-rocker puts everything into this release, even spending time in Greenland to study how electromagnetism can affect recording sounds. If you’re a fan of psych/synth/dream pop, you’ll want to give this one a listen.
Bilal – In Another Life
The R&B singer has worked with a slew of notable performers (Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, The Roots) and in-between those collaborations and producing behind-the-scenes he’s released a few solo records, the first in 2001. In Another Life, Bilal shunned modern digital recording techniques, choosing instead to make use of the 1960s analog equipment to provide a more raw, grunge sound.
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