In this segment, we showcase the most notable albums out each week. Here are the albums out on April 3rd, 2020:
Thundercat, It Is What It Is
Stephen Lee Bruner aka Thundercat has come through with a new studio album, It Is What It Is, via Brainfeeder. Co-produced alongside Flying Lotus, the much-anticipated follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed Drunk features contributions from Childish Gambino, Lil B, Kamasi Washington, Ty Dolla $ign, BADBADNOTGOOD, Louis Cole, and comedian/rapper Zack Fox. “This album is about love, loss, life and the ups and downs that come with that,” Thundercat said in a statement. “It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but at different points in life you come across places that you don’t necessarily understand… some things just aren’t meant to be understood.”
Purity Ring, WOMB
Canadian indie pop duo Purity Ring are back with their first record in five years, titled WOMB, out now via 4AD. The follow-up to 2015’s Another Eternity was written, recorded, produced, and mixed in its entirety by Megan James and Corin Roddick, who, during their absence as Purity Ring, also contributed to Katy Perry’s 2017 album Witness. A press release describes the album as chronicling “a quest for comfort and the search for a resting place in a world where so much is beyond our control”. It features the previously released song ‘Pink Lighting’, which was revealed through a cryptic puzzle website, while lead single ‘Stardew’ is a reference to the video game Stardew Valley.
Yves Tumor, Heaven to a Tortured Mind
Experimental artist Yves Tumor has released his new full-length record, Heaven to a Tortured Mind, via Warp. Following his 2018 album Safe in the Hands of Love, the album was co-produced alongside Justin Raisen and features the single ‘Gospel For A New Century’, which came with a video directed by Isamaya Ffrench. In a press release, the director said: “Nobody has ever inspired or moved me like Yves Tumor. It’s hard to do justice and communicate the devotional feeling of adoration and love I feel for him and what he represents as an artist. In short, he’s the shit and i’m so honoured to have made my directorial debut with him as my muse.”
Peach Pit, You and Your Friends
Vancouver’s Peach Pit have put out their sophomore album, You and Your Friends, via Columbia Records. Following 2017’s Being So Normal, the record “is a collection of songs about me, people that the band and I care about, and some of the old friends we’ve had over the years,” in the words of vocalist Neil Smith. “All the songs are written from true stories, some have been exaggerated more than others. We can’t wait to finally let go of it and start playing these songs for you out on the road!” The album includes the previously released songs ‘Feelin’ Low (Fuckboy Blues)’, ‘Shampoo Bottles’, and ‘Black Licorice’.
Other albums out today:
Empress Of, I’m Your Empress Of; All Time Low, Wake Up, Sunshine; Mystery Jets, A Billion Heartbeats; Steve Aoki; Neon Future IV.