Albums Out Today: Adele, Converge & Chelsea Wolfe, Ovlov, Mr Twin Sister, and More

    In this segment, we showcase the most notable albums out each week. Here are the albums out on November 19, 2021:

    Adele, 30

    Adele‘s much-anticipated new album 30 has arrived via Columbia. Inspired by her divorce from ex-husband Simon Konecki, the album marks the singer-songwriter’s first full-length release in six years and includes the previously released single ‘Easy on Me’. Adele also previewed tracks from the record in a CBS special earlier this month and teased the song ‘Hold On’ in a holiday-themed Amazon commercial. 30 features contributions from frequent collaborators Greg Kurstin, Max Martin, Shellback, and Tobias Jesso Jr, as well as new collaborators Inflo and Ludwig Göransson.

    Converge & Chelsea Wolfe, Bloodmoon: I

    Converge have released a new LP, Bloomoon: I, a collaborative effort featuring Chelsea Wolfe, her bandmate/writing partner Ben Chisolm, and Cave In vocalist/guitarist Stephen Brodsky. “We wanted to do something grander than the typical four-piece Converge music,” Converge vocalist Jacob Bannon said of the record, which is out now via Epitaph and includes the previously shared singles ‘Blood Moon’ and ‘Coil’. “Our dynamics are pushing and pulling in all different directions on this record, and I find that to be creatively rewarding.” Wolfe added, “The project stretched my vocals in new ways. It’s so different than what I normally sing over that I was able to open up and be vulnerable with my vocals.”

    Ovlov, Buds

    Ovlov – the Connecticut band comprised of Steve Hartlett on vocals and guitar, Morgan Luzzi on guitar, Theo Hartlett on drums, and Jon Hartlett on bass – are back with a new album titled Buds. Out now via Exploding in Sound, the follow-up to 2018’s TRU features contributions from Smile Machine’s Jordyn Blakely, Dig Nitty’s Erin McGrath, and Ringo Deathstarr’s Alex Gehring, and includes the early singles ‘Eat More’, ‘Land of Steve-O’, and ‘The Wishing Well’. Talking about Buds in an interview with The FADER, Steve Hartlett said, “If we were going to [make another album], we were going to go into it in many different ways from the previous two as far as our efforts in recording, our efforts in songwriting, the actual takes we get, just everything we wanted to try just a little bit harder.”

    Mr Twin Sister, Al Mundo Azul

    Mr Twin Sister have released their latest LP, Al Mundo Azul. The New York quartet’s fourth full-length album and first since 2018’s Salt was previewed by the songs ‘Beezle’, ‘Ballarino’, ‘Diary’, ‘Expressions’, and ‘Polvo’. “We wanted to flip stylistic switches to their opposite positions,” the group’s Gabel D’Amico said of the album in press materials. “Immediacy over complexity, alien sounds over natural ones, loose playing over perfect takes. A bright record to come after all the nighttime music we’ve made.”

    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Raise the Roof

    Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have reunited for a new collaborative album, which arrives 14 years after their previous effort, Raising Sand. Out today via Warner Music, Raise the Roof is largely a covers record, featuring 12 new recordings of songs by Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, and more. It was produced by T Bone Burnett and includes contributions from drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarists Marc Ribot, David Hidalgo, Bill Frisell, and Buddy Miller, bassists Dennis Crouch and Viktor Krauss, and pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl, among others. “We wanted it to move,” Krauss said of the LP. “We brought other people in, other personalities within the band, and coming back together again in the studio brought a new intimacy to the harmonies.”

    Weakened Friends, Quitter

    Quitter is the sophomore full-length from Weakened Friends, the Portland, Maine trio Weakened Friends of vocalist/guitarist Sonia Sturino, bassist, Annie Hoffman, and drummer Adam Hand. Out now via Big Scary Monsters/Don Giovanni Records, the album was preceded by the singles ‘Tunnels’ and the title track and follows the band’s 2018 debut Common Blah. According to a press release, it centers around the theme of quitting music and “getting a real job.”

    Holy Other, Lieve

    British electronic producer Holy Other has followed up his 2012 record Held with a new one titled Lieve. Featuring the advance tracks ‘Shudder’, ‘Groundless’, and the title track, the 10-song LP is “an album about L(i)eaving, coming to terms with the past, and trying to live in the present,” according to a press release. Recorded throughout 2020 in the northwest of England, the album emerged from the producer’s stay in Bidston Observatory on the Wirral, a cavernous space built from wooden domes. It features vocals from NYX’s Sian O’Gorman, violin from Simmy Singh, and saxophone from Daniel Thorne.

    Body/Dilloway/Head, Body/Dilloway/Head

    Body/Heat, the duo of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, have released a new collaborative record with experimental musician Aaron Dilloway. Body/Dilloway/Head’s self-titled album is out now via Three Lobed, following Body/Head’s 2018 album The Switch. “One of the things I like most about playing improvised music and especially in Body/Head with Bill is the constantly exhilarating freedom and surprise about what is going to happen at any given moment,” Gordon explained in a statement. “Making this record with Aaron Dilloway, who I have always admired so much, added in another layer of unknown and another way of giving up control. Aaron took our sounds / music as a source and had ‘his way with it’ so to speak, crushing whatever narrative that existed in order to enter into it and making something different than what we would have done as Body/Head.”

    Other albums out today:

    Phil Cook, All These Years; Smile, Phantom Island; Rave Ami, Let It Be; Deap Vally, Marriage; Scowl, How Flowers Grow; Sting, The Bridge; Brian Wilson, At My Piano; Elbow, Flying Dream 1.

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