In this segment, we showcase the most notable albums out each week. Here are the albums out on April 29, 2022:
Future, I Never Liked You
Future has dropped his new album, I Never Liked You. His ninth solo album following 2020’s High Off Life, the record spans 16 tracks and features guest appearances from Kanye West, Drake, Young Thug, Tems, EST Gee, Gunna, and Kodak Black. “I’m putting myself out there, sharing my lifestyle with the world,” Future said in a GQ cover story. “Sharing my lifestyle with the world. Sharing my pain with the world. Sharing my ups, sharing my downs with the entire universe. I believe in the energy of the universe and manifestation. That’s why I’m giving myself, because I’m willing to correct myself. I don’t want to just… be wrong. I’m willing to give you all of me, so you can tell me how to build on me, and make me a better me.”
Tomberlin, i don’t know who needs to hear this...
i don’t know who needs to hear this... is the sophomore album by Tomberlin, following her 2018 debut At Weddings and 2020’s Projections EP. Out now via Saddle Creek, the 11-track LP includes the advance singles ‘happy accident’, ‘idkwntht’, ‘tap’, and ‘sunstruck’. “My first record, I made it without knowing I was making it,” she said in press materials. “I was writing songs to process stuff from my personal life as it was happening, and then suddenly everything was happening really fast. Record label, tour, press, all this momentum and a lot of advice about my career, which, you know, I never even expected to have. So I think when I started to write the second record, I felt a lot of pressure to make it sound collected and profound, almost like a book—chapters, a narrative, everything nicely wrapped up.” Read our track-by-track interview with Tomberlin.
Let’s Eat Grandma, Two Ribbons
Let’s Eat Grandma, the project of Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, are back with their third album, Two Ribbons, out today via Transgressive. The follow-up to 2018’s I’m All Ears was co-produced with David Wrench and includes the previously released singles ‘Happy New Year’, ‘Hall of Mirrors’, ‘Levitation’, and the title track. The LP grapples with feelings of grief and uncertainty following the death of Hollingworth’s boyfriend, the electronic musician Billy Clayton, as well as the changing nature of the duo’s relationship. Read our review of the album.
Melody’s Echo Chamber, Emotional Eternal
Melody’s Echo Chamber has released her third album, Emotional Eternal, via Domino. Like 2018’s Bon Voyage, the LP was initially recorded in the outskirts of Stockholm with Reine Fiske Fredrik Swahn of The Amazing. The singles ‘Looking Backward’, ‘Alma’, ‘Personal Message’ preceded the record. “I hope the record has that uplifting quality,” Melody Prochet said in a statement. “I wanted to be more grounded and mindful through the process. I guided the sessions with simplicity—a contrast with the maximalism of Bon Voyage and the wilderness of my delusions. I made some big and impactful decisions and changes to my life. It took me to where it is peaceful, and I think the record reflects this. It’s more direct.” Read about the inspirations behind the album in our interview with Melody’s Echo Chamber.
Girlpool – the Los Angeles–based duo of Avery Tucker and Harmony Tividad – have followed up 2019’s What Chaos Is Imaginary with a new album called Forgiveness. Out now via ANTI-, the record was previewed with the tracks ‘Dragging My Life Into a Dream’, ‘Faultline’ and ‘Lie Love Lullaby’. “A lot of my songs on this record are about relationship dynamics where I experienced frustration and pain, and struggling to hold a lot of complexity in my emotions,” Tucker said in press materials. “Writing Forgiveness helped me fit all those pieces into an acceptance: that my fate pushes me exactly where I need to go.” Tividad added: “A lot of life feels like unavoidable experiences to me. To me, Forgiveness is about accepting that concept. It’s about forgiving reality for having to be exactly what it is all the time.”
Kelly Lee Owens, LP.8
Kelly Lee Owens has returned with her third album, titled LP.8, out now via Smalltown Supersound. Following 2020’s Inner Song, the British producer’s latest is a collaboration with noise artist Lasse Marhaug, who is known for his work with Merzbow, Sunn O))), and Jenny Hval. It includes the previously unveiled songs ‘Sonic 8’, ‘Olga’, and ‘One’. “For me, 8 meant completion — an album that will ripple infinitely with me personally,” Owens explained in a press release. Read our review of the album.
Lou Roy, Pure Chaos
Lou Roy’s debut album, Pure Chaos, has arrived via Balloon Machine Records. Co-produced with Sarah Tudzin of illuminati hotties, the record was promoted with the singles ‘Valkyrie’, ‘Uppercut’, ‘Down Since ’07’, and ‘U.D.I.D’. Speaking about the process behind the album, Roy said in our Artist Spotlight interview: “Acknowledging the trauma and giving it its moment of attention, that was important. But the way that I was writing about it, it didn’t end there. I always make it into a joke because it’s easier for me to process – acknowledge it in full, but then also kind of wink at it and make it a joke. Because that gives me my power again. If I can make fun of it a little bit and just be silly, it empowers me and it makes it easier to deal with and grapple with.”
Dana Gavanski, When It Comes
Canadian-Serbian artist Dana Gavanski has issued her sophomore full-length, When It Comes, via Flemish Eye. The album follows 2020’s Yesterday Is Gone and was preceded by the singles ‘Letting Go’, ‘Under the Sky’, and ‘Indigo Highway’, and ‘I Kiss the Night’. “In many ways this record feels like it is my first,” Gavanski explained in a press statement. “When I could use my voice, I had to focus so there is an urgency and greater emotional trajectory than before… it’s very connected to vocal presence, which extended into an existential questioning of my connection to music. It felt like a battle at times, which I frequently lost.”
Toro y Moi, Mahal
Toro y Moi has returned with a new record called Mahal. It marks Chaz Bear’s seventh LP under the moniker and first for his new label home Dead Oceans. Completed mostly last year in his Oakland studio, the album features the tracks ‘Déjà Vu’, ‘The Loop’, and ‘Postman’ as well as collaborations with Sofie Royer, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Neilson, Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo, and the Mattson 2. “I wanted to make a record that featured more musicians on it than any other record of mine,” Bear explained in a press release. “To have them live on that record feels grounded, bringing a communal perspective to the table.”
Kehlani, Blue Water Road
Kehlani has put out her new album, Blue Water Road, via Atlantic. The follow-up to 2020’s It Was Good Until It Wasn’t is executive produced by Pop Wansel of production duo Pop & Oak and includes the early singles ‘Altar’ and Little Story’. “Blue water road is a destination in my mind,” Kehlani said in a press release. “I’m giving everyone access. It’s an emotional journey, a sexual journey, and a spiritual journey. To me, the album is like a glass house. It’s light, transparent, and the sun is shining right through it.”
Röyksopp, Profound Mysteries
Röyksopp – the Norwegian electronic duo of Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland – have a new record out titled Profound Mysteries, their first since 2014. Billed as “an expanded creative universe and a prodigious conceptual project,” it features the previously released singles ‘(Nothing But) Ashes…’, ‘The Ladder’, ‘Impossible’, ‘This Time, This Place’, and ‘Breathe’. Guests on the album include Alison Goldfrapp, Beki Mari, Susanne Sundfør, Pixx, and more. “As human beings, what we don’t know vastly overshadows what we do know,” Röyksopp said in a statement. “As teenagers, we would discuss our own fascination and preoccupation with the infinite and the impossible – the most profound mysteries of life.”
Hey, ily!, Psychokinetic Love Songs
Hey, ily! have dropped their debut full-length, Psychokinetic Love Songs, via Lonely Ghost Records. The follow-up to last year’s Internet, Breath EP was led by the single ‘Intrusive Thoughts Always’. Speaking to Brooklyn Vegan about the track, the Billings, Montana band said: “We wanted this song, as the first full band song on the album, to perfectly encapsulate the personality of the rest of the album. Catchy choruses, pummeling drums, and bizarre left turns. We’ve always wanted to write a thrash metal song, so with this song we thought: why not just put a thrash metal song in the middle of this seemingly regular emo song? That thought perfectly wraps up our process when writing this album. What would it sound like if we took out the traditional emo songwriting rules?”
Bloc Party, Alpha Games
Bloc Party have issued their latest album, Alpha Games, via Infectious/BMG. The band’s sixth LP and first since 2016’s Hymns was produced by Nick Launay and Adam Greenspan. Ahead of its release, Bloc Party shared a series of singles, including ‘If We Get Caught’, ‘Sex Magik’, ‘The Girls Are Fighting’, and ‘Traps’. “These last few years have felt like a morally bankrupt time,” Kele Okereke said in press materials. “It really felt like we were in an episode of House of Cards. That definitely bled into what I wanted to say. I feel like in all of the songs on this record there are people in extreme situations, making extreme choices; that’s what I wanted to capture. But what happens to our humanity when we prioritise success at all costs?”
Other albums out today:
Miranda Lambert, Palomino; MJ Lenderman, Boat Songs; Mall Girl, Superstar; William Basinski & Janek Schaefer, “ . . . on reflection “; Willie Nelson, A Beautiful Time; Julie Doiron & Dany Placard, Julie & Dany; Frog Eyes, The Bees; Rammstein, Zelt; Organ Tapes, 唱着那无人问津的歌谣 / Chang Zhe Na Wu Ren Wen Jin De Ge Yao; KMRU & Aho Ssan, Limen; Action Bronson, Cocodrillo Turbo; Dälek, Precipice; Sofi Tukker, Wet Tennis; Lola Kirke, Lady for Sale; Coach Party, Nothing Is Real; Loose Fit, Social Graces; Chelsea Jade, Soft Spot; Shilpa Ray, Portrait of a Lady.