Albums Out Today: Chelsea Wolfe, Ducks Ltd., Madi Diaz, Pouty, and More

    In this segment, we showcase the most notable albums out each week. Here are the albums out on February 9, 2024:

    Chelsea Wolfe, She Reaches Out to She Reaches Out to She

    Chelsa Wolfe is back with a new LP, She Reaches Out to She Reaches Out to She, out today via Loma Vista. The follow-up to 2019’s Birth of Violence was produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek and mixed by Shawn Everett. “It’s a record about the past self reaching out to the present self reaching out to the future self to summon change, growth, and guidance,” Wolfe explained in a press release. “It’s a story of freeing yourself from situations and patterns that are holding you back in order to become self-empowered. It’s an invitation to step into your authenticity.” The singles ‘Dusk’‘Whispers in the Echo Chamber’, ‘Tunnel Lights’, and ‘Everything Turns Blue’ arrived ahead of the release. Read our review of the album.

    Ducks Ltd., Harm’s Way

    Ducks Ltd. have followed up their 2021 debut Modern Fiction with a new album, Harm’s Way, via Carpark. The 9-track collection was produced by produced by Dave Vettraino and features contributions from members of Ratboys, Dehd, Moontype, Dummy, and more. “They’re songs about struggling,” the band’s Tom McGreevy explained. “About watching people I care for suffer, and trying to figure out how to be there for them. And about the strain of living in the world when it feels like it’s ready to collapse.” He added, “Historically our process has been really tightly controlled and insular. On this record, we worked with people who we trusted with a pretty wide range of musical backgrounds and they had approaches and ideas that helped open up the record’s sonic palette.”

    Madi Diaz, Weird Faith

    Madi Diaz has released her new album, Weird Faith, via ANTI-. The follow-up to 2021’s History Of a Feeling “chronicles a new relationship, but also a new relationship to myself,” according to Diaz, who co-produced the record with Sam Cohen and Konrad Syder. Weird Faith includes the previously released singles ‘Don’t Do Me Good’ (featuring Kacey Musgraves) and ‘Same Risk’. “This record is about the beginning of love, and saying every feeling out loud, when I feel it, for better or worse because I can’t help it,” the Nashville singer-songwriter added.

    Pouty, Forgot About Me

    Forgot About Me is the debut-full length by Pouty, the project of Rachel Gagliardi, formerly of Slutever and Upset. Recorded in Los Angeles and Philadelphia with the Superweaks’ Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo, the album features the advance tracks ‘TV on TV’, ‘Salty’, and ‘Virgos Need More Love’. “With Forgot About Me, I feel like it is a lot more of an internal expression of who I really am and less about hiding behind the veils and the costumes and the distortion,” Gagliardi said in our Artist Spotlight interview. “It’s way more high-quality production. I feel like I used to be so into lo-fi production, and this album’s more ‘Let’s get these songs in the radio’ energy, super clean and fully realized.”

    Brittany Howard, What Now

    Britanny Howard has returned with a new album, What Now, out now via Island. The Alabama Shakes singer-songwriter co-produced the follow-up to 2019’s Jaime at the Sound Emporium and historic RCA Studio B in her adopted hometown of Nashville. The record includes the promotional singles ‘Prove It to You’, ‘Red Flag’, and the title track. “It’s full of songs about relationships and about love, about the world, about being hopeful, about being jovial, even though s***’s all f***** up. And that being OK, too,” Howard told NPR. “Celebrating what we do have, people we have still. Also talking about things like depression, talking about things like working too hard and forgetting what it’s like to feel that spontaneous joy. Songs about being patient with love, understanding my own patterns.”

    Helado Negro, Phasor

    Helado Negro‘s latest album, Phasor, has arrived via 4AD. The inspiration for the new record, which follows 2021’s Far In, dates back to 2019, when Roberto Carlos Lange got to visit Salvatore Matirano’s SAL-MAR synthesizer at the University of Illinois. “I was enthralled by it,” he recalled. “It gave me special insight into what stimulates me. This pursuit of constant curiosity in process and outcome. The songs are the fruit, but I love what’s under the dirt. The unseen magical process. I don’t want everybody to see it because not everyone cares to see it. Some of us just want the fruit. I do. But I want to grow the fruit, too.” The record was preceded by the tracks ‘Best for You and Me’, ‘I Just Want To Wake Up With You’, and ‘LFO’.

    Kali Malone, All Life Long

    Kali Malone has issued All Life Long, the follow-up to 2023’s Does Spring Hide Its Joy. Clocking in at 78 minutes, the record features 12 pieces, composed by Malone for choir, brass and pipe organ between 2020 and 2023, with voice and brass performed by Macadam Ensemble and Anima Brass. Organ music was by performed Malone, with accompaniment from Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley on four different organs dating from the 15th to 17th centuries. According to press materials, “This is not music of praise, or of spiritual revelation, but it is an artistic enactment of translating the indescribable. It carries the gravity of liturgical chant, and its fixation on the infinite, but draws its weight from the earthly realm of human experience.”

    Declan McKenna, What Happened to the Beach?

    Declan McKenna has returned with a new LP, What Happened to the Beach?, via Columbia. The follow-up to 2020’s Zeros was produced by Gianluca Buccellati and features the early singles ‘Sympathy’, ‘Nothing Works’, ‘Elevator Hum’, and ‘Mulholland’s Dinner and Wine’ .“Any time I tried to be too serious, the songs would get too heavy and the thing I was trying to get at, this idea of a release, was weighed down,” McKenna said in press materials. “The songs sound a lot like the music I listen to,” he added, citing St. Vincent and Unknown Mortal Orchestra as influences.

    Itasca, Imitation of War

    Kayla Cohen, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter who records as Itasca, has put out a new album, Imitation of War. The follow-up to 2019’s Spring was co-produced by Robbie Cody of the bands Wand and Behavior, and it was previewed by the singles ‘Milk’ and the title song. Cohen started writing several of the album’s songs in the fall of 2020, while she was recording with Gun Outfit (in which she plays bass) in Pine Flat, California, near Sequoia National Forest. Gun Outfit’s Daniel Swire features on the LP, along with Cody’s bandmates Evan Backer and Evan Burrows.

    David Nance & Mowed Sound, David Nance & Mowed Sound

    David Nance & Mowed Sound – the new project from Omaha singer, songwriter and guitarist David Nance that features Kevin Donahue on drums, James Schroeder on guitar, Derrick Higgins, and Sam Lipsett on bass – have dropped their self-titled debut via Third Man. The record also includes guest appearances from Megan Siebe, Skye Junginger, and Pearl LoveJoy Boyd. “The whole album is a big magic trick,” Nance commented. “Most of these songs were written as country songs and then were perverted into different forms… but it sure as shit isn’t a country record.”

    Other albums out today:

    1999 WRITE THE FUTURE, hella (˃̣̣̥╭╮˂̣̣̥) ✧ ♡ ‧º·˚; The Chisel, What a Fucking Nightmare; Loving, Any Light; Pylon Reenactment Society, Magnet Factory; Split System, Vol. 2; Dizzee Rascal; Don’t Take It Personal; Royel Otis, PRATTS & PAIN; Zara Larsson, VENUS; Middle Sattre, Tendencies; Mean Jeans, BLASTED; Nick Schofield, Ambient Ensemble; The Pineapple Thief, It Leads To This; Thomas Bangalter, Daaaaaalí !; Este Haim & Christopher Stracey, SUNCOAST (Original Soundtrack).

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