Albums Out Today: Maggie Rogers, Future & Metro Boomin, girl in red, Still House Plants, and More

    In this segment, we showcase the most notable albums out each week. Here are the albums out on April 12, 2024:

    Maggie Rogers, Don’t Forget Me

    Maggie Rogers is back with her third album, Don’t Forget Me, out now via Polydor. Featuring the the previously released ‘So Sick Of Dreaming’ and the title track, the record was co-produced with Ian Fitchuk, who also co-wrote eight of its 10 songs, at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. “I wanted to make an album that sounded like a Sunday afternoon,” Rogers explained in a statement. “Worn in denim. A drive in your favorite car. No make up, but the right amount of lipstick. Something classic. The mohair throw and bottle of Whiskey in Joan Didion’s motel room. An old corvette. Vintage, but not overly Americana. I wanted to make an album to belt at full volume alone in your car, a trusted friend who could ride shotgun and be there when you needed her.” Read our review of the album.

    Future & Metro Boomin, WE STILL DON’T TRUST YOU

    Just three weeks after WE DON’T TRUST YOU, Future and Metro Boomin are back with their second collaborative album, WE STILL DON’T TRUST YOU. The 18-track record boasts guest appearances from the Weeknd (on the opening title track), J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, Lil Baby, and more. Cole’s appearance, on a seven-minute track called ‘Red Leather’, follows last week’s ‘7 Minute Drill’, which he released in response to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Future and Metro Boomin’s earlier track ‘Like That’ and recently called “the lamest shit I ever did in my fucking life.”

    girl in red, I’m Doing It Again Baby!

    girl in red has dropped her sophomore album, I’m Doing It Again Baby!, via Columbia. The follow-up to the Norwegian singer-songwriter’s 2021 debut If I Could Make It Go Quiet was promoted with the songs ‘Too Much’‘Doing It Again Baby’, and the Sabrina Carpenter collaboration ‘You Need Me Now?’. “I think a lot of people really thought, ‘Oh, she’s making this kind of music [now], and she’s gonna make that kind of music forever,” Marie Ulven told The Line of Best Fit. “But like I was just making that music because that was my ability. I was making music to my ability, and my abilities are maturing and changing and growing. So now, things are sounding a lot different.”

    Still House Plants, If I don’t make it, I love u

    UK three-piece Still House Plants have released their third album, If I don’t make it, I love u. The record follows 2020’s Fast Edit and marks the first time since 2017’s Assemblages the trio wrote while all living in the same city. Speaking about the title, vocalist Jess Hickie-Kallenbach told The Quietus: “What I like about it is the multitudes that it holds – it could be a horrifically massive statement, and it’s also what you would send your mate if you couldn’t make it to the pub later on. It’s a simple statement, but there’s a breadth of feeling. It’s soothing, and its generous, and it’s also verbal. It’s sayable.”

    METZ, Up on Gravity Hill

    METZ have returned with Up on Gravity Hill, their first album in four years, via Sub Pop. The follow-up to Atlas Vending was engineered by Seth Manchester and features guest performances from Amber Webber of Black Mountain and composer Owen Pallett. It was previewed by a series of singles, including ’99’, ‘Entwined (Street Light Buzz)’, ‘Light Your Way Home’, and ‘Superior Mirage’.

    Shabaka, Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace

    Shabaka Hutchings has issued Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace, his debut solo full-length under the mononym Shabaka. It finds the jazz innovator trading out his usual saxophone to focus on woodwind instruments, enlisting collaborators including André 3000, Esperanza Spalding, Moses Sumney, Brandee Younger, Floating Points, Laraaji, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Saul Williams, Elucid, and more. The record “signifies a departure for me, a departure from the bands that I’ve become known for playing in, and the arrival of the flutes in general,” Shabaka explained. “I bring a lot of flutes to the album and explore different kind of sonic terrains, although for [‘End of Innocence’], it’s not actually the flute, it’s the clarinet. It’s my first instrument, the instrument that I consider to be my primary instrument, so it’s really going back to what I feel most comfortable with.”

    Nia Archives, Silence Is Loud

    Nia Archives has dropped her debut album, Silence Is Loud, via HIJINXX/Island Records. The Bradford-born producer and DJ worked with Ethan P. Flynn, the songwriter and producer known for his work with FKA twigs and David Byrne, on the new LP, and said she wanted to make something “more song-focussed, putting interesting sounds on jungle.” It sees her exploring themes such as “loneliness and the intense potential power of silence (something louder than noise could ever be)” as well as “relationships, family, navigating her 20s and more.” It was preceded by the single ‘Crowded Roomz’.

    English Teacher, This Could Be Texas

    London band English Teacher have released their debut album, This Could Be Texas, via Island Records. It includes the previously shared singles ‘The World’s Biggest Paving Slab’, ‘Nearly Daffodils’, ‘Mastermind in Specialism’, ‘Albert Road’, and ‘R&B’. “I want this album to feel like you’ve gone to space and it turns out it’s almost identical to Doncaster,” bandleader Lily Fontaine said in a statement. “It’s about inbetweens, it’s about home, and it’s about Desire Paths.” She added, “Sonically and lyrically, the album is about not being quite like one thing, nor quite like another, existing in that space between being assigned a choice and completing it where anything is possible.”

    James Elkington and Nathan Salsburg, All Gist

    James Elkington and Nathan Salsburg have issued All Gist, their third collaborative album of guitar duets. The follow-up to 2015’s Ambsace features Jean Cook on strings, Anna Jacobson on brass, Wednesday Knudsen on woodwinds, Nick Macri on bass, and Wanees Zarour on violin. In addition to original compositions, it includes covers of Neneh Cherry’s 1988 single ‘Buffalo Stance’, an arrangement by English composer Howard Skempton, and traditional Breton dance tunes.

    MELTS, Field Theory

    Dublin’s MELTS have put out their sophomore record, Field Theory, via Fuzz Club. The 9-track Maelstrom follow-up was recorded live to tape in Black Mountain Studios in the summer of 2023, with Gilla Band’s Daniel Fox producing. Introducing the album’s themes, the band shared in press materials: “Like gravity we are drawn to and miss people and like light waves we love people and are loved. We live in orbits of each other, drawn by unseen forces. The album explores these forces, how we relate to each other, the people we live with and the people we live without. At the heart of Field Theory lies the realisation that we inhabit each other’s worlds as much as our own, through a field of wide-ranging forces, as important as the ones keeping the planets in place.”

    Bodega, Our Brand Could Be Yr Life

    Bodega have come out with a new album, Our Brand Could Be Yr Life. The 15-track effort is a reworking of Ben Hozie and Nikki Belfiglio’s sole LP as Bodega Bay, a 33-track collection that was self-released in 2015. “It was super meticulous but aggressively lo-fi at the same time, treated like a lush Brian Wilson epic but recorded through a scrappy MacBook mic,” Hozie explained, adding of the process: “We thought of it like a director remaking one of their old films, like when Hitchcock remade The Man Who Knew Too Much, or when Yasujirō Ozu re-did The Story of Floating Weeds. When you’re older and better at your craft, you can revisit the same material but do different things with it.” The singles ‘Tarkovski’, ‘City is Taken’, and ‘Cultural Consumer III’ dropped ahead of the release.

    Other albums out today:

    Lynks, ABOMINATION; Hour, Ease the Work; Mark Knopfler, One Deep River; The Reds, Pinks & Purples, Unwishing Well; Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, In Lieu of Flowers; Agent blå, STAB!; Aaron Lee Tasjan, Stellar Evolution; BELA, Noise and Cries 굉음과 울음Louisa Stancioff, When We Were Looking; Humbird, Right On; The Ballroom Thieves, Springdust; great area, light decline; sleepsmakeswaves, It’s Here, But I Have No Names For It; Trummors, 5; Minor Moon, The Light Up Waltz; Clarissa Connelly, World of Work; Kira McSpice, The Compartmentalization of Decay.

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