Albums Out Today: Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam, Cloud Nothings, claire rousay, and More

    In this segment, we showcase the most notable albums out each week. Here are the albums out on April 19, 2024:

    Taylor Swift, The Tortured Poets Department

    Taylor Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department has arrived. Produced by her frequent collaborators Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, the 17-track album features guest appearances from Post Malone and Florence + the Machine. “An anthology of new works that reflect events, opinions and sentiments from a fleeting and fatalistic moment in time – one that was both sensational and sorrowful in equal measure,” Swift wrote. “This period of the author’s life is now over, the chapter closed and boarded up. There is nothing to avenge, no scores to settle once wounds have healed. And upon further reflection, a good number of them turned out to be self-inflicted. This writer is of the firm belief that our tears become holy in the form of ink on a page. Once we have spoken our saddest story, we can be free of it.” Just two hours after its release, Swift dropped Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology, featuring 15 additional tracks.

    Pearl Jam, Dark Matter

    Pearl Jam have released their 12th album, Dark Matter, via Monkeywrench Records. The follow-up to 2020’s Gigaton was recorded over three weeks at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La studios in Malibu. It was produced by Andrew Watt, the young super-produced who worked on Eddie Vedder’s 2022 solo album Earthling. “When we were in the studio with him this past year, he really kicked our asses, got us focused and playing, song after song. It took a long time to make Gigaton, but this new one didn’t take long,” guitarist Mike McCready said in an interview with Classic Rock. “Andrew was like: ‘You guys take forever to make records. Let’s do this, right now.’” Read our review of Dark Matter.

    Cloud Nothings, Final Summer

    Cloud Nothings have dropped their latest LP, Final Summer, via Pure Noise Records. The follow-up to 2021’s The Shadow I Remember was previewed by the title track, ‘Running Through the Campus’, ‘I’d Get Along’, and ‘Silence’. It was recorded with Jeff Zeigler, mixed by illuminati hotties’ Sarah Tudzin, and mastered by Jack Callahan. In a statement about the title track, bandleader Dylan Baldi said: “Cloud Nothings has been around for 14 years now, and we wouldn’t have been able to power through the many ups and downs of those years without taking the chorus of ‘Final Summer’ to heart: I have some thoughts, I have some dreams, but I need to be happy with what I’ve got for me.” Read our review of Final Summer.

    claire rousay, sentiment

    claire rousay has issued a new LP, sentiment, her first full-length release for Thrill Jockey. It features contributions from Hand Habits and Lala Lala, as well as the previously unveiled singles ‘head’, ‘ily2’, and ‘lover’s spit plays in the background’. “I have been on a quest to communicate my feelings and ideas as clearly as possible lately,” rousay shared in a statement. “Pop seemed like the way to do that this time.”

    Lucy Rose, This Ain’t The Way You Go Out

    Lucy Rose has released her fifth album, This Ain’t The Way You Go Out, via Communion Records. After welcoming her first child, Otis, in 2021, the singer-songwriter was diagnosed with rare pregnancy-induced osteoporosis and eight fractured vertebrae. “None of the doctors could guarantee I would have the life I used to have back, nor whether my back would heal,” Rose said. “Nobody knew anything, really. Everywhere I looked I saw mothers taking care of their babies and I felt so embarrassed and ashamed to be so weak and broken for mine.” With the help of some hydrotherapy sessions, she eventually was able to “live a life I didn’t think was possible anymore.” She added that “when I sat down at the piano, it’s like music knew that I didn’t have it in me to go deep and dark this time. The escapism I needed was to feel uplifted and reinvigorated, and to feel hope rather than despair.”

    Pillow Queens, Name Your Sorrow

    Pillow Queens have dropped their third album, Name Your Sorrow, via Royal Mountain. The follow-up to 2022’s Leave the Light On includes the advance tracks ‘Suffer’‘Gone’, ‘Like a Lesson’, and ‘Heavy Pour’. The record was produced by Collin Pastore (Lucy Dacus, boygenius) at Analogue Catalogue in Northern Ireland. “It is about stages of love, loss and grief and how they can all exist alongside one another–intertwined, messy, beautiful–how both love and loss can coexist,” vocalist Cathy McGuinness explained in a press release.

    BIG|BRAVE, A Chaos of Flowers

    BIG|BRAVE have put out a new album titled A Chaos of Flowers via Thrill Jockey. Following up last year’s nature more, the 8-track LP was preceded by the singles ‘i felt a funeral’ and ‘canon : in canon’. According to a press release, the album combines “elements of traditional folk techniques and a modern deconstruction of guitar music” while exploring “how marginalizations manifest internally and externally, the inner struggles of isolation, and co-existence in nature.”

    T Bone Burnett, The Other Side

    T Bone Burnett’s first solo album in 18 years, The Other Side, is out now via Verve Forecast. It features collaborations with Weyes Blood, Lucius, Rosanne Cash, and Steven Soles. Burnett co-produced the record with Colin Linden and Mike Piersante, and wrote most of its songs after purchasing a few new guitars. “Every time I picked one up, a song would pour out of it,” he explained. “There were all these songs in these guitars. And they just came out over a three-week period.”

    Blunt Chunks, The Butterfly Myth

    Blunt Chunks – the project of Toronto artist Caitlin Woelfle-O’Brien – has unveiled her debut LP, The Butterfly Myth, through Telephone Explosion. Recorded at David Plowman’s Patchwork Sound and co-produced by Nathan Burley, the album features her bandmates Duncan Hood and Nick Nausbaum (Jaunt), as well as contributions from Ed Squires, Karen Ng, Diego Gaeta, Quinn Bates, J Valerione, and members of Bernice, Mother Tongues, and Queer Songbook Orchestra. “Getting together with people to create something is that much more special because, as you get older, you know what it’s like to be home alone, to be a little lost and isolated, wondering where your friends are,” Woelfle-O’Brien commented. “To have so many people lift me up when I can’t lift myself up is a really beautiful part of the Blunt Chunks project.”

    Cadence Weapon, ROLLERCOASTER

    ROLLERCOASTER is the sixth LP by Rollie Pemberton, the Canadian rapper, producer, and author who records as Cadence Weapon. Following his 2021 Polaris Prize-winning record Parallel World, the album features contributions from Bartees Strange, Jacques Greene, Machinedrum, Cecile Believe, Martyn Bootyspoon, Loraine James, Taydex, Wesley Singerman, myst milano, and Harrison. “I was observing parallels between the fraudulence of certain institutions and the fake news of the internet,” Pemberton explained. “With bots and people being willfully false for profit, the internet has led to a total obfuscation of reality.”

    SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Coup de Grâce

    San Diego post-hardcore outfit SeeYouSpaceCowboy have come out with a new album, Coup de Gráce, via Pure Noise Records. The 12-track LP was previewed by the tracks Respite for a Tragic Tale’, ‘Silhouettes in Motion’, ‘Rhythm and Rapture’, ‘Chewing the Scenery’, ‘To the Dance Floor for Shelter’, and ‘Red Wine and Discontent’. “This album was a chance for us to refine some of the melodic elements we had recently introduced to the band while also playing around with all things and bringing back reinvented version of past parts of our identity,” frontwoman Connie Sgarbossa reflected. “The hope is that we made something that mixes the innate emotion of post-hardcore with the cathartic essence of dancing and allure of cabaret/burlesque in a package reflecting the tale of a city on fire and it’s all to tragic individuals and their indulgence and woes.”

    Local Natives, But I’ll Wait for You

    Local Natives have followed up 2023’s Time Will Wait For No One with their sixth LP, But I’ll Wait for You. “But I’ll Wait For You is the companion piece to our 2023 release Time Will Wait For No One,” the band explained in a press release. “Maybe not an answer to a question but an exhale to an inhale. There is so little that’s in our control but among all this chaos, we can choose to be there for each other.” The album was produced by John Congleton, Michael Harris, and Danny Reisch.

    Other albums out today:

    Melvins, Tarantula Heart; bbymutha, sleep paralysis; Couch Slut, You Could Do It Tonight; Mahogany L. Browne & Sean Mason, Chrome Valley; Chanel Beads, Your Day Will Come; Cavalier, Different Type Time; High on Fire, Cometh the Storm; A Certain Ratio, It All Comes Down to This; Infinite River, Tabula Rasa; Tei Shi, Valerie.

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