There are still so many good albums coming out…and, in lieu of being able to play them on the airwaves, let us simply point you in a few directions! Here’s some of the titles that we saw come into our music office this week.
FIONA APPLE – FETCH THE BOLT CUTTERS
If you’d told me that the new Fiona Apple album was going to be this – wildly unconventional, barely conforming to the rules of popular music, filled with musique concrète and the work of several pet dogs, I would have said say what now?. If you’d told me it was going to be considered incredible and given a 10 out of 10 by Pitchfork I would have said, say WHAT now? But there you have it. Recorded largely in her home, Fetch the Bolt Cutters is her first album in eight years.
LISTEN: FETCH THE BOLT CUTTERS BY FIONA APPLE
SHABAZZ PALACES – THE DON OF DIAMOND DREAMS
According to a Bandcamp album of the day profile, “The Don of Diamond Dreams is the most fully realized Shabazz Palaces LP yet—from [Ishmael] Butler’s new confidence in his own poetic authority to the way he and multi-instrumentalist Tendai “Baba” Maraire create hip-hop songs that never stop experimenting.” That sounds about right, as Shabazz Palaces have always created an abstracted, sideways version of hip-hop that pushes boundaries.
LISTEN: THE DON OF DIAMOND DREAMS BY SHABAZZ PALACES
GARETH INKSTER – “VACANT”
Consider this the “single of the week”, since we’ve been unable to shoot our regular Single of the Week video segment! “Vacant” brings to mind – for this old man, anyway – songwriters like Matthew Sweet, or perhaps something from Fountains of Wayne (Adam Schlesinger R.I.P.). With a sunny melody and a straightforward production, it shows that Hamilton’s Inkster, who has been releasing a steady stream of music since 2018, is one of the city’s better up-and-coming songwriters.