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AT THE GATES
TO DRINK FROM THE NIGHT ITSELF
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More than a decade after reuniting, Swedish melodic death metal innovators At the Gates have finally made a record worthy of the excitement their comeback created. Unlike 2014s disappointing At War With Reality, their new album, To Drink From the Night Itself, marks a delayed reawakening of the bands melodic sense. At the Gates are still drawing on their own pastthats just standard procedure for any death metal act thats been around for a couple of decades. Drink goes deeper with its melodies, eschewing the shortcuts of War and Slaughter. Its title track almost mirrors that of Disease, weaving 80s twin-guitar melodies into its thrashing rhythms. This interplay is At the Gates signature, and its far more prominent here than it was on War. The recent adjustment to their sound is, in part, the result of a changing of the guard: God Macabres Jonas Stlhammar replaced original guitarist Anders Bjrler in 2017, and the bands other guitarist, Martin Larsson, first came on board with Disease.
JAMES BAY
ELECTRIC LIGHT
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Youve got to tip your hat to James Bay: hes gone for a bold reinvention on album number two and has largely achieved it, even if he doesnt seem to know quite what he wants to reinvent himself as. The Hitchin singer-songwriters 2015 debut The Chaos and the Calm went straight to number one, thanks to its unchallenging acoustic ballads (Hold Back the River has become a wedding fave). He could have repeated the formula, but thats not what Electric Light represents.Instead hes explored a variety of styles, from the indie-rock banger Pink Lemonade to the Bleachers pastiche In My Head. The former is by far the best thing here a sleek, modern update on the mid-noughties New York New Rock Revolution sound that whooshes along like Julian Casablancas straddling a rocket to the stars while the latter is so derivative that it only works if youve not heard of Jack Antonoff and still think the use of autotune is edgy. Just For Tonight is George Ezra doing cheery Springsteen karaoke and lead single Wild Love, apparently inspired by Frank Ocean and Prince, sounds like Bon Iver browsing the sales aisle in a provincial TK Maxx.
CHVRCHES
LOVE IS DEAD
$10.99(sale priced)
Which brings us to Chvrches, the scene-defining avatar for indie rocks 2010s dalliance with synth-pop. They made their entry into the mass consciousness in 2013, embodying a cultural shift from rock groups toying with synth-pop aesthetics (Passion Pit, Phoenix, MGMT) toward outright synth-pop acts with a rock bands sensibility and marketing plan. These kinds of projects seemed impossible to escape half a decade ago, but in hindsight, Chvrches stand out. When asked to name a synth-y indie band, they are likely the first one that comes to mind. Even Purity Ring, their closest competition as standard-bearers for the indie-goes-synth-pop sound the White Stripes to their Strokes, if you will sounded more than a little like Chvrches on their most recent LP, 2015s Another Eternity. They werent the only ones.Its easy to see why other groups would be attracted to Chvrches approach. On 2013s The Bones Of What You Believe, the Glasgow trio mustered all the anthem-writing skill theyd accumulated in their years with various depressive Scottish guitar bands and turned it loose on keyboards and drum machines. The result was soaring, sparkling pop music, tinted by melancholy but bright and approachable in execution.
PARQUET COURTS
WIDE AWAKE
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Parquet Courts seem ready to make a crossover bid: the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Denton quartet hired mega-producer Danger Mousethe man who turned the Black Keys into radio bait and CeeLo Green into a pop starand recorded thirteen of their hookiest songs ever. But the resulting album, Wide Awake! (Rough Trade, May 18), doesnt soften many of the bands edges. Danger Mouse bakes in his sonic trademarksstringy synths, spaghetti western guitar, and plenty of funkbut this is still a Parquet Courts record. Songs like Total Football have hip-moving basslines but dont sacrifice the bands snotty aggression or decidedly non-pop lyrics: Collectivism and autonomy are not mutually exclusive . . . F Tom Brady.Wide Awake! brings to mind another exclamation-mark album, the Clashs Sandinista!, which also used punk energy to explore a broad sonic palette. Parquet Courts, like the Clash before them, eschew genre purity to play with arrangements that would thrive both on dance floors and in mosh pits. In that sense, Wide Awake! isnt a crossover, its an expansion.

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CHVRCHES LOVE IS DEAD$10.99
BTS LOVE YOURSELF: TEAR$22.99
KELLY WILLIS BACK BEING BLUE$9.99
RAY LAMONTAGNE PART OF THE LIGHT$12.99
JOE BONAMASSA BRITISH BLUES EXPLOSION LIVE$16.99
MATT COSTA SANTA ROSA FANGS$10.99
MEGADETH KILLING IS MY BUSINESS & BUSINESS IS GOOD: FINAL$13.99
PAUL SIMON GRACELAND: THE REMIXES$12.99
JAMES BAY ELECTRIC LIGHT$13.99
STRUNG OUT BLACK OUT THE SKY$10.99
GHOST PREQUELLE (DELUXE CD) (BRIL)$16.99
LI LYKKE SO SAD SO SEXY$10.99

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