The first batch of new releases in 2013! I've included info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus one or two you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
Broadcast, Berberian Sound Studio Soundtrack (Warp)
The spectral soundscape in Peter Strickland's psychological thriller created by James Cargill and the late Trish Keenan of Broadcast sees its official US release, which was recorded prior to Keenan's untimely passing last year and draws influence from the sounds of avant-garde Italian composers Luciano Berio, Luigi Nono and Cathy Berberian.
Dropkick Murphys, Signed and Sealed in Blood (Born and Bred Records)
The Celtic punk rockers issue their eighth studio LP and second with producer Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show). Bassist and co-lead singer Ken Casey has described it as "catchy, fun, and as sing-along as can be." Dropkick Murphys will be backing the new album with their 2013 "St. Patrick's Day Tour," which hits Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Sun., March 3. Check out the video for "Rose Tattoo" after the jump along with the rest of this week's new releases.
Justice, Helix EP (Ed Banger/Because/Elektra/Vice)
Nolwenn Leroy, Nolwenn (Decca Records)
The French songstress makes her U.S. debut.
The Living Sisters, Run for Cover EP (Vanguard)
LA indie "supergroup" that features Inara George (The Bird and the Bee), Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond), Eleni Mandell and Alex Lilly presents a six-song standards collection featuring sugary, '40s pop-and-gospel-tinged vocal harmonies, old-school instrumentation from drummer Don Heffington (Lone Justice, The Jayhawks) and pedal steel master Greg Leisz, and a sound that calls on the essence of '50s doo-wop, jazz, folk and country. Tracks include an a cappella take on Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and a rather awesome, grrl-stomping re-interpretation of Funkadelic's "Can You Get To That?" Listen to it below.
Conor Maynard, Contrast (EMI)
Described as "a genre-defying blend of innovative R&B, dramatic hip-hop soundscapes, and stadium-scaling pop anthems"; features collabs by such artists as Rita Ora, Pharrell, and Maynard’s mentor, Ne-Yo.
Skinny Molly, Haywire Riot (Ruf Records)
Solange, True EP (Terrible Records)
Another Destiny's Child songstress (and sister to Beyonce) presents her very first EP (and third recording overall). Check out the video for the R&B pop grooves of first single, "Losing You" below.
Thorcraft Cobra, Count It In (Plaza Bowl Records & Tapes)
Chris Tomlin, Burning Lights (sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records)
Twenty One Pilots, Vessel (Fueled By Ramen)
Wooden Wand, Blood Oaths Of The New Blues (Fire Recordings)