New Year, New Sound
The new year brings in a whole host of new records and new sounds. This year new records are already scheduled from several prominent bands while new releases are rumored from a host of others. This week I want to highlight three new albums that are already scheduled for January.
On the 15th Justin Townes Earle will release Absent Fathers. This record is a companion to his 2014 release Single Mothers. Taken together these two records demonstrate Earle’s growth as a lyricist and his continued excellence as a steward of the contemporary Nashville sound.
On the 20th Belle and Sebastian will release their highly anticipated ninth record Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. The band has been relatively quiet lately with Stuart Murdoch tied up in his musical project God Help the Girl. Now that that project has been completed and the accompanying film released, the band appears to be back on track. The clues released by Bonnaroo in their #RooClues this Christmas seem to indicate that Belle and Sebastian will be taking over the farm for a night of the festival this year as well.
Finally, this month The Decembrists will release their new album on the 20th. What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World is the 7th studio record by The Decembrists and their first release since 2011. This outstanding record begins with a direct appeal to the fans, "The Singer Addresses His Audience”, which sets the stage for the record to follow and moves to put the band’s extended absence in perspective. “Make You Better” is easily one of the best songs that Colin Meloy has ever written and “Lake Song” shows a depth of meaning unparalleled in contemporary music. Hopefully Quint will bring them back to Jazzfest this year.
If January is any indication, it will be an excellent year for music. In addition to the releases highlighted here, we can expect albums from: Lil Wayne, Bjork, Waxahatchee, Grimes, James Blake and if the rumors are to be believed Radiohead (fingers crossed there). Let’s resolve to listen through these releases together. I’m looking forward to another great year of music here in New Orleans and with you all.