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Best Albums of October 2019: previews the top 10...
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Best Albums of October 2019: previews the top 10...

Elbow, Foals, City and Colour and Cigarettes After Sex are among the artists with new albums hitting shelves in October...


Elbow - Giants Of All Sizes

Out October 11th


The beloved Mancunians follow up 2017's Little Fictions with a brand new LP, the eighth of their career. 

Produced once again by the band's keyboardist Craig Potter, the album was recorded at Hamburg’s Clouds Hill Studio, The Dairy in Brixton, 604 Studios in Vancouver and Blueprint Studios in Salford with additional recording taking place at various band member’s home studios spread across Manchester.

Giants Of All Sizes finds the band in melancholy form and has been described by frontman Guy Garvey as an "angry, old blue lament". 

Guests on the album, which features nine tracks, included songstress Jesca Hoop, The Plumedores and South London newcomer Chilli Chilton.



Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2

Out October 18th


The Oxford alt-indie types were Mercury nominated and critical darlings for the first half of their Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost double album, so expectations are high for the second half, which arrives next month. 

Self-produced once again, this album is billed as the heavier and more guitar-orientated half of the collection. 



City And Colour - A Pill For Loneliness

Out October 4th


Dallas Green makes it six albums and counting under his City and Colour moniker with new LP A Pill For Loneliness. 

Recorded with James Bay/Kings Of Leon producer Jacquire King, the album finds Green in expansive form, with three of 11 tracks passing the six-minute mark. 



Jimmy Eat World - Surviving

Out October 18th


The veterans make it into double figures with LPs with new album Surviving, the follow-up to 2016's Integrity Blues. 

The album reunites the band with producer Justin Meldal-Johnson and delivers another of their wide-eyed, romantic pop-rock. 



Cigarettes After Sex - Cry

Out October 25th


Greg Gonzalez follows up his acclaimed self-titled debut with a brand new LP. 

Recorded during night time sessions in a mansion on the Spanish island of Mallorca, the album finds Gonzalez engineering and producing himself. 

The nine-track record continues with the dreamy soundscapes of Gonzalez's debut, but with a dark, dark heart. 



Kim Gordon - No Home Record

Out October 11th


The iconic bassist, once of Sonic Youth, releases her first solo album next month. 

Produced by Justin Raisen, whose credits include Charli XCX, Angel Olsen, Santigold and Sky Ferreira, the album is in keeping with Sonic Youth's avant-garde nature.

Heavy electronics collide with spacey guitars, as you can hear on 'Sketch Artist'...



Starcrawler - Devour You

Out October 11th


The scrappy indie punks, lead by singer Arrow De Wilde, roar back with their second full-length effort, a quick follow-up to 2018's self-titled LP. 

Recorded by Ryan Adams on analog tape at his Pax-Am studio, the album is raw, menacing and fiery 10-song collection.



Refused - War Music

Out October 18th


The reformed Swedish noiseniks release their second album since their reunion in 2012. 

Self-produced and recorded in their native Sweden, the LP arrives with a statement that calls both capitalism and the patriarchy "cancer" and reminds us of the band's belief in  "...the total violent obliteration of the one per cent.

They might be older, but they've lost none of their fire. 



The Menzingers - Hello Exile

Out October 4th


The Pennsylvania punks roar back with a sixth record and a follow-up to 2017's After The Party. 

Recorded once again with Will Yip, the album finds the band in searing form with short blasts of dynamic punk rock. 



Stereophonics - Kind

Out October 25th


The Welsh indie titans roll on with their 11 studio album next month. 

Produced by frontman Kelly Jones and long-time collaborator George Drakoulias, the album was a quick one, recorded over an 11-day period this summer.

The album mixes the band's trademark melancholy with their taste for a stadium-sized chorus.


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