This Month's Vinyl Picks: May 2021
A David Bowie picture disc and new albums from St. Vincent, Black Midi and Paul Weller are among the best new vinyl releases coming in May...
St. Vincent - Daddy's Home
Four years on from the release of Masseduction, Annie Clark returns with her seventh full-length offering with Daddy’s Home, an album inspired by the imprisonment and subsequent release of her father, making for what may well be her rawest and most personal record to date.
Co-produced once again by Jack Antonoff and featuring 11 new tracks including recent single ‘Pay Your Way in Pain’, Daddy’s Home is set to arrive in stores on May 14 and is available in two flavours of vinyl – a standard black version and a limited edition version pressed onto transparent vinyl.
Rag 'n' Bone Man - Life By Misadventure
Rory Stewart makes a triumphant return this month with the long-awaited follow-up to his chart-topping debut album Human. His new LP sees him tread a path beaten by many a musician in heading to Nashville to soak up its rich musical history, infusing the new album with a distinct new feel with the help of producer Mike Elizondo and legendary musicians such as drummer Daru Jones and Revolution guitarist Wendy Melvoin.
The new album Life By Misadventure is in stores from May 7 and in addition to the standard black vinyl there’s also a limited edition option pressed onto bright red vinyl.
Black Midi – Cavalcade
London-based noise purveyors Black Midi are set to follow up their acclaimed 2019 debut album Schlagenheim with their second full-length effort this month, with brand new album Cavalcade, set to land in stores on all formats May 28.
Taking a slightly more structured approach to the largely improvisational nature of their debut, their new album features eight new tracks recorded in the summer of 2020 and on top of the standard black vinyl there’s also a stunning picture disc version bearing the album’s Pollockesque artwork.
Myles Kennedy - The Ides of March
Alter Bridge guitarist, Slash collaborator and all-round hard rock veteran Myles Kennedy is back with only the second album he’s released solely under his own name and the spiritual successor to 2018’s Year of the Tiger.
The Ides of March is set to make its arrival on May 14 and features 12 new tracks which broadly switch out the powerful riffs and drums of its predecessor with lilting mandolins and lap steel guitars, offering up something very different from his solo debut. Both vinyl options are spread across two discs, one a standard black vinyl release and the other a hmv exclusive edition pressed onto gold vinyl.
Paul Weller – Fat Pop
Paul Weller’s relentlessly prolific streak continues this month as ‘the Modfather’ prepares to deliver his 16th solo album, Fat Pop (Volume 1), his third full-length offering in the last four years. Once again recorded at Weller’s own Black Barn studios and featuring a backing band that includes Weller’s long-time guitarist and collaborator Steve Craddock, the new album boasts 12 new tracks including recent single ‘Cosmic Fingers’.
Available in stores from May 14 on several formats including a cassette and a deluxe CD box set, there are also two vinyl options on offer, including a standard black version and a limited edition pressing on transparent yellow vinyl.
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World
Given he impact of his musical legacy, it sometimes seems strange to note that David Bowie’s early career was plagued by false starts and, even after the success of his breakthrough single Space Oddity, Bowie was still very much finding himself as an artist and it would be another three years before he finally struck gold with Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
In between, though, came The Man Who Sold the World, which while still a quite patchy affair does benefit from including its excellent title track, later famously covered by Nirvana on Unplugged in New York, and this stunning new picture disc edition (in stores from May 28) makes it a deserving addition to any Bowie fan’s collection.
Amy Winehouse at the BBC
Although cut tragically short, Amy Winehouse’s career left an indelible mark and while there will sadly be no more studio albums from a unique talent that left this world too soon, there are – if you look around enough – a wealth of live performances and recordings that capture her crackling energy and present her songs in new lights.
Happily, though, the folks at Island Records and the BBC have done the detective work for you with a brand new three-disc collection featuring many of her live performances for the broadcaster, including Later with Jools Holland, sessions for the Live Lounge on Radio 1 and a performances broadcast from Summer Sundae and The Stables. Also available as a CD box set, the 3LP vinyl edition is due to land on the shelves on May 7.