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Best Albums of June 2021: hmv.com previews the top 10...
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Best Albums of June 2021: hmv.com previews the top 10...

Wolf Alice, Rise Against and Maroon 5 are among the artists with new albums hitting shelves in June...

 

Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend

Out June 4th

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The London foursome follow-up their Mercury Music Prize-winning second album Visions Of A Life with a brand new LP. 

Recorded with Coldplay/Arcade Fire producer Markus Dravs in Brussels at the start of 2020, the album is billed as the band's most personal yet. 

The album sees the quartet offering up some new influences, as you can hear on the grand orchestral power of single 'The Last Man On Earth'...

 

Maroon 5 - Jordi

Out June 11th

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The pop collective drop their seventh studio album next month, one named after the band's late manager Jordan Feldstein, whom the band's frontman Adam Levine referred to as "Jordi".

Featuring new single, 'Beautiful Mistakes', a collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, the album sees the band working with a starry array of producers, including frequent Rihanna and Katy Perry collaborators The Monsters & Strangerz and rapper Blackbear. 

The album is the first not to feature bassist Mickey Madden, following his departure from the band in 2020.

 

Garbage - No Gods No Masters

Out June 11th

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The rockers release their seventh album and their first new LP in five years. 

Recorded and written over a three-year period, the album has been self-produced by the band in collaboration with engineer Billy Bush. 

Speaking about the record, singer Shirley Manson was in typically forthright form, saying: "It was our way of trying to make sense of how f**king nuts the world is and the astounding chaos we find ourselves in. It’s the record we felt that we had to make at this time.”

A deluxe version of the album also features covers of classic tracks by David Bowie’s 'Starman' and Patti Smith’s 'Because the Night' as well as a slew of the band's one-off releases in recent years.

 

Jack Savoretti - Europiana

Out June 25th

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After heading to Rome to work in Ennio Morricone's studio for his 2019 collection, Singing To Strangers, Savoretti has stuck closer to home for his new album. 

Written in his Oxfordshire home, the album finds Savoretti in a joyful mood, bringing in new upbeat influences and a disco legend in Nile Rodgers for lead-off single 'Who's Hurting Who?'

To make this new collection, Savoretti has teamed up with long-time collaborator Cam Blackwood, whose credits include George Ezra, London Grammar, Florence & The Machine).

The album was recorded at the end of 2020 at Abbey Road Studios with Savoretti's longtime touring band

 

Marina - Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land

Out June 11th

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Now shorn of her Diamonds moniker, the singer follows up her double album Love + Fear with a more concise collection. 

The album sees the singer co-producing six tracks, while she also worked alongside James Flanigan, whose credits include Dua Lipa ad Carly Rae Jepsen producer/multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Decilveo, who has worked extensively with Hinds and Miley Cyrus. 

Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land isn't as glossy as the singer's earlier work, but is still a collection of imaginative and bombastic pop. 

 

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Carnage

Out June 18th

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Stepping outside of their work with The Bad Seeds and Grinderman, Cave and Ellis combine for this new LP, which was recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic.

An eight-track record, the album was digitally released back in February, but comes out physically next month. 

Speaking about the album, Cave said it was "...a brutal but very beautiful record nested in a communal catastrophe”, with Ellis adding: “Making Carnage was an accelerated process of intense creativity. The eight songs were there in one form or another within the first two and a half days.”

 

Rise Against - Nowhere Generation

Out June 4th

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The Chicago punks unveil their ninth full-length effort at the start of June. 

After heading to Nashville to record 2017's Wolves with Halestorm producer Nick Raskulinecz, the band reunited with longtime collaborators Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore for this new LP. 

Fiery as ever, frontman Tim McIlrath has revealed the album has been inspired by the demise of the American dream. 

He said: "Today there is the promise of the American Dream, and then there is the reality of the American Dream. The brass ring that was promised by hard work and dedication no longer exists for everyone."

 

 

Sleater-Kinney - Path Of Wellness

Out June 11th

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The iconic alt-punks return with a new LP, the first they've made without drummer Janet Weiss. 

Unlike previous effort, The Center Won't Hold, which was produced by St. Vincent, Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker have self-produced this new album, with local musicians in their adopted hometown of Portland coming to provide the other parts. 

The album was recorded in summer 2020, with the band describing the sessions as taking place "...against a backdrop of social unrest, devastating wildfires, and a raging pandemic."

 

John Grant - Boy From Michigan

Out June 25th

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The former Czars drops his fifth solo LP, this time working with eccentric singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon, who has produced the album.

Together with Le Bon, Grant has pared back his sonic palette and created his most intimate and autobiographical collection to date. 

 

Kings Of Convenience - Peace Or Love

Out June 18th

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The Norwegian pop duo return with their first album in 12 years in the midst of June. 

Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye's fourth studio album sees them reuniting for an 11-track record, which continues in their classic vein of intricate, breezy pop.

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