This Week's New Albums: August 31st 2018
The Kooks, IDLES, Passenger and Muncie Girls are among the artists with new albums out this week.
The Kooks - Let's Go Sunshine
The Kooks return with their first new LP in four years and have reverted back to the sunny indie pop of their earlier year, leaving behind the jagged hip-hop influenced sound they trialled on 2014's Listen.
The album is the band's first on their own Lonely Cat Recordings and produced by Brandon Friesen.
Troye Sivan - Bloom
The singer follows up his much-acclaimed debut album Blue Neighborhood with a brand new collection.
Bloom sees the singer taking a serious step up, with production talent including Haim/Sky Ferreira man Ariel Rechtshaid, Max Martin disciple OzGo and electro whizz The Haxan Cloak.
Ariana Grande and Aussie folktronica star Gordi both guest on the album, which features hit singles 'My, My, My' and 'Dance To This'.
Alkaline Trio - Is This Thing Cursed?
The goth-tinged punks unveil their first new album in five years and the ninth of their career to date.
Produced by Cameron Webb, the album sees the band on fiery form, with frontman Matt Skiba putting his pen to work against Donald Trump, the band's hometown of Chicago and the notorious Fyre Festival...
Idles - Joy As an Act of Resistance
The Bristol punks quickly follow up 2017's hugely acclaimed Brutalism with a second effort.
The LP has been produced by Nick Launay, who has previously worked with Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kate Bush.
The Pineapple Thief - Dissolution
The prog experimentalists unveil their new LP, the follow-up album to 2016’s Your Wilderness and their second to feature King Crimson and Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison.
Anna Calvi - Hunter
The singer returns with her first new album in five years this week, the third LP of her career to date.
Produced by Nick Launay (he's been busy...), the album features special guests Adrian Utley of Portishead and The Bad Seeds member Martyn Casey.
For her return, Calvi has promised an album which "...breaks the laws of gender conformity. It is a queer and a feminist record, it is galvanising in its hunt for freedom."
Big Red Machine - Big Red Machine
Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner come together to form Big Red Machine and unleash their debut album, produced together with frequent collaborator Brad Cook.
The album, which sees the pair embracing sprawling psychedelia, features guest appearances from The National's Bryce Dessner and Bryan Devendorf, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, Lisa Hannigan, Phoebe Bridgers, The Staves and Hiss Golden Messenger’s JT Bates.
Passenger - Runaway
The troubadour, best known for his hit single 'Let Her Go', releases his ninth studio album and his fifth in five years.
Runaway, which was recorded between the UK and Australia with frequent collaborator Chris Vallejo, sees the singer embracing Neil Young and classic Americana.
Why Don't We - 8 Letters
The pop fivesome drop their debut album this week, an LP made with a string of big-name hitmakers like The Monsters & Strangerz, Cutfather and MoZella.