This Week's New Albums: June 29th 2018
Florence + The Machine, Gorillaz, Bullet For My Valentine and Ray Davies are among the artists with new albums out this week.
Florence + The Machine - High As Hope
Virgin EMI Records
Florence Welch and her troupe return with the long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful this week.
For her fourth album, Welch has brought in a wealth of songwriting and production talent with frequent Mark Ronson collaborator Andrew Wyatt, country troubadour Tobias Jesso Jnr, Jamie XX, Sampha and Lana Del Rey/Bruno Mars regular Emile Haynie among the collaborators.
Billed by Welch as her rawest and most personal record to date, expect another collection of soaring, elegiac and wonderful tracks.
Bullet For My Valentine - Gravity
The Welsh metallers have shaken things up for their sixth studio album.
Their longtime drummer Michael ‘Moose’ Thomas is out and former Pitchshifter sticksman Jason Bowld is in and the band are newly signed to Spinefarm Records.
Produced by While She Sleeps/Fightstar man Carl Bown, this new album sees the band embracing new influences, with electronics and loops made a key feature of the record, alongside the usual barrage of riffs and breakdowns.
Gorillaz - The Now Now
Damon Albarn returns with his sixth album under his Gorillaz moniker and the project's second in successive years.
Albarn has written the album with frequent collaborator Remi Kabaka and produced by Arctic Monkeys/Foals man James Ford.
Among the guests on the album are Snoop Dogg, George Benson and Jamie Principle.
Ray Davies - Our Country: Americana Act 2
Sony Music CMG
The Kinks frontman unveils the second part of Americana collection, recorded once again at London's Konk Studios alongside guitarist Bill Shanley and the alt-country band the Jayhawks.
This album sees Davies releasing a series of new songs as well as reworking a number of tracks from his days in The Kinks and his earlier solo work.
John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album
A recording from the jazz icon, made 55 years ago, surfaces after many feared it was lost forever.
The album features seven tracks in total, two of which are previously unheard tracks from the artist.
The tracks on the album were recorded over the course of one day in March of 1963 at Van Gelder Studios with his band consisting of McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones.
Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears
Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth follow up 2016's hugely acclaimed I, Gemini with I'm All Ears. This album has been recorded with The xx/Caribou man David Wrench, electropop whizz SOPHIE and The Horrors' Faris Badwan.
Jim James - Uniform Distortion
The My Morning Jacket mainman releases his fourth solo LP this week. For this new album, James is backed by Floating Action's Seth Kauffman and longtime touring drummer Dave Givan. Dear Lemon Trees’ Leslie Stevens, Jamie Drake and Kathleen Grace provide backing vocals.