Australian metalcore masters The Amity Affliction release their new album, "This Could Be Heartbreak", via Roadrunner Records. The band — Joel Birch [vocals], Ahren Stringer [bass, vocals], Ryan Burt [drums] and Dan Brown [guitar].
The album wasRecorded by producer and longtime collaborator Will Putney at Melbourne's Holes And Corners with additional drum tracking done at Sing Sing Studios, the album finds the band evolving their signature powerful and cathartic song craft. Both ambitious and grand, album standouts, "This Could Be Heartbreak" and "All Fucked Up" are equal parts heavy and hopeful, fueled by frontman Joel Birch's desperation which achieves extraordinary transcendence through radical honesty and absolute power.
Soft Hair are Connan Mockasin and Sam Dust (LA PRIEST / Late of The Pier). Their eponymous debut album is due for release via Weird World.
The album’s recording took place over five years amongst the pair’s solo careers and outside lives. After the dispersion of Late of the Pier, whom Connan supported on tour in 2009 (the first time the two met), Sam travelled in the far east, Africa, Europe and elsewhere, spending time inventing his own instruments, producing and directing, and re-emerging as LA PRIEST in 2015 with debut solo album Inji.
Connan meanwhile released the albums Forever Dolphin Love and Caramel and toured the world extensively, working with artists such as James Blake, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Vince Staples.
The songs on this album were written and recorded in a wide array of locations using methods that neither Mockasin nor Dust had used previously, developed by the pair from the start of its creation. As a result, the record gives the listener a view into an exotic world with a blend of familiar, unfamiliar and unconventionally attractive sounds.
Watch the Soft Hair / Joseph Bird-directed video for first single, “Lying Has To Stop” above.
Speedy Ortiz frontperson Sadie Dupuis has a solo project called Sad13. Today, she’s announced its debut LP, Slugger, which she wrote, produced, and recorded this year in Philadelphia. Listen to lead single “Get a Yes” below.
The record was mixed by Gabe Wax and mastered by Emily Lazar, with “occasional” drums from Ava Luna’s Julian Fader. The album is released via Car Park Records.
Aaron Maine’s Porches follows the release of this year’s acclaimed Pool with the Water EP – a special opportunity to experience the music that formed the melodic skeleton of Pool in its raw state, alongside a pair of previously unreleased songs ‘Black Dress’ and ‘Black Budweiser T-Shirt’. Recorded solo in his adopted home of New York City, the Water EP strips Maine’s work down to its core, opening the curtain on his musical metamorphosis from previous releases Slow Dance In The Cosmos and those of his alias, Ronald Paris, into the Porches of today.
Coinciding with the release of Water, Porches has shared a video for previously unreleased song ‘Black Dress,’ one of the new tracks from the EP. Watch the video above.
One half of The 2 Bears, alongside Hot Chip's Joe Goddard, Raf Rundell's been a little quiet release-wise since the duo's The Night Is Young album (besides the occasional track). Still, he's back now and he's got a brand new project: Selfie Boy. He'll be releasing an album under the new alias called The Adventures Of Selfie Boy Part 1 (Dec. 9 via 1965 Records)
Listen to the lead single "Right Time" below which was written with Oli Bayston of Boxed In.
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