Albums

Albums released today: Kurt Vile, Swedish House Mafia, Alex G, SAULT, and more

In this segment, we feature the most notable albums each week. Here are the albums released on April 15, 2022:


Kurt Ville, (watch my moves)

Kurt Vile is back with a new album, (watch my moves), his first release on Verve Records. The sequel to 2018 Bottle it up premiered with the singles “Like Exploding Stones”, “Hey Like a Child”, and “Mount Airy Hill (Way Gone)”. Vile recorded the new LP primarily at his home studio, OKV Central. “It’s about writing songs. It’s about lyrics. It’s about being the master of all areas of music,” he said in press materials. “I always think of upbeat music, even if it’s fried or grilled. It’s my own version of a classic thing — it moves forward and backward at the same time. The album features contributions from Chastity Belt, Cate Le Bon, Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint and Sarah Jones on percussion.


Swedish house mafia, Heaven again

Swedish House Mafia’s long-awaited debut album, Heaven again, arrived via Republic Records. The LP spans 17 tracks and features appearances from A$AP Rocky, Sting, Connie Constance, Mapei, Seinabo Sey, and more. “In the past, we would release single after single, and it was almost like we were looking for something,” said Sebastian Ingrosso of the band. NME. “When Steve first said, ‘We have to make an album,’ I wanted to jump out the window. Swedish House Mafia has never made an album before, and historically it takes us a long time to even make a song. We’re really happy with what it’s become, though – we can’t wait to give it to the world.


Alex G, We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Alex G has released the soundtrack for the new Jane Schoenbrun film We’re all going to the world’s fair through Milan Records. The film is a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl who becomes immersed in an online horror game. “Whenever it rains at night, I put on Alex’s score and listen to how the rain on my roof sounds mixed with Alex’s beautiful lonely music,” Schoenbrun said in a press release. “I’ve been a fan of Alex’s records for so long, and it was literally a dream come true to be able to collaborate with him on my first feature film. I can’t imagine a better or more moving accompaniment to the film. Prior to his arrival, Alex G shared the tracks “End Game” and “Main Theme.”


SAULT, AIR

SAULT a-surprise is releasing a new album titled AIR. The latest from the enigmatic British band can be purchased through Bandcamp and follows 2021’s Ninewhich was only available to stream and download for 99 days after its release. AIR marks SAULT’s fifth album; they released a couple of albums, Untitled (Black is) and Untitled (Rise), in 2020, which were preceded by those of 2019 7 and 5.


James Krivchenia, blood karaoke

James Krivchenia has released a new experimental solo album, blood karaoke, via Reading Group. The Big Thief drummer and producer assembled the album by sampling unwatched YouTube videos found through random online generators, including Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentation snippets, video game walkthroughs, old news clips local, etc. “It was a long, very iterative process, a lot of editing and editing of small moments or 10-second pieces with lots of samples,” Krivchenia explained in a statement. “The music was designed to be a somewhat unbroken 40 minute composition and I consider the singles to be outtakes.” He previewed the record with the single “Emissaries of Creation”.


Vundabar, Devil for fire

Vundabar released their latest album, Devil for fire, through Amuse. Originally slated for a February release, the 2020s follow-up Be Light includes the previously released singles “Lore”, “Aphasia” and the title track. The LP was written and recorded throughout the summer and fall of 2020 and was inspired by readings about neuroplasticity as well as film noir, constructing a “dream-state shadow world “, according to a press release. Vocalist Brandon Hagen described “Lore” as “a walk through a bending mind”, adding, “It’s about the lineage of meaning, about how all these unseen threads of story and construction and memories (personal and collective) permeate everything around us and in many ways eclipse and obscure the moment.


Joyride!, wonder question

Joyride! are back with wonder question, the San Francisco indie rock band’s first new album in six years. The sequel to 2016 Half Moon Bay is now available through Salinas Records. According to press materials, the album explores themes such as compassion, forgiveness and nostalgia, and is influenced by changes in songwriter Jenna Marx’s life, including going to graduate school and start a career in school counseling. Lead single “Flyover States” is about “fulfilling fantasies of running away or starting over somewhere, even though you know you never will,” the band told Punk Rock Theory.


Other albums released today:

Spanish love songs, Brave faces, etc.; Jewel, freewheeling woman; more pleasure, Spiral; 50 foot wave, Black Pearl; Primer, Incubator; Tim Hide, Middle age; Prince daddy and the hyena, Prince daddy and the hyena; Janelane, Agree with Dancing Alone; Sophia Bel, Avoiding anxiety; cremation lily, Dreams soaked in static electricity..