We’re on the downslope to the end of the year so there are once again plenty of fourth quarter releases to consider. Here are my five picks of the week.
1. St. Vincent, Masseduction
Annie Clarke’s fifth album is astoundingly good, the record that could–should!–be her mainstream breakthrough. This single is but one of many solid tracks on the album.
2. Beck, Colors
Finally! It’s been three years since Morning Phase, but there’s been a steady drip of new songs since the middle of 2015. All of them–“Dreams,” “Wow,” “Dear Life” and “Up All Night”–are included on this album plus six more tracks.
3. Billy Corgan, Ogilala
Sorry, Billy. As much as you want us to call you William Patrick Corgan, you’ll always be Billy to us. Until such time that the classic Smashing Pumpkins lineup reunited–I’d bet on it for Coachella 2018–we Pumpkins fans can bide our time with Billy’s latest solo offering (albeit the first since 2005’s The Future Embrace) which was produced by Rick Rubin. Maybe we can ask him when he plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto next Friday. And can anyone let us know what “ogilala” means? Meanwhile, here’s a piano ballad from the album.
4. The Pack A.D., Dollhouse
The world’s fiercest female two-piece is proudly Canadian. Becky Black and Maya Miller deliver (in their words) “searing guitar riffs and pulverizing drums.” Watch for them on tour across the country (plus some US dates) until early December.
5. The Glorious Sons, Young Beauties and Fools
Straight outta Kingston, The Glorious Sons finally have a follow-up to their 2014 album, The Union, which netted them a Juno nomination. It took 18 months to make this record, an ordeal that required a trip to LA to break the creative logjam. But once they got to California, they wrote all the songs in 12 days and recorded the album in two weeks.
For more of today’s new releases, go here and here.