New Release Round-Up 12-18-20

Paul McCartney - McCartney III

Paul McCartney - McCartney III - Capitol
50 years following the release of his self-titled first solo album McCartney, featuring Paul playing every instrument and writing and recording every song, Paul McCartney releases McCartney III. Paul hadn’t planned to release an album in 2020, but in the isolation of “Rockdown,” he soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating even more new ones. Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs would become McCartney III: a stripped back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade, in the tradition of 1970’s McCartney and 1980’s McCartney II. Recorded earlier this year in Sussex, McCartney III is mostly built from live takes of Paul on vocals and guitar or piano, overdubbing his bass playing, drumming, etc. atop that foundation. McCartney III spans a vast and intimate range of modes and moods, from soul searching to wistful, from playful to raucous and all points between — captured with some of the same gear from Paul’s Rude Studio used as far back as 1971 Wings sessions. And Paul's array of vintage instruments he played on the new album have an even more storied history, including Bill Black of Elvis Presley's original trio's double bass alongside Paul's own iconic Hofner violin bass, and a mellotron from Abbey Road Studios used on Beatles recordings, to name but a few. Just as McCartney’s 1970 release marked Paul’s return to basics in the wake of the biggest band break-up in musical history, and the 1980 avant-garde masterpiece McCartney II rose from the ashes of Wings, McCartney III finds Paul back on his own, turning unexpected circumstances into a personal snapshot of a timeless artist at a unique point in history.

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Aluna - Renaissance

Aluna - Renaissance - Mad Decent
The desire for change stirs from the inside. We either listen to it-or not. Aluna chose to listen. After widespread critical acclaim as one-half of multi-platinum duo AlunaGeorge, the singer, songwriter, and producer established an unpredictable and undeniable signature sound on her 2020 solo debut, Renaissance.

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Taylor Swift - evermore
Drive-By Truckers - The New OK
Mac Miller - Swimming In Circles [4LP]
Mumford & Sons - Delta Diaries [CD Book Set]
Conan Gray - Kid Krow [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition CD w/ Autographed Booklet]
Childish Gambino - Because The Internet [2LP]
The Brummies - Automatic World
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Soul (Original Motion Picture Score) [LP]
Jon Batiste - Music From And Inspired By Soul [LP]
The Kinks - Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One
Fit For An Autopsy - The Sea Of Tragic Beasts [Black/Green/White Splatter LP]
Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side: 25th Anniversary Edition
Skip Marley - Higher Place EP
NCT - NCT - The 2nd Album RESONANCE Pt. 2 [Departure Ver.]
James Blake - Before EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Vinyl]
Jay Electronica - A Written Testimony
The Black Keys - Brothers: 10th Anniversary Edition [Deluxe 2LP]
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard - The Non-Stop EP
Lil Baby - My Turn [Deluxe]
George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Live In Boston 1982: The Complete Concert [Deluxe 4LP]
Between The Buried And Me - Colors [2020 Remix/Remaster 2LP]
The Wedding Present & Friends - Not From Where I'm Standing
Maggie Rogers - Notes From The Archive: Recordings 2011-2016

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