Every Friday our NoiseTrade New Music Tip Sheet highlights three recommended picks from that week’s batch of new releases that we think are worth checking out at your local record shop or via your preferred online music distributor of choice.
Angelo De Augustine
Initially sparked by a break-up (and then further inspired by looking back over “years of loss and disappointment”), Angelo De Augustine’s Tomb feels far more like a fresh step forward than a somber retrospective. The 12 acoustically-anchored songs gently roll along on De Augustine’s breezy vocals and an intimately uncluttered musical landscape that serves as a perfect support for his hushed confessional songwriting. Tomb was recorded in just five days and was produced by Doveman (St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, Glen Hansard), who brought a polished clarity to De Augustine’s minimalist approach and managed to capture the quiet spaces and musical breaths as exquisitely as the audible elements. As part of the pre-release roll-out for Tomb, De Augustine also recorded a beautifully tender live version of album track “Time” with Sufjan Stevens accompanying him on a grand piano in Manhattan’s Reservoir Studios where the album was recorded.
Talk Talk [EP]
Talk Talk is the stunning debut EP from Miss Grit (the musical nom de plume of NYU electrical engineering student Margaret Sohn) that features a bewitching dance of dynamics between Sohn’s robotically cool vocals and her mesmerizing insta-dance instrumentational beds. The title track lead single opens with a hypnotic synth arpeggio and escalates into an electro-pop wash of stuttering melody lines and dancefloor drums that is an absolute joy to experience. Follow-up single “The Bride” blends the indie rock howl of Yeah Yeah Yeahs with a St. Vincent-esque chaotic pop sheen that lands well beyond imitation into a flurry of pure inspiration. The Deli recently referred to Talk Talk as “a masterclass in quiet rage” and I wholeheartedly agree. Keep your ear out for Miss Grit as Talk Talk is a bombastic introduction that promises even more great things to come.
Taking Back Sunday
All bands and artists handle milestones with varying degrees of success or indifference, but emo mainstays Taking Back Sunday are celebrating their twentieth year as a band head on with the release of their career compilation Twenty. The 21-song tracklisting features a handful of hand-picked tracks from each of their seven studio releases (from 2002’s Tell All Your Friends through 2016’s Tidal Wave), plus two brand new recordings: “All Ready to Go” and “A Song for Dan.” Vinyl fans will also be pleased to know that not only is the double LP compilation available on two equally gorgeous color variants (“Panther’s Eye” and “Koi Pond”), but they also pressed up a bonus 10” on orange wax called Twenty: Artists Picks where each of the four band members picked an individual track of their own. As a long-time fan of the band, I really appreciate the way they’re marking the double decade achievement in an intentional and thoughtful way that really offers something to old and new audiences alike.