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Chloë and the Next 20th Century

Father John Misty

Alternative & Indie - To be released April 8, 2022 | Bella Union

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At The Hotspot

Warmduscher

Alternative & Indie - To be released March 11, 2022 | Bella Union

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Destroyer

Alternative & Indie - To be released March 25, 2022 | Bella Union

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For the Sake of Bethel Woods

Midlake

Alternative & Indie - To be released March 18, 2022 | Bella Union

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Everything Was Beautiful

Spiritualized

Alternative & Indie - To be released February 25, 2022 | Bella Union

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Jason Pierce's ninth studio album as space rock act Spiritualized is as meditative and expansive as ever. Reputedly recorded in 11 different locations, with Pierce performing on 16 different instruments, it follows 2018's And Nothing Hurt. The lead single, "Always Together with You," distills disparate influences such as Phil Spector and the Velvet Underground. © James Wilkinson /TiVo
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The Wrath Of The Clouds

Marissa Nadler

Alternative & Indie - To be released February 4, 2022 | Bella Union

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Island of Noise

Modern Nature

Alternative & Indie - Released December 17, 2021 | Bella Union

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Bethel Woods

Midlake

Alternative & Indie - Released January 12, 2022 | Bella Union

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Tintoretto, It's For You

Destroyer

Alternative & Indie - Released January 11, 2022 | Bella Union

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Crazy

Spiritualized

Alternative & Indie - Released January 10, 2022 | Bella Union

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Seabird

Marissa Nadler

Alternative & Indie - Released January 10, 2022 | Bella Union

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Warmduscher

Alternative & Indie - Released January 6, 2022 | Bella Union

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Modern Nature

Alternative & Indie - Released November 23, 2021 | Bella Union

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Funny Girl

Father John Misty

Alternative & Indie - Released January 5, 2022 | Bella Union

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Enduro Corner

Pom Poko

Alternative & Indie - Released January 5, 2022 | Bella Union

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Once Twice Melody

Beach House

Alternative & Indie - Released December 8, 2021 | Bella Union

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This extensive double album from the Maryland dream pop duo is their eighth studio LP and follows 2018's 7. It was mainly recorded at their own Apple Orchard home studio in Baltimore and has a wider sound palette and a brighter production texture than previous releases, due in part to David Campbell's string ensemble arrangements. The title track and lead single recalls the early-2000s work of the French electronic duo Air. © James Wilkinson /TiVo
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The Wedding Song

C Duncan

Alternative & Indie - Released December 7, 2021 | Bella Union

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In Order to Know You

Deep Throat Choir

Alternative & Indie - Released October 1, 2021 | Bella Union

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Mainly Gestalt Pornography

Pearly Gate Music

Alternative & Indie - Released December 3, 2021 | Bella Union

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Where The Viaduct Looms

Nell Smith

Alternative & Indie - Released November 26, 2021 | Bella Union

Even if it's somewhat surprising for the Flaming Lips to record an album of Nick Cave covers with a previously unknown 14-year-old singer/songwriter, it's not entirely without precedent. After all, the Lips have reinterpreted albums by the Beatles and Pink Floyd with flair, and their work with Kesha and Miley Cyrus shows their willingness to take young female artists seriously. In particular, their work with Cyrus revealed how striking the combination of a young woman's voice with their layered psych-pop could be, and it's a blend they take to new levels on Where the Viaduct Looms. After meeting young Canadian superfan Nell Smith at a 2018 show in Calgary, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne ultimately arranged for Smith and the band to collaborate on a selection of Nick Cave songs, figuring that her lack of knowledge about Cave's music would lend a fresh perspective to their renditions. Smith's soft-spoken soprano could hardly be more different than Cave's craggy, powerfully enunciated baritone, and her guileless vocals are the bridge between his dark and deeply felt lyrics and the band's ornate sounds. Where the Viaduct Looms shares some of Oczy Mlody's desolate sweetness, particularly on "The Ship Song"'s blissful electronic haze. The Lips seize every opportunity to re-create Cave's songs with adventurous production, transforming the hymn-like "Into My Arms" into a lush track worthy of a futuristic Phil Spector. And, as Coyne had hoped, Smith's vocals help push Viaduct's songs further into new territory. At times, the distance between her youthful tone and the world-weary lyrics almost sounds like she's singing in a foreign language. Smith and the Lips use that gap brilliantly on the album's most poignant moments. Their version of "Girl in Amber" -- which Cave himself praised -- distances itself from the lifetime of mourning he poured into the Skeleton Tree track, resulting in a lighter yet spookier reading that's just as powerful in its own way. Since Cave and the Flaming Lips both know a thing or two about trying to encompass the enormity of mortality and loss in their own very different styles, it's not surprising that the simple, haunting versions of "Weeping Song" and "We Know Who You Are" are also among Viaduct's standouts. Occasionally, the album feels overwrought: The sound effects sprinkled through "The Kindness of Strangers" and the grandiose instrumentation on "O Children" undermine the songs' impact, and Smith is out of her depth on "Red Right Hand," which comes off as mischievous instead of diabolical. Nevertheless, Where the Viaduct Looms is a daring and mostly rewarding undertaking, especially for Smith. Performing the songs of one of alternative music's most acclaimed acts with another backing her, she uncovers meanings and feelings that weren't fully present in the original material -- and that bodes well for what she might be capable of with her own songs. © Heather Phares /TiVo

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