Kronos Quartet's 5-CD Terry Riley Box Set Out Now
Nonesuch celebrates composer Terry Riley's 80th birthday with two releases from Kronos Quartet: One Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley, a five-disc box set of albums of his work composed for, and performed by, his longtime friends and champions, including three albums previously released by Nonesuch as well as a new disc called Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Music of Terry Riley. Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector, also available for individual purchase, includes a new recording of the title piece, one of Kronos and Riley's first collaborations, as well as a previously unreleased recording and more. Out now in North America; released internationally July 10.
St GermainSt GermainLearn MoreCloseSt GermainSt Germain
St Germain (aka Ludovic Navarre), whose albums Boulevard (1995) and Tourist (2000) originated a genre of French electronic music that later included artists like Air, has returned to the studio to create his first album in 15 years. The self-titled record marries percussive grooves, which have always been central to St Germain’s sound, with a new element: traditional Malian music. Pre-orders of the album include an instant download of the opening track, "Real Blues."
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The Arcs' debut album, Yours, Dreamily, features 13 tracks written and recorded collaboratively by the band—Dan Auerbach, Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, and Nick Movshon—with the musicians playing a large array of roles both vocally and instrumentally; also on the album are Kenny Vaughan and Mariachi Flor de Toloache. Co-produced by Auerbach and Michels, the album was recorded in roughly two weeks of informal sessions in LA, NYC, and Nashville. Pre-orders include an instant download of the album track "Stay in My Corner."
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English singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas's album Blood was inspired by her Jamaican and Greek family heritage. Lyrically, the songs she wrote are almost all related to "the feeling of who you are and where you come from," she says. Musically, she took inspiration from Jamaica's love of grooves, rhythms, and syncopation. Dancehall/reggae producer Stephen McGregor joined in the making of Blood,as did a rich collection of others. Pre-orders include an instant download of the album tracks "What You Don't Do" and "Unstoppable."
Kronos QuartetSunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Music of Terry RileyLearn MoreCloseKronos QuartetSunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Music of Terry Riley
Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Music of Terry Riley, released in honor of the composer's 80th birthday, includes a new recording of the title piece, one of Kronos and Riley’s first collaborations, as well as a previously unreleased recording of Lacrymosa – Remembering Kevin and Cry of a Lady (originally released on A Thousand Thoughts) and G Song and Cadenza on the Night Plain (both originally released on 25 Years). Pitchfork says the album is "a necessary addition to the catalog," calling the new recording of the title track "a marvel."
Kronos QuartetOne Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry RileyLearn MoreCloseKronos QuartetOne Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley
Released in honor of composer Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, One Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley, a five-disc box set of albums of his work composed for, and performed by, his longtime friends and champions Kronos Quartet, includes three albums previously released by Nonesuch—Salome Dances for Peace (two discs), Requiem for Adam, and The Cusp of Magic —as well as a new disc called Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector, which includes a new recording of the title piece. All of the pieces, says the Independent, "are, typically, timeless."
The Bad Plus+Joshua RedmanThe Bad Plus Joshua RedmanLearn MoreCloseThe Bad Plus+Joshua RedmanThe Bad Plus Joshua Redman
The Bad Plus Joshua Redman is the debut album from the eponymous quartet. Seven of the album's nine tracks are new compositions by quartet members. "The album is a knockout," exclaims the New York Times. "It is impressive how much vital presence [Joshua Redman] brings to the Bad Plus without altering the band’s dynamic." It's "a roaring and beautiful summit meeting," says NPR. "The ideas are impressive by themselves, but become more powerful as Redman and the rhythm section go about developing them ... [T]he real triumph of The Bad Plus Joshua Redman: It exhibits genuinely fresh thinking."
Mbongwana StarFrom KinshasaLearn MoreCloseMbongwana StarFrom Kinshasa
Congolese seven-piece band Mbongwana Star's debut full-length album, From Kinshasa, a World Circuit release, features members of a new generation of Kinshasa musicians embodying the concept of “mbongwana,” or “change.” Along with Parisian producer Doctor L, the band fuses traditional Congolese rhythms with European post-punk bass and busted electronics from recycled and reconstructed instruments miked and distorted in unexpected ways. It's a "wonderful kind of collaboration," says NPR. "The sound is out of this world." Chicago Reader says the "album is a blast ... stunning." Says Noisey:
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The label debut from Tyondai Braxton, HIVE1 comprises eight pieces originally conceived for a performance work called HIVE that debuted at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2013 and evolved into HIVE1. The Washington Post has called Braxton "one of the most acclaimed experimental musicians of the last decade." Q calls the album "a sonically absorbing experience." NPR says: "[W]hat sets this album apart is its playfulness—the feeling that experimenting with sound is a joyful game."
Emmylou Harris+Rodney CrowellThe Traveling KindLearn MoreCloseEmmylou Harris+Rodney CrowellThe Traveling Kind
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s The Traveling Kind comprises 11 duet tracks, including six new songs written by Harris and Crowell with co-writing by Mary Carr, Cory Chisel, Will Jennings, and Larry Klein. Produced by Joe Henry, the album follows the longtime friends’ Grammy-winning first duet album, 2013’s Old Yellow Moon. "Here, they consciously embrace the full breadth of their expression," says NPR. "This is what it sounds like when true equals, both deep into their journeys, draw out the best in each other." Rolling Stone says: "Their creative partnership sounds stronger than ever."
Olivia ChaneyThe Longest RiverLearn MoreCloseOlivia ChaneyThe Longest River
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney makes her album debut with The Longest River. On the album, Chaney balances her original compositions with a broad array of covers she has newly arranged, from jazz to Purcell to folk. "Her voice holds the purity, tension, dignity and sorrow of a heritage full of songs about lost love and cruel fate," says the New York Times. "Chaney is thoroughly grounded in the past, from medieval music to [Joni] Mitchell. But in her quiet way, she’s radical." The Observer calls the album "an enchanting, stately creation." PopMatters exclaims:
Robert PlantMore RoarLearn MoreCloseRobert PlantMore Roar
Released for Record Store Day 2015, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters' EP More Roar features three tracks on black 10” vinyl recorded live during the group’s lullaby and... Ceaseless Roar World Tour 2014: Side A is "Turn It Up" / "Arbaden," and side B is “Poor Howard” and “Whole Lotta Love (Medley).” The EP is limited to 10,000 copies. A very limited quantity is now available in the Nonesuch Store.