Mercury Rev Deserter's Sons Fully cementing Mercury Rev’s rebirth as purveyors of a cosmic brand of the popular American songbook, Deserter’s Songs is an album of grandiose proportions. Merging jazz, folk, sweeping orchestration, and a dose of 60’s rock, the album was intended as the band’s swan song and therefore made with utter abandon. However, it became the band’s most acclaimed platter and remains one of the essential records of the past 30 years. Deserter’s Songs was released to huge worldwide acclaim and went on to be named album of the year in 1998 by NME, MOJO and many other publications, quickly propelling the legendary iconoclasts into living rooms worldwide and pioneered the launch of a new genre of music, heard today in bands like Arcade Fire and Beirut. Available on vinyl once again on the band’s own imprint Excelsior Melodies. Excelsior Melodies LP Pre-Order
Nicolas Jaar Nymphs The Nymphs series was written between 2011-2015 and this is the first time it’s been compiled on one vinyl release. R&S Records LP Pre-Order
Kid Koala / Trixie Whitley Music To Draw To: Io The second volume in the series from Kid Koala with his ambient/vocal Music To Draw To series. Trixie Whitley is a phenomenon, truly a force of nature. She’s able to dive down and channel something truly profound and personal. I’ve witnessed her in that zone on stage but didn’t know what would happen in the studio, especially over this type of musical backdrop. We spoke briefly about the narrative of the album before recording. She was able to make each of the song’s characters her own, giving them a voice to a level that surpassed anything I could have ever imagined. Her singing can be sweet and nurturing, bold and powerful, or chilling and sinister, but it’s always Trixie Whitley. The emotional range she achieves on these tracks is just awe inspiring to me. LP Pre-Order
Nils Frahm Encores 2 Following the release of Encores 1 on June 1st, Nils Frahm releases of Encores 2, the second in a series of EPs followin the release of the universally acclaimed album, All Melody, released in January of this year. While Encores 1 focused on an acoustic pallet of sounds with just a solo piano and harmonium, Encores 2 explores a more ambient landscape from the All Melody sessions, the pinnacle of which is the astral 12 minute showpiece Spells. Recorded through an amplified stone well Frahm found on Mallorca, Encores 2 is at once unique but familiar; orbiting the universe of All Melody while inhabiting its own world. “The idea behind Encores is one we had from before All Melody; to separate releases each with their own distinct musical style and theme, perhaps even as a triple album. But All Melody became larger than itself and took over any initial concepts. I think the idea of Encores is like musical islands that compliment All Melody” ERASED TAPES 12" Pre-Order
IAMX Volatile Times The fourth full length studio album from IAMX. The tracks on the album keep alive the cabaret-esque and dark electronic sound that Chris Corner has become known for. Caroline International CD Pre-Order
Ricky Eat Acid Three Love Songs A vinyl release of the hypnotic album from Ricky Eat Acid, originally released in 2014. Music that's "as ignorable as it is interesting," to use Brian Eno's famous phrase about the ambient genre, can pack an emotional wallop, too-what if the wallpaper reminds you of an ex? Or of a long-gone grandmother? The techno whizzes over at Germany's Kompakt label recently released their 14th annual Pop Ambient compilation, but lower-case "pop ambient" still seems like a useful phrase to describe records that mix unobtrusive electronic drifts with the basic but intense #feels you might expect from more linear types of songwriting. Run For Cover Records LP Pre-Order
Dopplereffekt Athanatos Detroit electro legends Dopplereffekt return to Leisure System for their fourth release on the Berlin based imprint. Athanatos is named after the angel of the planet Mercury in ancient Greek mythology, but that isn't so much the theme. Here the duo again explore subjects related to genetic conditions and chromosomal influences that define mortality across the EP's five tracks. After the brooding sonic landscapes of the title track , it's classic Mitchell & Nhan all the way on the majestic electronic funk of "Hayflick Limit" while devilishly enchanting slow burners like "Telomere" or "Mitosisin" lock you in with their hypnotic grasp. Raster-Noton founders Carsten Nicolai (who did the artwork) and Olaf Bender are said to have collaborated with the pair on this release. Leisure System 12"
dBridge A Love I Can't Explain The storied music producer readies his sophomore solo album for release, ten years after his first album, The Gemini Principle. The ten-year gap between solo albums has seen dBridge releasing landmark collaborations and projects as part of the Autonomic movement, Module Eight, Heart Drive and exploring other Bpms as Velvit. dBridge's journey within electronic music has seen him at the front and center of electronic music culture and then by design, as the seasons change, he has retreated to his own world to work on his next statement. A Love I Can't Explain is the sound of dBridge making music for himself. As a man he finds himself in a new phase of his life- in love, married and a father that is no longer concerned with previous constraints and this has led to a new freedom in creation. An artist looking at the same sculpture but now from a new perspective. LP