15 tracks of the month’s best new mu­sic

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1 RoLLiNg BLaCk­oUTs CoasTaL FeveR an air Con­di­tioned Man

We’re straight out of the traps this month with this propul­sive high­light from the Mel­bourne band’s ex­cel­lent de­but, Hope Downs, re­viewed on p36: think The Strokes’ post-punk en­ergy com­bined with the clas­sic song­writ­ing of The Go-Betweens.

2 Fa­TheR JohN MisTY Just Dumb enough To Try

Josh Till­man’s fourth al­bum, God’s Fa­vorite Cus­tomer, aban­dons the mu­si­cal grandios­ity of Pure Com­edy, in­stead dis­till­ing those lengthy pi­ano bal­lads down to more man­age­able, and more heart­break­ing, nuggets like this. The LP is our Al­bum Of The Month, re­viewed on p18, along with a lengthy Q&A with Josh.

3 TRaCYaNNe & DaNNY Deep in The Night

It’s been five years since the last Cam­era Ob­scura LP, but Tracyanne Camp­bell, dev­as­tated by the death of band mem­ber Carey Lan­der, has crafted this melan­cholic, ma­jes­tic al­bum in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Danny Cough­lan. Ed­wyn Collins co-pro­duces, with this cut beau­ti­fully re­call­ing the Vel­vets’ “Sun­day Morn­ing”.

4 LeT’s eaT gRaNDMa Fall­ing into Me

For their sec­ond al­bum, I’m All Ears, Rosa Wal­ton and Jenny Holling­worth have en­listed pro­duc­ers SO­PHIE, Faris Bad­wan and David Wrench to su­per­charge their ec­cen­tric sound. The re­sult, as “Fall­ing Into Me” demon­strates, is emo­tional, dance­able and weird in equal mea­sure.

5 MiChaeL RaULT Dream song

This Ed­mon­ton-born singer­song­writer’s new al­bum, It’s A New Day Tonight, mas­ter­fully mixes the Amer­i­can psy­che­delic folk of the early ’70s with the ly­ser­gic bal­ladry of prime Beach Boys. Recorded at Dap­tone’s stu­dio for that warm tape sound, it’s an en­gross­ing record, with “Dream Song” one of the gos­samer high­lights.

6 MeLoDY’s eCho ChaM­BeR Breathe in, Breathe out

The most straight­for­ward cut from Melody Pro­chet’s stun­ning sec­ond al­bum, Bon Voy­age, “Breathe In, Breathe Out” is still some­thing of a roller­coaster ride, tak­ing us from Breed­ers garage to Stere­o­lab-es­que rever­ies and Air-like in­ter­ludes. The LP is re­viewed at length on p22.

7 The LasT PoeTs Un­der­stand What Black is (Ra­dio edit)

Har­lem’s orig­i­nal hip-hop troupe aren’t short of ma­te­rial in the Trump/ Black Lives Mat­ter era, and the ti­tle track from their new al­bum rails thrillingly against racial in­tol­er­ance over horn-heavy reg­gae grooves.

8 Dave aLviN & JiM­Mie DaLe giL­MoRe kC Moan

Af­ter decades as friends, for­mer Blasters man Alvin has fi­nally teamed up with Texan coun­try singer Gil­more for the mighty Downey To Lub­bock LP. The re­sult is rootsy, raw and warm, as their stormy take on this tra­di­tional tune shows.

9 NaTaLie PRass Lost

“When you turn 30, you just don’t care any more,” Prass tells us on p35. “Make your own rules and build your own path.” The singer­song­writer’s sec­ond LP, The Fu­ture And The Past, is a brave set of an­thems that take in ’90s R&B and jazz-funk, with “Lost” one of the finest.

10 BoMBiNo Deran Deran alkheir (Well Wishes)

Tuareg gui­tar hero Bombino has recorded in the US in re­cent years, but his new al­bum, Deran, finds him track­ing in a Casablanca stu­dio owned by the king of Morocco. This gal­lop­ing high­light from the LP seems to show that the gui­tarist can do just as well on his own turf.

11 eRiN Rae Love Like Be­fore

This Ten­nessee song­writer has crafted a low-key but en­thralling new record, Putting On Airs. Like much of the al­bum, “Love Like Be­fore” is a bit­ter­sweet mix of coun­try and folk, which can pass by pleas­antly un­til close lis­ten­ing re­veals hid­den depths.

12 The Wave PiC­TURes The Burnt Match

One of the more struc­tured tracks from the band’s new, partly im­pro­vised al­bum Brushes With Hap­pi­ness, “The Burnt Match” dis­plays David Tat­ter­sall’s mer­cu­rial gui­tar skills and his off-kil­ter way with a lyric, as in­debted to John He­g­ley as Jonathan Rich­man.

13 Neko Case Curse of The i-5 Cor­ri­dor

Seven min­utes of Neko Case and Mark Lane­gan will al­ways sound a treat; with “Curse Of The I-5 Cor­ri­dor”, an ele­giac, hard-nosed look at the past with Len­non-es­que chord se­quences, Case also has the ma­te­rial to do the pair­ing jus­tice. Turn to p68 for a Neko fea­ture.

14 viR­giNia WiNg Be Re­leased

Third records are of­ten cru­cial, the point where a group show whether they can sink or swim. This Manc elec­tronic duo’s new, third LP, then, pulls their strands of sound glo­ri­ously into fo­cus, with “Be Re­leased” riff­ing off Fac­tory post­punk, Broad­cast and Ja­panese folk.

15 JoN has­seLL Pas­torale vas­sant

The avant-garde maven’s new record is his first for al­most a decade – now 81, he’s lost none of his chops or spirit for ad­ven­ture, with “Pas­torale Vas­sant” a fid­gety mix of ra­dio static, eth­nic per­cus­sion and glitchy son­ics. Sub­lime.

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