Don your plastic fangs and load up your cauldron with this week’s shocking new releases! Benjamin Clementine presents And I Have Been, the first half of what might turn out to be his final album; the composer and poet has indicated that 2023 might bring his retirement from music. On Waiting to Spill, Utah quartet The Backseat Lovers offer dynamic arrangements perfectly suited for warm autumn days. With Jeff Tweedy in the producer’s seat, adventurous folk combo Trampled by Turtles deliver some of their strongest material yet on Alpenglow. Northern Irish singer Aoife Nessa Frances returns to her home town and rediscovers family connections on her second album, Protector.
Canadian electronic duo Junior Boys reflect on isolation and connection on Waiting Game, their first album in six years. Hermanos Gutiérrez fuse their dusty take on instrumental western music with Dan Auerbach’s production on the rough riding El Bueno y el Malo. Soul veteran Lee Fields hooks up with the Daptone team for Sentimental Fool, a blues-inspired scorcher. Cosmic country fans should chart a course for Honey Harper & the Infinite Sky, the second release from the Atlanta duo-turned-ensemble.
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