Seasonal Greetings Space Cadets!. We have rounded up a few of the best alternative music releases coming up in this month of december for you to listen to and quite possibly consider paying good money in investing into. Because of the sheer amount of album releases every month we (me) can’t include every album, EP or single thats worthy of a mention, but if my project evolves into some kind of Huge Beast with many tentacles then it would be nice to try and include everything that the world of alternative music has to offer?. Hope you enjoy some of our recommendations. Laters.
1. Beans On Toast- Rolling Up The Hill. The seventh studio album from Essex’s folk singer/songwriter and guitarist Jay McAllister (aka Beans On Toast). Recorded in august with husband and wife country duo Truckstop Honeymoon in Kansas, after having spent time hanging out and playing a couple of shows in New Orleans before embarking on this latest project, along with long-term collaborator Bobby Banjo on harp, and of course banjo, this latest album is being hailed as his most creative record to date, covering a wide range of subjects and folky tales, including getting older, travelling and satirical cartoonists.
Rolling Up The Hill is released on December 1, 2015 (Xtra Mile Recordings).
2. Sunn O)))- Kannon. The Drone metal pioneers from Seattle are set to release a new studio album since their 2009 album Monoliths And Dimensions. The band fronted by Stephen O’Malley (also of Khanate and Burning Witch) and Greg Anderson (Goatsnake and Engine Kid) along with a plethora of various collaborators are primarily known for there experimental approach to their extremely loud live performances, and a synthesis of diverse genres including drone, dark ambient, noise and extreme metal, that is characterised by slow tempos, distorted guitars and an avoidance of rhythm and melody.
The title “Kannon” is named after the goddess of mercy in the Buddhist pantheon and has been described as their “most outright metal” album in years which consists of “three pieces of a triadic whole”. Unfortunately no previews for the LP have arisen so we have chosen to preview the bands “Alice” from the album Monoliths And Dimensions (2009).
Kannon is released on December 4, 2015 (Southern Lord).
3. Intervals- The Shape Of Colour. This is the second album from Toronto based progressive metal/rock band Intervals. The band originally started as a creative outlet for guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Marshall in 2011. And since releasing there critically acclaimed debut EP entitled “In Time” have continued to push the evolution of progressive music with composer Marshall at the helm, along with bass player Cameron McLellan from Protest The Hero and Travis Orbin (Darkest Hour) on drums.
This all-instrumental album is released on December 4, 2015.
4. The Kooks- Hello, What’s Your Name? (Remix Album). Presenting a different approach to there last album ‘Listen’ (2014) having spent time in New York and hearing a number of DJ’s mixing there tracks, the Brighton based alternative rock band are set to release this remixed version which includes some of electronic music’s biggest names such as nineties dance pioneer DJ Pierre and The Future Sound Of London’s Amorphous Androgynous.
Hello, What’s Your Name? is released on December 4, 2015
5. Jennylee- Right On!. The debut solo album from LA’s indie rock band Warpaint bassist and backing vocalist Jenny Lee Lindberg. The album was co-produced with Sweethead drummer/percussionist Norm Block, and features Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Dan Elken (Broken Bells, Them Hills) and others. While Right On! retains a similar sound to Warpaint, Jenny Lee also manages to incorporate New Wave and Goth elements into the album. The third song on the album titled “Never” (below) features an allusive grainy video (Official) directed by Jennylee and producer Mia Kirby.
Right On! is released on December 11, 2015 (Rough Trade Records).
6. Baroness- Purple. The fourth studio album by stoner metal band Baroness. Singer John Baizley said in a recent statement:
After releasing a lengthy and investigative record like Yellow and Green we felt that we needed to make something much more direct and immediate. We wanted to write with our normal focus on artistry, balanced against an increased level of energy and focus. It was important for us to write our new songs with the type of enthusiasm and expressiveness that could act as a counterpoint to the album’s dark themes. As a result, the music came out in an intense, heavy and sonically captivating in a new way, which was important, loath, as we are to fall into any kind of complacency pitfall or formulaic songwriting routine. Purple is the most fully realised representation of out intention as a band: considering the amount of physical and mental energy spent writing it, we have accomplished something which would have seemed impossible to us a couple of years ago.
Purple is released on December 18, 2015 (Abraxan Hymns).
7. Cage The Elephant- Tell Me I’m Pretty. After the bands successful Grammy Award nominated album Melophobia (2013), Kentucky’s Cage The Elephant look to continue their momentum with there upcoming fourth studio album, along with The Black Keys and The Arcs’ Dan Auerbach as producer.
Singer Matt Shultz says “With this record, we wanted to be more transparent. We wanted to capture the sentiment of each song, and whatever emotional response it provoked, to be really honest to that.”
Their latest single from the album “Trouble” is loaded with breezy melodies and melancholic undertone’s in the song’s lyrics.
Tell Me I’m Pretty is released on December 18, 2015 (RCA Records).
8. Cindy Lee- Act Of Tenderness. This will be the bands debut full-length studio album titled Act Of Tenderness, following their experimental 35 minute 2012 eight-song Tatlashea cassette only album and a pair of limited edition tracks. The band consists of guitarist and singer Patrick Flegel from Calgary post-punk band Women and Androgynous Mind, along with Vancouver’s Morgan Cook and Julie Taylor of Yung Mums.
This new LP has been described as an intensely dark and haunting sound, mixed with 60’s inspired girl-group melodies that are sometimes obscured by abrasive noise and heavy layers of melancholy. Power and Possession is the second track on the album.
Act Of Tenderness is released on December 26, 2015 (CCQSK Enterprises).
9. Chromatics- Dear Tommy. The fifth studio album, and long awaited follow up to 2012’s Kill For Love for the electronic band that hails from Portland, Oregon. The bands latest single release from the album is called “Shadow”, and part of Adult Swim’s Singles Series . Johnny Jewel, multi-instrumentalist and producer for the band offered a statement on the new single and album:
Everyone has a shadow. There is no real difference between ten years ago and ten seconds ago. Your future determines your past. The flame of nostalgia is a tempting black hole to jump into, but i recognize it as a fantasy.
Romance is brave. So is simplicity. Love is a call to war. Why wouldn’t you want to respect music?. Dear Tommy is the most rebellious record i’ve made.
The version of “Shadow” below is one of a few remixed versions that are currently doing the rounds.
Dear Tommy is released on December 31, 2015 (Italians Do It Better).
10. AraabMuzik- Dream World. After releasing a pair of mixtapes, AraabMuzik is set to release the proper follow up to 2011’s Electronic Dream LP. Abraham Orellana (aka AraabMuzik) is a record producer and DJ from Providence, Rhode Island who is skilled at making live beats and instrumentals on a Music Production Center (MPC) drum machine, and samples from a variety of music, including electro, dubstep, trap, gabber and trance music.
“Day Dreams” is the lead single from this 12 track album which is released on December 31, 2015 (Distrolord Digital).