The Kernal is best known for a distinctive brand of songwriting that’s “sweetly subversive, intellectual and addictive” (Rolling Stone) all at once, but if there’s a second thing the Jackson, Tennessee native is best known for it’s perhaps his signature red polyester suit. Once a prized possession of his late father, a Grand Ole Opry musician for thirty years, the inclusion of the suit in The Kernal’s nightly wardrobe is a way of sorts to carry on his legacy while also “ironing out some demons,” as he puts it, in an attempt to posthumously tie up their loose ends. After two albums and nearly a decade on the road, The Kernal’s upcoming Listen To The Blood (January 14 / Single Lock Records) works to find closure from those family burdens - fittingly featuring the red suit in the midst of a murder scene on the album’s cover along with a real-life plan to bury it in an Iowa cornfield later this year “to mark the end of my relationship with these past matters.” Fusing a storyteller’s eye reminiscent of Tom T. Hall and Roger Miller with raucous energy poised to get an entire late-night bar or day-time barbecue on their feet, Listen To The Blood is the sound of The Kernal finally coming to terms with the past in order to embark on his next chapter.
Bonobo has announced Fragments, a new album that will be released January 14, 2022 (Ninja Tune), along with a 2022 world tour. Fragments is the most emotionally intense record that he - aka Simon Green - has ever had to make. It’s no surprise that it’s also his masterpiece. The album features Jamila Woods, Joji, Kadhja Bonet, Jordan Rakei, O’Flynn and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Born first out of fragments of ideas and experimentation, the album ultimately was fused together in a burst of creativity fueled by both collaboration and Green’s escape into the wild.
Cat Power, the vocalist, songwriter, musician and producer Chan Marshall, will release her new album Covers on January 14th 2022, via Domino.
Cover songs have always occupied a crucial place in the Marshall canon, and Covers completes a trilogy of sorts, following beloved past Cat Power collections Jukebox (2008) and The Covers Record (2000). While she frequently delights and surprises with the songs she chooses to cover, it’s Marshall’s total commitment to the performance - imbuing the songs with a creative singularity that rivals her original work - that make Cat Power covers so special. Says Pitchfork, Marshall can “rearrange a song simply by squinting at it.”
Aoife O’Donovan — the GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter known not only for her own "gorgeous" (Rolling Stone) solo music but her esteemed work withI'm With Her, The Goat Rodeo Sessions, and many more — announces the January 21, 2022 release of her new album Age Of Apathy. Produced by fellow GRAMMY-winner Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Rhiannon Giddens) and featuring guest appearances from Allison Russell and Madison Cunningham, Age Of Apathy finds O’Donovan’s gift for poetic imagery and unconventionally alluring melody in full bloom as she confronts the sense-dulling barrage of the digital age. Amid symphonic arrangements that reveal a stunning mastery of her craft, Aoife puts forth a statement of defiance and radical love — one that reaffirms her as one of our most vital songwriters today.
Fresh from this year’s triumph of the ‘Nomadland’ & ‘The Father’ soundtracks, illustrious composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi announces Underwater his first new solo piano album in 20 years. Underwater was born in lockdown, utilising the rare opportunity for songwriting in its purest and most intimate form: just Einaudi and his piano. Underwater features 12 transcendent solo piano tracks, beautifully showcasing his unmistakable sound with the album artwork showcasing one of Einaudi’s own photographs.
London-based group Palace — who have built up a sizable international following on the back of Leo Wyndham’s emotive falsetto and his bandmates’ free-flowing, atmospheric anthems — announce their third album Shoals, due for release on January 21st via Avenue A / Fiction. The album announcement is accompanied by a new single and video "Lover (Don’t Let Me Down)". The band will also play their biggest UK, European and US tours to date next spring, including headlining dates at the O2 Academy Brixton, Webster Hall, 9:30 Club, The Fonda, and loads more.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones have announced their new album The Alien Coast will be released January 28, 2022 on ATO Records. Produced by Matt Ross-Spang, and featuring eleven new, original songs, The Alien Coast is the first SPATBB album tracked in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, AL. The arrangement allowed the octet to spend more time and tap a broader creative community than ever before, resulting in their most ambitious work to date.