This time around I just want to call attention to a couple of new releases/discoveries that I think are well worth taking the time to search out listen to, if you haven’t already…
Not too long ago The Black Heart Procession announced they were in need of a new record label to release their sixth album. Much to my relief Temporary Residence came to the rescue and the album (titled Six) was released on the sixth of October. There are currently three versions available: LP, CD (the first pressing being limited and presented in a very nicely designed full-colour, linen-bound book) and an even more limited (to 1000) USB drive in the shape of a black heart and presented in a custom designed tin.
Fans of BHP will find themselves on familiar ground listening to this album, and as such it’s not likely to disappoint. The recurrant themes of love, loss and heartbreak are there, and there’s never any mistaking the bands’ sound, but it still doesn’t sound old or rehashed – a very welcome addition to the bands’ discography.
You can purchase the album direct from Temporary Residence (as well as other releases from sister band Three Mile Pilot). A free download of Rats, taken from the album Six, is also available, as are a generous amount of other tracks from several of the bands currently signed to Temporary Residence.
(Note: after receiving my copy last week, I noticed a post on the bands’ MySpace page alerting buyers of the CD version that the distribution sticker needs to be peeled from the CD cover very carefully, as there had been instances of it causing damage to the linen cover – thankfully I had not attempted to remove mine! – but just putting a heads-up out there for those wishing to purchase the album).
I’d also like to call attention to Gizeh Records‘ 2009 sampler, which is currently being offered as a free download via their site and contains 12 tracks by ten different artists. I downloaded the sampler yesterday following a recommendation for Her Name Is Calla, who have two tracks featured on the sampler. After listening to the songs (Nylon, from the album The Heritage, and Pour More Oil, from the very limited DVD A Blood Promise) I was impressed enough to immediatley purchase a copy of The Heritage (A Blood Promise was, unfortunately, sold out). Other highlights for me were Glissando, who also have two tracks on the sampler (With A Kiss And A Tear, For The Light), Tresspassers William (Sparrow) and Greenland (Cowboys In Atlantis).
Of other worthy note is the fact that the single Hideous Box, as well as the two B-Sides The Good Book and With Eyes So Full of Sparks of Love by Her Name Is Calla are currently free downloads via Last.fm.
All I can say is that listening to these tracks makes me eagerly anticipate the arrival of The Heritage!