This week sees the announcement of a raft of albums from artists that are innovators in their genres. Kicking off with the confessional stylings of the prolific Mark Oliver Everett and his band Eels. We also have sultry R&B impressionist Kelis‘ new collaboration with TV On The Radio‘s Dave Sitek.
There’s also long-awaited new releases from Ohio-based indie rockers Cloud Nothings, whose album Here and Nowhere Else sees the newly-christened three-piece take on a more subtler sound, and Twin Forks, the new project of Dashboard Confessional‘s Chris Carrabba.
Eels – The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
Prolific California alt-rock outfit Eels have announced the release of their eleventh full-length studio album. The new 13-track collection of songs that deal with personal struggle is titled The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett and is slated for release Friday, 18th April.
Starting with their 1996 debut, Beautiful Freak, Eels have gone on to become one of the alternative music scene’s most prolific and sonically daring bands, with frontman Everett embarking on a number of non-musical ventures as well, including an acclaimed book.
Watch: Eels – The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett Album Trailer
Kelis – Food
Kelis, known for her characteristically idiosyncratic and forward-thinking brand of neo-R&B, has announced the release of her new album, Food, due out Friday, 18th April on Ninja Tune through Inertia, home to fellow one-of-a-kinds Bonobo and Machinedrum.
The follow-up to 2010’s acclaimed Flesh Tone was produced by Dave Sitek, known for his work with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beady Eye, and as a member of TV On The Radio, who has crafted an album that combines retro-style horns and organs with a contemporary electronic flair.
Listen: Kelis – Jerk Ribs
Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
Ohioan indie trio Cloud Nothings have announced the follow-up to 2012’s Attack on Memory. Here and Nowhere Else is slated for an April release through Capark/Mom+Pop Records, following the release of the band’s new single, I’m Not Part Of Me.
The album was written amid the band’s 18-month tour, with lead-singer and guitarist Dylan Baldi labelling the record a more subtle pursuit than previous albums. “It’s not just an in-your-face rock record. There’s more going on,” he added. Check out the new single below.
Listen: Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me
Twin Forks – Twin Forks LP
“Whatever makes the audience stomp their feet and sing at the top of their lungs, that’s what I want to be doing,” says Twin Forks frontman Chris Carrabba, formerly of Dashboard Confessional. It’s safe to say Carrabba has achieved his objective on Twin Forks’ debut.
Slated for a Friday, 28th February release, Twin Forks sees Carrabba leave the anthemic alt-rock stylings of his previous band and find refuge in the folk songwriting tradition, with tracks that sound comfortable sung in grand concert halls or while sitting around the campfire.
Listen: Twin Forks – Back to You