The Chronicle’s information to notable new music.
Foo Fighters, “Medication at Midnight” (Roswell/RCA)
Recorded in early 2020, the Foo Fighters’ tenth studio album was primed for a raucous world tour because the Foos deliberate to have fun their twenty fifth anniversary as a band. Dave Grohl and firm saved holding the album’s launch in hopes of a reprieve from the pandemic however ultimately determined there was no extra sense in ready.
“We lastly realized that our music is made to be heard, whether or not it’s in a competition crammed with 50,000 of our closest mates, or alone in your front room on a Saturday evening with a stiff cocktail,” Grohl wrote in a Jan. 1 letter to followers.
Produced by seven-time Grammy winner Greg Kurstin, the nine-track album sees the band at its most politically charged. “No Son of Mine” rages in opposition to political incompetence and rips like a classic heavy metallic observe, whereas “Ready on a Struggle” opens softly just like the acoustic model of the band’s basic “Everlong” however then unfurls right into a full-on area rock assault.
Sam Gendel & Ethan Braun, “Rio Nilo 66” (Ulyssa)
Saxophonist Sam Gendel and composer Ethan Braun’s newest launch is an experimental jazz document that was conceptualized by the pair in Mexico Metropolis and recorded in Los Angeles. Gendel has made a reputation for himself as an outside-the-box jazz musician on labels like Leaving Data and Nonesuch, with a penchant for connecting with different like-minded creatives. Braun is a proficient composer on the rise who not too long ago collaborated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Full of psychedelic saxophone permutations and ambient preparations, tracks like “1/2 Sculpture” and “Tokyo Hyatt” sound like what you can hear outdoors the window of a tropical eco-lodge. The latter is a possible reference to the resort the place actor Invoice Murray’s character stayed within the movie “Misplaced in Translation,” because the meditative album ends with a sound chunk of Murray discussing larger consciousness layered over the music.
Tune of the Second
R+R=NOW “How A lot a Greenback Price (Reside)” (Blue Be aware)
Quickly after the discharge of its 2018 album “Colagically Talking,” the fashionable jazz fusion supergroup R+R=NOW performed collectively for the ultimate week of Robert Glasper’s monthlong residency on the Blue Be aware Jazz membership in New York Metropolis’s Greenwich Village. These periods will now be immortalized on the R+R=NOW reside album due out on Friday, Feb 12, and the primary single is an unreal jazz rendition of Kendrick Lamar’s “How A lot a Greenback Price.”
Glasper opens the track on keys and Terrace Martin follows on alto saxophone, earlier than Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on trumpet, Derrick Hodge on bass, Taylor McFerrin on synths and Justin Tyson on drums take part on the mighty quantity. The track, which Martin co-wrote with Lamar, Ronald Isley and others, showcases the fashionable masters who’ve made their careers on the intersection of jazz and hip-hop.
Tune-Yards, “maintain your self.” (4AD)
The Oakland artwork pop group simply introduced its fifth studio album, “Sketchy” (out March 26), and has launched the one “maintain your self.” Set to thickly stacked instrumentation led by the duo of Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner (who composed the rating to Boots Riley’s 2019 Bay Space cult basic movie, “Sorry to Trouble You”), the track is about parting from the outdated ideologies of our dad and mom’ technology and avoiding those self same patterns ourselves. “All of us have hassle being courageous sufficient to show the web page,” Garbus sings on the uplifting track’s refrain. And whereas the observe was penned in 2019, Garbus not too long ago mentioned on the band’s Twitter channel that “the themes appear much more related immediately.”
King Dream, “Return to Zero” (self-released)
Earlier than the pandemic put a cease to in-person concert events, Bay Space folk-rock musician Jeremy Lyon’s band King Dream was a fixture in entrance of packed crowds at native venues just like the Impartial, Sweetwater Music Corridor and Amnesia. However the latest reside present lull has lastly afforded Lyon extra time to concentrate on new music, and now the band has launched its first single in over two years, with plans in retailer for masses extra in 2021.
“Return to Zero” dissects the sensation of getting to begin over with out leaving the place that you simply name dwelling. The track’s nuanced pandemic manufacturing fashion sees engineer Scott McDowell recording every of the band members’ elements remotely, whereas broadcasting the method to one another by way of the live-streaming service Twitch. The result’s a vibrant coalescence of guitar, piano, violin, vocal harmonies and drums, each reside and mechanical.
Whereas Lyon acknowledges the restrictions of recording remotely, he tells The Chronicle that “altering my recording method out of necessity has opened extra prospects.”