Here’s our pick of some of the best album releases in this month’s On Rotation.

rotationThe Courettes
Back In Mono
(Damaged Goods)

While the album was recorded in their native Denmark, the final mix of the album was overseen by Wall Of Sound aficionado Seiki Sato in Japan and the impact is clear, resulting in a fantastic album that drips in that Gold Star sound. Just as bands like The Detroit Cobras have done in the past, The Courettes have written a collection of songs that combine the band’s love of both classic garage and R&B. And boy have they done it in style!


rotationSam Fender
Seventeen Going Under

Repeated plays reveal Seventeen Going Under to be a keeper, a modern take on classic arena rock that avoids predictable clichés through its sheer sincerity and relevance to the conflicted times we are living through right now. Fender still lives locally and his connection to his roots is, if anything, stronger than ever. Like the indomitable Knott’s Flats gazing imperiously across the river Tyne, Sam Fender’s weighty artistic presence is here to stay.


Nothing Feels Like Everything
(Albert’s Favourites)
A technically flawless album and whilst that description can sometimes make the music seem cold, this collection isn’t. Every note transmits authenticity and warmth. Expertly fusing jazz, soul and elements of folk, with those perfectly conceived and executed collaborations, Nothing Feels Like Everything should be on everyone’s list to check out. Because adding this to your life will make the coming winter of discontent feel a little bit warmer.


On Rotation: Our pick of October’s releasesJOHN
Nocturnal Manoeuvres In The Dark
(Brace Yourself/Pets Cares)

JOHN are back with album number three after two years hunkered down in the studio. If you caught last album Out Here On The Fringes (reviewed here), which clinched our number two slot in the albums of the year poll you won’t be disappointed. It’s a mammoth step that should see them leap into the realms of hardcore punk we’ve not heard since the days of Jesus Lizard and the heavy scene of noise bands from DC era.


On Rotation: Our pick of October’s releasesMarissa Nadler
The Path Of The Clouds
(Bella Union)

Marissa Nadler started out making a dark dream folk, her ghostly voice swathed in reverb against skeletal backings. Her ninth album fleshes out her sound on a set of murder ballads with a twist to create her crowning achievement. Her artist’s eye captures the detail in the stories she weaves in much the same way as she meticulously applies paint to a canvas. There are musicians for whom the term “artist” sounds trite, but for Marissa Nadler, it’s exactly the right word. In fact, it’s the only word. She’s an artist at the peak of her powers.


On Rotation: Our pick of October’s releasesDark Mark vs Skeleton Joe
(Rare Bird/Kitten Robot)

Across the album, the collaborative work radiates. It’s as if Mark Lanegan and Joe Cardamone have found both sonic and linguistic ways to enter into dialogues that would otherwise seem impossible. And they’re exquisite. This is dark and ethereal experimentation at its best. Rather than the two musicians facing off against one another, their distinctive approaches produce a new kind of harmony. Joe Cardamone’s richly textured and pulsating electronic sounds illumine Mark Lanegan’s devastating voice, affecting even the most jaded listener.


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Nathan has been writing for Louder Than War since 2012. Before that, he wrote for Now living in Spain, he also writes for the Spanish magazine Ruta 66.


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