Vinylradar has selected this friday new releases for you. Enjoy!

– Blondie · ‘Pollinator’ · BMG

New York’s famed recording studio, The Magic Shop, notably known for David Bowie’s last two albums as well as one by Lou Reed, was a particularly fitting setting to inspire Blondie’s musical creativity. The last album recorded at The Magic Shop prior to its closure, Pollinator is a riot of sound and musical colour; its 11 tracks represent the continuation of a 40+ year musical conversation that Blondie started.

Blondie, Pollinator
Blondie, Pollinator

Slowdive · ‘Slowdive’ · Dead Oceans Records

After an absence of over two decades, Slowdive returns stronger with a new self-titled album.


Jesu / Sun Kil Moon · ’30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth’ · Caldo Verde Records

Mark Kozelek with Justin Broadrick (Jesu / Sun Kil Moon) release their second collaborative album.

Moon Duo · ‘Occult Architecture, Vol. 2’ · Sacred Bones

‘Occult Architecture’ is the title of Moon Duo’s fourth album, released in two separate volumes. Now arrives the Vol. 2, which explores the light and airy elements of Moon Duo’s complex psyche.

The albums were mixed separately with longtime collaborator Jonas Verwijnen, in different locations further expanding the album’s duality further; Vol. 1 in Berlin and Vol. 2 in Portland.

The result is a journey from darkness into light and from the shady side of the hill and back to the sunny side, reverberating with all that is eternal and infinite in the endless and mysterious architecture in which both sides harmoniously exist.

Joan Shelley · ‘Joan Shelley’ · No Quarter

The self-titled fourth album from the Kentucky singer, songwriter, and guitarist Joan Shelley is here. The songs are experimental and risky, built with methods that pushed Shelley out of the comfort zone she’s established on a string of records defined by a mesmerizing sort of grace and clarity.

“I don’t have a concept, and I don’t know the meaning until much later. Whatever I am soaking up or absorbing from the world, there will be songs that reflect all those thoughts,” Shelley says. “I keep my songwriting alive and sustainable by trying to be honest about how it came out—these are all its jagged edges, and that’s what it is to be human.”

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