Long Live Vinyl’s pick of this week’s best new album releases on vinyl – including thoughtful Americana from a master songwriter, well-travelled acoustic instrumentals and sophisticated UK electronica. Plus, it’s quite literally a beautiful day for U2 fans…

Laura Veirs
The Lookout
Bella Union

Fresh from her well-received alt-country supergroup sojourn with k.d. lang and Neko Case in 2016, Laura Veirs and partner/producer Tucker Martine turn their attention to Veirs’ 10th solo album of starry eyed sophistication. There are guest vocals from Sufjan Stevens (on the disarmingly simple and plaintive Watch Fire) and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, a long-time collaborator, but Veirs’ supple voice – occasionally elevated by unexpected outbreaks of ghostly delay – hovers front and centre of the mix. Instrumentation is used with surgical precision, to showcase rather than stifle, and there’s some strident baritone guitar on The Canyon, heartbroken pedal steel on Seven Falls and telling use of strings on the likes of When It Grows Darkest to add depth and atmosphere.

As ever, though, it’s Veirs’ observational lyrics with their indefinably eccentric orbit around universal themes which provide the allure; her words may be rooted in nature and every-day experience, but at her best, she can stop you in your tracks with a single phrase.

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Forest Bathing
LM Dupli-cation

Violinist Heather Trost and accordionist Jeremy Barnes return for a seventh helping of their deeply rooted, passionately played instrumental folk music, this time blending in Japanese themes with their Eastern European sound.

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Persona
Erased Tapes

Ryan Lee West, aka Rival Consoles, releases his fourth album, taking inspiration from an Ingmar Bergman psychological thriller and turning his expert electronic production skills to what Erased Tapes promise is “his most diverse and dynamic record yet”.

David Bowienew releases on vinyl
Changestwobowie (reissue)
Warners

Changestwobowie, arriving on 13 April, is a reissue of the 1981 compilation which is to be initially released in a limited run of 180g black-and-blue vinyl, before ch-ch-changing back to standard black vinyl.


U2

All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Pop and Wide Awake In America
UMC/Island/Interscope

U2 release remastered 180g vinyl reissues of 1985 EP Wide Awake In America, 1997’s Pop, and 2000’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind. Each comes with a 16-page booklet.

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