The Hope Six Demolition Project
Harvey recorded her ninth album early last year in a rather unusual location: a glass-enclosed installation at London's Somerset House, where a live audience was able to observe the recording sessions. The resulting album is her first since the excellent 2011 release Let England Shake.
The surviving members of the great British shoegaze/alt-rock band Lush have reunited for the first time since 1996, and have big plans for 2016. A spring reunion tour (which, after a slightly delayed start, kicks off tomorrow) will be bookended by this new four-song EP and—potentially—a new full-length album further down the line.
A Sailor's Guide to Earth
The country artist earned quite a bit of acclaim for his 2014 sophomore set Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. It also earned Simpson a major label contract, which he kicks off with this excellent, self-produced nine-song set that includes a cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom" and an appearance by the Dap-Kings. Sailor's Guide currently stands as 2016's best-reviewed album to date.