DC April 23 New Release Recap

Phoenix's eagerly anticipated new album Bankrupt leads the hefty list of releases big and small this week but we've got a few names, some known, some not so much, to add to your list of albums to explore: Paula Cole's self-released Raven, Alexander Fairchild's retro-pop/rock splendor Where Do You Go (EP), Brit folk songwriters Bella Hardy and Rae Morris, London bluesy folk/rock duo Smoke Fairies, Denver's alt-folking outfit Churchill and Aussie roots-rocker Mia Dyson's excellent new album The Moment. Also worth your time: Frank Turner's Tape Deck Heart, The Chapin Sisters' A Date with the Everly Brothers, Tom Jones' Ethan Johns-produced Spirit In the Room and Love Will Come For You from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Plus new music from Junip, Plain White T's, Laura Cortese and much more. Check out the full listing below along with our features that link to streaming music and videos...

It was only a couple months ago that we had Denver alt-folk/rockers Churchill on the DC RADAR and here they are again with a few fresh tracks in a new EP The War Within due next week -- four songs that also serve as a preview of the band's A+M/Octone full-length debut due this summer. One of the important components in Churchill's new musical mix (what we've praised as "freewheeling, boisterous and ebullient") is the studio guidance of Brendan O'Brien, the veteran and highly-respected producer who has worked with everyone from Pearl Jam to Bruce Springsteen to The Fray...more DC

For Mia Dyson the moment began in 2009. After releasing three critically-acclaimed albums in her native Australia, Dyson packed up and made the move to America to explore the country whose music had shaped her own. Over the next three years she lost her partner, her money and her band but she ended up finding her own soul. She also began creating the songs that have become her latest album The Moment (April 23), an extraordinary collection of soulful, often blistering and ragged-in-all-the-right-places roots/rock song...more DC

New album Raven (April 23, 675 Records) marks a few important milestones for Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Paula Cole. After years in the major label domain and five prior studio releases, Cole steps truly solo and independent with Raven: raising fan-funds through Kickstarter, assembling a studio band and producing and writing her songs (with production assistance from friend and drummer Ben Wittman). It is, she says, an embrace of "the new entrepreneurial reality" as well as an inpressive bounty of "highly personal" new songs...more DC

Like her contemporaries Laura Marling and Rachel Sermanni, Bella Hardy fuses contemporary acoustic songwriting with the pervasive feel and style of traditional U.K. folk. But where others use the classics as a foundation to fashion their own dramatic storytelling and melody-making songs, Hardy's style -- even on her own fine compositions -- is more tied, albeit loosely at times, to tradition. Which isn't to say that her new album Battleplan, out this week in the U.K., doesn't have its own adventurous streak... more DC

We first tipped you to Brit piano songstress Rae Morris a year and a half ago when we wrote about her "impressive mop of oversized locks and a voice to match." Both the hair and the voice are happily still on full display and the songwriting just keeps getting better and better as Morris delivers a new EP From Above this week in the U.K. It's hard to pick a favorite but "Wait A While" is quickly becoming one of those "hit replay" songs...more DC

We know this about Alexander Fairchild. One, that's not his real name. Two, he was raised in Ontario Canada and now lives in New York City. Three, he fashions large-scale, retro-pop anthems with the greatest of ease. Four, he talks about Joni Mitchell and The Beatles like they just released new music. Five, he recently released the second of three EP's -- Where Do You Go -- leading up to a June full length imaginatively titled Alexander Fairchild Volume 1. Six, he's as impatient as he is prolific...more DC

More April 23 Releases:

Alanis Morrisette - Live at Montreaux 2012
Alexander Fairchild - Where Do You Go EP
Almost Classy - S/T EP
Bella Hardy - Battleplan (UK)
Big Deal - June Gloom
Bill Ryder-Jones - A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart 
Bryan Hayes - Tangle Me Up In You
Churchill - The War Within EP
Coastwest Unrest - High Times on Lowly Streets
Emeli Sandé - iTunes Sessions EP (DIG)
Fantasia - Side Effects of You
Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart
Gooding - Buffalo
Hymn For Her - Lucy & Wayne’s Smokin Flames
Ian McCulloch (Echo & Bunnymen) - Holy Ghosts/Pro Patria Mori
Jerry Miller - I've Got A New Road Under My Wheels
Joe King (The Fray) - Breaking (EP)
Junip (w/ Jose Gonzalez) - S/T
Karl Hyde (Underworld) - Edgeland
Laura Cortese - Into the Dark
Laura Stevenson - Wheel
Lower Plenty - Hard Rubbish
Michael Bublé - To Be Loved
Paula Cole - Raven
Phoenix - Bankrupt!
Plain White T's - Shoud've Gone to Bed EP
Rae Morris - From Above EP (UK)
Smoke Fairies - Blood Speaks (U.S.)
Snoop Lion - Reincarnated
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - Love Will Come For You
Sweet Baboo - Ships
The Bills - Yes, Please
The Chapin Sisters - A Date w/ the Everly Brothers
The Neighbourhood - I Love You
The Postelles - ...And It Shook Me
The Veils - Time Stays We Go
Tom Jones - Spirit In the Room (U.S.)
Valente - Music For Rooftops
Young Galaxy - Ultramarine