Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.
ARTIST : The Wild Swans
RELEASE: The Coldest Winter For a Hundred Years
BACKSTORY: Lead by former Teardrop Explodes keyboardist Paul Simpson, the Liverpool act this week releases its first album in 21 years and only their third overall, a 13-track collection that features veterans of Echo & The Bunnymen, Spiritualized and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. (Download a free track here.)
BUY: Amazon.com (CD, digital), iTunes (digital)
ARTIST : Gillian & Stephen
RELEASE: Swing: Original Soundtrack
BACKSTORY: Formerly known as The Other Two, former New Order members and husband-wife team Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris this week release the soundtrack — a 6-track CD and 2-track 12-inch record — to Anna Blessman and Peter Saville’s recent exhibition at the Gallerie Frac Champagne-Ardenne in France.
BUY: IdealCopy.com (CD + 12-inch)
ARTIST : Pop Will Eat Itself
RELEASES: Box Frenzy, Now For a Feast
BACKSTORY: Cherry Red this week reissues the 1987 debut and a 1988 compilation of early tracks and demos from the U.K. alt-rockers, each expanded with a bonus disc filled with home demos, rare tracks and cuts never before available on CD, as well as new sleeve notes by band members and “a wealth of unseen photographs.”
BUY: Amazon.com (Box Frenzy, Now For a Feast)