Best New Album Releases, February 2015, Vol. 2 – Carl Barat & The Jackals, Jose Gonzalez, Emile Haynie, The Amazing, Keith Mead


The last two weeks of February album drops features former Libertines’ frontman, Carl Barat, and his band, The Jackals, and their debut album, Let It Reign, that borrows lovingly from The Clash and throws in a couple of sweet ballads to boot. Emile Haynie teams up with a number of other artists on the album,We Fall which includes the single “A Kiss Goodbye,” with Charlotee Gainsbourg, Devonte Hynes and Sampha.

View and listen to the top singles from the Best New Album Releases for February, Vol. One.

Swedish musician Jose Gonzalez, with his third solo album of folk pop tracks dipped in West African blues and layered vocals. On the latest from Brooklyn’s A Place To Bury Strangers, the band cranks out more oozing shoegaze mixed with psych rock, post punk and goth.

Also, don’t miss new singles from fresh albums by The Amazing, Dan Deacon, Keath Mead, The Black Ryder, Gang of Four with Alison Mosshart, Cheatahs, Sonny and The Sunsets, Steve Gunn and the Black Twig Pickers, and many others. Disclaimer: All songs are made available for review and property of the artists and labels. Purchase any of the albums via Amazon simply by clicking on the album title. Don’t miss the Top 10 Songs charts for February and January. The other Top 10 charts for February – based on this playlist – will be posted in the coming week.


“Glory Days”Carl Barât and The Jackals from Let It Reign on Grand Jury/Cooking Vinyl

“A Kiss Goodbye” Emile Haynie featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Devonté Hynes and Sampha from We Fall on Interscope

“Every Age”Jose Gonzalez from Vestiges & Claws on Mute


“EarthEE”THEESatisfaction from EarthEE on Sub Pop

“Straight”A Place to Bury Strangers from Transfixation on Dead Oceans

“Polite Refusal”Keath Mead from Sunday Dinner on Company Records


“Wax Chance” Six Organs of Admittance from Hexadic on Drag City

“Santaria”The Black Ryder from The Door Behind the Door on The Anti-Machine Machine

“Feel The Lightning”Dan Deacon from Gliss Riffer on Domino


“Picture You”The Amazing from Picture You on Partisan

“Broken Talk”Gang of Four feat. Alison Mosshart from What Happens Next on Metropolis/Membran

“Cheap Extensions”Sonny & the Sunsets from Talent Night at the Ashram on Polyvinyl

“Rosie”The Lowest Pair from Sacred Heart Sessions on Team Love

“Trailways Ramble”Steve Gunn/Black Twig Pickers from Seasonal Hire on Thrill Jockey

“Sunne”Cheatahs from Sunne EP on Wichita

“House Shoes feat. Nina K”Nadastrom from Nadastrom on Friends of Friends


“Chains”The Airborne Toxic Event from Dope Machines on Epic

“Weather Vane” Sam Prekop from Republic on Thrill Jockey

“Alone Again”The King Khan & BBQ Show from Bad News Boys on In the Red Records

“Refugio”Anthony Naples from Body Pill on Text

Axis- Sova from Early Surf

Miscellaneous Releases from Axis: Sova, Leviathan, Little Tornados and Rev. Peyton

A bad-ass combined assault of guitar jams, ferocious bass runs and frenzied drumming on Axis: Sova‘s seven-minute, instrumental track, “Fractal Ancestry,” qualifies it as a notable single from the album Early Surf.

“Fractal Ancestry”Axis: Sova from Early Surf on God?/Drag City

Leviathan-Scar Sighted

We rarely featured what we call ‘monster rock’ aka ‘death metal,’ but there was such a strong response from music lovers to Leviathan’s new single, “All Tongues Toward,” that we decided to include it. The album art from the band’s Scar Sighted album is sick. We’ll see when the Top 10 comes out if they made it in. If you haven’t seen the Top 10 playlists for the first half of February check them out.

“All Tongues Toward”Leviathan from Scar Sighted on Profound Lore


Have A BalloonLittle Tornados from We Are Divine on Rio Bogota Records

Unicorn Little Tornados from We Are Divine on Rio Bogota Records

And there was this very odd, but entertaining, music video from Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.

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