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Album of the Week: Anna Meredith

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British experimental musician Anna Meredith has released a new album, FIBS, today via Black Prince Fury and it’s our Album of the Week. Find more info on the album below. Below that are streams of other notable albums released today: Swans, Little Scream, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Kanye West, and Mikal Cronin.

Anna Meredith: FIBS (Black Prince Fury)

FIBS is the follow-up to her acclaimed 2016-released debut album, Varmints. Since then she has kept busy, doing the soundtrack to the Bo Burnham-directed film Eighth Grade and working as a classical composer. And, a press release points out, that she “was recently named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s birthday honors list for services to music, making her Anna Meredith MBE.”

Of the album title FIBS, in a previous press release Meredith said fibs are “lies - but nice friendly lies, little stories and constructions and daydreams and narratives that you make for yourself or you tell yourself.”

Earlier this week we posted our rave review of the album and you can read that here. Here’s an excerpt from James Thornhill’s review:

“‘Genius’ is a word, so overused and misplaced, but in the case of Anna Meredith there is a good case for its use. In her hands, sound is malleable, something to be shaped into new forms.

FIBS, her second album, builds on the brilliance of 2016’s Varmints, but is in no way a ‘follow-up.’ It’s is a 45-minute, polyrhythmic, Technicolor explosion of ideas and styles that condenses her 20 years of composing, performing, and producing to create a work of wonder.”

Previously Meredith shared FIBS’ first single, “Paramour,” via a hypnotic video for the track featuring a Lego train traveling around Meredith and her band as they perform the song. It’s surely one of the best music videos of the year and “Paramour” also made it to #1 on our Songs of the Week list. Then she shared another song from the album, “moonsmoons,” as well as an Augmented Reality app for the song that uses Spatial Audio so that you can place various instrumental parts of the song in various areas in whichever space you are in. Then she shared “Inhale Exhale,” which was also one of our Songs of the Week. Then she shared a video for “Inhale Exhale” in which she sang the song in a carwash.

Also this week we posted our new interview with Meredith on the album and you can read that here.

Plus, also pick up our new print issue, the My Favorite Album Issue, to read our interview with Meredith about her all-time favorite album.

Anna Meredith Tour Dates:

Mon. Feb. 3 - Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
Tue. Feb. 4 - Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
Wed. Feb. 5 - London, UK @ EartH
Thu. Feb. 6 - Bristol, UK @ Trinity
Sat. Feb. 8 - Glasgow, UK @ Art School
Sun. Feb. 9 - Coventry, UK @ Arts Centre
Mon. Feb. 10 - Brighton, UK @ Old Market

Also Released This Week:

Mikal Cronin: Seeker (Merge)

Little Scream: Speed Queen (Merge)

Sunn O))): Pyroclasts (Southern Lord)

Swans: Leaving Meaning (Young God)

Kanye West: Jesus Is King (Def Jam)

Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Colorado (Warner Records)

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