Release Day Picks: March 1st New Album Highlights


Each week Release Day Picks profiles new LPs and EPs Team JamBase will be checking out on release day Friday. This week we highlight new albums by Hand Habits, Delicate Steve, Pond, Hozier and Consider The Source. Read on for more insight into the records we have all queued up to spin.

Hand Habits – placeholder

The Scoop: “A big aspect of my songwriting and the way I move through the world depends on my relationships with people,” stated Meg Duffy who records as Hand Habbits. “The songs on placeholder are about accountability and forgiveness. These are all real stories. I don’t fictionalize much.” The multi-instrumentalist recently spent time as a member of Kevin Morby‘s band. Duffy also played electric guitar on William Tyler‘s recently released album Goes West. The Los Angeles-based Duffy wrote the bulk of placeholder while wildfires destroyed vast areas of California. “Fire is such a powerful symbol,” Duffy said. “It’s destructive, but it’s also generative.” The 12-track album out today on Saddle Creek follows Hand Habits’ debut, Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), that Woodist issued in 2017.

Delicate Steve – Till I Burn Up

The Scoop: Delicate Steve (Steve Marion) titled his fifth album after a purportedly misheard Dr. John lyric. The guitarist thought he heard the legendary New Orleans pianist sing “till I burn up,” rather than the actual lyrics within the classic “I Walk On Guilded Splinters” – “tit Alberta.” “The idea of this young freak making Gris Gris in LA, and nobody knowing what to do with it in 1968 …” Marion stated. “[Dr. John] gave me confidence to be a little more freaky and abstract instead of quirky and nicely-packaged like my last album was. There is a confidence that comes with abandoning the idea of wanting to create something that everyone might like to check out.” The 12-track Till I Burn Up follows 2017’s This Is Steve and the 2018 seasonal release, The Christmas Album.

Pond – Tasmania

The Scoop: Australian psyche-rockers Pond once again teamed with former band member and Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker to produce their eighth full-length, Tasmania. The 10-track new album is described as a “dejected meditation on planetary discord, water, machismo, shame, blame and responsibility, love, blood and empire, all wrapped in luxurious, funky prog-pop,” and was recorded with Parker in Fremantle, Western Australia. It follows 2017’s The Weather, which “laid the blueprint for the kaleidoscopic array ideas exhibited on Tasmania.”

Hozier – Wasteland, Baby!

The Scoop: After a four year wait, Hozier returns with his highly-anticipated sophomore album Wasteland, Baby!. The 14-track effort took the soulful Irish singer-songwriter over a year to make. The LP also includes a guest spot from Mavis Staples on its opening track “Nina Cried Power,” which was inspired by the singer as well as the likes of Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday and James Brown. The album was also inspired by current events. “I got off the road, didn’t have much of a hobby and plugged into the 24 news cycle like a lot of people do, and there was a real sense of doom and gloom and this mad political rhetoric and posturing and pissing contests going on on a global stage, so definitely that’s something that comes up here and there, albeit through a personal lens,” Hozier told DJ Zane Lowe.

Consider The Source – You Are Literally A Metaphor

The Scoop: Instrumental trio Consider The Source has spent the last four years honing their “global sci-fi fusion sound” on the road by touring extensively. The band finally released a new record today, You Are Literally A Metaphor. Guitarist Gabriel Marin, bassist John Ferrara and drummer/percussionist Jeff Mann’s sixth studio album contains nine tracks. Three of the songs on You Are Literally A Metaphor are Eastern European traditionals, while the rest are original compositions. CtS’s latest LP incorporates new sounds thanks to the addition of Taurus bass pedals to Ferrara’s rig and the use of a new custom Vigier double-neck guitar by Marin. “Consider the Source retain their signature fiery maximalism while pushing the hooky, anthemic songwriting to the forefront,” as per press materials announcing the record.

Compiled by Jeffrey Greenblatt, Andy Kahn and Scott Bernstein.