Triple R Soundscape: 1 April 2019

Soundscape is a weekly look at local and international releases making an impression on our musical radar. The list offers a cross section of EPs and albums arriving at the station

We have been busily scouring the Soundscape! Check out some of our favourite finds for this week 1 April 2019

Mdou Moctar - Ilana: The Creator (Sahel Sounds/Rocket Distribution)**Album of the Week

The latest album from the Niger musician is filled with soaring Saharan rock and psychedelic blues. Citing Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and Prince as influcences, Moctar creates a sound that is entirely his own.

Tiana Khasi - Meghalaya (SOUL HAS NO TEMPO/Special Interest)

The Sampology-produced debut from the Brisbane-based artist draws on themes of family, heritage and empowerment, exhibiting her celestial voice over a tapestry of jazz, soul, blues and R&B.

Laura Imbruglia - Scared of You (This Much Talent)

The fourth album from the Melbourne artist - coming 5 years after her last release - traverses sounds of pub rock, country, shoegaze and yacht rock. Imruglia explores the joys and frustrations of human relationships, seeking to unpack human fallibility.

Ibibio Sound Machine - Doko Mien (Merge Records)

Doko Mien is the third release from the London electro-funk 8-piece. Led by Nigerian born front-woman Eno Williams, whose vocals shapeshift from pop-punk and sultry R&B to power-diva, ISB prove here that they are one of the leaders of the 21st century era of borderless pop.

Rob Snarski - Sparrow & Swan (Penney & Logan)

The Black Eyed Susans frontman returns with his first solo album since 2015. Sparrow & Swan is a collection of songs which are drawn towards the narrative; stories of Brisbane Cab drivers, to a sailor in search of Helsinki, expressed through Snarski's distinctive layered take on folk music.

Various Artists/Floating Points - Late Night Tales (Late Night Tales)

The latest in the long running Late Night Tales series is curated by Sam Shepherd AKA Floating Points. This mix exhibits Shepherd's vast spectrum of taste, ranging from heavy techno to ambient classical, global soul and folk.

Beth Gibbons, The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Krzysztof Penderecki - Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs) (Domino)

The Portishead singer and songwriter trades trip-hop for classical, taking on Polish composer Henryk Górecki’s seminal work Symphony of Sorrowful Songs with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Krzystof Pendercki.

Káryyn - The Quanta Series (ANTEVASIN)

The Syrian born New York based artist wrote, produced and performed every track on her debut release. Combining her soaring operatic voice with her masterful production skills, Káryyn explores the legacy of generational trauma through her own familial history of surviving the Armenian genocide, to mourning family members who passed in Syria.

Lambchop - This (is what I wanted to tell you) (City Slang)

The long-running alt-country act expand their sound to include multiple genres, blending in tones of folk and urban soul, and experimenting with auto-tune modulations and electronic music making. Produced by Matthew McCaughan and frontman Kurt Wagner over two years, This reveals Lambchop as a band not afraid to innovate while maitaining masterful restraint.

Spiral Stairs - We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized (Coolin' By Sound)

The co-founder of Pavement releases his third solo effort as Spiral Stairs, expanding his twangy-rock palette to include saxophone and trumpet, while occasionally foraying into psychodelia.