November 2, 2018

The Roadburn: Essential Sounds playlist is a place for us to share new music and whatever has been tickling our pickle over the previous seven days. We try to keep it largely to new music and we try not to repeat ourselves too much. But sometimes certain artists or records just really stick with us and deserve repeat appearances.

Two such acts reappearing in the Essential Sounds playlist this week are Marissa Nadler and Soft Kill. The former has just completed a short run of European dates – but if you get the chance to catch her spellbinding show in Canada or the US before the end of the year, you’re in for a treat! The latter has just commenced a Euro run of dates, so there’s still plenty of opportunity to catch their post-punk swirl across the continent. These two artists have released two albums that are just about guaranteed to be on our end of year list of albums – captivating, electric and essential.

We’ve also added A.A.Williams – whose video we exclusively premiered earlier this week. If you’ve not yet checked out the incredible track, Control, now’s your chance.

Finally, Nicole Dollanganger’s Heart Shaped Bed album is on Spotify so we could add a track to the playlist! Rejoice! The hardest part was narrowing it down to just one song. Do check out the whole record when you get a chance.

Becky Laverty

As ever, if you’d prefer to seek out these tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need.

SylvaineL’appel du vide (Season of Mist)

Bruce HaackWhen Mothers of Salem (Telephone Explosion)

Tearful MoonI Love You More Than Death (760627 Records DK)

Tim HeckerIs a rose petal of the dying crimson light (Sunblind Records)

TalonsMovements on Seven (Holy Roar Records)

HebosagilMetsätie (Self Release)

Nicole DollangangerHeart Shaped Bed (Crystal Math / Eerie Organization)

Soft KillTrying Not to Die (Profound Lore)

Marissa NadlerLeave the Light On (Bella Union)

A.A.WilliamsControl (Holy Roar Records)