Look out for these albums and DVDs released this week.
Marillion’s seventeenth studio album comes in a deluxe campaign edition that contains a bonus DVD with a feature-length documentary called Making Sounds. Longtime drummer Ian Mosely is once again on board.
Of their fourth album, drummer Neil Sanderson says, “We went for a tighter, more articulated sound. The music we were writing was a little more intricate than in the past, and we’ve been experimenting with new instruments. We wanted to present these new ideas concisely without going over the top in ambience and overall production.”
The 2nd Law is the sixth album from U.K.-based trio, featuring drummer Dominic Howard. The band will play two songs from it this coming weekend on Saturday Night Live. Muse’s previous album, The Resistance, won a Grammy for Best Rock Album and an American Music Award. This past July, Muse’s song “Survival” was adopted as the official song of the 2012 Olympic Games. Live dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
The guitarist’s debut CD features Thierry Arpino, known for his work with Jean-Luc Ponty, on drums, as well as bassist Mark Egan. Guest performers include singer Jon Anderson of Yes and famed fusion guitarist Larry Coryell.
The infamous ex-Ike Turner sidekick’s new album features Detroit-based drummer David Shettler. The album’s sonic palette is said to recall the work of Norman Whitfield’s Motown productions, ’70s Rolling Stones, Can, Bill Withers, and Serge Gainsbourg, as well as Andre’s own doo-wop and funk history.
The acclaimed saxophonist’s tenth album as a leader features keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Mark Guiliana. “I wanted to make a bigger record with more sonic layers,” McCaslin says, “and to go a lot deeper into the electronic realm and push myself harder. [British electronica artist] Aphex Twin really affected the way I wrote for this album. I was attracted to the way he uses really simple melodic ideas with all the activity happening in the drum programming.”