WAX IDOLS American Tragic — LP/CD/Digital (In Stores October 16)
The third album by Wax Idols is equal parts declaration of independence and meditation on togetherness, and this is, perhaps, where it strays from the band’s previous work: American Tragic stands out for its profound empathy — elegiac in its approach, but connective by nature. To say that it’s simply a break-up album is to sell short an idea that Hether Fortune has been playing with over the entire arc of her discography, and that is the notion that personhood is neither fixed nor consistent: We can be independent and attached, in need of discipline and desire, or even fully autonomous with a little bit of help. As Fortune points out here, even America, for all its symbolism and mythic value, also rests in tragedy.
NO DEVOTION Permanence — 2 x LP/CD/Digital (In Stores September 25)
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The debut album by No Devotion cleans slates and moves forward: Having refined those early flirtations with nostalgic pop-noir to find themselves at the intersection of post-punk heart and contemporary tricknology, its subject matter still bleeds with equal measures longing and satisfaction. In the same way that he did in Thursday, Rickly revels in the anxiety and relief. But ultimately, Permanence is about the mark that’s left after the bleeding: It’s something new, something unpredictable, something there to remind you.
CREEPOID Cemetery Highrise Slum — LP/CD/Digital
BUY IT NOW: Vinyl & CD • Digital
After logging in an early EP, two albums with No Idea, an EP for Graveface, and countless miles on the road, Cemetery Highrise Slum finds a home at Collect and marks the beginning of a new moment for Creepoid—one that’s expansive but intimate, refined but raw, realistic but hopeful. Not many records find the cohesion in the distance, but Creepoid travels through it artfully, never losing sight of the song.
Splatter vinyl (400 Pressed)
UNITED NATIONS United Nations — LP/CD/Digital (In Stores July 10)
The debut album, remastered and repackaged for this special reissue, with the original “banned” artwork restored to its litigious glory—now expanded to include the previously unreleased panels that complete the original triptych.
White vinyl (1,000 Pressed)
Deluxe CD with Collector’s Longbox (300 Made)
CITIES AVIV Your Discretion is Trust — Digital LP
Memphis-bred, Brooklyn-based artist Cities Aviv has been at the forefront of an increasingly expansive take on hip-hop since his debut mixtape hit the circuit in 2011, prompting Pitchfork to call him “a conflicted, searching thinker, with an outsider/insider perspective that merges the personal and the political, and lashes-out against the street mentality that mocks his forward-thinking hip-hop.” His first release with Collect is a digital album that demands immediacy—filtering punk, industrial, no wave, and hip-hop with a thoroughly original lens.