Beck, St Vincent and Wild Beasts lead new album releases (February 24)

Plus new albums from Arthur Beatrice, Schoolboy Q, Neneh Cherry and Skaters

Beck, Wild Beasts and St Vincent lead this week’s new album releases (February 24).

Beck’s latest album ‘Morning Phase’ is his first album in six years, coming after ‘Modern Guilt’ in 2008. The album is described as being a “companion piece” to the largely acoustic ‘Sea Change’, released in 2002, and includes a number of guest stars including Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Joey Waronker.

Meanwhile, Wild Beasts release their fourth album ‘Present Tense’. Speaking to NME earlier this year, frontman Hayden Thorpe discussed how the issue of the class system fed into the record. “‘Wanderlust’ is almost a kind of war cry, asking, is this the best we’ve got – kids singing in accents that aren’t their own, singing about lives that aren’t theirs, and reaping huge rewards from it?” he said.

He added: “So little is done with so much privilege – music is really a class thing, because if we’re under a government that’s making people pay £9,000 a year for university, then it’s only the rich kids who’ll get to art and music school.”

St Vincent also releases her fourth album, the self-titled follow up to 2011 album ‘Strange Mercy’. The album was recorded in Dallas, Texas with Dap-Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss, McKenzie Smith of Midlake and producer John Congleton.

Elsewhere, there are new albums from Schoolboy Q, Neneh Cherry, Skaters and Untold while Arthur Beatrice and Lo-Fang release their debut albums.

This week’s new album and EP releases:

Arthur Beatrice – ‘Working Out’
Band Of Horses – ‘Acoustic At The Ryman’
Beck – ‘Morning Phase’
Lo-Fang – ‘Blue Film’
Major Lazer – ‘Apocalypse Soon’ EP
Milagres – ‘Violent Light’
Neneh Cherry – ‘Blank Project’
The Notwist – ‘Close to the Glass’
Reverend & The Makers – ‘Thirty-Two’
Schoolboy Q – ‘Oxymoron’
Silversun Pickups – ‘The Singles Collection’
Skaters – ‘Manhattan’
St. Vincent – ‘St. Vincent’
Untold – ‘Black Light Spiral’
Wild Beasts – ‘Present Tense’