She waited patiently, occupying a spot in the Top 5 of the NACC 200 since November of last year. And now Karin Dreijer (aka Fever Ray) has her moment in the sun as she rises to the top. Plunge, her second solo album away from The Knife, her now defunct project with brother Olof, was one of the Top 10 best-reviewed albums of 2017 according to Metacritic. Dreijer’s first US tour date in eight years was just recently announced (she’ll be playing the Lightning In A Bottle Festival in California in May) with more dates expected to follow. Congrats to Mute Records for the chart-topper.
No new records reach the NACC Top 10 this week (though Destroyer get a mention for moving back into the Top 10 this week), so we will highlight our two highest debuts on the NACC 200 this week. Debuting at #34 are last week’s top add-getter from Mimicking Birds. Layers Of Us, their first release since 2014’s EONS, finds the band moving away from a folk-rock sound and delving into the electronic realm. The album is set for release January 26th on Glacial Pace.
Debuting just behind Mimicking Birds at #37 this week, is NYC-based quartet Fovea. The follow-up to their 2016 debut EP, Fear Of, is entitled Pencil Me In, out on boutique label Omad, and is the band’s debut LP. Meeting while attending school together at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, the band have made their mark with reviewers and music fans with their difficult-to-catagorize sound.
Riding on a 2018 wave that has found NACC-highlightable albums from a bevy of music veterans (Mavis Staples, Neil Young, Sharon Jones), comes this week’s NACC 200 biggest mover from Van Morrison. Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, Morrison has been making music since 1958 and has released his 38th studio album with Versatile. It is the only album on the NACC 200 this week to climb over 100 spots, rising 198-96.
Taking Top Add honors this week is Typhoon. The band becomes the second in as many weeks from Oregon to land at #1 on the Adds Chart. Hailing from Salem, the eleven-member band have four full length albums under their belt since they formed back in 2005. Offerings is their second release on Roll Call Records and has already jumped aboard the NACC 200 this week at #47.
You can view this week’s genre #1s below. We have new chart-toppers this week at Heavy, Folk, Electronic, and an incredible #1 debut at Jazz from Dr. Lonnie Smith. A recipient of the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Jazz Masters Fellowship last year and named the “Organ Keyboardist of the Year” in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 by the Jazz Journalist Association, Smith opens #1 on the NACC Jazz Chart with his 26th album.
NACC 200 Chart: Top 5 ADDS
# | ARTIST | TITLE | LABEL | # OF ADDS
1) TYPHOON Offerings [Roll Call] //66//
2) THE SUFIS After Hours [Burger] //55//
3) SPICE BOYS Glade [PNKSLM] //52//
4) MUDHONEY LiE [Sob Pop] //44//
5) THE HAPPY FITS Awfully Apeelin’ [Self-Released] //36//
#1 On NACC Genre Charts:
GENRE: ARTIST Title [Label]
NON-COMM: SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS Soul Of A Woman [Daptone]
NACC NEXT: FEVER RAY Plunge [Mute]
ELECTRONIC: EMANCIPATOR Baralku [Loci]
HEAVY: CORROSION OF CONFORMITY No Cross No Crown [Nuclear Blast]
HIP HOP: SHREDDERS Dangerous Jumps [Doomtree]
JAZZ: DR. LONNIE SMITH All In My Mind [Blue Note]
FOLK: MAVIS STAPLES If All I Was Was Black [Anti-]
WORLD: BOUBACAR TRAORE Dounia Tabolo [LusAfrica]