Big Boi, Chris Cohen, Catherine Irwin, Tim Maia, Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet, Melody’s Echo Chamber and Eccentric Soul Omnibus | Fall albums

From cosmic free-bop to forgotten soul, there’s a lot to look forward to this fall.

  • Photograph: Jonathan Mannion

    Big Boi

  • Photograph: Sarah Lyon

    Catherine Irwin

  • Photograph: Kate Dollenmayer

    Chris Cohen

  • Melody's Echo Chamber

  • Photograph: Fran�ois Perica

    Rob Mazurek

  • Tim Maia

  • Tim Maia

Photograph: Jonathan Mannion

Big Boi


Big Boi
Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

Def Jam (November 13)

Daddy Fat Stax takes a different tack from 2010’s Sir Lucious Left Foot, enlisting Little Dragon and Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel in addition to usual hip-hop suspects Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky and Big K.R.I.T. As for the other half of OutKast, Andre 3000, don’t hold your breath. Kate Bush fans, however, may have something to look forward to if Big Boi’s Twitter feed is to be believed.
Big Boi plays the North Coast Music Festival Sunday 2.

Chris Cohen
Overgrown Path

Captured Tracks (September 25)

Cohen’s name may not carry the weight of, say, Justin Vernon, but his gentle sense of melody has been essential to several indie outfits, from Deerhoof (he shines on The Runners Four) to the heartwarming Cryptacize. Cohen’s left those outfits, as well as the West Coast, behind to forage in Vermont, and the understated psych-folk of his lovely solo debut would be a perfect companion while traveling the winding back roads of his new home.

Catherine Irwin
Little Heater

Thrill Jockey (September 18)

Remember Freakwater? The alt-country forerunner has been on hiatus since who knows when, and while Janet Bean is easy to spot around town, we hardly ever hear from the other half of that outfit: Catherine Irwin, who calls Louisville home now. Irwin’s second solo album is also her first in a decade, which makes perfect sense. Her stark, lived-in folk isn’t the kind of thing that can be rushed.

Tim Maia
Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia

Luaka Bop (October 2)

A pot bust in ’63 sent Rio native Tim Maia home after four years soaking up vibes stateside. The late Brazilian remains largely unknown to U.S. audiences as a result, but his return spawned the sweet soul fusion captured on this 15-track set, collecting some of Maia’s funkiest recordings from across the 1970s.

Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet
Stellar Pulsations

Delmark (August 28)

Cornetist Rob Mazurek’s tour through the free-bop cosmos continues with the lockstep rhythm team of bassist Matt Lux and drummer John Herndon, who’ve joined him on nearly every endeavor from Isotope 217 to Exploding Star Orchestra. What makes Pulsar Quartet different is the presence of New York pianist Angelica Sanchez, whose graceful melodic counterpoint allows the already-burning core trio a chance to simmer down and enjoy the surroundings.

Melody’s Echo Chamber
Melody’s Echo Chamber

Fat Possum (September 25)

Fans of Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino and the late Trish Keenan of Broadcast, meet your new obsession: French siren Melody Prochet. Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker lent a hand on this hallucinogenic love letter to the ’60s, looking back with throbbing synths, guitar fuzz, rubbery bass lines and in-the-pocket drums. But the focus never strays from Prochet’s breathy coo, which could last forever.
Melody’s Echo Chamber opens for the Raveonettes at Lincoln Hall September 27.

Various artists
Eccentric Soul: Omnibus Vol. 1

Numero Group (October 23)

Forty-five 45s is the hook behind this beauty of a box set, which collects disparate, nearly lost soul recordings and their strange and fascinating back stories. A handful of these sides were originally intended to be Numero’s inaugural release. Ten years later, the deeper-than-deep cuts emerge as the stepchildren of the well-received Eccentric Soul series.