1859 / Different Kitchen (2019)
Abolitionist are back with a new 10" release. Even though their last full length only came out in May of last year, they's put together a mini-album (maxi-ep?) of eight new songs. While this is a band that has always had a certain thematic slant to their albums, this 10" is a full blown concept piece with each song almost directly connected to the one before it.
The songs focus on an uprising of women that are frankly sick of the bullshit that's been brewing in the country. The liner notes specifically point out that the songs were written in February of 2017, right after the 2016 presidential election. Each of the eight songs is a short powerful blast that moves the story forward, ultimately showing the autocrats being overtaken. It's a loud and angry record, but the topics covered sure are ones that should make people pretty angry.
From a strictly musical standpoint, there are songs on other Abolitionist albums that I like better. They're a little catchier and not quite as bleak. But when you look at this 10" as a complete work, you could argue this is the most powerful release the band has put out so far.
Abolitionist - A New Militance: