It’s Tuesday! New music! Go buy some! I’ve run down some of this week’s new releases that I think are particularly noteworthy and that, maybe, you hadn’t been inundated with coverage on already. (I know, Baroness lacking for press? Whatever, it’s a great record.)
Also, local bands: let us know when you’ve got new music. Email us email@example.com.
Metalheads rejoice! The new Baroness album is out! If you freaked out over the Red Album – and many people did – the Blue Record will probably cause you to have an aneurysm. Tight, pummeling compositions and massive – nay, EPIC – production work here provides a surprisingly strong complement to the sludgy brew this Savannah crew cooks up.
If Baroness is too … I don’t know, awesome for you to handle, then good lord, please do yourself a favor and don’t check out The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist by Junius. You’ll probably pull a muscle or something trying to cope with its heavy, post-Cave In awesomeness. (Also available in a damned impressive vinyl package!)
The new project from Xian Hawkins (of the legendary Silver Apples) is calledBell Horses and it’s a collaboration between him and singer-songwriters Jenny Owen Youngs and Alexander Hawkins. On This Loves Last Time, the three tap into the vein of glitch-folk that’s proven so interesting over the past few years, but instead of another Morr Music soundalike, Bell Horses are a little weirder. The songs written by Youngs and Hawkins are beautiful and well-crafted, but Hawkins splits the difference between the oscillating freakouts of the Silver Apples and the robotic swirl of Sybarite to craft backing tracks that are bracing and steeped in retro-futurism.
Need your electronic music to be a little more mellow? Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds is releasing Found Songs today. The music was the result of a project Arnalds indulged in earlier this year where he composed a track every day for one week straight, releasing them immediately via the web … for free. Well, now he wants to get paid for the work and you should definitely indulge him; the pieces here are well within Arnalds’ typical milieu of challenging, atmospheric electronica, but considerably more visceral and engaging, which shouldn’t be surprising, considering their genesis.
Portland-based MarchFourth Marching Band releases their second studio album today. Rise Up takes the band’s kinetic brass-band style and applies it – appropriately enough – to an invigorating set of songs that evoke the pride and strength of New Orleans, without getting trapped in the treacly homage that’s marked many post-Katrina musical efforts regarding the Big Easy. And, seriously, marching band music? Awesome.
And, finally, the fine folks at Soundway continue to chronicle the underappreciated greatness of the sounds of the African Diaspora in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. While most crate-diggers head straight for the Motherland (if they can get past the funk, soul, and r&b that was being made here in the U.S.), Soundway manages to draw bright lines between the States, the many diverse scenes on the African continent and – most importantly – the far-flung colonial outposts that proved to be just as vibrant and unique in their approach to music. Tumbele! Biguine, Afro & Latin Sounds from the French Caribbean is a rollicking set that provides plenty of accessible points of entry (I recommend heading straight for “Jojo” by the aptly named “Ensemble La Perfecta”), and a wide variety of sounds, but also a surprising consistency.
Oh yeah, the Raincoats‘ first album is being reissued today. But only on vinyl! Hahaha. Suck on that.
More stuff you’re buying:
- Air: Love 2
- Bad Lieutenant (Bernard Sumner’s new band): Never Cry Another Tear
- Bear In Heaven: Beast Rest Forth Mouth
- Roseanne Cash: The List
- Dead By Sunrise (Chester Bennington of Linkin Park): Out of Ashes
- Downpilot: They Kind of Shine
- Dukelbunt: Raindrops & Elephants
- The Flaming Lips: Embryonic (see my review here)
- Erin McKeown: Hundreds of Lions
- Nellie McKay: Normal As Blueberry Pie (A Tribute to Doris Day)
- Grant Lee Phillips: Little Moon
- Skeletonwitch: Breathing the Fire (see my review here)
- Skyfire: Esoteric
- Thao with the Get Down Stay Down: Know Better Learn Faster
- Vandana Vishwas: Meera: The Lover
- Kristeen Young: Music For Strippers