This week is a whopper of a release week. There are SCADS of great albums that were let loose today. This installment of New Releases of Note is chock full ‘o radness, from prog-electro mainstays Justice to sweetly quirky She & Him and every minute genre in between. Don’t forget to watch/listen to the YouTube playlist including tracks from all of these artist’s new releases below! Read on…
(this is by no means a comprehensive list of releases)
They’re so proggy, those Justice guys. This newest album takes their slight prog leanings to the next level, downright conjuring 70s geniuses Yes and Queen, but with a good does of dance punk groove. Not as bombastic and catchy as their last, but intriguingly disco-infused and remarkably (and pretty pleasurably) cheesy. An interesting listen… prepare your dancin’ shoes.
You either love her voice, or you just don’t. It’s not traditional sounding but it’s her own and she rocks it pretty darn well. M. Ward’s addition of excellent composition and precise instrumentation, providing the aural landscape for her smooth croons, are icing on the cake. This album reworks old favorites into their own cheery yet sedate blend of indie wonder… a soon-to-be holiday staple.
Tom Waits is just a genius. His gravely Grandpa voice is absolutely striking, and on this first album of studio material since 2006, he sounds especially and gleefully unhinged. The album is mainly populated with love songs, as difficult as that may be to discern from the tone of some of them. Just as many of his albums are absolutely essential, this one is just as important as anything he’s put out to date. He’s a ramshackle romantic with a deep, dark bent… and this album couldn’t be more enjoyable. A Waits standard.
They tour the US in a station wagon and they draw their album covers exclusively in crayons… say hi to The Beets. They’re garage rock personified, off-kilter harmonies and clunky drums throughout. You can never really tell where they’re going with their songs, but you’re into the sound anyway. Reminiscent of another Hardly Art signing, Fergus & Geronimo, The Beets take on a Moldy Peaches-vibe, charming their ramshackle way into your indie-lovin’ hearts. A great top-down driving jam!
And… some more (click each link to listen to a track):
Coldplay – “Mylo Xyloto”
Deer Tick – “Divine Providence”
Dntel – “Life is Full of Possibilities”
Jedi Mind Tricks – “Violence Begets Violence”
Russian Circles – “Batu”
The Owls – “Lights Off”
Kathleen Edwards – “Wapusk”
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