Thursday, February 27, 2014

Trust


Trust - Capitol
Trust - Rescue, Mister

Trust’s upcoming second studio album is both weird and wonderful and full of spooky dance anthems (and make no mistake - Joyland is quite the perfect soundtrack for yer next dance-party, whether it’s one with pals or a solo effort in front of a mirror) with a quirky electronic palette of seductive beats and dark synth-pop sounds that would almost border on menacing if they weren’t also so goddamned catchy.

Joyland will be released on March 4th, courtesy of Arts & Crafts

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bike For Three!


Bike For Three! - Full Moon
Bike For Three! - Ethereal Love

Man, I loved, loved the More Heart Than Brains long player when it appeared years back, and figured, at the time, that it was just a charming, one-off sort of album from a charming, one-off sort of side-project (ie: Bike For Three! ie: Buck 65 + Greetings From Tuskan) instead of, you know - any kind of lasting endeavor. Which it apparently is, and the follow-up, So Much Forever, proves it with more gorgeous beats and quirky, heart-on-the-sleeve themes from this enigmatic collaborative duo.

So Much Forever is available courtesy of Fake Four, Inc.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Mogwai


Mogwai - Remurdered
Mogwai - Hexon Bogon

On Rave Tapes, the inimitable Mogwai lads exercise an admirable amount of restraint and precision while turning their backs, somewhat, on the rapturous sounds off of Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will (for the most part), and channeling more of the haunting atmospherics and subtleties from their Les Revenants score.

Rave Tapes is available courtesy of Sub Pop

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Son Lux


Son Lux - Lost It To Trying
Son Lux - Easy

The swirling sounds on this long player by jack-of-all-trades Son Lux (from waaay back in October, part of my recapping-all-the-shit-I-forgot-to-shout-out-because-I-was-dealing-with-my-own-personal-problems-so-sorry series) reminds me a bit of Yeasayer's All Hour Cymbals debut and maybe some Timber Timbre at times, but honestly, it's rather difficult - if not impossible altogether - to pigeonhole Lanterns, with its organic old-world elements vs modern-day electronic beat experimentation, and a drastic, jarring shift between uplifting melodies and funeral-march-style dirges.

Lanterns is available courtesy of Joyful Noise

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Notwist


The Notwist - Close To The Glass
The Notwist - Kong

Hello there, it’s been awhile. Following up on a couple of my personal favorites - the 2008 full length, The Devil, You + Me, and Neon Golden, of course, from what seems like an entire lifetime ago - The Notwist is finally releasing a new album. Yes, I’m pretty excited about it. Full of electronic-tinged melodies, alternating between joyous, manic maneuvers and then into straight-up somber sounds, Close To The Glass is equal parts charming and uplifting, and yet still quite haunting, mesmerizing, introspective, and melancholic. Look - after a pretty much perfect track record, I’m gonna swoon over almost anything these German boys are involved in, so yes - this is highly recommended.

Close To The Glass will be released on February 25th, via Sub Pop