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Take a look at some recent posts:
Best new release: Cheatahs
The week in music: Travel back to the ’80s with Gardens & Villa
The week in music: Dum Dum Girls release Too True
The week in music: Damien Jurado …
Best new release: Together Pangea’s Badillac
The more Wilco moves away from its early ’90s sound, the closer Matthew Sweet draws back to those days. At least that seems to be the case with new albums out today, Wilco’s The Whole Love and Sweet’s Modern Art.
As Sweet also tours to support the two-decade anniversary of his pop classic, Girlfriend, Jeff Tweedy’s Wilco has moved far beyond the simple sounds of his band’s debut, A.M. (More on Wilco later.)
The Dum Dum Girls also have a new album out today, the addictive Only in Dreams. There’s nothing revolutionary about the Dum Dum Girl’s sound, which — like the Vivian Girls — draws from ’60s girl groups. It’s just good stuff. Other notable releases today include Youth Lagoon’s The Year of Hibernation and Twin Sister’s In Heaven.
The UK band, fronted by singer Roxanne Clifford, has sort of a ’60 garage/pop sound. Some of the songs have a dark undercurrent with the lead track, Found Love In a Graveyard, setting the tone. Galloping rhythms and great hooks abound.
Fans of garage and the Dum Dum Girls probably will like this album. I recommend it.
Initially, I thought the Dum Dum Girls were going to be nothing more than another throwback band doing faithful renditions of ’60s girl group music. After spending more time with the music since last year’s debut album, I Will Be, I feel there’s more depth to the band’s fuzzy, catchy songs. And now with the latest release, I’m anxious to hear what else the Dum Dum Girls have to offer.
The Girls follow the excellent I Will Be with a four-song EP, He Gets Me High, out Tuesday. It’s a strong EP — all the songs are very good. Wrong Feels Right and the title track are big, full songs that grab your attention. He Gets Me High is the standout and is maybe one of the best songs the band has recorded. Download it below.
Take Care of My Baby has the indistinguishable girl group sound. The EP ends with a great Smiths cover, There Is a Light That Never Goes Out.
And here’s a live performance of I Will Be:
The songs are in no particular order.
It’s time for a roundup. Wavves put out a single and Dum Dum Girls just released a video. Japandroids have a new song. And, of course, Arcade Fire teases us with new tracks.