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The week in music: Dum Dum Girls release Too True
The week in music: Damien Jurado …
Best new release: Together Pangea’s Badillac
The new release schedule is revving up a little early this year with some big indie artists coming out before the heavy fall schedule of albums. For me, this is a super Tuesday with releases from Superchunk, Ty Segall and No Age.
I’ll elaborate on each individual album later but I’d say the common thread is that each of these artists keep a foot in the familiar while stretching a bit. So far, I like and recommend all three. Ty Segall’s album Sleeper matches up closest with the 2011 album Goodbye Bread. No Age taps the brakes on An Object. Going strong for almost a quarter century, Superchunk’s I Hate Music actually is the most adrenaline-fueled release of the three new albums.
Other releases of note out today: Zola Jesus’ Versions and Crocodiles’ Crimes of Passion.
It may be Election Day but it’s also new music Tuesday. Highlighting this week’s new releases: the Casket Girls, Teen Daze and an EP from Dirty Projectors.
Dirty Projectors follows its fine release from earlier this year, Swing Lo Magellan, with the EP About to Die. The release features previously unreleased songs in addition to the title-track single from Magellan. My highlight from the EP is Here Till It Says I’m Not.
For you synth fans, Casket Girls is the new project of Ryan Graveface, who also plays with Black Mother Super Rainbow. Ryan (real name Ryan Manon) made the album, Sleepwalking, with Elsa and Phaedra Greene of Savannah, Georgia. It’s a spooky, electronic gem.
The Inner Mansions is the second album from Teen Daze. This is another electronic album but one with a full, lush sound. The highlight for me is Union, a song with Frankie Rose.
Here’s the official video for About to Die:
Also out today: Prince Rama’s concept album Top Ten Hits of the End of the World. The release features songs by 10 fictitious bands who died in an apocalypse. The album comes complete with a K-tel style cover.
You can tell an album is strong if you’re still listening months after its release. With this feature, Heavy Rotation, I’m taking a look at some of the year’s best releases.
Grizzly Bear – Shields. I love the dramatic flourishes on this album. The singles, Sleeping Ute and Yet Again, may be the best of the bunch. Shields picks up where 2009’s brilliant Veckatimest ended. It’s not equal to that release, but, in fairness, that’s a tough album to follow. Other highlights include the 6-minute A Simple Answer.
Beachwood Sparks – The Tarnished Gold. If you like Gram Parsons, the Byrds, the Jayhawks and Wilco’s early rootsy recordings, you’re going to like The Tarnished Gold. The album is actually a comeback for these guys, who disbanded in 2003, just three years after their debut album was released. The new album has hardly made Beachwood Sparks a household name but it’s worth checking out, especially for you alt-country fans.
DIIV – Oshin. Formerly known as Dive, DIIV sounds like a cross between the chill-wave band Real Estate and New Order. With its fat bass string opening, the new wave-sounding Doused is the standout on this album, and I wish more of the songs on Oshin sounded like it. The band is a side project of Zachary Cole Smith of Beach Fossils.
The new music releases are shooting out like clay pigeons. This Tuesday features the release of new albums by Grizzly Bear, Woods, Dinosaur Jr., Robert Pollard, Sic Alps, Band of Horses, Alt-J, Menomena, the Sea and Cake, the Whigs and others. I predict some of these will be heading toward year-end lists, especially Woods and Grizzly Bear.
Among reissues, check out Fac. Dance 02, the second compilation from the legendary Factory Records of Manchester.
Here’s just the thing for the dog days of summer: A pair of very cool, highly original releases out (today) Tuesday from Dirty Projectors and Dusted. The albums feel like they fall at the opposite ends of some musical spectrum. Dirty Projectors’ Swing Lo Magellan is full of complicated musical arrangements borrowing from many genres, while Dusted’s Total Dust is best described as super lo-fi. Both are highly recommended.
Fans of Dirty Projectors know the very distinct sound of this band but there are some twists and turns on Magellan that we didn’t hear on the 2009 breakthrough Bitte Orca. Maybe it’s the beats? In an interview with the New York Times, frontman David Longstreth said he was influenced by a number of artists during the making of Magellan, including Lil Wayne. “I love the beats,” Longstreth said, referring to Weezy’s music. Other artists inspiring Magellan: Neil Young, Guided By Voices, Rod Stewart and blues legend Blind Willie Johnson, he told the Times. All in all, Magellan is a strong album and may even best the remarkable Bitte Orca.
Dusted is the vehicle for Brian Borcherdt, best known for his bass, drums and electronica outfit Holy Fuck. Total Dust is a big departure from the boisterous sounds of that band. Musically, Total Dust sounds like what I imagine a collaboration between Woods and Mount Eerie would sound like. As for production, it’s Lou Barlow circa early ’90s. But what a great album Borcherdt put together with the help of collaborator Leon Taheny. Dusted is slow, deliberate and often haunting.
Stream all of Total Dust here.
You can catch Dirty Projectors at Pitchfork fest Friday.