With new and highly hyped releases from St. Vincent, Beck, Schoolboy Q, if you want a glimpse into what the folks who say such things will be saying are 2014’s top albums, this is your week to listen up. Plus, new songs and releases from The Notwist, Arthur Beatrice, Major Lazer, Silversun Pickups, Architecture in Helsinki, Hundred Waters, Tokyo Police Club, TRUST, Jungle, Yellow Ostrich, SKATERS, and more.
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
"Annie Clark stands astride St. Vincent, a colossus in total—and thrilling—command." –Pretty Much Amazing
The Notwist – Close to the Glass
(RIYL: Radiohead, The Postel Service)
At their best, German electronic rockers The Notwist have reached Radiohead-like heights (see: the gorgeous and largely overlooked indie-pop gem Neon Golden). Release no. 8 for the group is getting mostly positive reviews.
Beck – Morning Phase
"It turns out that a major back injury was what was keeping the once-prolific Beck from releasing more than a handful of one-off tracks in recent years. But 2014 should see a flurry of activity on the Beck front, starting with Morning Phase, his best-reviewed album in years, his Capitol debut and like-minded companion piece to 2002’s acclaimed, moody Sea Change. Beck is also well into the recording process for Morning Phase’s follow-up, and that album could surface as soon as this fall.” –Metacritic
Arthur Beatrice — Working Out
The British four-piece’s pretty, self-produced indie-pop debut is out in the UK today and, for now, up in its entirety on SoundCloud. ”Arthur Beatrice running their race slow and steady has resulted in an album full of sophisticated pop.” –NME
Yellow Ostrich – Cosmos
Major Lazer – Apocalypse Soon [EP]
Natural Child – Dancin’ with Wolves
Silversun Pickups – The Singles Collection
Dinosaur Pile-Up – Nature Nurture
Energetic British rock with a nod to ’90s grunge. The one time I saw them live, the lead singer tried to stand on top of a tall cocktail table, fell (hard) and vomited everywhere before quickly hopping back on stage and finishing the set.
SKATERS – Manhattan
Neneh Cherry – Blank Project
Produced by Four Tet and featuring Robyn, this is Cheery’s first solo releases in more than 15 years
Bleeding Rainbow – Interrupt
Vertical Scratchers – Daughter of Everything
(RIYL: The Kinks, Buzzcocks)
On their first full-length, former Enon and Tricops! members make wry guitar pop that nods to the best of the ’60s and ’90s. –AllMusic
Johnny Winter – True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story
Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron
Is ScHoolboy Q the next Kendrick Lamar? The rapper’s major-label debut (his third album) features Kendrick, Raekwon, 2 Chainz, and Tyler, the Creator. The early buzz is looking promising.
Lo-Fang – Blue Film
patten – ESTOILE NAIANT
She Sir – Go Guitars
(RIYL: My Bloody Valentine, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart)
Dream pop and shoegaze on the Austin foursome’s debut
Tacocat – NVM
"There’s something instantly endearing about a surf-pop band writing summery songs in the gloomiest city in the country… Seattle quartet Tacocat are in the endless line of surf- and garage-pop indie acts that parade blithely with carefree jams about smoking weed on the beach, but at least they’ve been working against certain meteorological odds to get to that optimistic place. That tenacity builds character, which Tacocat is far from lacking." –Pitchfork
Mozes & the Firstborn – Mozes and the Firstborn
Creative Adult – Psychic Mess
Run River North – Run River North
Death Vessel – Island Intervals
The Rhode Island folk band and Sigur Rós tourmates recruit Jónsi for guest work on their sophomore LP.
Eternal Lips – ETERNAL LIPS [EP]
Davidge – Slo Light
Solo release from the Massive Attack producer
Milagres – Violent Light
Twin Forks – Twin Forks
You shouldn’t, but maybe you should — because you know you at least have a morbid curiosity about what it sounds like when Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba shows up late to the I-wanna-be Mumford & Sons or the Lumineers party.
Damaged Bug – Hubba Bubba
Thee Oh Sees frontman/guitarist John Dwyer swaps the axe for synths his solo project debut. It’s not on Spotify, but you can hear the first single on SoundCloud.
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