Summer holiday weeks are typically slow when it comes to new releases. Kids are working part-time jobs, families are taking vacations, and adults are more likely to be out hiking, river rafting, or just playing hooky from work. Hardly anyone is cooped up staring at their computer right now… in fact, it seems like it’s maybe just you and me here. So I’ve got a tip for ya: there’s still plenty of great music to be found on the record store shelves this week.
Check out the brand new release from 21 year-old Will Wiesenfeld, known as Baths to electronic aficionados, in particular those of the increasing popular sub-genre called “glo-fi”. Being cooped up in his San Fernando Valley home helped Wiesenfeld develop a unique blend of chillwave, electronic pastiche, shoegaze etherealism, and soulful beats — the result, Cerulean, is a confident and stunning debut. Baths’ current tourmates, the enigmatic group Fol Chen, also have a new album out today. Usually obscured by masks and aliases, Fol Chen can’t hide their downright catchy rhythms in their dadaistic presentation. Weirdly fun stuff!
Also waiting for you at record stores today is the latest from Guided By Voices’ Robert Pollard. I know, I know… you’re asking what makes this any different from his fourteen other solo albums, right? As Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder says it, “It sounds to me like Robert Pollard uncharacteristically took ten years to make this one. He will tell you otherwise, but I don’t believe him. It’s too fucking good.” Know most widely as one half of crossover hip-hop group OutKast, Big Boi has just released a solo album that’ll change all of that. Pitchfork says of his latest, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, “We haven’t heard a major-label rap album this inventive, bizarre, joyous, and masterful in a long time.” And another veteran of alternative music, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, returns with How to Destroy Angels, a new project co-helmed by his wife, Mariqueen Maandig, formerly of West India Girl, and electronic wizard Atticus Ross, who’s worked with Reznor for some time now. Maandig’s vocal style is like creamy butter on top of the sharp edges of Reznor/Ross’s programming. While the CD is available starting today, you can still pick up the digital EP for free on the band’s website.
Check out these and more on Largehearted Boy’s list before you yourself play hooky and head over to your favorite record shop. It is a holiday week after all!
Baths – Maximalist (MP3)
from Cerulean on Anticon
Big Boi – Shutterbug
from Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son Of Chico Dusty on Island/Def Jam
The Cat Empire – Feeling’s Gone
from Cinema on Red Distribution
Fol Chen – In Ruins (MP3)
from Part II: The New December on Asthmatic Kitty
How to Destroy Angels – The Space in Between
from How to Destroy Angels EP (CD version) on The Null Corporation
Richard Laviolette and the Oil Spills (MP3)
from All of Your Raw Materials on You’ve Changed Records
Modern Skirts – Rebecca St. Claire (MP3)
from Happy 81 EP on Athens Music
Noun – Brother (MP3)
from Holy Hell on Don Giovanni
Robert Pollard – Arrows and Ballons (via Spinner)
from Moses on a Snail on GBV Inc.
Royal Canoe – Me Loving Your Money (MP3)
from Co-Op Mode (self-relesed)
The Silver Seas – Another Bad Night’s Sleep (MP3)
from Chateau Revenge (self-released)
Thieves Like Us – Forget Me Not (MP3)
from Again & Again on Shelflife
The White Ravens – Sparks (MP3)
from Gargoyles and Weather Vanes (self-released)
Kathryn Williams – Just A Feeling
from The Quickening on One Little Indian