Out This Week 8/9

Based on their first album, 2007’s Strange House, it could have been easy to write off British band The Horrors as little more than a costume band imitating the look and sound of goth and garage bands before them. Fortunately, with each consecutive release they just keep getting better. On their third album, Skying, topping this week’s list of new releases, The Horrors add a more melodic New Wave sensibility to their previous album’s more post-punk sound, which itself was a step forward from their debut. Our Music Director, Don Yates, commends Skying‘s “prominent echoes of ‘80s New Wave acts like Simple Minds, Psychedelic Furs and Echo & the Bunnymen on dreamy pop anthems that float along on billowing clouds of symphonic synths, atmospheric guitar textures and occasional horn riffs.”

Another noteworthy new release this week comes from DOM, which refers either to the group of young musicians or the songwriter himself, known only by that first name and who originally composed the songs on the critically acclaimed Sun Bronzed Greek Gods EP in his Worcester, MA, bedroom. The new EP, Family of Love, finds DOM and his bandmates recording in proper studio with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Björk) and creating a more layered sound that never forgets what we loved most about the debut EP, its indelible hooks.

Ursula 1000, a.k.a. DJ and multi-instrumentalist Alex Gimeno, returns this week with another retro-space age jam, Mondo Beyondo, whose comically ghoulish single “Graveyard Stomp” can best be described as The Cramps meet B-52s. In fact, the B-52s’ Fred Schneider is one of several guests on the album, which also features French singer Isabelle Antena and Thievery Corporation’s Natalia Clavier. For a bit less camp and dance, and more lushly atmospheric soundscapes, try LA band Pepper Rabbit‘s dreamy sophomore release, Red Velvet Snow Ball, which adds a bit more sonic experimentation to the indie pop sound they developed on their debut, Beauregard. Fans of avant-folk and improvisational jazz should check out the latest from Brooklyn’s Jason Ajemian & the HighLife. Ajemian has recorded with Josephine Foster (as Born Heller), Rob Mazurek, Marc Ribot, and many others in those scenes. Also worth picking up is a new 6-song EP by lo-fi experimentalist Teen Daze and the debut LP of Widowspeak, with 2/3 of its members originally from the Tacoma area and a fuzzy Western-meets-garage sound that will remind listeners of a fuzzier Cat Power or Mazzy Star.

All of these and more can be found in record stores today. Check Largehearted Boy’s list for a complete list. But don’t leave before you sample all of the tunes collected here:

Afrobeta – Nighttime (MP3)
from Under The Streets on DoIT Music Group

Jason Ajemian & the HighLife – Bliss Is This (MP3)
from Riding The Light Into The Birds Eye on Sundmagi

Br’er – Are We Still Married (His Name Is Alive cover) (MP3)
from Of Shemales and Kissaboos on Edible Onion

DOM – Damn (stream)
from Family of Love EP on Astralwerks

The Horrors – Moving Further Away (MP3)
from Skying on XL Recordings

The Irrepressibles – Forget the Past (MP3)
from Mirror Mirror on Major Record Label

Kites with Lights – Cosmonauts (MP3)
from Cosmonauts on 24 Hour Service Station

Armand Margjeka – Alive (MP3)
from Margo Margo (self-release)

Pepper Rabbit – Murder Room (MP3)
from Red Velvet Snow Ball on Kanine Records

Prophets & Kings – Die to Rest (MP3)
from Prophets & Kings (self-released)

Scattered Trees – Four Days (MP3)
from Sympathy on Roll Call Records/EMI

Teen Daze – Surface (MP3)
from A Silent Planet on Waaga Records

Ursula 1000 – Répétez Le Repetoire (MP3)
from Mondo Beyondo on ESL Music

Widowspeak – Harsh Realm (MP3)
from Widowspeak on Captured Tracks

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