Out This Week 3/27

Our in-studio guests today, THEESatisfaction, debut awE naturalE this week. Their new release seems like it should be their second or third, seeing as how the local duo have performed live on KEXP for several years and have been together for the last six years or so. Though Cat and Stasia enlist their pals from Shabazz Palaces for assistance, their music has its own unique groove. As our Music Director, Don Yates, says, the album is “an adventurous blend of cosmic hip hop, psychedelic funk, abstract R&B and bohemian jazz, combining woozy synths, jazzy piano, blunted rhythms, icy raps and smooth singing, with the duo’s poetic lyrics alternating between social commentary and spiritual exploration.” awE naturalE is a true rarity among tired, traditional rap and hip-hop. Check it out now.

Another album that should land at the top of your “to buy” stack of new releases is the latest from Justin Townes Earle, whose fourth album is “a consistently strong set of soul-steeped folk-pop with a variety of beautifully crafted songs featuring gentle reverbed guitars, classic soul horns, atmospheric keyboards, intimate vocals and melancholy, introspective lyrics. While there are a couple of refreshing jolts of rockabilly energy, most of the album is haunting, low-key and deeply personal.” A regular guest on KEXP, Justin recently performed live on KEXP from the SXSW Radio Day Stage. Greg Vandy will play it tomorrow night at 6:45PM on The Roadhouse, but you should grab the album now for maximum enjoyment!

More new releases you’re going to want to pick up include the second solo album from Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman, a.k.a. La Sera, who “improves upon her debut thanks to stronger, more varied songs and a bit more polished and forceful sound, diversifying and strengthening her blend of jangly indie-pop, ‘60s girl groups and beach-pop on catchy songs with jangly, reverbed guitars, soft vocals and melancholy lyrics.” La Sera’s Sees the Light is out on local label Hardly Art. Its venerable cousin, Sub Pop, who put out the THEESatisfaction debut is also releasing EPs today by Poor Moon, a new dreamy pop group featuring a pair Fleet Foxes, and Retribution Gospel Choir, the rocking side project of Low’s Alan Sparhawk. Seattle songwriter Lindsay Fuller also has a new album out on ATO, and will perform her songs live on KEXP tomorrow at 1PM!

Also, Swedish production trio Miike Snow follow up their previous danceable album with “a variety of well-crafted, intricately textured songs combining prominent piano, woozy synths, occasional steel drums, propulsive rhythms, somewhat anonymous vocals and catchy pop hooks,” and former frontman for The Jam, Paul Weller, turns it up to 11 on his adventurous 11th solo effort, which our Music Director calls “one of his best, with an energetic mix of edgy psych-rock, motorik German prog, Blur Brit-rock, propulsive post-punk, trippy dub and more.” Check out all of these as well as the awaited full-length debut from lo-fi turned orchestral pop practitioner Oberhofer, the first soundtrack by Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds, and an experimental new album (even for them) by The Mars Volta. Have a listen before heaving off to your local record shop:

Adam and the Amethysts – Prophecy (MP3)
from Flickering Flashlight on Kelp Records

Ólafur Arnalds – album preview
from Another Happy Day Soundtrack on Erased Tapes

Brothertiger – Lovers
from Golden Years on Mush Records

Sandy Bull – Oud (MP3)
from Sandy Bull and the Rhythm Ace: Live 1976 on Drag City

Cains & Abels – Stay Home Tonight (MP3)
from My Life Is Easy on Whistler Records

Caveman – Old Friend (MP3)
from CoCo Beware on Fat Possum Records

Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands – Drowned Out (MP3)
from Muses and Bones (self-released)

Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now (MP3)
from Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now on Bloodshot Records

Lindsay Fuller – Everything I Ever Had (MP3)
from You, Anniversary on ATO Records

La Sera – Please Be My Third Eye (MP3)
from Sees The Light on Hardly Art

The Mars Volta – The Malkin Jewel
from Noctourniquet on Warner Bros.

Mairi Morrison and Alasdair Roberts – Mìle Marbhphaisg air a’ Ghaol (MP3)
from Urstan on Drag City

Miike Snow – The Wave
from Happy to You on Universal Republic

Oberhofer – HEART (MP3)
from Time Capsules II on Glassnote

Poor Moon – People in Her Mind (MP3)
from Illusion on Sub Pop

Retribution Gospel Choir – The Stone (Revolution!) (MP3)
from The Revolution EP on Sub Pop

THEESatisfaction – QueenS (MP3)
from awE NaturalE on Sub Pop

The Touré-Raichel Collective – Bamba (download)
from The Tel Aviv Session on Cumbancha

Tyburn Saints – Broken Bottles (MP3)
from You and I in Heaven (self-released)

Mirel Wagner – The Road (MP3)
from Mirel Wagner on Friendly Fire

Way Yes – Important (MP3)
from Walkability EP on Lefse Records

Paul Weller – That Dangerous Age
from Sonik Kicks on Yep Roc Records

Zeus – Are You Gonna Waste My Time? (MP3)
from Busting Visions on Arts & Crafts

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