Out This Week 6/19

A Fiona Apple album is a rare thing, both for its scarcity — this is her first album in seven years — and for the quality of art pop that her contemporaries just seem unable to match. Today sees the release of The Idler Wheel, short for a title longer than this sentence. Fans couldn’t be more thrilled , nor apparently the critics, who are lining up to praise it. No doubt it will top the stacks of most KEXP listeners’ shopping carts this week. Other new releases worth checking out this week include the latest by LA-via-Madison, WI duo Peaking Lights. Our Music Director, Don Yates, praises their third album of psych-tinged dub-pop, Lucifer, for its “cleaner production along with sharper, more pop-oriented songs, combining hypnotic, bass-heavy rhythms with atmospheric keyboards, trippy guitars and ethereal vocals.” Seattle-via-Portland trio Orca Team make a strong debut with “a promising set of surf-tinged post-punk with a heavily reverbed sound combining chiming guitar riffs, melodic bass lines, wistful crooning and nostalgic beach-pop melodies.” And another strong, veteran female artist returns after a long hiatus — Neneh Cherry offers the first album under her own name in 16 years, in collaboration with Scandinavian avant punk-jazz group The Thing, and it’s “an often-bracing set of mostly covers along with a couple of originals, with the music having a raw, organic and improvisational feel combining sometimes-skronky baritone sax, upright bass and drums with Cherry’s elastic vocals.”

Other new releases this week include the first ever solo record by recording veteran Glen Hansard, who fronted influential Irish band The Frames for a couple of decades before forming the award-winning duo The Swell Season with Czech singer and pianist Markéta Irglová. If his past doesn’t merit checking out his solo release, we don’t know what will! A new and not unexpected Seattle duo, Daydream Vacation — formed by Head Like A Kite’s Dave Einmo and Smoosh vocalist Asya, who have recorded together before — debuts with “a sunny set of electro pop-rock, with bright synths, fuzzy guitars, occasional horns, funky dance beats, wispy vocals and sugary melodies.” And UK group Zulu Winter also debut with a strong LP of moody yet danceable indie rock in the vein of Wild Beasts, Givers and Friendly Fires.

You can grab all of these and more, including a collection of early recordings by Silver Jews and the long-awaited(?) return of Smashing Pumpkins, in record stores today. But first, sample more of what this week has to offer and hopefully you’ll discover some new favorites:

Fiona Apple – Every Single Night
from The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do on Epic Records

Blues Control – Iron Pigs (MP3)
from Valley Tangents on Drag City

Can – Millionenspiel
from The Lost Tapes on Mute

Neneh Cherry & The Thing – Dream Baby Dream
from The Cherry Thing on Smalltown Supersound

Daydream Vacation – Dare Seize The Fire (MP3)
from Dare Seize The Fire (self-released)

Sam Densmore – She’s Going to Want You (MP3)
from Ku-Thar’-Tik on Buddy Cat Music

Efren – The Woods & The Wild (MP3)
from Write & New Song on Slo Pro Records

Glen Hansard – Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting
from Rhythm and Repose on Anti-

Hard Drugs – The Hardest Part (MP3)
from Party Foreverer on The Storyboard Label

Orca Team – Ocean Ghost
from Restraint on HHBTM

Peaking Lights – LO HI
from Lucifer on Weird World / Mexican Summer

Portable Sunsets – Guitar Plume
from Mercy on Magical Properties

Silver Jews – Secret Knowledge of Back Roads (MP3)
from Early Times on Drag City

Smashing Pumpkins – album stream
from Oceania on Martha’s Music

The Sun Parade – Need You by My Side (MP3)
from Yossis on Spirithouse Music

Craig Wedren – Get Your Body
from BABY on Nerveland Recordings

White Arrows – Get Gone
from Fireworks of The Sea EP on Votiv Music

Amanda Jo Williams – The Bear Eats Me (MP3)
from The Bear Eats Me on Requiemme Records

Zulu Winter – We Should Be Swimming (MP3)
from Language on Arts & Crafts

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