Out This Week 5/28

It’s an eclectic mix of new releases this week, including some moody music out of the UK, led by trip-hop pioneer Tricky, whose latest album is, according to our Music Director, Don Yates, “his most focused effort in years” featuring the sounds he’s most known for, i.e. “gloomy, mostly downtempo beats and haunting textures with a variety of (mostly female) guest vocalists paired with Tricky’s own bleak muttering vocals.” Among the more notable guests is the ethereal voiced Antlers frontman Peter Silberman. Another brooding new album comes from fellow Brit artist Laura Marling, whose fourth LP “is a masterful set of dark, intimate folk-pop” that seems more conceptually composed than her previous efforts as it builds from sparse guitar work to lush orchestration that highlights Marling’s “husky, elastic vocals, spellbinding melodies and probing, sometimes cutting lyrics.” More moody music comes from UK duo Mount Kimbie, whose second album develops their formerly sample-heavy sound by “fleshing out their moody post-dubstep sound with the addition of live instrumentation along with occasional vocals”. And though Baltimore’s quirky sound-makers Animal Collective occasionally tend toward some sunnier sounds, their new remix EP poses some interesting challenges to listener’s, amplifying the sonic experimentations found on 2012’s Centipede Hz.

Other interesting new releases this week come from sister duo CocoRosie, whose latest is “one of their most straightforward and song-oriented albums” yet in keeping with their previous work “combines eerie atmospheric textures and hip hop beats with quavering, child-like vocals and dark, sometimes disturbing lyrics”; from Argentine singer Natalia Clavier, a frequent vocalist with Thievery Corporation, whose second solo album features “a lush, groove-driven electro-pop sound inflected with R&B, rock, reggae and various Latin styles to accompany her sultry vocals”; from Malian guitarist (and son of the legendary Ali Farka Toure) Vieux Farka Toure, who “pays tribute to his strife-torn homeland with this gorgeous set of acoustic-oriented Malian blues, combining Toure’s fluid guitar work and raspy vocals with a variety of traditional West African instrumentation”; and California songwriter/producer Will Wiesenfeld, a.k.a. Baths, whose sophomore effort “finds him evolving his sound, adding a darker and more band-oriented approach to his unique mixture of post-modern pop and delicate beats.”

There’s much more waiting for you in record stores today, including the second album by Brooklyn-via-Austin indie-pop project Brazos, Woodsist Records’ rockers Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, New Orleans trumpeter and singer (and Treme favorite) Kermit Ruffins, plus reissues of early albums by Damien Jurado and King Tuff, and a fascinating collection of “old-time” outsider music curated by Frank Fairfield. Sample these and more below before heading out to pick them up:

Animal Collective – New Town Burnout (Shabazz Palaces Remix)
from Monkey Been to Burn Town EP on Domino

Baths – Ironworks
from Obsidian on Anticon

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks – Don’t Look Down
from How Far Away on Woodsist Records

Brazos – How The Ranks Was Won
from Saltwater on Dead Oceans

Natalia Clavier – Trouble (MP3)
from Lumen on Nacional Records

CocoRosie – Gravediggress (MP3)
from Tales of a GrassWidow (self-release)

Feathers – Soft
from If All Here Now (self-released)

Hooded Fang – Ode to Subterrania
from Gravez on Full Time Hobby

Damien Jurado – Omaha (Demo Version)
from Where Shall You Take Me (10th Anniversary Deluxe LP) on Secretly Canadian

King Tuff – Dancing On You
from Was Dead (reissue) on BurgerRecords

Laura Marling – Master Hunter
from Once I Was an Eagle on Ribbon Music

Mount Kimbie – Made To Stray
from Cold Spring Fault Less Youth on Warp

Paperhaus – Helicopters
from Lo Hi Lo (self-released)

Kermit Ruffins – I Got A Treme Woman (MP3)
from We Partyin’ Traditional Style! on Basin Street Records

Sally Shapiro – If It Doesn’t Rain (Dan Lissvik Remix)
from Elsewhere on Paper Bag Records

Vieux Farka Touré – Allah Wawi
from Mon Pays on Six Degrees Records

Tricky – Tribal Drums (feat. Francesca Belmonte)
from False Idols (self-released)

When Saints Go Machine – Iodine
from Infinity Pool on !K7 Records


Eric Burdon With Jenny Lewis – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
from True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series Volume 4 on ATO Records

South Georgia Highballers – Mister Johnson Turn Me Aloose
from Frank Fairfield’s Pawn Records Presents… Turn Me Loose: Outsiders of ‘Old-Time’ Music on Tompkins Square

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