DARKSIDE, a brilliant pairing of electronic producer Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington, is getting a ton of buzz on the internet lately and in fact yesterday earned a “Best New Music” rating of 9.0 on Pitchfork. Our Music Director, Don Yates, describes their debut album, Psychic, as “a moody, entrancing blend of various downtempo electronic styles with prog, blues and psych-rock”, and it’s just one of the many excellent new albums you can pick up in stores this week. Like the third album from Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells. Bitter Rivals is “their most diverse, nuanced and melodic offering to date, while still delivering a sometimes noisy, adrenaline-pumping blend of hard rock, hip hop, R&B and bubblegum pop with crunchy guitars, pounding beats, girlish vocals and sugary pop melodies.” Both albums are highly recommended and available in stores today. Also, be sure to check out Sleigh Bells this Saturday, October 12, at Showbox at the Market.
Other excellent new releases out this week come from Brookyn-via-Denton group Parquet Courts, who follow up their their acclaimed debut album, Light Up Gold, with a new EP “that finds them sharpening their energetic blend of driving post-punk and ‘90s slacker rock”; UK singer/songwriter Anna Calvi, whose second album of “goth-tinged avant-pop is a bit darker, more varied and restrained than her promising 2011 debut, with densely textured songs featuring searing guitars, cinematic strings, rolling drums and Calvi’s dynamic, soaring vocals”; NY-via-LA artist Cameron Mesirow, a.k.a. Glasser, whose latest “is another strong set of arty electro-pop with an intricately textured sound featuring bright synths, strings, woodwinds and other instrumentation along with asymmetrical rhythms, crystalline vocals and dreamy melodies”; and the Sonic Youth guitarist’s project Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, who expands upon his other band’s noise rock with an album of “jangly folk-rock, melodic psych-pop and more, with mostly lengthy songs that provide Ranaldo with room for plenty of masterful guitar riffs and solos”.
Also be sure to check out new albums from Detroit duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., whose latest “is a more polished take on their bubbly, psych-tinged electro-pop, with a lush sound featuring shimmering synths, sleek guitars, dance-friendly beats, smooth vocals, sunny harmonies and sugary pop melodies”; Chicago’s Ezra Furman, who “replaces his former acoustic-based sound with a more electric and aggressive attack while still leaving room for plenty of bright melodic hooks on this set of punkish, occasionally ‘50s-inspired rock with politically charged lyrics”; of Montreal, whose latest “finds them setting aside the funky electro-pop stylings of their past few albums and instead hearkening back to their earlier, more rock-oriented sound with this sharply executed blend of Beatles psych-pop and Bowie glam-rock, featuring a variety of tightly constructed songs with jangly guitars, piano, bluesy slide and steel guitars, effervescent harmonies and catchy pop hooks”; Philly-based DJ/multi-instrumentalist RJD2, whose new album “is a diverse and somewhat uneven set of mostly instrumental, beat-driven tracks combining elements of hip hop, various electronic styles, rock, funk, jazz and more”; and Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., whose new solo EP of “well-crafted pop-rock” comes out on the Julian Casablancas-owned Cult Records.
There’s a lot more out this week besides — including new albums from The Fratellis, Tim Kasher, Daniel Bachman, Turing Brakes and many others — so head over to your favorite record shop to find some new favorites… but not before you sample the songs gathered here first:
Daniel Bachman – Honeysuckle Reel
from Jesus I’m A Sinner on Tompkins Square
V V Brown – Samson
from Samson & Delilah on YOY Records
Anna Calvi – Sing To Me
from One Breath on Domino Recording Co.
Carnivores – Spell
from Second Impulse on Army of Bad Luck
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)
from The Speed of Things on Warner Bros.
DARKSIDE – Golden Arrow
from Psychic on Other People / Matador Records
The Deer Tracks – Epilogue
from Epilogue on The Control Group
The Fratellis – This Old Ghost Town
from We Need Medicine on BMG
Ezra Furman – My Zero
from Day of the Dog on Bar/None
Glasser – Shape
from Interiors on True Panther Sounds
Albert Hammond, Jr. – Rude Customer
from AHJ EP on Cult Records
His Clancyness – Zenith Diamond
from Vicious on Fat Cat Records
Tim Kasher – Where’s Your Heart Lie
from Adult Film on Saddle Creek
of Montreal – Belle Glade Missionaries
from Lousy With Sylvianbriar on Polyvinyl Records
Parquet Courts – You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now
from Tally All The Things That You Broke EP on What’s Your Rupture?
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust – Lecce, Leaving
from Last Night On Earth on Matador Records
RJD2 – Her Majesty’s Socialist Request
from More Is Than Isn’t on RJ’s Electrical Connections
Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals
from Bitter Rivals on Mom+Pop
St. Lucia – Too Close
from When The Night on Neon Gold/Columbia Records
SWiiiM – All My Things
from Cellophane Castle on Lightwave Records
Turin Brakes – Time and Money
from We Were Here on Cooking Vinyl / Red River Entertainment