Out This Week 2/4

February is kicking off with lots of interesting stuff for your ears, most notably, the sophomore release from duo Broken Bells — Danger Mouse and James Mercer of The Shins. KEXP’s Music Director, Don Yates, describes the new album After the Disco as “a strong set of psych-tinged rhythmic pop that improves upon their debut thanks to bolder production and stronger, hook-filled songs fleshed out with funky beats, spacy synth textures, fuzzy guitars, memorable pop melodies and occasional Bee Gees-inspired falsetto vocals.” Icelandic artist Ásgeir shares the English-language version of his debut release, which was translated by John Grant. Seattle’s own Grammy-winning artist Mary Lambert will release her debut EP for Capitol Records titled Welcome to the Age of My Body. Augustines will drop their self-titled debut, which you can hear tracks from live on KEXP on Thursday, February 6th at 9:30 AM PT. And just in time for Valentine’s Day, Starbucks releases the latest in their Sweetheart compilation series, featuring covers performed by Beck, Vampire Weekend, Fiona Apple, Jim James, Phosphorescent, Sharon Jones, and more.

Be sure to check out The Burlies, a new band led by Dismemberment Plan’s Travis Morrison. Another debut EP out this week is from Snowbird, the duo of Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde and singer-songwriter Stephanie Dosen. Local band Sunn O))) team up with Ulver for a three-track, 35-minute album out today. And old-school Scottish popsters Aztec Camera offer a 30th anniversary reissue of their classic debut album including a bonus disc of rarities.

+/- – “Exorcising Your Ghost”
from Jumping the Tracks on Teenbeat Records

Ásgeir – “Torrent”
from In the Silence on One Little Indian

Augustines – “Nothing To Lose But Your Head”
from Augustines on Votiv/Oxcart

Aztec Camera – “Oblivious”
from High Land, Hard Rain 2xCD re-issue on Domino USA

Bombay Bicycle Club – Carry Me
from So Long, See You Tomorrow on Vagrant

Broken Bells – Holding On For Life
from After the Disco on Columbia

The Burlies – In a Never-Ending Way
from The Burlies EP on self-released

ceo – Wonderland
from Wonderland on Modular Recordings

Cymbals – The Natural World
from The Age Of Fracture on Fat Possum

Gardens & Villa – “Bullet Train”
from Dunes on Secretly Canadian

The Haden Triplets – SONG
from The Haden Triplets on Third Man Records

Mary Lambert – “Sarasvati”
from Welcome to the Age of My Body EP on Capitol Records

Mas Ysa – Why
from Worth EP on Downtown

Marissa Nadler – Was It A Dream
from July on Sacred Bones/Bella Union

Secret Colours – It Can’t Be Simple
from Positive Distraction Part I EP on self-released

Snowbird – “Porcelain”
from Moon on Bella Union

Sunn O))) and Ulver – “Let There Be Light”
from Terrestrials on Southern Lord

Ulf Lohmann – “Sicht”
from Pop Ambient 2014 compilation on Kompakt

Jim James – “Turn Your Lights Down Low” (Bob Marley cover)
from Sweetheart: Our Favorite Artists Play Their Favorite Love Songs compilation on Hear Music

CHVRCHES – “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (Bauhaus Cover)
from Vampire Academy Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Universal

Water Liars – “I Want Blood”
from Water Liars on Fat Possum

Juan Wauters – “Escucho Mucho”
from N.A.P. North American Poetry on Captured Tracks

Xiu Xiu – “Stupid in the Dark”
from Angel Guts: Red Classroom on Polyvinyl

Young Fathers – “Low”
from Dead on Anticon

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One Comment

  1. Jerry
    Posted February 9, 2014 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Jeremy Messersmith’s Heart Murmurs came out this week and is also great. Would think it would be up the alley of my fellow KEXP listeners :)

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