Out This Week 3/11

KEXP DJs have had nothing but soaring praise for the latest from British band Elbow, titled The Take Off and Landing of Everything. Music Director Don Yates notes their sixth album “continues in the vein of 2011’s Build A Rocket Boys! with a subdued, downbeat set of atmospheric prog-pop featuring mostly lengthy, slow-burning songs that gently pulse with spare amounts of tasteful orchestration.”

Another album that’s knocked our socks off is the debut full-length from local duo Iska Dhaaf, comprised of former Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band frontman Benjamin Verdoes and Nathan Quiroga (aka Buffalo Madonna of Mad Rad). Yates describes it as “a moody, well-crafted set ranging from propulsive post-punk to psych-tinged dream-pop.”

The latest from Portland’s Battleme is out today, which you hopefully streamed already on the KEXP Blog. Irish band September Girls release their impressive debut album, described by Yates as “a dark, atmospheric blend of ‘60s girl-group pop, folk-rock and psych-pop with fuzzy noise-pop, featuring a hazy, heavily reverbed sound with jangly guitars, eerie organ, distant vocals and haunting melodies.” Former Galaxie 500-frontman Dean Wareham shares a self-titled solo album that’s a “beautifully crafted set of dreamy psych-pop with softly chiming guitars, atmospheric keyboards and gentle vocals.”

Notable soundtracks this week include Bradford Cox‘s (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound) score to the documentary, Teenage, out today as a digital-only release. The soundtrack to the film Divergent features tracks from M83 (as you can stream below), Tame Impala and Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Ellie Goulding, and more.

Aloe Blacc – “The Man”
from Lift Your Spirit on Interscope / XIX

Battleme – “Nights on the Strand”
from Future Runs Magnetic on El Camino Records

Biblical – “Second Sight”
from Monsoon Season on New Damage

Bill Pritchard – “Trentham”
from A Trip to the Coast on Tapete Records

Bradford Cox
from Teenage Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Cinereach Music

Champs – “Savannah”
from Down Like Gold on Play It Again Sam

Dean Wareham – “Holding Pattern”
from Dean Wareham on Sonic Cathedral

Don Williams – “Talk Is Cheap”
from Reflections on Sugar Hill

Elbow – “This Blue World”
from The Take Off and Landing of Everything on Polydor

Iska Dhaaf – “Everybody Knows”
from Even The Sun Will Burn on Brick Lane

Joan as Police Woman – “Holy City”
from The Classic on Play It Again Sam

Johnny Foreigner – “WiFi Beach”
from You Can Do Better on Alcopop!

Le1f – “Boom”
from Hey digital EP on Terrible Records/XL Recordings

Max Cooper – “Impacts”
from Human on Fields

Metronomy – “Love Letters”
from Love Letters on Because

MØ – “XXX 88″ ft. Diplo
from No Mythologies to Follow on RCA

Ozomatli – “Brighter”
from Place in the Sun on Vanguard

Scraps – “Secret Paradise”
from Electric Ocean on Fire Records

September Girls – “Heartbeats”
from Cursing the Sea on Fortuna Pop

The Soft Hills – “Here It Comes”
from Departure on Tapete Records

Tensnake – “Love Sublime” feat. Nile Rodgers and Fiora
from Glow on Astralwerks / EMI

Tunabunny – “Different Jobs”
from Kingdom Technology on Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records

M83 – “I Need You”
from Divergent Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Interscope Records

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