At this pace, 2014 is well on its way to outdoing 2013 in new releases. The streak continues this week, topped by a terrific new album by Future Islands, which our Music Director, Don Yates, calls “a masterful set of impassioned, ‘80s-steeped electro-pop with glittering synths, streamlined guitars and driving rhythms accompanying Samuel T. Herring’s dramatic, emotion-wracked vocals”. And if you’ve haven’t seen the viral video of “Seasons (Waiting on You)” live on Letterman, don’t wait any longer!
Other great new albums this week, which you’ll hear in our regular rotation, come from long-time KEXP favorites The Hold Steady, whose sixth album, and first with second guitarist Steve Selvidge, “features a heavier, more muscular and guitar-oriented sound for their anthemic, classic-steeped rock, which helps provide more punch to Craig Finn’s colorful, anxiety-ridden narratives”; LA trio Liars, who change up their sound on their seventh LP by favoring “a more brash, dance-floor sensibility with pounding beats, buzzing synths, pulsing rhythms, gloomy, often-distant vocals and dark lyrics”; Melbourne duo Big Scary, newly signed to Seattle’s own Barsuk Records, whose second album “is a mostly slow-burning set of brooding indie-pop inflected with hip hop and R&B, featuring a polished, piano-driven sound with heavy percussion, numerous samples, yearning vocals and melancholy melodies”; you Minneapolis band Howler, whose sophomore effort “is another impressive set of punkish power pop with a diverse set of smartly crafted songs ranging from scrappy Replacements punk and, surf-inflected garage-rock to anthemic folk-rock and motorik psych-rock”; and Ontario’s Tokyo Police Club, who return with their third “well-crafted, tight-as-a-drum set of hook-filled, New Wave power pop combining jangly guitars, dance-friendly rhythms and bright pop melodies juxtaposed with lovelorn lyrics”.
Local artist producer Grieves has a new LP out on Rhymesayers, while the Felice Brother’s Simone Felice returns with his second album. You’ll also want to look out for new releases from Portland’s Ages and Ages, lovers of the great American pastime The Baseball Project, up-and-coming group James Supercave, and Edinburgh artist Dan Willson, a.k.a. Withered Hand. There’s also a great new collection of indie artists covering Bob Dylan in the 80′s. Check out a section from this week’s new releases here:
from Divisionary on Partisan Records
The Baseball Project - Monument Park
from 3rd on Yep Roc
The Belle Brigade - Ashes
from Just Because on ATO Records
Big Scary - Invest
from Not Art on Barsuk Records
Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)
from Singles on 4AD
Grieves - Shreds
from Winter & The Wolves on Rhymesayers Entertainment
The Hold Steady - I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You
from Teeth Dreams on Washington Square
Howler - Don’t Wanna
from World Of Joy on Rough Trade
James Supercave - Old Robot
from The Afternoon EP on Hit City U.S.A.
Johnny Cash - She Used To Love Me A Lot
from Out Among The Stars on Sony Legacy
Liars - Mess On A Mission
from Mess on Mute
London Grammar - Strong
from If You Wait (US release) on Columbia
Mr Little Jeans - Good Mistake
from Pocketknife on Harvest Records
Owls - Why Oh Why...
from Two on Polyvinyl
Simone Felice - Molly O!
from Strangers on Team Love Records
Tokyo Police Club - Argentina (Parts I, II, III)
from Forcefield on Mom+Pop
Tony Molina - Nowhere To Go
from Dissed & Dismissed on Slumberland
Withered Hand - Horseshoe
from New Gods on Slumberland
Built to Spill - Jokerman
from Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One on ATO Records