Out This Week 4/29

It’s a strong week for new albums, including the long-awaited solo debut from Blur frontman (and Gorillaz leader) Damon Albarn. KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes the release as “a mostly dark, brooding set of eclectic, beat-driven pop with a stripped-down, dub-influenced sound combining haunting piano, mournful strings, glitchy beat loops and occasional other instrumentation with Albarn’s fragile vocals, wistful melodies and introspective, often-autobiographical lyrics revolving around childhood memories and the alienating effects of modern technology.”

Dallas band Old 97’s return with their 10th regular studio album, which Yates says “hearkens back to the rawer, more raucous sound of their first few albums with a revitalizing set of punkish, booze-fueled roots-rock combining fiery buzzsaw guitar riffs, galloping rhythms and frank, smartly crafted lyrics about the joys and pitfalls of life in a rock band, where good times often fail to mask the heartaches and pain.”

Baltimore duo Wye Oak recasts their sound for their fourth album, Shriek, “leaving behind guitars for a strong set of dreamy electro-pop… accompanying Jenn Wasner’s supple alto and lyrics of loss and renewal.” The latest from Pink Mountaintops, the now LA-based project of Black Mountain’s Steve McBean, is “an impressive blend of anthemic psych-rock, swaggering glam and motorik post-punk.” Calgary artist Chad VanGaalen shares “one of this strongest sets yet of spacy psych-folk, featuring a warped sound with acoustic and electric guitars, aluminum pedal steel and more, along with folk-rock harmonies, eerie lead vocals and often-surreal lyrics.” And the latest from Mexican guitar duo Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela finds them “hearkening back to their early days, with a stripped-down acoustic set of fleet-fingered guitar duets blending elements of flamenco, metal, blues, classical and more on nine expansive instrumental tracks that pay tribute to nine of history’s difference makers.”

The new release from the reunited Pixies (minus Kim Deal) “collects all the songs from the recent EP1 and EP2 along with the songs from the just-released EP3.” There’s just a few new songs added to the album, so unless you’re a Pixies completist, why not use that cash towards some of the other releases on this list?

3108 – “Go to Hell”
from 3108 on Trouble in Mind

A Winged Victory for the Sullen – “Atomos VII”
from Atomos VII 12″ on Kranky/Erased Tapes

Damon Albarn – “Everyday Robots”
from Everyday Robots on Parlophone

Ólafur Arnalds – “Someday”
from Gimme Shelter Music from the Motion Picture on Milan

Nat Baldwin – “In The Hollows”
from In the Hollows on Western Vinyl Records

Olga Bell – “Stavropol Krai”
from Krai on New Amsterdam Records / One Little Indian

The Bevis Frond – “Lights Are Changing”
from High in a Flat: Highlights 1987-1990 on Cherry Red

Broken Twin – “Glimpse of a Time”
from May on Anti

Mark E – “Bog Dance”
from Product of Industry EP on Spectral Sound/Ghostly

Elephant – “Elusive Youth”
from Sky Swimming on Memphis Industries

Ex-Cult – “Shattered Circle”
from Midnight Passenger on Goner Records

The Family Dogg – “A Way of Life”
from A Way of Life: Anthology 1967-1976 on RPM Records

Fennesz – “Static Kings”
from Bécs on Editions Mego

Floor – “Sister Sophia”
from Oblation on Season of Mist

Frameworks – “Loom”
from Loom on Topshelf

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger – “Moth To A Flame”
from Midnight Sun on Chimera Music

Jacques Greene – “No Excuse”
from Phantom Vibrate EP on LuckyMe

Klaus Johann Grobe – “Between The Buttons”
from Im Sinne Der Zeit on Trouble In Mind

The Hive Dwellers – “Moanin'”
from Moanin’ on K Records

Grace Jones – “Nightclubbing”
from Nightclubbing deluxe edition reissue on Island/Universal Music

Sd Laika – “Meshes”
from That’s Harakiri on Tri Angle

Ray LaMontagne – “Supernova”
from Supernova on RCA

Muuy Biien – “White Ego”
from D.Y.I. (Do Yourself In) on Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records

Nels Cline Singers – “Companion Piece”
from Macroscope on Mack Avenue

André Obin – “Loaded Soul”
from Ways of Escape on Sky Council

Ohio Express – “Beg, Borrow & Steal”
from Beg, Borrow & Steal: The Complete Cameo Recordings on Real Gone Music

Old 97’s – “Let’s Get Drunk & Get It On”
from Most Messed Up on ATO

Ought – “Habit”
from More Than Any Other Day on Constellation

The Pink Mountaintops – “Ambulance City”
from Get Back on Jagjaguwar

Pixies – “Greens and Blues”
from Indie Cindy on PixiesMusic

Plasticland – “Alexander”
from Plasticland on Cherry Red

Ramona Lisa – “Backwards And Upwards”
from Arcadia on Terrible

Eli “Paperboy” Reed – “WooHoo”
from Nights like This on Warner Bros.

RiFF RAFF – “How To Be The Man”
from NEON iCON on Mad Decent

Rodrigo y Gabriela – “The Soundmaker”
from 9 Dead Alive on ATO

Secret Colours – “Quite Like You”
from Positive Distractions Part II on self-released

SFV Acid – “Cheddar Mercedes”
from Amber’s Songs on UNO NYC

Styles P – “So Deep”
from Phantom and the Ghost on Phantom

Survival Knife – “Fell Runner”
from Loose Power on Fat Possum / Glacial Pace Recordings

William Tyler – “Whole New Dude”
from Lost Colony on Merge

Chad VanGaalen – “Monster”
from Shrink Dust on Sub Pop

We Have Band – “Someone”
from Movements on Naïve

White Lung – “Snake Jaw” (b-side)
from Drown With the Monster 7″ on Domino

Whitechapel – “The Saw Is The Law”
from Our Endless War on Metal Blade

Wovenhand – “Good Shepherd”
from Refractory Obdurate on Deathwish Records

Wye Oak – “Shriek”
from Shriek on Merge

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