Out This Week 9/21

It’s hard to pick just a few highlights this week, as there’s tons of great new albums in shops now. Seattle-based project Hibou (led by Peter Michel) releases their debut self-titled full-length on beloved local label Barsuk Records. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls the long-awaited album, “an impressive set of summery, ‘80s-steeped dream-pop with ringing, reverbed guitars, atmospheric keyboards, gauzy vocals and wistful melodies.” Another local treasure, Telekinesis, releases his fourth album, “a diverse, expertly crafted set of ‘80s-steeped synth-pop ranging from pulsing dance-pop to atmospheric space-pop ballads.” And Northwest artist Natasha Kmeto shares her sophomore release, “an impressive blend of moody R&B, electro-pop and post-dubstep grooves combining dark synths and spacious, echoing beats with her soulful, full-bodied vocals and emotive lyrics.”

Austin guitarist/singer/songwriter Gary Clark Jr. returns with “a potent blend of blues, soul, funk, psych-rock, hip hop, gospel and more that finds him focusing less on flashy solos and more on tight song construction.” Veteran New York band Mercury Rev share their eighth album (and first in seven years), “an often-gorgeous set of kaleidoscopic psych-pop with a rich, varied sound ranging from buoyant soul and funk-inflected pop-rock to lush orchestral ballads, though the songs are occasionally undermined by some daft lyrics.” Bob Moses — not a dude, but a duo of Brooklyn-via-Vancouver musicians Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance — debut a “promising set of brooding electro-pop with moody keyboards, atmospheric guitars, mid-tempo house and techno rhythms, gentle vocals, emotive lyrics and melancholy melodies.”

And that doesn’t even touch on new releases from Roger Lion, a collaboration between Joe Pernice (Pernice Brothers, Scud Mountain Boys) with Seattle’s own hip hop producer Budo; HeCTA, a new project comprised of three members of the Nashville-based band Lambchop, including the band’s frontman Kurt Wagner; Baio, the debut solo album from Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend, and much more. Check it all out below:

(Various Artists) Yves Tumor – “Histrionic II”
from Mykki Blanco Presents: C-ORE on Dogfood Music Group/!K7

(Various Artists) i-DJ – “Trevor Jackson Presents Science Fiction Dancehall Classics Megamix”
from Trevor Jackson Presents: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics on On-U Sound

Astronauts, Etc – “Eye to Eye”
from Mind Out Wandering on Hit City

Baio – “Endless Rhythm”
from The Names on Glassnote

Battles – “The Yabba”
from La Di Da Di on Warp

The Bevis Frond – “I Blame The Rain”
from Example 22 on WORONZOW

The Black Dahlia Murder – “Receipt”
from Abysmal on Metal Blade

Bob Moses – “Talk”
from Days Gone By on Domino

Brideshead – “At 45 RPM”
from Never Grow Up on Shelflife

Chris Cornell – “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”
from Higher Truth on Universal

Darlene Love – “Forbidden Nights”
from Introducing Darlene Love on Columbia / Sony BMG / Wicked Cool

Darwin Deez – “Right When It Rains”
from Double Down on Lucky Number

Dave Alvin / Phil Alvin – “Wee Baby Blues”
from Lost Time on Yep Roc

David Gilmour – “Rattle That Lock”
from Rattle That Lock on Columbia / Sony

Destruction Unit – “If Death Ever Slept”
from Negative Feedback Resistor on Sacred Bones

Fennesz / King Midas Sound – “Waves”
from Edition 1 on Ninja Tune

HeCTA – “Till Someone Gets Hurt”
from The Diet on Merge

Hibou – “Dissolve”
from Hibou on Barsuk

Homeshake – “Heat”
from Midnight Snack on Sinderlyn

Idjut Boys – “Kenny Dub Headband”
from Versions on Smalltown Supersound

Joe Ely – “Wounded Creek”
from Panhandle Rambler on Rackem Records

Keith Richards – “Trouble”
from Crosseyed Heart on Virgin EMI

Lana Del Rey – “High By The Beach”
from Honeymoon on Interscope

Lucero – “Can’t You Hear Them Howl”
from All A Man Should Do on ATO

Mac Miller – “Clubhouse”
from GO:OD AM on REMember / Warner Bros.

Mercury Rev – “The Queen Of Swans”
from The Light in You on Bella Union

Metric – “Cascades”
from Pagans in Vegas on MMI

My Dying Bride – “And My Father Left Forever”
from Feel the Misery on Ninja Tune

Natasha Kmeto – “Come and Say”
from Inevitable on Dropping Gems

Primitive Parts – “Miracle Skin”
from Parts Primitive on Trouble in Mind

Robert DeLong – “Don’t Wait Up”
from In the Cards on Glassnote

Robert Forster – “Love Is Where It Is”
from Songs to Play on Tapete

Roger Lion – “A Dead Man’s Song”
from Roger Lion on Team Love

Rose McDowall – “Cut With The Cake Knife”
from Cut with the Cake Knife on Night School / Sacred Bones

Rudimental – “Never Let You Go”
from We the Generation on Major Tom’s/Big Beat

Salad Boys – “Dream Date”
from Metalmania on Trouble in Mind

Saul Williams – “Burundi (feat. Emily Kokal of Warpaint)”
from MartyrLoserKing on FADER

Say Hi – “Creatures of the Night”
from Bleeders Digest on Barsuk

Sean Nicholas Savage – “Suburban Nights”
from Other Death on Arbutus

Shelf Life – “Feel Better”
from Everyone Make Happy on Lefse Records / Relativity Entertainment

Skylar Spence – “Can’t You See”
from Prom King on Carpark

Steven A. Clark – “Can’t Have”
from The Lonely Roller on Secretly Canadian

Superhuman Happiness – “Catch a Break”
from Escape Velocity on Royal Potato Family Records

Telekinesis – “Sleep In”
from Ad Infinitum on Merge

Windhand – “Hyperion”
from Grief’s Internal Flower on Relapse

Zola Jesus – “Circles”
from Nail EP on Mute

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