After taking a week off from Record of the Week last week due to Mother Nature putting a collective whooping on the greater 419 area, and then THIS Record of the Week being delayed until a week later due to the Great Computer Crash of ’10, we are back. There are a couple titles this week that we have been playing a bit and one in particular that we’ve really been digging on.
This was a hard choice this week as the debut album by Mumford & Sons is really a damn good album, but we’ll get to that in the honorable mentions.
Our Record of the Week is Moon Duo’s album Escape, which just came out on Woodsist today. The best way I could possibly describe Moon Duo would be this: Wooden Shjips in space. Now that could be an easy comparison as we found out later, Moon Duo shares a lead guitarist / singer with Wooden Shjips, but in all fairness, that comparison was made before we found that out. HA! At any rate, this album is four tracks of spaced out psych which will put you in a whole other world. Almost as if Wooden Shjips have been listening to Spacemen 3 a whole lot lately. Totally killer album.
The debut album from Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More, is our first honorable mention and boy is it good. Absolutely for fans of Fleet Foxes, Avett Brothers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Mumford & Sons hail from London, England, which if you follow any British music press, is probably the worst thing it has going for it as they’ll hype this thing beyond proportion to the point where you might find yourself not liking it. But trust me, this album is definitely an album worth checking out.
Next honorable mention is another album by Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, or whatever they might be called these days. Kollaps Tradixionales is their sixth album from these Godspeed You! Black Emperor veterans and they are continuing on with adding more vocals and moving almost back in time from a post-rock ensemble into a full fledged rock band. The last time I had seen them they were absolutely excellent, and played this album’s second track “I Built Myself a Metal Bird” which floored me at the show. Luckily, it translated rather well on record. Another notch in the belt for these Canadians.
Last but not least is the new album from Canadian(two in one week!?) noisey black-metalers, Wold. Their new album, Working Together for Our Privacy, might be looked at as an exercise in patience for most, but beyond the wall of noise is a sonic assault that has a nearly mantra-esque quality to it, with hints of song structure buried deep below. This album might possibly top their previous album, Screech Owl, which is a lofty statement for me as I loved that album.
All together it was a pretty decent week for new releases. As always, we’re stocking all of these right now and we’ll always be happy to play more of them if you’d like when you’re in!
"Motorcycle, I Love You" from Moon Duo's Escape
Honorable mentions for February 16th Record of the Week:
- Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More (Glassnote)
"Sigh No More" from Mumford & Sons' 2010 album Sigh No More
- Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Kollaps Tradixionales (Constellation)
"I Built Myself a Metal Bird" from Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra's 2010 album Kollaps Tradixionales
- Wold – Working Together For Our Privacy (Profound Lore)
"The Secret" from Wold's 2010 album Working Together For Our Privacy