We haven’t been able to pump out a New Release Playlist in awhile, which is a shame because 2012 has been off to an INSANE start as far as new music. Well, we’re hoping to make up for it by highlighting seven great new releases that came out today!
1) Bright Moments – Tourists (off their new album, The Natives)
Kelly Pratt is Bright Moments. He is the multi-instrumentalist whose trumpet sparks across so many of Beirut’s songs and whose harmonizing vocals is a central component to the band’s robust live performances. He has also shouldered everything from flugelhorn to flute to bring Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible to life, and was part of the horn section that LCD Soundsystem used during its sunset days.
2) Field Music – A New Town (off their new album Plumb)
Largely abandoning the classic songwriting conventions embraced on 2010’s Measure, Field Music remodel the modular, fragmented style of their first two albums — only now it’s shot through with the surreal abstractions of 20th-century film music, from Bernstein to Willy Wonka.
3) Damien Jurado – Maraqopa (off his new album Maraqopa)
Strummed desert blues quickly bursts open into an Eddie Hazel-worthy supernova shred session, all of it swirling in tinny-psych and Echoplex’ed howls.
4) Archers of Loaf – Harnessed in Slums (off the reissue of Vee Vee)
Remastered by Bob Weston and featuring new liner notes by Magnet magazine editor Eric Miller. CD version includes sixteen bonus tracks and new cover art re-imagined by graphic artist Jay Ryan, while the vinyl version is pressed on green wax. “[Their] punk schtick is all over the map, steeped in countrified classic rock and gleeful noise, with Crazy Horse and the Grateful Dead no less equal predecessors than The Dead Boys and The Clash… Never blank, never afraid to bleed.” — Spin
5) Frankie Rose – Know Me (off her new album Interstellar)
Sophomore album from former member of Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls, and Crystal Stilts. Takes a step forward into widescreen pop territory, bringing to mind mid-’80s artists like The Smiths and New Order.
6) Grimes – Vowels = Space & Time (off her new album Visions)
An artistic byproduct of the first post-internet generation. “…sounds like a pop star from a distant planet — distant enough that ‘pop star’ is an unfamiliar concept there, but close enough to intercept earthly radio signals and press some bootlegs of Maria Carey’s #1′s” — Pitchfork
7) Lambchop – Gone Tomorrow (off their new album Mr. M)
As on past records, many of the songs are framed with lush strings, and there’s a restrained undercurrent of distortion and discord. The core of the music remains the cyclical picking of Wagner’s guitar and the soft, warm croaking of his voice. Vinyl version features bonus tracks.
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