The New 09.26.12

Menomena – Heavy is as Heavy Does [mp3] (from Moms, out now)
Justin Harris and Danny Seim soldier on as a duo (minus founding member Brent Knopf who left to pursue his solo project Ramona Falls).  The new album is more cohesive than previous collections, with their multi-layered, intricate approach to experimental indie rock focusing more on the subject of family relationships (but still brandishing their bare-knuckled take on friendship and sexuality).

Jaggery – No Sympathy [mp3] (from Private Violence EP, out Nov 13)
Playful chamber music art-pop from Boston five-piece.

Matthew Dear – Her Fantasy [mp3] (from Beams, out now on Ghostly)
Detroit producer/house musician makes bleak, droning, yet danceable electronic music.

Seapony – What You Wanted [mp3] (from Falling, out now on Sub Pop)
Sun-kissed, ebullient indie pop – a perfect autumnal anthem.

Pinback Proceed to Memory [mp3] (from Information Retrieved, out Oct 16 on Temporary Residence)
San Diego indie rock duo returns from exile with their first album in five years.  This single suggests a heavier take on their inscrutable, euphonic indie rock music (with double bass pedal to get the song moving towards climax!)

A.C. Newman – Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns [mp3] (from Shut Down the Streets out September 18th on Matador)
New Pornographers front-man delivers his third solo album – purportedly the lyrical content is more deeply personal than previous efforts.  Expect excellent indie pop from one of the best songwriters of his generation.

WHY? – Strawberries [mp3] (from Mumps, Etc. out Oct 9 on Anticon)
The Ohio-based quartet’s quirky indie pop and boy-girl harmonies are like sweet nectar to honey bees.

The Album Leaf – Descent [mp3] (from Forward/Return)


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