Pick a Piper – All Her Colours [mp3] (from Pick a Piper, out April 2nd on Mint Records)
Caribou drummer Brad Weber teams up with other Toronto-based musicians – Angus Fraser and Dan Roberts – and enlists Enon’s John Schmersal on vocals to populate tracks around an organ loop her wrote on an airplane in 2010. The result is a gleefully sedated excursion to a highly psychedelic electro-pop world.
Sensual Harassment – Make Me Human Again [mp3] (from Escape from Alpha Draconis, out now: name your price on bandcamp)
Brooklyn anachronistic disco-synth nonsense that will probably make you smile. Given the band and album name, I think that’s the point.
Low – Just Make it Stop [mp3] (from The Invisible Way, out March 19th on Sub Pop)
Minnesota slow-core originator’s tenth album is being produced by Jeff Tweedy (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo). A far cry from their initial songs, which were overwhelming bleak and sparse, this track suggests a more placid take on calamity and misfortune.
Body Parts – Rest While You Sleep [mp3] (single)
L.A. band embracing the natty side of glam rock and eclectic pop. Full length coming soon.
Babe the Blue Ox – Dragging the Joneses [mp3] (from Guilty, out April 15th)
Not many bands draw comparisons to Tomahawk or Truman’s Water, but these Brooklyn veterans of 90s alternative rock stake claim to some rare territory on their first album in many (fifteen?) years.