Dirty Projectors – Here Til It Says I’m Not [mp3] (from About to Die EP, out now on Domino Records)
B-side from Brooklyn eccentric experimentalists last album Swing Lo Magellan; mellow, languid, pensive with a classic rock chorus!
Brokeback – Will Be Arriving [mp3] (from Brokeback and the Black Rock, out now on Thrill Jockey)
Venerable side project of Douglas McCombs (Tortoise, Eleventh Dream Day, Pullman) has been dormant for some time. This ‘comeback’ album eschews post-rock approach of previous efforts, embracing dreamy Americana and rock elements.
Youth Lagoon – Dropla [mp3] (from Wondrous Bughouse, out now on Fat Possum)
Youngster Trevor Powers’ sophomore album shines in production and introspective, exploratory content.
Peals –Blue Elvis [mp3] (from Walking Field, out May 14th on Thrill Jockey)
New project from Baltimoreans William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (Double Dagger) is cerebral and organic, rendering panoramic and spacious undulations that are hypnotic yet grounded. Their recording process employs the basic DIY/bedroom approach – incorporating acoustic/electric guitars, keys, percussion, toy instruments, and other random inputs, while allowing for mistakes and chance happenings to guide the songs into unexpected directions.
Work Drugs – Sunset on High Street [mp3] (from as of now untitled album due out in the summer on Bobby Cahn Records)
American electro pop duo (Tom Crystal and Ben Louisiana) offer a tale of homelessness on the streets of LA, with snapping rhythms, intense sythns, and some retro saxophone.
Mudhoney – I Like It Small [mp3] (from Vanishing Point, out April 2nd on Subpop Records)
For their 25th Anniversary (with the Subpop label the entire time, nonetheless), grunge originators release a new collection of fuzzy-fried, scuzz rock that celebrates their uninhibited, unnerving approach to attacking musical instruments with trepidation, contempt, and flagrant disregard for convention.
Mudhoney – The Only Son of the Widow Nain [mp3]