The releases just keep coming -- I seriously can barely keep up! One of my favorites is finally back with a new album: Explosions In the Sky! They have been around for over ten years now, which is hard to believe. They put out their first album, How Strange, Innocence, in 2000, and it has been 4 years since their last brilliant album, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone. It would be very easy for you to have never heard of Explosions in the Sky because they are one of those quiet little bands that have managed to become very popular without anyone really noticing. Their fans are fanatical and devoted and they wait in the sidelines patiently for each new album to come out. I don't want to bore you too much with my love for this band, so if you want to read more about them and my love for them...check out my blog about their last album, All of A Sudden I Miss Everyone, from 2007. The new album is called Take Care Take Care Take Care. Explosions In The Sky is an all instrumental group. You can call it post rock if you want, or post instrumental rock. They are one of the bands that I listen to alone, one of those bands I listen to when I need to think or process my life. Their music is my therapist, I guess, although sometimes all I can think about when I listen to them is how good they are! Check them out for yourself.
Listen to "Trembling Hands" by Explosions In The Sky from the new album Take Care Take Care Take Care...
I sometimes consider dance music one of my guilty pleasures. I don't know why I should be embarrassed -- I have loved dance music forever and it just makes me happy. You shouldn't be guilty about things that make you happy, right? And I have loved new wave and synth music since I can remember liking music so I am quick to fall in love with anything that has a hint of new wave. If any song involves some keyboards then I will probably fall for it, like I have quickly fallen for albums by The Juan Maclean, M83, Booka Shade, & The Junior Boys. Holy Ghost! have just put out a new album on DFA. I am a big fan of the exclamation point; I probably use it too much (!). But I do love that their band name has an exclamation point in it and I am a big fan of this album. It is super fun and perhaps can become your guilty pleasure, too -- but, really, don't feel too guilty!
Listen to "Wait and See" by Holy Ghost! from their new self titled album Holy Ghost!...
With all these new releases I almost missed the debut album from Craft Spells and I try not to miss anything on Captured Tracks since I have loved everything that they have put out in the last couple of years. I, of course, picked up a copy of their Record Store Day Wake tribute 7" box and had already fallen in love with Wild Nothing and Soft Moon, but Craft Spells are just as good. They make dreamy dream pop. Shoegazey Shoegaze. They for sure remind me of early songs by The Magnetic Fields and are sort of what I always wanted The Magnetic Fields to turn into: Imagine New Order mixed with The Magnetic Fields. And yes, it is that good. You need to become a fan of my new favorite band -- Craft Spells are made for people like you and me! The best thing about Craft Spells is that they are super young and it is amazing to me how good they can be already. These guys make The Pains of Being Pure At Heart look old. Craft Spells are just one more great thing about Seattle. One more great thing about Captured Tracks!
Watch the video for "After the Moment" by Craft Spells from the new album Idle Labor...
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also out 4/19...
The Fall by The Gorillaz
Head & the Heart by Head & the Heart
Who Kill by The Tune-Yards
also out 4/26...
Start & Complete by About Group
All At Once by Airborne Toxic Event
Some Days by Matthew Cooper
Lungs: Deluxe Edition by Florence & the Machine
Secret Walls by The Fresh & Onlys
Hard Bargain by Emmylou Harris
January EP by Here We Go Magic
Holy Ghost! by Holy Ghost!
Wit's End by Cass McCombs
Only She Chapters by Prefuse 73
Dancer Equired by Times New Viking