9 Awesome Albums That Came Out This Week

Posted by Billy Gil, September 25, 2015 06:30pm | Post a Comment

This week was a huge one for new releases. Instead of doing my usual handful of album picks, I’m picking out nine that stand out.


Chvrches - Every Open Eye

chvrches every open eye lpScottish trio Chvrches made electro-pop gems splattered with emotion on their beguiling debut. For album No. 2, they just get craftier, creating songs that sound like the soundtrack to your wildest dreams. “Never Ending Circles” opens the album on a note of big, open-armed camaraderie, the kind of drinking song or team anthem that’s nearly impossible to pull off. That sense of momentum carries through song after song. “Leave a Trace” finds frontwoman Lauren Mayberry’s vocals at their strongest — hers is the kind of voice that makes it impossible to feel lonely or sad when you’re listening to it. “Keep You On My Side” is a hi-NRG-inspired jam that calls to mind the best of Erasure or early Depeche Mode with its fluttering synths, but its hard-hitting beat updates the sound for the EDM generation. Every Open Eye doesn’t quite have a song that lands with the same power as “The Mother We Share” or “Gun,” but The Bones of What You Believe was an album of peaks and valleys, whereas this one is a steadier ride, coasting on the band’s increased confidence. It’s life-embracing pop music of the highest order, something we all need from time to time.

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20 Albums to Look for This Fall

Posted by Billy Gil, September 16, 2015 04:35pm | Post a Comment

20 albums to look for this fall


ChvrchesEvery Open Eye

chvrches every open eye lp

Out Sept. 25

The Scottish trio made electro-pop gems splattered with emotion on their beguiling debut. For album No. 2, they’re just getting craftier on songs like the anthemic “Never Ending Circles.”


The Dead Weather Dodge & Burn

the dead weather dodge & burn lpOut Sept. 25

Alison Mosshart’s vocals tear down the heavens on the Zeppelin-esque new single “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” by The Dead Weather, the supergroup featuring Jack White on drums.

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Weekly Roundup: The Intelligence, The Mantles, Julia Holter, Pearl Charles

Posted by Billy Gil, September 11, 2015 02:10pm | Post a Comment

The Intelligence – “Whip My Valet”

the intelligence bandL.A. garage weirdos have a new one on the way called Vintage Future, due Sept. 25 on In the Red. “Whip My Valet” plays a little like Devo on adderall, hurdling through jagged chords as singer Lars Finberg cries unsettlingly, “I think I’m devoid of pleasure and all pain.” Listen via Noisey.





The Mantles – “Police My Love”

the mantles bandThe wonderful jangle-pop band The Mantles are releasing a new album called All Odds End on Oct. 16 via Slumberland, and they’ve just unveiled another new song from it, the sonically saturated “Police My Love.” Some echoes of The Clean here with the scuffed-up energy of the Bay Area’s garage scene as the band charges through “Police My Love” like a kid heading down the slide headfirst. Wheeee!

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Weekly Roundup: Julia Holter, The Mantles, Ezra Furman, DRINKS

Posted by Billy Gil, August 27, 2015 03:33pm | Post a Comment

Julia Holter “Sea Calls Me Home”

julia holterAccording to L.A.-based artist Julia Holter, her new song “is about moving away from things that trap you, the scary wonder in discovering freedom.” With a Beach Boys-ish beat and a jaunty whistle, the song can’t help but feel like getting out of a bad relationship or quitting a shitty job and staring out at the ocean, finding excitement and clarity before the anxiety of what’s next hits. It’s a difficult emotion to capture, and Holter does so masterfully, capturing a difficult in-between moment. Have You in My Wilderness is due September 25 on Domino.


The Mantles – “Doorframe”

the mantles band
Photo by David Armstrong

Bay Area jangle-pop kids The Mantles are back with a new album called All Odds Ends, due Oct. 16 on Slumberland. The first song is a forlorn little ditty called “Doorframe” that throws some wonderfully gloomy synths over the band’s spirited guitar interplay, feeling like a shady cloud on a summer day. We were big fans of their last album, Long Enough to Leave, so can’t wait to hear what else All Odds has to offer.

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Weekly Roundup: Julia Holter, Wand, Gardens & Villa, Cold Beat, Jessie Jones, Talk in Tongues

Posted by Billy Gil, July 9, 2015 09:33am | Post a Comment

Julia Holter - "Feel You"

julia holterL.A. experimental singer/songwriter Julia Holter has announced a new album called Have You in My Wilderness, due Sept. 25 on Domino. It's the follow-up to 2013's excellent Loud City Song. The first track is called "Feel You," debuting a sound that's a bit warmer and more open for Holter, though there's still plenty going on beneath the surface—a layering of sunlit strings and harpsichord make the bed for a syncopated beat and Holter's clipped observations and spoken-word bits to skip through. It's just as expressive and sweet as that little dog's face in the video for the song, directed by Jose Wolff, that premiered today on Pitchfork.


Wand – “Stolen Footsteps”

wand bandOne of our favorite garage-rock bands, Wand, already put out an excellent album this year called Golem, but they’re back at it again with a new album called 1000 Days, which will be released Sept. 25 and will be their Drag City debut. From the sound of “Stolen Footsteps,” the L.A./S.F. band has made some major overhauls to their sound, eschewing the huge distortion of previous albums in favor of floral analog synth runs and gently psychedelic melodies, coming off like The Kinks jamming with Berlin-era Bowie.

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