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The Tourist (CD)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

While there is a full array of instrumental textures in The Tourist , Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's latest album, Alec Ounsworth's vocals seem to be the focus of the record; which makes sense since Ounsworth seems to be the only remaining member of the original lineup. In fact, he's the only member period. While this has changed certain elements of the band's original sound, it also gives the album a very focused precision. Less guitar driven, the backing tracks tend to be more ethereal and atmospheric, giving the vocals a distinct mood from which to emerge, like in "A Chance to Cure," an aural collage of electronic beats, synth, and sparse guitar. "Unfolding Above Celibate Moon (Lost Angeles Nursery Rhyme)," with its hard panned, staccato electric piano riff and irreverent, meandering melody sounds like a cross between Harry Nilsson and Thom Yorke. The album's lead single, "Fireproof," is a tensely cool dancer, with just the perfect blend of palm muted riffs, infectious shakers, and brief, inane guitar freak outs.

The Temple Of I & I (CD)

Thievery Corporation

The long-reigning kings of globally-influenced downtempo electronica are back with The Temple of I & I , another clear step forward in their evolution. This time around, Rob Garza and Eric Hilton found inspiration in Jamaican rhythms and settings. (The album was recorded at the island’s famed Geejam Studios.) Standout tracks include the Mr. Lif-starrer “Ghetto Matrix” and “Letter to the Editor,” which features ultra fresh Kingston MC and singer Racquel Jones. Fans of intelligent, jet setting trip-hop vibes won’t want to sleep on this one.

Hard Love (CD)

Strand Of Oaks

Continuing in the tradition of sentimentally hardened troubadours, Timothy Showalter's raw and candid songs on Hard Love paint vivid portraits of turmoil and introspection, while being served on a full course platter of sound. What starts with unbridled, chaotic noise soon turns into a dark syrup of a guitar melody in "Radio Kids," which combines the sonic textures of My Bloody Valentine with the upfront, nostalgic vocals of Bruce Springsteen. On "Rest Of It" Showalter infuses his beer-soaked, dive bar vocal chords with the glam sounds of Diamond Dogs Bowie and Electric Warrior T-Rex, while title track "Hard Love" starts with a more intimate and bare arrangement, showcasing his unabashed directness.

Fresh Air (CD)

HOMESHAKE

The last two years have seen artists like Ariel Pink and Julia Holter step away from their roots of making ultra low-fi albums, instead turning to more polished, carefully produced tracks. As these avant-pop weirdos of the highest degree move into new directions, Homeshake's Fresh Air fills the void that they left. Previously part of Mac DeMarco's band, Peter Sagar split to focus on his solo career as Homeshake. Crafting cartoon sounds, digital bare synth riffs, and R&B vocals, Fresh Air deviates from the indie rock vibe of his previous albums and goes into full funk deepness with riffs trying their best to sound like George Clinton jamming out on a children's Casio. Homeshake removes the corny stigma from "smooth" as his complex, artsy take on funk is taken into mellow depths that feel like a contact high upon first listen. "Khmlwugh" opens up with tinny, drum machine samples with synths that sound like they're being processed through a Commodore 64. When Sagar's vocals come in, his calm, cracking voice is almost antithetical to R&B virtuosity, but it works perfectly to create a psychedelic, computerized landscape. And as quickly as the song starts, it suddenly ends on a minute long drone that sounds more like Terry Riley than Parliament. "Call Me Up" gets as close to the private press, electronic weirdos of the '80s than anything else on the album. The instantly catchy melody is perfectly suited to the raw, unprofessional audio quality and creates a hypnotic jam that feels like a stoned, late-night drive. It's strangely sexy and romantic, but almost too crazy to be a mood setter. Homeshake is the perfect continuation of the future-looking, groundbreaking electronic artists who created unique worlds and sounds with the bare minimum equipment. Spacey and crazy.

I'm Only Dreaming (CD)

Eisley

Eisley returns with I'm Only Dreaming , another polished heartfelt LP full of indie pop gems. Album standouts include "You Are Mine," a slow-burning, yearning ballad and "Defeatist," a sweetly vulnerable and very catchy radio-friendly track. Sherri Dupree-Bemis's dulcet vocals sound like honey, linger in the mind, and punch you in the gut -- make no mistake, the melodies here are lovely, but the emotions beneath the tracks have a quiet, intense power. This is an album brimming with passion, earnestness, and beauty.

Now That The Light Is Fading EP (CD)

Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers has one of those music industry dream stories; the young dance/pop singer’s excellent “Alaska” intrigued Pharrell Williams when he critiqued student work at NYU’s Tisch School of the Art and buzz ensued. And for good reason — Rogers’ Now That the Light Is Fading  EP delivers on the promise of that first single. The tracks are shimmering, sunny, and organic, a far cry from the manufactured, generic pop sheen that seems to be radio’s fodder of choice. Rogers is definitely an artist to watch, especially if you’re keen on catchy tunes with intelligence, beauty, and heart.

Book Of Changes (CD)

Entrance

Entrance's first record in a decade shows miles and miles of growth that most artists never experience. Recalling the golden-era of the '60s and '70s, where guitar pluckers left-and-right seemed to craft musical poetry like nothing, Book of Changes is a ten song cycle that offers warm, nostalgic tunes that feel unique in today's musical climate. With a strange vibrato, his voice sings out over distinctly strange guitar playing, bells, and xylophones clanging, and background singers who have stepped out of a Kris Kristofferson track. Recorded in eleven different studios in Los Angeles and London, there's an audible quest for perfection and experimentation that channels Brian Wilson at his kookiest. "Always The Right Time" is structurally a simple, very sweet pop ballad, but is played around with enough that it never gets bland. Through the echoing drums, folk-guitar styling, and a gorgeous string arrangement, there's a real sense of love and joy that most musicians can't seem to get right. Nothing gets as close to contemporary comfy listening than this. Entrance's Book of Changes can almost make you forget the world is as crazy as it actually is.

Prisoner (CD)

Ryan Adams

With an opening track like "Do You Still Love Me?" it's hard not to make the connection between Ryan Adam's new album, Prisoner , and his recent, fairly public, divorce. But regardless of the gossipy context behind it, Adams has constructed a heartfelt and entrancing record, full of subtle production nuances and an undeniable earnestness. While breakup albums run the risk of becoming redundant and self-absorbed, Prisoner joins the successful ranks of records that show an artist laid bare, honest and trying to work through the confusion. Rather than asking for your pity, Adams essentially paints differently toned vignettes of the same subject matter. While the Springsteen-esque"Shiver and Shake" evokes the fragility and withdrawal of broken love, "To Be With You" brings to mind the somberly resilient honkey tonk, folky country tunes of the '60s and '70s. With the exception of the first track, which feels almost like a Pat Benatar power ballad, the album is even keeled, mid-tempo-ed, and filled with shimmery, watery, beautiful guitars that bring to mind the tones of Morrissey or The Stone Roses.

Graveyard Whistling (CD)

Old 97's

You could almost define the term "Alt Country" with the latest single from Old 97's, "Good With God," which takes the sonic aesthetics and lyrical themes that are hallmarks of country music and, with a sense of reverent sincerity, subverts the form for a more modern, rockin' audience. The track is drenched with twangy guitars and a galloping rhythm, but the song has more crunch than your usual George Jones hit, and a more urgent bite than your typical Waylon Jennings track. And while the song deals with the much written about subject of God and redemption, lead singer Rhett Miller's take on the almighty, in this song's case, is presented as female, with Brandi Carlile doing her voice. With "All Who Wander" Rhett and the rest of the gang find themselves in a bit of a more traditional approach towards the genre with its ethereal lap steel guitar haunting the catchy power ballad.

Drogas Light (CD)

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco returns with the uniformly-strong Drogas Light , which features guest turns from Ty Dolla $ign, Rick Ross, and Big K.R.I.T. There are a few down-tempo, low-key party jams but the rapper is at his best when he comes out with guns blazin’ on standout tracks “Tranquillo” and “Made in the USA.” The production and instrumental tracks are silky smooth, innovative, and very easy on the ears — Lupe’s rhymes are solid, but these elements really kick the LP up a few extra levels. This is Lupe’s first independent release after parting ways with Atlantic; the level of creativity here is all the evidence fans need of the rapper’s newfound freedom.

Roadhouse 01 (CD)

Allan Rayman

Toronto-based songwriter Allan Rayman’s Roadhouse 01 is unlike anything else you’ll hear this year. Rayman has made an indie folk record with blues, hip-hop, and soul influences — or is it the other way around? His sound is simultaneously novel and fresh, timeless and throwback. (It’s not hard to imagine Rayman prowling the backcountry roadhouses of the wild west or the deep south, either today or ninety years ago.) Hybrid genre albums can either tank or soar; fortunately,  Roadhouse 01 fits into the “soar” category. The songs here are potent, raw, and ultimately quite charming and intriguing.

Windy City (CD)

Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss alternates between Americana, bluegrass, and lounge-y torch songs on her latest, Windy City . The singer’s haunting, divine voice is complemented well by her very talented fellow travelers, which in the case of this album include her band Union Station, plus Hank Williams, Jr., and Richard Bennett (Mark Knopfler, Neil Diamond), among other equally skilled folks. The album is quietly beautiful, its strength in the hope and yearning Krauss’ lyrical turns and vocal stylings evoke. Windy City confirms yet again that Alison Krauss is one of the most consistently strong songstresses in contemporary music.

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