New Preorders: Grizzly Bear, The XX, Bob Dylan, Two Door Cinema Club

Posted by Billy Gil, August 2, 2012 02:02pm | Post a Comment
grizzly bear shieldsGrizzly Bear have thus far released two songs from their upcoming album, Shields (preorder here), which comes out Sept. 18 and is now available to preorder at Whereas Daniel Rossen sings on the first single, the bizzaro country-jangle of “Sleeping Ute,” warm-voiced Ed Droste lends his vocals to “Yet Again,” which the band debuted today. Like most Grizzly Bear songs, it’s a grower and takes a few listens for everything to sink in. I’m picking up some Radiohead vibes on this one — nice downward-angling melody and shuffling drums, with some of GB’s now trademark harmonies and vocal acrobatics in the background. Judging by these first two songs, there could be a more laid-back vibe than on Veckatimest, which always suits this band quite well.

The XXAlso, The XX have begun the promotional push for their new album, Coexist (preorder here), out Sept. 11, debuting its first single, “Angels,” and playing it on the late-night circuit. The XX are pretty weird to have gotten this popular, but I think that says something good about people’s taste, right? The first time I heard this song, I thought it wasn’t so great. Kind of too slow and spacious for a single, even for them. Today I listened again and it had me within the first seconds, even before that hallowed out drum roll comes in and lifts Romy Madley Croft’s vocals skyward. Pretty, simple and pure. The fact that it will probably soundtrack a lot of breakup scenes in movies or whatever is irrelevant; the song sounds written from the gut, and that’s why people respond to this band.

Bob Dylan TempestAlso coming Sept. 11 is a new Bob Dylan album — was everyone aware of that? Tempest (preorder here) is B-Dizzle’s 35th album, and our first taste of it comes in the form of a trailer that debuted today for the upcoming Cinemax series Strike Back, over which “Early Roman Kings” plays. Hard to hear it all over the sound of the gunshots — something about “Early Roman kings in their shark-skin suits,” which sounds pretty cool to me. It’s a pretty basic 12-bar blues, featuring accordion work from Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo. The song will be featured on the show’s first couple of episodes Aug. 17. According to Billbaord, the album’s title track is a 14-minute opus sung in verse detailing characters on the sinking Titanic, including one named Leo. We’ll never let go, Bob.

two door cinema club beaconAdditionally, due Sept. 4 is the new album from Two Door Cinema Club, Beacon (preorder here). You can hear the Brit dance-rockers’ first single “Sleep Alone” in the lyric video below.


We’ve also got preorders ready for Band of Horses and Mumford & Sons’ new albums, as well as preorders from Cat Power, Animal Collective and Jens Lekman, as Brad previously mentioned.

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