New Album Releases for Tuesday 8/4/2012
September’s music scene in and around Philadelphia kicked off with huge acts around the area (Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Scrillex), but many of the shows we are interested in catching come from the list below.
Animal Collective, the Baltimore-based, experimental electronic rockers, return with Centipede Hz. Unlike Merriweather Post Pavilion, this album evenly spaces out their weird vibe. Their music can’t be appreciated fully in a listen either, and it hardly resembles the repetitious feel that people know them for (“My Girls”, “Lion in a Coma”). If you didn’t like their previous work, don’t bother, but if you can make it through MPP and not just the first four tracks, check this out.
The melancholic allure of Stars returns with the dual vocals of Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan (Broken Social Scene). The North lends to the “I want to relate” lyrics that keep listeners glued. They play a lo-fi rock a few notches above The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, so they won’t appear on the radio, yet they can play a packed house in relative silence. Their current tour is set to run across North America twice before heading overseas. Check out the dates here.
The ambient duo of Mono drelease their For My Parents album. While only five tracks long, the almost hour-long album lulls in an Explosions in the Sky manner with a Far East style through winding string play. All of For My Parents can be streame from Mono’s Bandcamp page.
For a pop voice thrown into an experimental environment, Deerhoof‘s Breakup Song. The almost dub-step jitteriness and Satomi Matsuzaki’s quirky vocals never had our full attention, but music tends to find its place for everyone.
This week we also highly recommend Jen Lekman, Two Door Cinema Club and Videotape. Jens Lekman will be touring internationally with his album I Know What Love Isn’t, which captures a purely personal escapade of guitars and choral piano singing. Two Door Cinema Club’s Beacon came early this year for us and is more of a secret indulgance than anything else, while Videotape‘s This Is Disconnect brims with teenage angst in a purely garage/Brit rock fashion.
Animal Collective – Centipde Hz [Artist]
Azure Ray - As Above So Below [Artist]
Bob Mould - Silver Age [Artist]
Cat Power - Sun [Artist]
Cult of Youth - Love Will Prevail [Artist]
Deerhoof - Breakup Song [Artist]
Erol Alkan – Another Bugged Out Mix [Artist]
Fresh & Only’s - Long Slow Dance [Artist]
Imagine Dragons - Night Visions [Artist]
Jason Karaban – Shift [Artist]
Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn’t [Artist]
Mono - For My Parents [Artist]
Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics - It’s About Time [Artist]
Stars - The North [Artist]
The Music Tapes - Mary’s Voice [Artist]
Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon [Artist]
Two Gallants - The Bloom & the Blight [Artist]
Wax Poetic - On A Ride [Artist]
Videotape – This Is Disconnect [Artist]