Out This Week 2/17

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Janice Headley

KEXP Music Director Don Yates has declared the debut release from Ibeyi as his "Pick of the Week." He notes, "the debut album from the young Paris-based French-Cuban twin-sister duo of Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz (who are also both daughters of the acclaimed Cuban percussionist Miguel “Anga” Diaz) is a mesmerizing blend of electro-pop, soul, hip hop, jazz and traditional Yoruban chants, with a spacious, minimalist sound combining somber piano, atmospheric synths, Cuban percussion and electronic beats accompanying the sisters’ heavenly harmonies and poignant lyrics of love, family and loss (sung in English, French and Yoruban)."

Other highlights this week include the latest from Brooklyn noisemakers A Place To Bury Strangers, whose "fourth album is another intense blend of shoegazer psych-rock, edgy post-punk and goth-tinged industrial, with a dark, often dissonant sound featuring noisy, effects-drenched guitars, often-motorik rhythms and sinister vocals." Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez returns with his third solo album (and first in seven years), "a typically well-crafted set of stripped-down folk-pop with hypnotic guitar lines inspired by West African desert blues and elemental percussion accompanying his gentle, layered vocals and philosophical lyrics."

Carl Barat & The Jackals release their debut, and the former Libertines frontman "sounds reinvigorated with his new band on this impressive debut album, which charges ahead with some raging, Clash-influenced rockers while also making room for a couple of sweeping ballads." West coast troubadour and band Sonny & The Sunsets share a "fine, diverse set of quirky psych-pop with cinematic, narrative-driven songs ranging from sci-fi beach-pop and motorik psych-rock to jangly ‘60s pop-rock and more eccentric fare." Brooklyn-via-Alabama artist Matthew Houck (aka Phosphorescent) releases "a 3LP/2CD live album recorded over four nights in December 2013 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The material spans his career, though there’s an emphasis on his most recent album Muchacho."

  • A Place to Bury Strangers – “Straight”
  • from Transfixation on Dead Oceans
  • The Amazing – “Picture You”
  • from Picture You on Partisan
  • Anthony Naples – “Refugio”
  • from Body Pill on Text
  • Axis: Sova – “Fractal Ancestry”
  • from Early Surf on God?/Drag City
  • Carl Barât and the Jackals – “Glory Days”
  • from Let It Reign on Grand Jury/Cooking Vinyl
  • Darren Hayman – “May Day 1984”
  • from Chants for Socialists on Where It's At Is Where You Are
  • Estelle – “Something Good”
  • from True Romance on BMG
  • Grooms – “Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair”
  • from Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair on Western Vinyl
  • Ibeyi – “River”
  • from Ibeyi on XL
  • In Tall Buildings – “Unmistakable”
  • from Driver on Western Vinyl
  • Jose Gonzalez – “Every Age”
  • from Vestiges & Claws on Mute
  • The Juliana Hatfield Three – “If I Could”
  • from Whatever, My Love on Laundromat
  • Kate Pierson – “Mister Sister”
  • from Guitars and Microphones on Lazy Meadow/Kobalt
  • Krill – “Foot”
  • from A Distant Fist Unclenching on Double Double Whammy/Exploding in Sound
  • Leviathan – “All Tongues Toward”
  • from Scar Sighted on Profound Lore
  • Michael Feuerstack – “The Devil”
  • from The Forgettable Truth on Forward
  • Mourn – “Silver Gold”
  • from Mourn on Captured Tracks
  • Phosphorescent – “Los Angeles”
  • from Live at the Music Hall on Dead Oceans Records
  • Quarterbacks – “Center”
  • from S/T on Team Love/Double Double Whammy
  • Refrigerator – “This Woman Here”
  • from Temple City on Shrimper Records
  • The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band – “Raise A Little Hell”
  • from So Delicious on Shanachie Records
  • Sir Richard Bishop – “Guitar Talk”
  • from Tangier Sessions on Drag City
  • Six Organs of Admittance – “Wax Chance”
  • from Hexadic on Drag City
  • Sonny & the Sunsets – “Cheap Extensions”
  • from Talent Night at the Ashram on Polyvinyl
  • Steve Earle & the Dukes – “You’re The Best Lover That I Ever Had”
  • from Terraplane on New West

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