September continues to be strong for new releases. Highlights include the latest from Staten Island, NY band Cymbals Eat Guitars. KEXP Music Director Don Yates says their fourth album, "brings a bit more of an expansive and energetic sound to their anthemic indie-rock. Produced by John Congleton, the album adds synths, occasional horns and other instrumentation alongside the band's searing guitar work on emotionally hard-hitting songs with often-dark lyrics revolving around anxiety, depression and mortality."
Eight-piece Birmingham, AL band St. Paul & The Broken Bones release their second album of old-school soul, "nother excellent set that pairs a darker, more funk-edged sound with more politically conscious lyrics. Produced by Paul Butler (who also just produced Michael Kiwanuka's impressive new album), the album features an airtight sound with some beautiful arrangements to frame Paul Janeway's powerful vocals." Bellingham producer/multi-instrumentalist Manatee Commune (aka Grant Eadie) shares "a strong set of dreamy, psych-tinged electro-pop with a warm, intimate sound featuring bubbly synths, unhurried beats, sampled ambient sounds, blissed-out melodies, manipulated vocal fragments and occasional guest vocals from Marina Price, Moorea Masa and Flint Eastwood."
Preoccupations -- the band formerly known as Viet Cong -- "offers up their debut full-length under their new name. It's a potent set of dark, adventurous post-punk with driving rhythms, atmospheric guitars, hypnotic keyboards, gloomy vocals, bleak lyrics and sharp song hooks." Icelandic artist Sin Fang (aka Sindri Már Sigfússon) "ditches the chamber-pop orchestration that colored his last album (2013's Flowers) in favor of a moody, R&B-influenced electro-pop sound with more forceful beats, atmospheric synths, gentle vocals, dark lyrics and dreamy melodies. Guest vocalists include Jonsi, Soley and Farao." Danish producer Trentemøller returns with "a bleak blend of moody electro-pop and atmospheric dream-pop. Marie Fisker, Lisbet Fritze and Savages' Jehnny Beth are featured as guest vocalists."
(Various Artists) Arakatula - "Wake Up Africa"
from Nigeria Soul Fever: Afro Funk, Disco and Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem! on Soul Jazz
Aaron Lewis - "That Ain’t Country"
from Sinner on Dot
Against Me! - "Crash"
from Shape Shift with Me on Total Treble
Alex G - "Hollow"
from DSU reissue on Run for Cover Records
Bad Suns - "Disappear Here"
from Disappear Here on BMG / Vagrant
from Porcupine Meat on Rounder
Brujeria - "No Aceptan Imitaciones"
from Pocho Aztlan on Nuclear Blast
CC Dust - "Never Going To Die"
from CC Dust on K Records
Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Have A Heart"
from Pretty Years on Sinderlyn
Dawes - "We’re All Gonna Die"
from We're All Gonna Die on Hub Records
The Devil Makes Three - "Champagne and Reefer"
from Redemption & Ruin on New West
Devon Allman - "Pleasure & Pain"
from Ride or Die on Ruf Records
El Perro del Mar - "KoKoro"
from KoKoro on The Control Group
Ghost - "Square Hammer"
from Popestar on Loma Vista Recordings
Grumbling Fur - "The Ballad of Roy Batty"
from FurFour on Thrill Jockey
Helen Money - "Become Zero"
from Become Zero on Thrill Jockey
Keaton Henson - "Alright"
from Kindly Now on Oak Ten Records / PIAS
Kishi Bashi - "Say Yeah"
from Sonderlust on Joyful Noise
Kool Keith - "World Wide Lamper (feat. Bars Murre & Dirt Nasty)"
from Feature Magnetic on Mello Music Group
from The Complete BBC Sessions on Atlantic / Rhino
Madeleine Peyroux - "Tango Till They’re Sore"
from Secular Hymns on Verve
Matt Berry - "Obsessed And So Obscure"
from The Small Hours on Acid Jazz
Meatloaf - "Speaking In Tongues"
from Braver Than We Are on SLG
Mndsgn - "Ya Own Way"
from Bodywash on Stones Throw
patten - "Sonne"
from Psi on Warp
Preoccupations - "Degraded"
from Preoccupations on Jagjaguwar
from Alienist on Angry Love Productions
Robert Glasper Experiment - "Find You"
from ArtScience on Blue Note
Royal Canoe - "Somersault"
from Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit on Nevado Music
Sin Fang - "Candyland (feat. Jónsi)"
from Spaceland on Morr Music
Southern Culture on the Skids - "Grey Skies"
from The Electric Pinecones on Kudzu Records
Still Corners - "Lost Boys"
from Dead Blue on Wrecking Light
Suzanne Ciani / Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "Closed Circuit"
from Frkwys, Vol. 13: Sunergy on RVNG Intl.
Sumerlands - "Seventh Seal"
from Sumerlands on Relapse Records
Tim Presley - "Clue"
from The WiNK on Drag City
Tom Brosseau - "No Matter Where I Roam"
from North Dakota Impressions on Crossbill Records
Trentemøller - "One Eye Open"
from Fixion on In My Room
Usher - "Missin U"
from Hard II Love on RCA
from For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price on Legacy / Sony Music
Fall is kicking off with some heavy hitters. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls the latest from Wilco, "one of their more modest-sounding releases, featuring a mostly low-key and acoustic-oriented folk-rock sound on bittersweet songs revolving around alienation and childhood memories."