Out This Week 1/29

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Jim Beckmann

2013 continues to bolt out of the gate with another solid week of new releases. With the long awaited followup to their well-received 2009 debut, Local Natives top our list of must-buys. Hummingbird finds the Silver Lake, Los Angeles, group pushing into new territories of song structure, challenging listeners while still enticing them the same rich harmonies that made them an initial success. Another anticipated followup out this week is the seventh studio album by Canadian twins Tegan & Sara, whose Heartthrob is an well-produced, achingly romantic collection of indie pop. Philadelphia's Bleeding Rainbow (formerly known as Reading Rainbow) has expanded their roster and their sound on their new and third album. Our Music Director, Don Yates, calls Yeah Right "an impressive blend of shoegazerish psych-rock and dream-pop, with noisy, squalling psych guitars, airy male/female harmonies and sugary pop melodies." And after trimming down his project, New Zealand expatriate Ryan McPhun carries on as The Ruby Suns, with "a cleaner and brighter along with more synth- and dance-oriented take on the band’s tropical-flavored indie pop."

Other new releases from artists you'll hear on KEXP, come from Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, he of Moldy Peaches and she of Little Joy, whose debut together is an "expertly crafted set of '60s-inspired folk-pop duets, smoothly combining a variety of colorful instrumentation with the duo's plaintive vocals and lyrics that range from wry and bittersweet to acidic"; Australian artist Jarrod Quarrell, whose new solo project Lost Animal debuts with "a promising set of moody indie-pop combining icy synths, piano, xylophone, atmospheric guitars and occasional tropical touches (including marimba and steel drum sounds) with bouncy rhythms, sneering vocals and dark lyrics"; Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile who through his own side project, Ducktails, is releasing a fourth album blending "jangly guitars, twinkling keyboards, occasional sax, gentle rhythms, understated vocals and wistful pop melodies"; and Copenhagen-based artist Soren Lokke Juul, whose debut as Indians, "is a fine set of ethereal twee-pop with a hazy sound combining atmospheric synths and guitars with delicate lead vocals, multi-tracked vocal harmonies and twinkling pop melodies."

Also, Seattle band St. Paul de Vence officially releases their debut full-length, "an often-stirring set of campfire folk-pop that’s reminiscent at times of a more French-influenced The Head and The Heart," and the Spanish loving duo of Amor de Días, a.k.a. Clientele frontman Alasdair MacLean and his songwriting partner Lupe Núñez-Fernández (of the duo Pipas), are releasing their second LP, which they happened to premiere on the KEXP blog last week! Check out all of these, as well as the expanded 3-CD edition of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, in record stores today.

  • Amor de Días - Jean's Waving (MP3)

  • from The House at Sea on Merge Records
  • Bleeding Rainbow - Drift Away
  • from Yeah Right on Kanine Records
  • Aimee Bobruk - A Day in the Life (MP3)
  • from /ba.'brook/ (self-released)
  • Buke & Gase - General Dome
  • from General Dome on Brassland
  • Ducktails - The Flower Lane
  • from The Flower Lane on Domino Record Co.
  • Adam Green and Binki Shapiro - Just To Make Me Feel Good
  • from Adam Green and Binki Shapiro on Rounder Records
  • The History of Apple Pie - See You
  • from Out of View on Marshall Teller Records
  • Indians - I Am Haunted (MP3)
  • from Somewhere Else on 4AD
  • La Big Vic - Avenue B (MP3)
  • from Cold War on Underwater Peoples
  • Lady Lazarus - Lapsarian (MP3)
  • from All My Love in Half Light (self-released)
  • Local Natives - Breakers
  • from Hummingbird on Frenchkiss
  • Lost Animal - Say No to Thugs (MP3)
  • from Ex Tropical on Hardly Art
  • Mice Parade - This River Has A Tidevz (MP3)
  • from Candela on Fat Cat Records
  • ON AN ON - The Hunter
  • from Give In on Roll Call Records
  • Onward Chariots - Mama (MP3)
  • from This Is My Confession on Skipping Stones
  • Parisian - Sean (MP3)
  • from Phaseone/Parisia on Lefse Records
  • Radar Brothers - If We Were Banished (MP3)
  • from Eight on Merge Records
  • The Ruby Suns - Kingfisher Call Me (MP3)
  • from Christopher on Sub Pop
  • Elin Ruth - Bang (MP3)
  • from Elin Ruth (self-released)
  • St. Paul de Vence - Pink Wine (MP3)
  • from St. Paul de Vence (self-released)
  • Tegan and Sara - Closer
  • from Heartthrob on Sire Records
  • Tomahawk - Stone Letter
  • from Oddfellows on Ipecac Recordings
  • Total Warr - Where Is My Mind (Pixies Cover)
  • from Loisy EP (self-released)
  • Y La Bamba - Oh February (MP3)
  • from Oh February on Tender Loving Empire
  • Yellow Red Sparks - Monsters with Misdemeanors (MP3)
  • from Yellow Red Sparks on ORG Music

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