Out This Week 7/20

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Janice Headley

The biggest surprise of the summer is the latest from veteran Chicago band Wilco, who snuck out their ninth full-length late last week. KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes the album as "a smartly crafted blend of stomping glam-rock, buzzing motorik post-punk, atmospheric space-rock jams, plaintive psych-folk ballads and more, combining a raw, live sound with shape-shifting arrangements and plenty of adventurous guitar work from Nels Cline." The long-awaited Tame Impala album finds the Australian psych-fiends "setting aside most of the guitars and heading in a more electronic-oriented direction for a beautifully crafted, psych-tinged blend of spacy electro-pop, sleek astral soul and disco-inspired dance-pop that combines a densely layered and intricately detailed sound with his Lennonesque, falsetto-laden vocals and reflective lyrics about loss and change."

Brooklyn-based duo Ratatat "returns to the more guitar-driven sound of their earlier records on their fifth album, while still offering a sleek blend of funk, hip hop and electronic styles with prog, psych and hard-rock on a variety of instrumentals ranging from crunchy, driving funk-rock to atmospheric, steel guitar-infused ballads." Another duo, longtime twosome The Chemical Brothers, share their eighth album (and first in five years), "a strong set ranging from psych-tinged acid house jams with squelchy synths and propulsive rhythms to atmospheric psych-pop ballads," featuring special guests Q-Tip, Beck, St. Vincent, Cate Le Bon, and more.

More highlights this week including two releases out of Oakland, California. Camera Shy is the new project of former Whirr vocalist Alexandra Morte and Whirr/Nothing bassist Nick Bassett, "a fine set of catchy indie-pop with jangly guitars, heart-tugging vocals and wistful melodies." And Happy Diving share "a strong 7-inch single of anthemic sludge-pop with fuzzy guitars, energetic rhythms, angsty lyrics and potent song hooks."

  • The Bird and the Bee – “Will You Dance?”
  • from Recreational Love on Rostrum Records
  • Camera Shy – “Colors Radiate”
  • from Camera Shy on Run for Cover Records
  • The Chemical Brothers – “EML Ritual”
  • from Born in the Echoes on Astralwerks
  • Falcons – “Aquafina feat. GoldLink & Chaz French”
  • from Terra EP on Fool's Gold
  • Flo Morrissey – “Show Me”
  • from Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful on Glassnote
  • Flying Saucer Attack – “Instrumental 4”
  • from Instrumentals 2015 on Drag City
  • Happy Diving – “So Bunted”
  • from So Bunted EP on Topshelf
  • Iron & Wine / Ben Bridwell – “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”
  • from Sing Into My Mouth on Black Cricket / Brown
  • Jason Isbell – “24 Frames”
  • from Something More Than Free on Southeastern
  • Jesse Hackett – “Sacred Oblivion”
  • from Junk on Circle Star
  • Mountain Language – “Other Ends And Oblivions”
  • from Caustic Surge of Weary Oceans on HeWhoCorrupts, Inc.
  • MS MR – “Painted”
  • from How Does It Feel on Columbia / RCA
  • Peacers – “R.J.D. (Salam)”
  • from Peacers on Drag City
  • Pictureplane – “Hyper Real”
  • from Hyper Real: The Remixes EP on IHC 1NFINITY
  • Ratatat – “ABRASIVE”
  • from Magnifique on XL
  • Tame Impala – “Eventually”
  • from Currents on Fiction / Interscope
  • White Reaper – “I Don't Think She Cares”
  • from White Reaper Does It Again on Polyvinyl
  • Wilco
  • from Star Wars on dBpm

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