Uk band The Horrors return with their fifth LP; KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls it "an expansive blend of brooding electro-rock, industrialized post-punk, shoegazerish space-rock and more, combining a majestic, adventurous sound with some of the band's most assured songwriting to date." Australian band Cut Copy also hit album #5 (and their first in four years) "a potent set of buoyant, '80s-steeped dance-pop inflected with disco, Afrobeat and other styles, combining bright synths, propulsive beats, psychedelic textures, occasional tropical rhythms and soaring harmonies while juxtaposing sunny melodies with often-dark and dystopian lyrics."
Malian couple Amadou & Mariam return with their eighth studio album (and first in five years); the new release "adds some synth gloss and electronic beats to their driving blend of Malian desert blues and various other African styles, while still sounding as earthy and soulful as ever." On her sixth LP, Sacramento-based artist Chelsea Wolfe heads "further into heavy doom-metal territory while still making room for some goth-tinged folk, spooky electro-pop and more." British band The Clientele re-emerge with sixth album (and first full album in eight years) "an often-gorgeous set of autumnal, psych-tinged folk-pop, combining a beautifully arranged orchestral pop sound with Alisdair MacLean's hushed vocals, bittersweet melodies and finely chiseled lyrics." And Hiss Golden Messenger, the Durham, NC-based project spearheaded by M.C. Taylor, releases "another well-crafted set of soulful folk-rock, combining a warm sound with sharply crafted lyrics of hope for light in the darkness."
Acetone - "Hadley Lee Lightcap"
from 1992-2001 on Light in the Attic Records
Amadou & Mariam - "La Confusion"
from La Confusion on Because Music
Balmorhea - "Clear Language"
from Clear Language on Western Vinyl Records
Black Country Communion - "Collide"
from BCCIV on J&R Adventures
Brian Wilson - "Heroes And Villains"
from Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology on Rhino
The Bronx - "Two Birds"
from BRVNX (V) on ATO
Chelsea Wolfe - "Vex"
from Hiss Spun on Sargeant House
Chris Hillman - "She Don’t Care About Time"
from Bidin' My Time on Rounder
Chris Janson - "Who's Your Farmer"
from Everybody on Warner Bros.
Christian McBride Big Band
from Bringin' It on Mack Avenue
Circa Survive - "Lustration"
from The Amulet on Hopeless Records
The Clientele - "Everyone You Meet"
from Music for the Age of Miracles on Merge
Cradle of Filth - "Exquisite Torments Await"
from Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness of Decay on Nuclear Blast
Cut Copy - "Standing In The Middle Of The Field"
from Haiku From Zero on Astralwerks / Virgin EMI
Eric Copeland - "Neckbone"
from Goofballs on DFA / SCD
Flamin' Groovies - "She Loves Me"
from Fantastic Plastic on Burger/Sonic Kicks
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - "Bosses Hang, Pt. I"
from Luciferian Towers on Constellation
Hiss Golden Messenger - "Domino (Time Will Tell)"
from Hallelujah Anyhow on Merge
The Horrors - "Press Enter To Exit"
from V on Caroline
Jon Langford - "Fish Out of Water"
from Four Lost Souls on Bloodshot
Josh Ritter - "When Will I Be Changed (feat. Bob Weir)"
from Gathering on Pytheas Recordings
Judy Collins / Stephen Stills - "Everybody Knows"
from Everybody Knows on Wildflower
The Killers - "Life To Come"
from Wonderful Wonderful on Island
Kölsch - "In Bottles Feat. Aurora"
from 1989 on Kompakt
Leon Russell - "Here Without You"
from On a Distant Shore on Palmetto
Lights - "Savage"
from Skin & Earth on Warner Bros.
Linda Perhacs - "Winds Of The Sky"
from I'm a Harmony on Omnivore
from Sentimental Education on Double Feature
Macklemore - "Good Old Days (feat. Kesha)"
from Gemini on Bendo LLC
Marc Almond - "Not For Me"
from Shadows and Reflections on BMG
Mastodon - "Toe to Toes"
from Cold Dark Place on Reprise
METZ - "Mess of Wires"
from Strange Peace on Sub Pop
Midland - "Lonely For You Only"
from On the Rocks on Big Machine Records
Omni - "Equestrian"
from Multi-Task on Trouble in Mind
Shout Out Louds - "Porcelain"
from Ease My Mind on Merge
Sleeping with Sirens - "I Need to Know"
from Gossip on Warner Bros.
Steve Martin / Steep Canyon Rangers - "Office Supplies 360"
from The Long-Awaited Album on Rounder
Tricky - "When We Die feat. Martina Topley-Bird"
from Ununiform on K7
Van Morrison - "Transformation"
from Roll with the Punches on Caroline
Wand - "Plum"
from Plum on Drag City
The Wedding Present - "Shatner"
from GB30 on Scopitones
Wolves in the Throne Room - "Born from the Serpent's Eye"
Paris-based French-Cuban sister duo Ibeyi share their sophomore LP. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls the latest from Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz "another stunning, beautifully crafted blend of electro-pop, soul, hip-hop and traditional Cuban percussion, combining a spacious, beat-driven sound wit…
L.A. artist Ariel Pink returns this week with an album "dedicated to '60s-era LA cult songwriter Bobby Jameson, a promising artist whose career fizzled out early in a haze of management and label troubles, drug abuse and depression." KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes the release is "a bit of a th…