The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian) – Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, this band is now Adam Granduciel’s space-rock project, ever since Kurt Vile left a few years ago. This being their third record, and taking 15 months to complete, in 8 different studios, the band sounds more mature, with a delicately layered 80’s feel to the songs, which have more depth and punch, while keeping the spacey & emotional vibe intact.
Black Lips – Underneath the Rainbow (VICE) – The newest record from Atlanta’s “flower punk” band, comes with a bit more clarity and sparkle, due to the production work of The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney. He and the band managed to capture a bright & fuzzy, garage-punk vibe, without losing the spastic energy of previous releases. Good stuff!
Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love (Captured Tracks) – Coming out of nowhere a few months back from Syracuse, NY, as the hipsters’ latest hype darlings, Perfect Pussy have managed to explode despite a record showing a lack of songwriting prowess and the distorted & buried vocals of admittedly charismatic front woman Meredith Graves. Formed originally as a “fake band” for a film shoot, then continuing as a “real band”, Perfect Pussy is all about noise, loudness, experimentation and getting in your face. Their live shows reportedly kill, but unfortunately for them, it doesn’t translate on this record.
OTHER NOTABLE RECENT RELEASES:
Kevin Drew – Darlings (Arts & Crafts)
Sisyphus – Sisyphus (Joyful Noise)
Asgeir – In The Silence (One Little Indian)
– Mark Reback for THE INDEPENDENT FM