A bunch of new music has been hitting the shelves this month while we were revamping our l’il ole website, so let’s catch up on some of it!
First Aid Kit – Stay Gold (Jagadamba) These Swedish sisters really have that alt country pseudo hippie thing down… How are they not from San Francisco? They ain’t, but they can still utter the phrase “keep on keepin’ on” without making everyone burst out into uncontrollable laughter. Groovy.
Jack White – Lazaretto (Third Man) The second solo album from Jack White has finally arrived, with the expected bluesy tones, the surprising musical touchstones, the rootsy harmonies, barstompers, haunting grooves and so much more… How he makes his jumble of influences cohesive is what makes him continually interesting.
The Antlers – Familiars (Anti) Dreamy, comtemplative indie pop which leans into the atmospheric and has a melancholy undercurrent of, um , jazz. Well, just trumpets, actually, used quite well.
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animals (Mom & Pop) They are so ‘90s, but not. I mean, they race through some tracks with such ferocity that you can feel the guy next to you slamming into you, but others recall the bounciest moment of noisy indie fun of that college rock era. And a previous era’s druggy nonchalance. And another era’s intelligent artsiness. So much to get form this one!
White Lung – Deep Fantasy (Domino) Loud, fast, and outta control… actually, clean, rowdy, and brilliant. Punk rock intelligentsia? Riot grrl political assertiveness? Indie rock metal edge? All of that. So familiar but not. Kinda great.
– Mo Herms for The Independent FM