Cage The Elephant – Melophobia (RCA) – These guys are a BAND in the best sense of the word, where the sum of the parts equals something magical. They just have a knack for writing songs that rock with a twang and stick in your head like gum on the bottom of your shoe. The album’s kick-off is a catchy full-on rocker called “Spiderhead” and the record never lets you down all the way through. Highly recommended.
Video: “Come A Little Closer”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xtg-ntDZGk
Deap Vally – Sistrionix (Cherrytree/Interscope) – Two sexy ladies that can really rock make up Deap Vally, and if you haven’t seen them live yet, you should remedy that ASAP, because that’s where they really shine. Sistrionix captures that live raw energy better than their previous release, and there are more melodies here too, even if they’re screamed at max volume in places… If you dig the White Stripes and Bleached, you will dig this record!
Video: “Bad For My Body”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXxVF8spdac
Of Montreal – Lousy with Sylvianbriar (Polyvinyl) – What a surprise to hear Of Montreal sounding like Exile On Main St era Stones on the new single “Fugitive Air!” This record mostly goes in a bold new direction with organic drums, acoustic and distorted guitars, and strings, while there is still some of the synths and almost classical arrangements they’re known for, so there’s something here for old fans and new ones too.
Video: “Fugitive Air”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77FVmfSO1CE
Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals (Mom & Pop) – Singer Alexis Krauss says their new record is “super positive,” but judging by the jagged guitar riffs by Derek Miller are set on top of extremely processed beats, and the way Alexis sneers the lyrics, it’s hard to feel the positive vibes. Their previous release sounded less calculated and unfiltered. Bitter Rivals sounds like they were aiming for big pop success, and we end up with mixed results.
Video: “Bitter Rivals”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr-ahiFDkts
Other Notable Releases:
Albert Hammond, Jr. – AHJ EP (Cult)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – The Speed Of Things (Warner Brothers)
PAPA – Tender Madness (Loma Vista)
Parquet Courts – Tally All The Things That You Broke EP (Norman UK)
– Mark Reback for The Independent FM