Dum Dum Girls – Too True (Sub Pop) Dee Dee is back with an appropriately melancholy yet dreamily retro collection of songs on the new Dum Dum Girls LP. Doing a gothy take on the Spector sound is the thing, and it always sounds lovely if not necessarily new. The Dum Dum Girls certainly nail it.
Broken Bells – After the Disco (Columbia) The sophomore release from Danger Mouse and James Mercer show the boys definitely getting their groove on. It’s almost a lazy after party take on a night at the club, filled with Mercer’s Shins style melodies fused with some sexy synths. Turn down the lights for this one.
Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts: Red Classroom (Polyvinyl) Another slightly bothersome yet slightly pop-ish album from Jamie Stewart, filled with the bleak moments you’ve come to expect while still delivering beautiful sounds… mostly. An acquired taste, for sure.
also out now:
The Lawrence Arms – Metropole (Epitaph)
The Pack A.D. – Do Not Engage (Nettwerk)
Gardens & Villa – Dunes (Secretly Canadian)
– Mo Herms for the Independent FM