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New Music Review 8.13.13

Washed Out - ParacosmEvery week, we’ll be updating you on new and interesting music hitting the shelves. Not really a boatload of interesting new releases this week. However, this being the very first weekly new releases review that I’ve done, I have the luxury of pulling from last week’s releases, which I will gladly do. Next Tuesday is chock full of tasty new records from across the musical spectrum, but in the meantime, dig in to these morsels of sound!

8/13/13 – Washed Out “Paracosm”– The second full-length album from Ernest Greene, or as most folks know him, Washed Out, is full of sublime, ethereal soundscapes and melodies, which bring to mind early Spiritualized and Flaming Lips records.  His beats sound organic, even if they’re not, and give the songs a more ”band-y” feel than they would have if he used choppier, more robotic rhythms. The vocals are gauzy and dreamy, adding to the already psychedelic vibe of the instrumentation and sounds he uses on this record. Some call it “chillwave”, but I’ll just say it’s highly recommended listening while watching the sunset… or sunrise, for that matter.

Video: “It All Feels Right”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJILRWBKnQ4

8/6/13 – The Polyphonic Spree “Yes, It’s True” – It’s so great to have Tim DeLaughter and the rest of the rollicking band of merry music makers back with some new music. They do not disappoint with this, their fifth full-length collection of tunes, if you count the Christmas record they did last year, which I do, because if these people can’t do a Christmas record right, who can? “Yes, It’s True” continues the Spree tradition of delivering uplifting and positive orchestral anthems, with instrumentation not usually found on an indie rock record.  There are horns, strings, and even a harp, playing along with a vocal chorus urging you to not give in to the negativity of today’s crazy world. They haven’t broken new ground with this release, but there are more up-tempo songs then on some previous albums, and the production is a bit slicker and more radio ready. Throw on your robe and crank it and you’ll most likely be smiling by the end.

Video: “You Don’t Know Me”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyjUSoVL7oU

8/6/13 – Medicine “To The Happy Few” – It’s been 10 long years since the last record from Los Angeles’ Medicine, and Brad Lanier and company bring forth an enchanting new batch of noisy, poppy, shoegaze tunes like it’s 1992 all over again.

If My Bloody Valentine turned up the treble on the soundboard, and took more amphetamines instead of downers & ecstasy, they might’ve sounded like this. Beth Thompson’s soaring vocals add a bit of sweetness to the swirling buzz and beats, while Lanier’s unique way of creating sounds that both soothe and agitate, will whisk you away from the everyday. This is Medicine for the ears, to be sure.

Video: “Long As The Sun”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbvFSzdBra8

– By Mark Reback for The Independent FM