I’m going to try to produce some shorter content to keep this website fresh and full in between my longer essays. Today I’d like to unveil a new article type to the blog, a weekly reminder and synopsis of all the new major music releases for the week.
“Centipede Hz” – Animal Collective
Animal Collective’ followup to their stellar 2009 album “Merriweather Post Pavillion” has been touted as a significantly different record than it’s predecessor. Based on the stream that was available, courtesy of the band itself, I’d have to agree. “Centipede Hz” is a harsh, dissonant and busy record that lacks the poppy melodicism of their last effort. First single “Today’s Supernatural” is a pretty good example of the albums overall sound.
“Sun” – Cat Power
Chan Marshall’s first album full of original material since 2006’s “The Greatest”, “The Sun” finds the gifted songwriter, one of rock music’s best female voices, at the top of her game while also bending and blending her style to create something alternately familiar and new. Listen to lead single “Cherokee“.
“Breakup Song” – Deerhoof
Over the course of 11 albums Deerhoof has made a point of adding and subtracting elements to their music so that they never repeat themselves. Their latest album, “Breakup Song”, fits into this pattern and falls in line with the quality of Deerhoof’s previous material. Listen to album closer “Fete d’Adieu“.
Other notable releases:
- “Ocean Roar” – Mount Eerie: the band’s second moody, brooding album of 2012 is sure to be just as much of a critical darling as it’s predecessor “Clear Moon”
- “The North” – Stars: the sixth album from the Canadian band finds them sticking to their formula of electro-rock soundscapes and sugary vocals.
- “The Bloom and the Blight” – Two Gallows: Their first album in 5 years, “The Bloom and the Blight” is equal parts massive and intimate.