Wednesday, June 27, 2012

3 Songs: On Repeat

1.  Beachwood Sparks – “Forget The Song” (Over a decade has passed since we last heard from Beachwood Sparks but they return with their new album Tarnished Gold, out this week on Sub Pop and their familiar sun-soaked melodies and psychedelic brand of country-leaning folk is bolstered by guests such as Ariel Pink.  It’s like they never left but I hope we don’t have to wait another decade before the next album!) 

2.  Paul Banks – “Summertime Is Coming” (The Interpol frontman released his new solo EP Julian Penti Lives… today on Matador.  Banks switches out the moodier and darker vibe of Interpol, for acoustic guitars and lush, summery instrumentation on the aptly-titled first single yet retains his signature angular post-rock riffs.  Released in anticipation of a full-length due this Fall, the limited-edition EP includes 2 new tracks plus eclectic covers of songs by Frank Sinatra, J. Dilla and Harold Faltermeyer.)

3.  Arc In Round “Hallowed” (Following last year’s two excellent EPs, the experimental Philly-based four piece released their self-titled debut album this week on La Société Expéditionnaire.  Melodic male and female vocals blend with shoegaze guitars, prog rock tendencies and krautrock rhythyms along with guest contributions from Kurt Vile and members of Pattern Is Movement, that deliver on their anticipated debut.  The vinyl version of the album also includes remixes from A Sunny Day In Glascow and Ape School among others.)    


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