Wednesday, April 29, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Mittenfields – “Optimists”” (After releasing their promising debut EP in 2011, the D.C.-based band has finally released their highly-anticipated debut album, Optimists.  Their fuzz-fueled 3-guitar attack lends itself to a shoegaze-like wall of sound but off-kilter post-punk rhythms, anthemic Arcade fire-like moments and some catchy 90’s indie rock-inspired guitar melodies break through to help set them apart and make their debut well worth the wait.)    

Blur – “Go Out” (The Brit-pop vets triumphantly return with their original line-up and the release of The Magic Whip, their first album in over 16 years which is out now on Warner Brothers Records.  Of course, much has changed in the musical landscape since we last heard from Damon Albarn and co.  Fittingly, some of Gorillaz’ electronic beats sneak into the new album that blends together all versions of Blur’s music with the danceable synth-pop, fuzzy alt-rock and more psychedelic moments of their later period for a modern yet still nostalgic sound.)     


Passion Pit – “Lifted Up (1985)” (Michael Angelakos returns with Kindred - his new album of shiny synth-pop anthems - out now via Columbia Records.  The excellent new album is deeply personal, focusing on faith, family and his battle with mental illness which perfectly contrasts with the bright, wide-screen pop melodies and exuberant danceable rhythms.)



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