Friday, June 30, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Beach House – “Chariot” (After thirteen years and six albums, the dream-pop duo of Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand are set to release a comprehensive collection of B-sides and rarities, appropriately-titled, B-Sides And Rarities, out today on Sub Pop.  The 14-track set stretches back to 2005, includes songs from their 2010 iTunes Session and the more recent Depression Cherry/Thank Your Lucky Stars sessions.  One of those recent tracks is the A-side quality opening track heard here with its syrupy, rafters-reaching organ, stair-stepping synths and slow, swaying rhythm.)

Fleet Foxes – "Third of May / Ōdaigahara," (After a seemingly endless six year wait, Robin Pecknold and company return triumphantly with their highly-anticipated third album, Crack-Up, out now on Nonesuch Records.  The epic and ambitious new album does not disappoint and without going too far, the band actually stretches out their trademark harmony-rich folk sound with prog-rock complexities, elements of jazz and experimental instruments; remaining true to their beloved organic sound.)       

Jeff Tweedy – “Laminated Cat” (The Wilco frontman finally released his long-promised solo acoustic debut album, Together At Last.  Out now via dBpm Records, the 11-track set is a collection of stripped-down acoustic versions of Wilco classics such as “I’m Always In Love”, “Hummingbird” and “Sky Blue Sky” as well as a song each from his side projects Loose Fur and Golden Smog.  The sparse arrangements really serve to highlight the inherent beauty of each song.  Listen to the Loose Fur track here.)   

Royal Blood – “I Only Lie When I Love You” (The British rock duo of bassist/vocalist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher recently released How Did We Get So Dark?, their sophomore album.  On the new album released by Warner Bros. Records, the duo creates a larger-than-life sound with mammoth rhythms, buzz-sawing bass-led grooves and a highly melodic pop sense.  Check out the cowbell-leaden standout single here.)   

Arcadea – “Army Of Electroons” (Arcadea is the new synth-driven prog-rock project led by Mastodon’s drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor along with Core Atoms (Zruda, Gaylord) and Raheem Amlani (Withered, Scarab).  Their impressive self-titled debut album was recently released on Relapse Records and is a headphones-worthy galactic world waiting to get lost in with strange sci-fi lyrical themes and an otherworldly sound that is psychedelic and metallic; organic yet electric.)    


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