Wednesday, March 06, 2013

3 Songs: On Repeat

Lightouts – “Want” (After over 2 years of anticipated build-up; releasing single after single, the Brooklyn based indie rock quartet has finally self-released their debut album, Want this week.  Their unique sound grafts dark romantic Cure-like post punk onto a wall of fuzzed out guitars with poppy melodies that bloom from the cracks within.  Catch the moody and catchy title track and first single below.)     

Caitlin Rose – “I Was Cruel” (The Nashville-based Country crooner released her highly-anticipated sophomore album, The Stand-In this week on ATO Records.  Her voice recalls classic country singers such as Patsy Cline but with her own modern indie edge and her lyrics weave relatable stories of heartbreak, love and loss.  Two of the songs on the album were co-written by Gary Louris of The Jayhawks and it also features a cover of The Felice Brothers track, “Dallas”.)      

Úlfur – “So Very Strange” (Úlfur Hansson has toured with Jónsi of Sigur Ros and has now released his mystical debut solo album White Mountain via Western Vinyl.  He captures organic field recordings like, rocks being thrown into ponds and blends them with droning and ethereal electronic instrumentation to create some very psychedelic and vivid soundscapes that are easy to get lost in.  The album also features guest vocals from Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man and Sigrun Jonsdottir, who has collaborated with Bjork.)    

Waxahatchee – “Peace & Quiet” (Katie Crutchfield formerly of the punk band P.S. Eliot with her sister Allison of Swearin’, released her excellent sophomore album, Cerulean Salt this week via Don Giovanni Records.  The excellent first single is a nostalgic and bittersweet slice of 90’s slacker guitar rock with an insanely catchy chorus.  This is easily one of my favorite songs of the year so far. Stream it below.)   

Download: (Via NPR)


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