Wednesday, April 16, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat

The Afghan Whigs – “The Lottery” (After a long sixteen-year hiatus Greg Dulli’s crew return with their hotly-anticipated new album, Do To The Beast, out now on original label, Sub Pop.  Though the songs lean more toward the dark cinematics of the Twilight Singers, it has always been Dulli’s husky and soulful R&B-inflected croon that has taken the spotlight and does so once again but with new elements like heavy guitars and girl-group melodies on the new album that does not disappoint.)

High Desert – “Disappeared” (The new electronic-leaning project of former Shins keyboardist/guitarist Marty Crandall and producer Nick Noeding Jr. released their self-titled debut album this week.  Hazy layers of 80’s-like synths and danceable rhythms combine with introspective lyrics and infectious dream-pop melodies for a very promising debut.)

The Crookes – “Play Dumb” (The prolific Sheffield, UK quartet released Soapbox, their third album and second in the U.S., this week via Modern Outsider Records.  The band’s nostalgia-inducing “new-pop” style incorporates The Smith’s swooning romanticism with punchy Cure-like rhythms along with hints of 50’s rock swagger and 60’s pop melodies for a catchy collection of energetic indie rock anthems.)


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