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My Top 5 New Releases :: The Week of March 10, 2015

1. Expect Delays :: Evans the Death

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Three-Sentence Review: This is one of those albums where my first reaction is “this needs to be played loudly“, so yes, I highly recommend putting this on in your car, rolling down the windows, and turning it way up to almost blowing out your speakers level. There is a little bit of riot grrrl here, a little bit of 90’s alt-rock/college rock the likes of Sonic Youth, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Drugstore and My Bloody Valentine, and an added dash of 80’s New Wave/Dark Wave in the mix. There is something melodic amongst the noise making this at times have a throwback sixties feel covered up in feedback and guitar buzz and Power Pop/Punk Rock energy – I feel like there is a little bit of everything going on here (you may even check the Shoegaze box, too), and it doesn’t clash, or feel contrived, or become chaotic or confusing, on the contrary, it all works together so well (especially when played loudly – so turn it up).

Initial Favorite Track(s): Terrified, Sledgehammer and Enabler

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Enabler

2. Fresh Blood :: Matthew E. White

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Three-Sentence Review: Founder of Spacebomb records, Matthew E. White is bringing the soulful cool jams I didn’t know I needed until now on this album. This is my unexpected discovery of the week, one that I can’t seem to stop playing. Part “throwback“, part something very now (“Fresh Blood” is the perfect title), a little Devendra Banhart, a little Paul Simon, a little Foxygen, a little Sufjan Stevens, and a little Spiritualized. Tranquility, written for Philip Seymour Hoffman, is beautiful, and Holy Moly is haunting, sensual and utterly cinematic.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Rock & Roll is Cold, Holy Moly and Tranquility

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Rock & Roll is Cold

3. The Ghosts of Beverly Drive :: Death Cab For Cutie (single from upcoming album, Kintsugi)

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Three-Sentence Review: With every single they reveal I find myself more and more excited for the new album. Although Black Sun is still my favorite of the early released singles, this one is becoming a quick close second. The songs on this upcoming album all have the trappings of a break-up, as well as peppered with the feeling of being in Los Angeles, to me – I really can’t wait for the album to come out.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

The Ghosts of Beverly Drive

4. Soft Control :: Laura Welsh

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Three-Sentence Review: Laura Welsh’s album, Soft Control, will very much remind you of Florence Welch, and not just due to the similarity in their last names, but in the sounds and sensibilities of the music. The opening track is so reminiscent of Florence and the Machine’s That’s What the Water Gave Me that it gave me a sonic-double-take. Laura has an incredible voice, beyond incredible actually, I just wish she’d gone for a bit more originality (like more of what she has done with the song Cold Feet, or on the duet with John Legend, Hardest Part).

Initial Favorite Track(s): Break the Fall, Cold Feet and Hardest Part

Break the Fall

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

5. Lesser Oceans :: Fences

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Three-Sentence Review: Lyrically dark, but sonically upbeat and pop-infused, this album reminds me quite a bit of some of the new Alt-Pop/Indie-Pop offerings of late the likes of Bleachers, Bastille and Vance Joy. I really enjoy the track he shares with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Arrows) which reminds that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are way more than a Thrift Shop one-hit wonder. At times the production overtakes the music, which when toned just a bit, like on the song Running Off the Gods, and to a lesser degree, Sunburns, the songs are more impactful to me – still and all this is an enjoyable release.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Arrows, Running Off the Gods and Sunburns

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

Sunburns

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