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My Top 5 New Releases :: Week of June 1

1. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful :: Florence & The Machine

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Three-Sentence Review: Oh how I have been anxiously awaiting this album, coveting the three singles that had been pre-released with love and care, and in the case of What Kind of Man and St. Jude, with obsession. The album was definitely worth the wait. Though I’ve loved her other work, this is by far my favorite release of hers – breathtaking, explosively emotional, intimate, and beautiful.

Initial Favorite Track(s): What Kind of Man, St. Jude and Make Up Your Mind

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

What Kind of Man

2. All Your Favorite Bands :: Dawes

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Three-Sentence Review: Honestly, this should be tied for number one, as I have been also anxiously awaiting its release, and love it nearly as much as Florence’s new one. This album feels similar in tone and feel to their favorite of mine, Nothing is Wrong, with perhaps a bit more time and life woven lyrically into each song. There is wisdom in these songs, bittersweet sentiments, heartbreak and hope, all of it mixed together I find so very relatable (I look forward to hearing them live tonight at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery).

Initial Favorite Track(s): Things Happen, All Your Favorite Bands and Now It’s Too Late, Maria

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Things Happen

3. Before We Forget How to Dream :: SOAK

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Three-Sentence Review: A little bit Trip hop, a little bit Goth, and a little bit Indie Pop, SOAK’s debut is something quite remarkable, and definitely the surprise of the week for me. I’m completely taken by this album, and think that 18-year old Irish singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson is one to watch, and keep listening to. I can’t stop listening to this one.

Initial Favorite Track(s): B a noBody, Blud and 24 Windowed House

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

B a noBody

4. Before the World was Big :: Girlpool

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Three-Sentence Review: Another remarkable debut album out this week, this one from a Los Angeles native teen duo, Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad. A little bit  80’s girl band, a little bit 90’s power pop, and a little bit Silver Lake indie pop (in a good way, I PROMISE), and a little bit something all-together uniquely theirs, this album is completely addictive. There is something about this album that makes me want to pack a bag and drive to San Francisco, maybe I’ll have to do just that this Summer, and take it along for the ride (and the listen).

Initial Favorite Track(s): Ideal World, Chinatown and I Like That You Can See It

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Chinatown

5. Universal Themes :: Sun Kil Moon

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Three-Sentence Review: The ever-prolific Mark Kozelek returns with another album, one that I am already quite enamored with. This is songwriting that matches completely up with the albums title, the songs feel universal, and then again they feel very American/Americana, like Springsteen and/or Petty and/or Mellancamp, but with a darker edge. This feels like a collection of short stories you read on a long train ride, and I love it for that.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Birds of Flims, Garden of Lavender and This Is My First Day And I’m Indian And I Work At A Gas Station 

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Garden of Lavender

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