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My Top 5 New Releases :: Week of June 8

1. Rounder :: HoneyHoney

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Three-Sentence Review: I’ve been a HoneyHoney fan since I saw them open for Ryan Bingham a few years back, and this new album is just solidifying my fan-status. A little bit country, a little bit rock, a little bit alt-folk, a little bit Laurel Canyon/60’s throwback, and a lot sonically addictive. I hope they tour soon, as I’d love to hear these songs done live.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Yours to Bear, Whatchya Gonna Do and Burn Me Out

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Burn Me Out

2. Wild Nights :: Pins

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Three-Sentence Review: There is something so classically “girl group” about song of the songs on this album that I cannot help but fall hard and fast for it, and for Pins. There is a newer coolness amidst the classic feel, too, that is somewhat reminiscent of Beach House and The Like, as well. My favorite is when they go a little edgier, a little darker, with some jaded layer to the lyrics that I just love (see Too Little Too Late).

Initial Favorite Track(s): If Only, Too Little Too Late and Young Girls

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Young Girls

3. FFS :: FFS

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Three-Sentence Review: How have I not heard about this Supergroup yet? A musical meet-up of Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, which takes on this theatrical sound and feeling that reminds me a hell of a lot of Queen, if Queen had survived and were infused with a hefty dose of indie rock/art rock. I love the irony of the lyric “collaborations don’t work”, on the song with the same name, because this collaboration definitely works!

Initial Favorite Track(s): Collaborations Don’t Work, Johnny Delusional and Piss Off

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Johnny Delusional

4. I Don’t Want to Let You Down (EP) :: Sharon Van Etten

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Three-Sentence Review: Though the five songs are just not enough (I’m greedy), they are gorgeous and lush and lyrically rich, reminding me of why I fell for Sharon Van Etten when I first heard her album, Tramp. Some of the songs are haunting, others are dreamy, and others still are seductive as hell (that’s a lot of moods for only five songs, don’t you think?) This EP leaves me wanting more, which actually is a good thing.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Just Like Blood, I Always Fall Apart and Pay My Debts

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

I Always Fall Apart

5. Our Toast :: The Sandwitches

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Three-Sentence Review: This album could be too “cute” for its own good (think Zooey Deschanel), but its not, its clever and enticing and underneath the sugar is an edginess that makes it all so damn listenable. I love songs like Personal Hell that feel a bit like angels fallen out of heaven, or halos with horns holding them up – good stuff.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Sleeping Practice, Play it Again Dick and Personal Hell,

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

Play it Again Dick

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