My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 5/30/16

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My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 5/30/16

1. Ash & Ice :: The Kills

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Three-Sentence Review: First songs are everything, or at least a big part of everything, and this first song – “Doing it to Death” – is a big part of everything that I  am loving about this new release from one of my favorites, The Kills. This album makes my pulse accelerate, my skin crawl (in the best way), my lips want to make out, and my body want to move – oh, and at times, it makes my heart hurt a little bit (“Black Tar” and “Echo Home” do that to me). A desirous, raucous delight – yeah, that’s what this album is.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Doing it to Death, Heart of a Dog, Echo Home and Whirling Home

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Heart of a Dog

2. Future Present Past :: The Strokes

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Three-Sentence Review: A three song EP is not enough, no, even with a remix added, its just not enough. I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed The Strokes until these songs came around, and now I not only realize how much I’ve missed them, but how much I need more than just three songs. That early-aughts feel is here, but there is something else, something a little garage rock meets glam that I’m digging in a big, big way – more PLEASE.

Initial Favorite Track(s): All three – Drag Queen, OBLIVIUS and Threat of Joy

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Drag Queen

3. Love You to Death :: Tegan & Sara

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Three-Sentence Review: I love Tegan & Sara, don’t you? This album is more poppy than past albums, and like the album cover might suggest (reminds me of an album by The Cars or The Police, or maybe Kim Wilde), there is some definite 80’s music overtures weaved throughout (especially the song “Boyfriend”), that gives Love You to Death a very different feel. I like it best when there is some of that indie-rock style thrown in to the mix, but that said, this is definitely a catch album that is artistic and so ready made to be on my summertime soundtrack.

Initial Favorite Track(s)Boyfriend,  100x, Stop Desire and U-turn

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

100x

4. Wild Things :: Ladyhawke

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Three-Sentence Review: First songs, you already know what I’m going to say (everything, or a big part of everything) and “A Love Song”, the opening track on Wild Things, grabbed me fast and frantically, and had me turning up the volume, dancing around the room, and trying to sing-a-long. Heavy on the pop and the indie, very danceable, very summertime, very listenable and catchy and addictive – I’m really enjoying this album. This album pairs up well with last week’s Kristin Kontrol release, and both albums – Kristin’s and Ladyhawke’s – feel influenced by the 80’s.

Initial Favorite Track(s): A Love Song, Wild Things and Sweet Fascination

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

A Love Song

5. Eyes on the Lines :: Steve Gunn

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Three-Sentence Review: A slow burn, but a burn that stays once lit, Eyes on the Lines has me interested and pushing play a few times because I know this one needs time to attach itself to me (but it is attaching, it is getting to me). I think I wanted a stronger first song, because as soon as track 2 started, I started to pay more attention and take it all in (loving track 2, “Full Moon Tide”). That last track though, oh my stars it is beautiful – very Neil Young meets Grateful Dead meets Waxahatchee.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Full Moon Tide, Night Wander, Park Bench Smile and Ark

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

Park Bench Smile

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