My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 10/28/16


My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 10/28/16

1. Apocalypse Fetish :: Lou Barlow


Three-Sentence Review: Bring to me low-fi, mid-to-late-nineties goodness, along with the memories of witch boots and crushed velvet leggings and baby doll dresses, and the heartbreaks and heart-bursts of that era…please. Oh Lou, you know I still listen to Sebadoh often (just this morning I was blasting “On Fire” and “Willing to Wait” in the car), and have really missed your voice and style and lyrical delivery. On this 5-song EP (why only 5? Why, oh why?), Lou plays everything, and produces along with Joyful Noise Recordings, and makes me feel awkward and emotive, and twenty-something, all over again.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “The Breeze”,“Apocalypse Fetish” and “Pour Reward”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

The Breeze

1. In the Middle :: Mona


Three-Sentence Review: Indie-Alt rock/pop, with a bit of that mid-nineties memory recall I mentioned above? Yes, yes, and yes, but more, as well – a bit of early 2000’s Jimmy Eat World, Brand New and Creeper Lagoon, a bit Neutral Milk and Guided By Voices, and even some of the pop-infused Rooney in here – but still more, still something more right now – a bit of Airborne Toxic Event, early Killers and The Joy Formidable. “Ain’t It Sick” I can’t stop playing, and “In the Middle” (PLAY IT LOUD) slips in under my skin in all its anthem-glory, and gives me a combo wallop of skin prickles, heart-racing-wanting-to-scream-and-soar, and a feeling that I may break into tears – good, good stuff.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Ain’t It Sick”, “Bones” and “Judas”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

In the Middle

3. La La La :: Priscilla Ahn


Three-Sentence Review: What if Cocteau Twins made a album of children’s lullabies,, with a little help from Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz (circa “The Girl from Ipanema”)? You would wind up with something akin to Priscilla Ahn’s album, “La La La”, which is a departure from the music and style I knew her from her work with Cary Brothers and Joshua Radin. There is a French pop feel spinning through most of the album, as well as this dreamy/dreamlike lulling pop melodies that makes you want to curl up in a warm blanket and drift off into the neverland of subconsicous fantasies.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “All By Myself”, “Leaves” and “Desert Lullaby”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Desert Lullaby

4. Home On Native Land :: The Hidden Cameras


Three-Sentence Review: I just read a blurb about this album that describes The Hidden Camera’s music as “Canadiana” (as in “Americana”, or folk/roots/alt-country), and now I’m curious of what other bands fit under this geographic-sub-genre. This is indie-pop, to me, more than any “ana”, reminded me more of The Magnetic Fields and Belle and Sebastian, than say Ryan Adams or The Avett Brothers, but maybe “Canadiana” hits more in that esoteric poppy indie gooey/goodness? Their cover of “Dark End of the Street” is pretty keen, I must say, as is the more “twangy” than “twee”, “Counting Stars”.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Dark End of the Street”, “Counting Stars” and “Twilight of the Season”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

Twilight of the Season

5. saintmotelevision :: Saint Motel


Three-Sentence Review: Catchy, sticky taffy sweet, indie pop – Saint Motel is addictive and sugar-laced, and really should be a Summer album. That said, we can all use some feel good alternative pop music, especially as the nights get shorter and the weather chillier (at least everywhere besides Southern California). The album, and band, get “cinema”/”cinematic” affixed to them in most reviews, most likely because they are made-up of ex-film-students, but to me I hear more of a seventies soft pop, eighties radio-friendly pop, and the more indie side of current pop, along the lines of fun., Matt & Kim and Neon Trees.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Sweet Talk”,  “Born Again”, and “Happy Accidents”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

Sweet Talk

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