New music releases have been dropping like fall leaves, filling up another playlist ready for consumption. There are selections from albums by steadfast indie bands such as MGMT, Yuck and of Montreal plus iconic masters Sigur Rós and Moby. New bands HAERTS and Generationals impress with debuts while Gauntlet Hair unfortunately call it quits. Plus check out singles from Arcade Fire, Dr. Dog and TV on the Radio.
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Tagged as a “Bay Area psych pop supergroup”, Agony Aunts live up to that description with the richly melodic concoctions of their upcoming full-length, Big Cinnamon. Built on the foundation of the Corner Laughers lineup, with guest contributions from members of the Orange Peels and the Loud Family, among others, Big Cinnamon piles on layers and layers of swirling, shining harmonics. The result is an album chock full of compositions that are sunny and fun, but shaded with enough poignance to linger around a little while.
For its fourth full-length, Model Rocket, the Brother Kite has crafted a bold, sculpted effort, driven by dramatic guitars and propulsive rhythms. While many a band this deep into a career would be tempted to (over)complicate its approach after accruing more and more experience, it’s refreshing to find a group like the Brother Kite streamlining what it does and channeling it into the muscular, straight-ahead alt-rock sound you hear on Model Rocket. Streaming exclusively here on PopMatters, Model Rocket is being released today on Clairecords.
The song is called “Open”, and it’s an apt description for the direct romantic sentiment and airy music composing it. In the hands of Albany indie pop duo Titanics, the Rhye cover keeps the original’s tone of wounded seduction, but with a more noir flavor. Spacey and minimalistic at first, its momentum builds in cinematic fashion as the instrumentation adds more components. It’s one helluva sexy groove, one to accompany a 2 a.m. seduction, and a damn fine follow-up to their debut LP, Soft Treasure, released earlier this year.
With a clear line of reference to great southern soul influenced-bands like the Rolling Stones and the Band, Buffalo Clover have put together a rollicking new album of deep grooves and crisp pop melodies. Meanwhile front woman Margo Price sings in a sweet and soulful voice that beguiles while the rest of the band stomps through horn-drenched, energetic songs.