Best New Releases – The Shins, Tanlines, Yukon Blonde, Lost In The Trees, Morningbell, Cousins, The Wedding Present
After nearly five years since their last album, the long awaited, highly anticipated, and already wildly popular, new album by The Shins, Port of Morrow, was officially dropped this week. The release followed weeks of build-up and buzz, and was complimented by appearances on SNL, The Late Show, SXSW, and widespread coverage on mainstream media sites and countless blogs.
The first single, “Simple Song,” is an excellent choice, even though there are a number of tracks on Port of Morrow that would have served just as well as the first single. Yet, like many songs by The Shins over the past 15 years, “Simple Song” has an anthemic feel to it. The B-side to “Simple Song” 7-inch vinyl, “September” is an acoustic, ballad-leaning love song, featuring injections of electric slide guitar reverb riffs, rhythmic bass and the iconic vocals of James Mercer.
Tanlines drew enthusiastic crowds to their various performances at SXSW last week in Austin. As a result, kudos to the label, True Panther Sounds, if it was a strategic move to drop Tanlines new album, Mixed Emotions right after SXSW. The shamelessly enjoyable dance pop of “All of Me,” the album’s first single, has been getting a lot of exposure and streams at various portals on the web, and the album is also receiving good reviews.
The new album, Tiger Talk, from Yukon Blonde is among our favorite albums of the week. If you like the lead single, “Stairway,” you’ll probably love the album.
Chapel Hill‘s psych pop/folk art band Lost In The Trees upped the ante this week with the release of their new album, A Church That Fits Our Needs. The lead track, “Golden Eyelids” is unforgivingly magical.
“Jules” – Cousins from The Palm at the End of the Mind on Saved by Vinyl
“Shannon” – Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s from Rot Gut, Domestic on Mariel Recording Company
Fans of unabashed geek pop, and perhaps fans of Vampire Weekend (aren’t they one and the same?), may find themselves approving of the lead single, “You Think I Don’t Know (But I Know)” from Gainesville, Florida band Morningbell‘s self released new album, Bassco Profundo. The track is a bit quirky and playful, featuring an infectious upbeat.
“Pads of Light” – White Hills from Frying on This Rock on Thrill Jockey
Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagle fans have reason to be excited this week with the release of Daniel Rossen‘s new solo EP. On “Silent Song,” Rossen flourishes with guitar and vocal driven melodies and a mix of instruments that are interestingly woven throughout the song. The Wedding Present, trailblazers of the post-punk music scene of the 1980’s, follow-up their shows at SXSW last week with a new album, Valentina. The lead single, with a Tarzanesque title, “You Jane,” demonstrates that the aging veterans still have their mojo.
“You Jane” – The Wedding Present from Valentina on Scopitones
“Off the Wall” – Lee Ranaldo from Between the Times & the Tides on Matador
“Book Of Advice” – Solander from Passing Mt. Satu on A Tenderversion Recording
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