Much like last week’s stellar list of new releases, this is yet another blockbuster week for new albums, including highly anticipated releases from heavy-hitters like The Raveonettes, The xx, St. Vincent & David Byrne, and other popular artists such as Thee Oh Sees, Turbo Fruits, Seapony, Calexico, Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra. This is volume one of a two-part series. Volume Two provides at least a dozen more hand-picked singles from new albums by artist like Firewater, Field Report, Neal Halstead, Sea Wolf, Avett Brothers, Hello Echo, Solos, and Helvetia.
Denmark‘s celebrated indie rock duo, The Raveonettes, has made a name for themselves with a dark, fuzzy guitar-driven sound, that continues on their newest album release, Observator. But their new single, “She Owns The Streets,” is one of the duo’s most upbeat, pop-centric singles to date. The song has a feel-good, summertime pop essence, featuring layers of glistening guitars intertwined with soft vocals that echo bands like Galaxie 500 and The Cure. You can listen to Observator‘s first single the duo released in June, “Observations.”
– The Raveonettes from Observator on Vice Records
The xx Release The Long-Awaited New Album, Coexist
There was a tremendous amount of buzz leading up to this week’s official release of The xx’s new album, Coexist. After a whirlwind of worldwide success on the charts and on tour, The xx are back with new music, such as the stunning lead single, “Angels.” Most impressive is Romy Madley-Croft’s gorgeous vocals that are front and center, and which carry the song from start to finish.
“Islands” – The xx (via Soundcloud)
Also, check out The xx video for “Chained” on the Best Music Videos page.
The Pairing of David Byrne and St. Vincent Produces Ace New Single and LP
The new single from David Byrne and St. Vincent has an addictive beat with the pair exchanging turns taking the lead and coming together in perfect unison for the chorus. The song, “Who,” has been on repeat for the past week here in the cafe. Even in his later years, the frontman of the iconic Talking Heads, Byrne’s uniquely identifiable voice still sounds great. The video for “Who” is also a must-see for fans of Byrne and St. Vincent.
Notable New Singles from Indie Bands Seapony, Thee Oh Sees and Turbo Fruits
Seattle band Seapony offer up more dreamy, lo-fi beach pop melodies and hazy vocals backed by guitar surf rock on their sophomore album. San Francisco psychedelic rockers, Thee Oh Sees, drop Putrifiers II, this week, featuring an array of styles from the spacey psych-pop to hard-hitting garage rock as the single, “Flood’s New Light” clearly demonstrates. From Nashville, a band that broke out during the excellent year for indie rock, 2009, Turbo Fruits released their junior album this week, featuring a comparatively diverse album as Thee Oh Sees, with a set of songs that range from psych-pop with a 60’s flair and plenty of hooks to grove on, to crunchy garage rock that sounds awesome via a good set of speakers.
The Helio Sequence Drop Anticipated New LP, Negotiations
Two weeks ago, IRC featured The Helio Sequence’s new single, “Hall of Mirrors” in the latest Fresh Tracks Mix. Based on the number of streams and downloads from the post, and the numbers on Hypem and other aggregators, listeners really liked the song. Now, with the official release of the new album, Negotiations, another new single from the album, “October,” is out. This is one of the best tracks of the week and will definitely be included in a special playlist we’re putting together called Songs From The Calendar, which will highlight excellent songs about months, specific dates and days of the week. Keep an eye out for it. Check out the official promo video for Negotiations.
Calexico Returns with Dark Sound and Amanda Palmer Pairs with The Grand Theft Orchestra
As long-time Calexico fans, it took a few spins to connect with the band’s new single, “Para.” The song evokes a dark, haunting aura, with melancholic vocals and lyrics, a reverberating, spooky guitar, a Mexican funeral-like horn injection and a slow, deep percussion. “Para” sounds like a track that could have been on a Kill Bill soundtrack. Another song that is just in time foris the collaborative single, “The Killing Type,” from Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra. It’s more intense than “Para,” which is a stark contrast while also being alike in the sense that both songs are anything but upbeat and cheerful.
“The Killing Type” – Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra from Theater Is Evil on 8ft. Records
Another single out this week that would be fitting on a Halloween mixtape is the song “The Dogs Howl, The Caravan Moves On” from the self-released album by singer/songwriter Ethan Daniel Davidson .
“The Dogs Howl, The Caravan Moves On” – Ethan Daniel Davidson from Silvertooth (self-released)
Check back later for Part II of this week’s Best New Releases
Get MP3, CD and Vinyl Releases Out This Week From Amazon
Boyfrndz – All Day Pass | MP3
The Dandelion War – We Were Always Loyal to Lost Causes | MP3
Sean Hayes – Before We Turn to Dust | CD
Brendan Hines – Small Mistakes [EP] | MP3
Jack Beats – Careless [EP] | MP3
Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray – We’re From Here | CD
Mister Loveless – Grow Up | MP3