There has been a lot of buzz around the first solo release of Death Cab For Cutie‘s frontman, and on the whole, good reviews. To kick off this week’s official new releases, here is the second single featured in our album review. Following Gibbard is the latest single from The Maldives’ newest album release, Muscle for the Wing, is yet another top album release this week, with the lead single, “Blood on the Highway,” drawing a stark contrast to Gibbard’s more sensitive and artistic sound.
“A Hard One To Know” – Ben Gibbard from
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– The Maldives from Muscle for the Wing on Spark and Shine
Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle’s New Solo Album, The Philistines and Sophomore LPs from Little Comets and Tamaryn
Like Gibbard, another respected indie musician, Grandaddy‘s founding member Jason Lytle, dropped a new solo album this week that features the title track, “Dept. of Disapperance.” Lytle continues to dazzle admirers with potent songs that are lyrically and musically astute. This album drops during a year in which Grandaddy fans are celebrating a band reunion.
“Dept. of Disapperance” – Jason Lytle from Dept Of Disappearance on Anti- Records
Next, Newcastle, England trio Little Comets‘ sophomore release, Life Is Elsewhere, is the follow-up album to the band’s widely regarded debut album In Search of Elusive Little Comets, released officially in January 2011. The first LP was proceeded by the 2009 debut single, “One Night in October,” which peaked at No. 3 on the U.K. independent music charts, thanks in large part to popular BBC Radio 1 deejays Huw Stephens and Sara Cox. However, the band’s second single, “Adultery” the following year failed to chart. Another track, “Dancing Song,” was used in a Radox ad this past summer.
The band has made a name for themselves by crafting energetic, hook-driven indie rock songs flourishing with synths, airy guitar licks and the perfectly complimentary vocals of the trio’s frontman, Robert Coles, whose voice has been often compared to Vampire Weekend‘s vocalist Erza Koenig. While that comparison has validity, the band surely has its own unique style – and the more we hear from them, the more we admire their skills as musicians.
On the peppy new single, “Bayonee,” the trio infuse elements of Phoenix-like sound effects, and a decidedly tropical-influenced reggae pop style – the kind of song you’d crank up at a sunny summer beach party, and easily one of the best new singles from this week’s top releases. And just to make it twice as nice, we’ve included another new single, “The Opus,” which, along with other songs on the new LP, adds even more credibility to support the narrative that, at least for U.S. indie music fans, Little Comets is a band to watch.
“Bayonee” – Little Comets – Life Is Elsewhere
The Philistines once again rocked and popped their way into our top singles of the week thanks to the spirited, and funny-named, new single, “Woo Hoo Hoo” from the album, Therewolves! The band doesn’t hold back on tastefully poking fun at a common chorus in pop music for years, “woo hoo hoo,” (and variations thereof), yet at the same time they make this light-hearted, jangle pop song work for them – leaving a short and sweet after taste.
“Woo-hoo-hoo” – The Philistines from Therewolves!
Next, the new single, “Heavenly Bodies,” from Tamaryn‘s latest album, Tender New Signs – dropped this week by indie label Mexican Summer – has created yet another deeply emotive, seedy shoe-gaze pop single, and album to boot, along with her long-time collaborator, San Francisco songwriter/musician Rex John Sheverton. Because we were not able to find a single, we’ve included the official video for “Heavenly Bodies,” which should pop up on your screen right away (via the embedded Yahoo Player!), and fit nicely with the flow of the other tracks in this week’s singles playlist.
“Heavenly Bodies” – Tamaryn from Tender New Signs on Mexican Summer
The Luyas’ Drop Sophomore Album; Times New Viking Release New EP
We were kind of surprised to see some of the top music blogs not include new releases this week from two great indie bands – The Luyas and Columbus lo-fi indie rockers Times New Viking. Both have been fairly popular bands in recent years. The Luyas’ Animator features the hook-driven single, “Fifty Fifty,” among other standout tracks like “Face” and “Crimes Machine.” The Luyas wax poetic throughout the album, much of which was written in response to the sudden death of a close friend. For the album, Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld collaborated with Jessie Stein, Pietro Amato and the band. Amato also produced the album which, in the final analysis is more somber than the intricately woven, upbeat indie pop of the band’s previous albums.
Times New Viking released a six-song EP this week, Over and Over, as a follow-up to their excellent 2011 LP, Dancer Equired! The band’s new EP features a couple of notable tracks on it, including the driving indie pop rhythms of the short, but sweet track, “At The Bars” and the jangly, fast-moving post-punk/guitar pop of “Sleep In” (which is not a sleepy or dreamy kind of song at all). You may notice a hint of Sonic Youth influence in The Luyas’ music, especially on songs like “Sleep In.”
“Fifty Fifty” – The Luyas from Animator
“At The Bars” – Times New Viking from Over and Over EP
Double-shot: “Sleep In” – – Times New Viking from Over and Over EP
Volume Two for Week of October 16th Drops Very Soon and Quick-Click Album Purchases
Volume Two of the Best New Music Releases will be right up, and features new singles from fresh albums by Earlimart, Young Dreams, Shiny Toy Guns, Matmos, Pinback and DIY exclusives as well.
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Arms of Tripoli – All the Fallen Embers [EP] | MP3
The Bloody Angle – The Bloody Angle | MP3
Chaos Chaos – S [EP] | MP3
Death Rattle – HE&I [EP] | MP3
Echoes de Luxe – Hold On [EP] | MP3
Ex Norwegian – House Music | MP3
Sky Ferreira – Ghosts [EP] | MP3
Flowerland – Caffeine Disk [EP] | MP3
Dan Friel – Valedictorian/Exoskeleton [EP] | Vinyl
Glocca Morra – An Obscure Moon Lighting an Obscure World [EP] | MP3
Hot Fiction – Apply Within | MP3
Icona Pop – The Iconic EP [EP] | MP3
Leogun – Leogun [EP] | MP3
Little Comets – Life Is Elsewhere | MP3
Mike McCarthy – The Lion’s Share | MP3
The Philistines – Therewolves! | MP3
Picture Book – Songs About Aimee [EP] | MP3
The Sky Life – Caves | CD
Star & Micey – I Can’t Wait [EP] | CD
Win Win – Double Vision | MP3