Week of July 29th: New Album Releases

july 29th music player

Beck and Various Artists – Song Reader

Sound Reader, undoubtably, is Beck’s album. Yet, he has gone on air recently to say: “I think there are songs that are good, and then I record them and they’re not as good. Or I can hear someone else singing them better.” To counteract his own demure beliefs towards his musical process, upon writing a twenty song setlist back in 2012, Beck instead published it as a 108-page hardcover book. He titled it Song Reader, leaving it open for the world to take it as they may. Within a year-and-a-half and fresh off the heels of this year’s Best Album-contender Morning Phase, Song Reader features Beck alongside some of the artists he believes ‘can sing Beck songs better than Beck’, such as: Jeff Tweedy, Jack White and even Jack Black. Underneath you’ll find the sole song Beck chose to perform on the album, titled “Heaven’s Ladder”.


Hooray for Earth – Racy

Slamming you with reverb the second you open Racy‘s doors, Hooray For Earth’s second album fixedly metamorphosizes into some parts lo-fi garage rock and other parts pop-punk. Much of it is catchy, particularly “Keys” (streamable below) due in part to their record’s producer Chris Coady, a vital player in bringing fame to acts like Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear and TV on the Radio. The NYC-based group launched from founder Noel Heroux’s multi-instrumental abilities before building off that/reaching their current form with two EPs and a second album now under their belt. Give them a shot if you’ve ever shown interest in Japandroids, or perhaps the idea of a toned-down edition of FIDLAR tickles your brainstem.


No Lands – Negative Space

Coming to be the atmospherically visceral debut album electronic musician Michael Hammond needed to put him on the map, Negative Space is a trip. It’s as if Hammond took his album’s title literally, crafting sounds born from a dizzying flight through a black hole – one which he may never escape from. Each of the nine tracks alludes to core rock elements, yet are given a twist to modern abstract sounds via far-off keyboard and synth chimes intruding over muffled percussion. Hammond will fervently boast an electric guitar chord here and there – which may, all in all, sound like a potpourri of clashing instruments – however he manages to make them compliment well. It’s closest comparison is a concoction of Darkside’s Psychic with the magic fingers of Nils Frahm. Hear the comparative outcome, “City”, for yourself:


Also available this week:

Diplo – Random White Dude Be Everywhere [Compilation]

Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale)

Harvey Danger – Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone? [Reissue]

Imelda May – Tribal

Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Jim-E Stack – Tell Me I Belong

Mark Lanegan Band – No Bells On Sunday

The Muffs – Whoop Dee Doo

Sex Hands – Pleh

Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

Sir Michael Rocks – Banco

SW/MM/NG – Feel Not Bad

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye

Wildest Dreams – Wildest Dreams


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