Week of August 19th: New Album Releases

august 19th music player

Castanets – Decimation Blues

Today, Raymond Raposa of Castanets stakes comparisons between Bon Iver and Phosphorescent, although these accusations should be flipped around. Raposa was a forefather of the freak folk movement, a 2003-born genre which has recently exploded to give fame to many but him. His subtle combination of blues, folk and country are lightly stitched together by a theme of psychedelia and muffled poetry – a common thread shared by all of his genre’s peers. With his sixth studio album, Raposa hurdles Decimation Blues forward with the use of a few new distortion toys. Like altering a picture’s curves, his new sound has a new face, yet still soothes like ever before.


Literature – Chorus

“New Jacket” rollicked into my ears two weeks back for a couple reasons: intrigue behind their musical process being the initial allure. Going beyond their jangly pop influences, Chorus was built on a few unique recording fundamentals. Using methods of tape flanging, automatic double-tracking and vocal pitching through Leslie speaker cabinets, Literature best utilized a pitiful winter to push their sound in new directions. Of course the attraction of “New Jacket” beckons The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and early Smiths work, but that’s part of the appeal, too. If you buy the Philly-based group’s LP now, they’re offering a bundle deal which includes their first album, Arab Spring, as part of the package (available here).


Museum Of Love – Museum Of Love

If this is your first hearing of Museum of Love, don’t worry – you’re in a boat shared by many. Although, the band name may trigger as unfamiliar, the ingredients to them are most likely not. One-part ex-LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney and other-part Ron-Roc Records founder/solo artist Dennis McNany, these two make up the debuting ambient dance rock tag team. The album’s publisher, DFA, believes this album to be a long time coming. Pat and Dennis have been close for 14 years running, a friendship birthed on “10,000 tallboys, 400 bistro burgers and 10 million cigarettes.” If their track “Monotronic” sparks a thirst for more, dip your cup in the electro crescendos of “Down South” and “In Infancy” as well.


Also available this week:

Bahamas – Bahamas is Afie

Beach Day – Native Echoes

Bishop Allen – Lights Out

Connections – Into Sixes

Cory Branan – The No-Hit Wonder

Electric Würms – Musik, Die Shwer Zu Twerk

The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt

James Yorkston – The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society

JJ – V

Julia Holter – “Don’t Make Me Over / Hello Stranger” 7″

Julia Holter – Tragedy [Reissue]

Kimbra – The Golden Echo

Moiré – Shelter

Orenda Fink – Blue Dream

Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

Roadkill Ghost Choir – In Tongues

Statik Selektah – What Goes Around

Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood


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