Tag Archives: 2012

Sweater Weather

16 Mar

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Inhale, Exhale

5 Nov

This one is big and heavy. Inhaler is the first cut off Foals follow up to ‘Total Life Forever’, ‘Holy Fire’, set for release in February of 2013.

Foals – Inhaler:

Stall In Progress

29 Oct

I’m working on organizing my best of 2012 lists. There is a lot, so it’s looking like I might do a top 50 songs of the year, and top 15 albums (or so).

For now, this. “Breakers” is the first taste of Local Natives’ forthcoming sophomore album Hummingbird. Release date is set for January 28th.

Bonus:

Hummingbird:
01 You & I
02 Heavy Feet
03 Ceilings
04 Black Spot
05 Breakers
06 Three Months
07 Black Balloons
08 Wooly Mammoth
09 Mt. Washington
10 Colombia
11 Bowery

Bloc Party – Four (2012)

23 Oct

[ALBUM REVIEW]
[Album: Four]
[Label: Frenchkiss / 2012]
[Rating: 7.2]

Much like past Bloc Party efforts, Four polarizing in its ambition. It’s riddled by the split persona of rockstar and indie pop idol. Trying to satisfy both needs, the band often fall short of satisfying either.

Continually, Bloc Party aim for anthemic, stadium-ready rock songs that never seem to capture the pop-glossed buoyancy of Silent Alarm (re: Banquet and Helicopter). Instead, their efforts seem to suffer from a muddy dissonance, lacking in the shimmering pop appeal found on Silent Alarm. That said, where Bloc Party continually make it seem easy, and where they are subsequently most infectious, is when they embrace the melodic centerpiece that is Kele Okereke’s voice. This becomes exceedingly clear on Four.

Their first three records embraced this formula to an extent (re: This Modern Love, On, Signs) – but on Four the band finds particular infectious fulfillment. Which is why it’s so disappointing that the album’s highlights ‘The Healing, ‘VALIS’, and ‘Truth’ are surrounded by noise-rock-ear-shitters* like ‘Kettling’ and ‘We Are Not Good People’. (*not official English)

And yet, when you hear the four-four thumping break-in on ‘Truth’, you feel forgiveness for the noisy expression of surrounding filler – because they continue to doing something right. So take what you can, and enjoy the brilliance while it lasts. Just make sure to listen at a reasonable volume, because you’re never sure whether you’ll be hearing ear-filling bliss or stool-induced cacophony.

P.S. The vibe on The Healing reminded me of an old favorite ‘Dictionary’ by Belgian duo The Go Find. Get into it.

The Shape of Things to Come

19 Jul

Earlier this year I posted a list of my most anticipated albums, with blind ambition and childlike yearning. I was basing assumption on hope.

As it turns out, that list is proving true. Beach House, Keane, and Frank Ocean have all already released new albums (all of which meet and exceed expectation). Passion Pit’s ‘Gossamer’ drops next week. The XX, who were not on the list, but probably should have been, released their new single with news of an upcoming album called ‘Coexist’.

Mumford and Sons recently announced they would be releasing ‘Babel’ on September 25. Two Door Cinema Club will be releasing their follow up to Tourist History, ‘Beacon’, September 3rd.

And it seems Phoenix are still stuck in a studio somewhere. It’s all very exciting… (below is a full list of album release dates).

To tide over anticipation, here are two new tracks from a collaboration between Pnau and Elton John. It’s pretty special.

Elton John vs. Pnau – Good Morning to the Night:

Elton John vs. Pnau – Sad:

Passion Pit – Gossamer : July 24
Purity Ring – Shrines : July 24
Bloc Party – Four : August 21
Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon : September 3
Animal Collective – Centipede Hz : September 4
Stars – The North : September 4
The xx – Coexist : September 11
David Byrne and St. Vincent – Love This Giant : September 11
Ben Folds Five – The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind Out : September 18
Grizzly Bear – Shields : September 18
The Killers – Battle Born : September 18
Mumford and Sons – Babel : September 25
Sun Airway – Soft Fall : October 2

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