BAND OF HORSES Cease To Begin LP / CD
*** "The songs on Cease to Begin are strikingly beautiful, if less elliptical and more straightforward, dealing with the reconciliation of attachment and detachment, the strength that’s found through suffering, and the understanding that we are as significant as we are insignificant. It’s also a great rock record."
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE PRESENTS: KEVIN DREW Spirit If... 2xLP+MP3s
*** NOW ON VINYL!
FIERY FURNACES Widow City 2xLP / CD
*** "The sixth album (and first for Thrill Jockey) from the FIERY FURNACES. While Widow City is rooted in the Furnace’s aesthetic of challenging conventional notions of timing and song structure, the record is absolutely unlike any other in their expansive repertoire. Sixteen tracks that are among the finest and catchiest they’ve written to date."
KRAFTWERK + HOT CHIP Aerodynamik / La Forme 12"
*** Total nerds HOT CHIP remix the O.G. German nerds. Did it have to happen? I don't know!
JENS LEKMAN Night Falls Over Kortedala LP / CD
*** "JENS arduously labored over these songs over the last three years. It's characterized by a vague musical pop sound with hints of tropicalia, it has more in common with PAUL SIMON's Graceland'."
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS Hey Venus LP+MP3s
*** "One the Super Furries catchiest and best albums to date" on vinyl-only in the US for now, but it has a coupon for mp3s!