Midlake – For The Sake Of Bethel Woods
Released on Bella Union
The Texas band’s latest is a strange mixture between blissed-out indie prog like Grizzly Bear and finger-tapping melodies a la John Grant.
Mattiel – Georgia Gothic
Released on ATO Records
Thick, tough rock ‘n’ roll that isn’t afraid to thirst on Jeff Goldblum or interpolate classic Dylan.
Papooz – None Of This Matters Now
Released on Half Awake
A svelte trip down a Seventies light-rock oriented roadway, full of smooth signifiers of tension and release.
Pinch Points – Process
Released on Exploding in Sound
Bang ahead Aus punk with just the right bounce and attitude. “Goddamn good shit,” as they say.
Dirty Sound Magnet – DSM III
Released on Dirty Sound Magnet
Progressive psychedelic rock, heavy in all the right places and capable of sudden squalling guitar storms.
Brad Mehldau – Jacob’s Ladder
Released on Nonesuch
Rush-obsessed prog-jazz that isn’t afraid to get messy? It can be inchoate in parts but it always manages to get itself back together in the end.
oso oso – sore thumb ★★★☆ (Triple Crown)
Yumi Zouma – Present Tense ★★★☆ (Polyvinyl)
Babeheaven – Sink Into Me ★★★
Chalk Hands – Don’t Think About Death ★★★ (Dog Knights)
The Ninth Wave – Heavy Like A Headache ★★★ (Distiller)
Why Patterns – Regurgitorium ★★★☆ (Human Worth)
Maggie Gently – Peppermint ★★★ (Refresh)
RXKNephew – On The Run From Area 51, Part 2 ★★★☆
Emapea – Dreaming Zone ★★★ (Hip Dozer)
Blue States – World Contact Day ★★★☆ (Memphis Industries)
Thumper – Delusions of Grandeur ★★★☆ (Reckless Records)
Ecko Bazz – Mmaso ★★★ (Hakuna Kukala)
Stabbing Westward – Chasing Ghosts ★★★ (COP)
Little Boots – Tomorrow’s Yesterdays ★★★☆ (On Repeat)
Soft Replica – Only Ever In Dreams ★★☆ (3681727 Records)
Raw Poetic & Damn the Fudgemunk – Laminated Skies ★★★ (Def Presse)
All Them Witches – Live On The Internet ★★★ (New West)
Charli XCX – Crash ★★★ (Asylum)
Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon – Here, There & Everywhere ★★★☆ (Good Felons)