With the end of summer approaching, the Best New Music Releases will start to get meatier than they have been for the past couple of months, starting with this week, the last full week of August 2012. Among the top releases this week include new albums from Bloc Party, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Yeasayer, Teengirl Fantasy, Young Fresh Fellows,
After years of experimenting with genre change-ups that included a number of years adopting an electronic style, Bloc Party are back in true fashion. By 2008’s Intimacy, the band, in the eyes of many fans, had wandered too far astray from their art rock roots that made their 2005 debut a huge success. But, by 2009, the band had gone on an extended hiatus, and rumors began to swirl that maybe the band had broken up.
Now, four years since the release of Intimacy, Bloc Party’s newest album, Four, finds the band reclaiming the energetic post rock sound that launched their career seven years ago. The album’s opening track, “So He Begins to Lie” is a bit puzzling at first because it starts out with a few seconds of the band members chatting before it blasts off into a disjointed, noisy post rock anthem. The less fragmented, forward-driving “Octopus,” with its frantic, shifting lead guitar, is another cut from the album that demonstrates that the London band which quickly became one of the most popular U.K. rock bands of the 2000s are back in full blazing glory.
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – New Album Released
Next up is the single, “Only In My Dreams” from Mature Themes, the latest album dropped this week by Los Angeles-based band Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. “Only In My Dreams” is a sunny, psychedelic pop track accented with pitchy 1960s-style electric guitar notes and glorious choruses that call to mind The Beach Boys and The Beatles. The song would have likely been a pop hit record 45 years ago – that’s how much of a time-period piece it sounds like. One can almost picture Phil Spector sitting at the controls.
– Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti from Mature Themes on 4AD
Yeasayer’s New Album, Plus, Teengirl Fantasy, Young Fresh Fellows, Animal Parts and Others
Brooklyn band Yeasayer released their third album, Fragrant World, this week to accompany a national tour. Fragrant World is less pop-oriented, and more dark, than the band’s last album, Odd Blood. Six Organs of Admittance belts out a mean, energized and unforgiving psychedelic guitar jam that ranks up with some of the best we’ve heard in a long time, perhaps ever. Plus, it includes elements of R&B and synth rock.
Plus, check out new singles from Teengirl Fantasy, Young Fresh Fellows, Happy New Year. Plus, U.K. soul-rock band, The Heavy, who have been riding the wave of their widely acclaimed 2009 debut album for the past three years just dropped their sophomore album, The Glorious Dead .
“Henrietta” – Yeasayer from on Secretly Canadian
“End” – Teengirl Fantasy from on True Panther Sounds/R&S
“A Fake Hello” – Young Fresh Fellows from Tiempo De Lujo on Yep Roc
“Twins” – Happy New Year from Happy New Year on Brooklyn’s Crikey! Records
– Six Organs of Admittance from Ascent on Drag City
“What Makes A Good Man?” – The Heavy from The Glorious Dead on Counter Records/Ninja Tune
– Bailterspace from Machine on Fire Records
– OMBRE from Believe You Me on Asthmatic Kitty Records
“Another Stitch” – Gregory Pepper and His Problems from Escape From Crystal Skull Mountain on Fake Four, Inc.
– Raymond Byron and the White Freighter from Little Death Shaker on Asthmatic Kitty Records
– Evan Caminiti from Dreamless Sleep on Thrill Jockey