Best New Music Releases, Week of Oct. 16th – Ben Gibbard, The Maldives, Jason Lytle, The Philistines, Little Comets, The Luyas

gibbardformerlivesreviewFor the past six weeks or so, there have been many weekly Best New Music Releases playlists that made up for a so-so summer of new indie releases. They include recent albums by Grizzly Bear, Band of Horses, The Raveonettes, The xx, Mumford & Sons, Sea Wolf, Ty Segall, A.C. Newman, to name just a few. Fresh releases for the week of October 16th, for the most part, keeps this trend going. In an earlier post, IRC’s Album of the Week went to Ben Gibbard’s solo debut album, Former Lives.

There has been a lot of buzz around the first solo release of Death Cab For Cutie‘s frontman, and on the whole, good reviews. To kick off this week’s official new releases, here is the second single featured in our album review. Following Gibbard is the latest single from The Maldives’ newest album release, Muscle for the Wing, is yet another top album release this week, with the lead single, “Blood on the Highway,” drawing a stark contrast to Gibbard’s more sensitive and artistic sound.

“A Hard One To Know” – Ben Gibbard from Former Lives

Note: All of this past week’s new releases are available for fast, easy checkout with Amazon by clicking either the MP3, CD or vinyl links at the end of this post that correspond with the album(s) you wish to purchase.

“Blood on the Highway” The Maldives from Muscle for the Wing on Spark and Shine


Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle’s New Solo Album, The Philistines and Sophomore LPs from Little Comets and Tamaryn

Like Gibbard, another respected indie musician, Grandaddy‘s founding member Jason Lytle, dropped a new solo album this week that features the title track, “Dept. of Disapperance.” Lytle continues to dazzle admirers with potent songs that are lyrically and musically astute. This album drops during a year in which Grandaddy fans are celebrating a band reunion.

“Dept. of Disapperance”Jason Lytle from Dept Of Disappearance on Anti- Records

Next, Newcastle, England trio Little Comets‘ sophomore release, Life Is Elsewhere, is the follow-up album to the band’s widely regarded debut album In Search of Elusive Little Comets, released officially in January 2011. The first LP was proceeded by the 2009 debut single, “One Night in October,” which peaked at No. 3 on the U.K. independent music charts, thanks in large part to popular BBC Radio 1 deejays Huw Stephens and Sara Cox. However, the band’s second single, “Adultery” the following year failed to chart. Another track, “Dancing Song,” was used in a Radox ad this past summer.

The band has made a name for themselves by crafting energetic, hook-driven indie rock songs flourishing with synths, airy guitar licks and the perfectly complimentary vocals of the trio’s frontman, Robert Coles, whose voice has been often compared to Vampire Weekend‘s vocalist Erza Koenig. While that comparison has validity, the band surely has its own unique style – and the more we hear from them, the more we admire their skills as musicians.

On the peppy new single, “Bayonee,” the trio infuse elements of Phoenix-like sound effects, and a decidedly tropical-influenced reggae pop style – the kind of song you’d crank up at a sunny summer beach party, and easily one of the best new singles from this week’s top releases. And just to make it twice as nice, we’ve included another new single, “The Opus,” which, along with other songs on the new LP, adds even more credibility to support the narrative that, at least for U.S. indie music fans, Little Comets is a band to watch.

“Bayonee”Little Comets – Life Is Elsewhere

The Philistines once again rocked and popped their way into our top singles of the week thanks to the spirited, and funny-named, new single, “Woo Hoo Hoo” from the album, Therewolves! The band doesn’t hold back on tastefully poking fun at a common chorus in pop music for years, “woo hoo hoo,” (and variations thereof), yet at the same time they make this light-hearted, jangle pop song work for them – leaving a short and sweet after taste.

“Woo-hoo-hoo”The Philistines from Therewolves!

Next, the new single, “Heavenly Bodies,” from Tamaryn‘s latest album, Tender New Signs – dropped this week by indie label Mexican Summer – has created yet another deeply emotive, seedy shoe-gaze pop single, and album to boot, along with her long-time collaborator, San Francisco songwriter/musician Rex John Sheverton. Because we were not able to find a single, we’ve included the official video for “Heavenly Bodies,” which should pop up on your screen right away (via the embedded Yahoo Player!), and fit nicely with the flow of the other tracks in this week’s singles playlist.

“Heavenly Bodies”Tamaryn from Tender New Signs on Mexican Summer


The Luyas’ Drop Sophomore Album; Times New Viking Release New EP

We were kind of surprised to see some of the top music blogs not include new releases this week from two great indie bands – The Luyas and Columbus lo-fi indie rockers Times New Viking. Both have been fairly popular bands in recent years. The Luyas’ Animator features the hook-driven single, “Fifty Fifty,” among other standout tracks like “Face” and “Crimes Machine.” The Luyas wax poetic throughout the album, much of which was written in response to the sudden death of a close friend. For the album, Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld collaborated with Jessie Stein, Pietro Amato and the band. Amato also produced the album which, in the final analysis is more somber than the intricately woven, upbeat indie pop of the band’s previous albums.

Times New Viking released a six-song EP this week, Over and Over, as a follow-up to their excellent 2011 LP, Dancer Equired! The band’s new EP features a couple of notable tracks on it, including the driving indie pop rhythms of the short, but sweet track, “At The Bars” and the jangly, fast-moving post-punk/guitar pop of “Sleep In” (which is not a sleepy or dreamy kind of song at all). You may notice a hint of Sonic Youth influence in The Luyas’ music, especially on songs like “Sleep In.”

“Fifty Fifty”The Luyas from Animator

“At The Bars” Times New Viking from Over and Over EP

Double-shot: “Sleep In” – – Times New Viking from Over and Over EP

Volume Two for Week of October 16th Drops Very Soon and Quick-Click Album Purchases

Volume Two of the Best New Music Releases will be right up, and features new singles from fresh albums by Earlimart, Young Dreams, Shiny Toy Guns, Matmos, Pinback and DIY exclusives as well.

Don’t forget to leave observations of this mix of new singles in the Comments box below, as well as sending it out to your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter – the more people who like what we’re doing and take a minute to participate, the better we know what you want more of. Thanks for supporting Indie Rock Cafe.

Also, if you plan on purchasing any of this week’s new albums, we have direct links to click and buy from Amazon below in MP3, CD and vinyl format. IRC gets a few cents for every album you purchase with our Amazon direct-buy links – every little bit helps to pay our operating costs to keep bringing great new music to you every week.

Trey AnastasioTraveler | CD Vinyl MP3

Arms of TripoliAll the Fallen Embers [EP] | MP3

Beaten By ThemKinder Machines | CD MP3

Blackbird BlackbirdBoracay Planet [EP] | CD MP3

The Bloody AngleThe Bloody Angle | MP3

BrandyTwo Eleven | CD Deluxe CD MP3 Deluxe MP3

CandidatePsychic Dissonance from the Unself | CD MP3

Chaos ChaosS [EP] | MP3

CorreatownPleiades | CD Vinyl MP3

Dada LifeThe Rules of Dada | CD MP3

DaphniJiaolong | CD Vinyl MP3

Death RattleHE&I [EP] | MP3

Mac DeMarco2 | CD Vinyl MP3

Double Naught Spy CarWestern Violence | CD MP3

The DoughboysShakin’ Our Souls | CD MP3

EarlimartSystem Preferences | CD Vinyl MP3

Echoes de LuxeHold On [EP] | MP3

Ex NorwegianHouse Music | MP3

Donald FagenSunken Condos | CD Vinyl

Sky FerreiraGhosts [EP] | MP3

A Fine FrenzyPines | CD MP3

Rosie FloresWorking Girl’s Guitar | CD Vinyl MP3

FlowerlandCaffeine Disk [EP] | MP3

Dan FrielValedictorian/Exoskeleton [EP] | Vinyl

Ben GibbardFormer Lives | CD Vinyl MP3

Glocca MorraAn Obscure Moon Lighting an Obscure World [EP] | MP3

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! | CD Vinyl

HarlanNight Loop | CD MP3

Anne HeatonHoneycomb | CD MP3

Hey, RubeCan You Hear Me Mutha? | CD MP3

Hot FictionApply Within | MP3

Icona PopThe Iconic EP [EP] | MP3

John the ConquerorJohn the Conqueror | CD MP3

K’naanGod, Country or the Girl | CD Deluxe CD MP3 Deluxe MP3

Charlene KayeAnimal Love | CD MP3

Bill LaswellMeans of Deliverance | CD MP3

LeogunLeogun [EP] | MP3

Little CometsLife Is Elsewhere | MP3

The LuyasAnimator | CD Vinyl MP3

The LyticsThey Told Me | CD MP3

Jason LytleDept. of Disappearance | CD Vinyl MP3 Deluxe MP3

MajeureSolar Maximum | CD Vinyl MP3

MatmosThe Ganzfeld [EP] | CD Vinyl

Mike McCarthyThe Lion’s Share | MP3

John McLaughlin and The 4th DimensionNow Here This | CD MP3

Mean CreekYouth Companion | CD Vinyl MP3

MikaOrigin of Love | CD Deluxe CD MP3 Deluxe MP3

The PhilistinesTherewolves! | MP3

Grant Lee PhillipsWalking in the Green Corn | CD Vinyl MP3

Picture BookSongs About Aimee [EP] | MP3

PinbackInformation Retrieved | CD Vinyl MP3

Omar Rodriguez-LopezOctopus Kool Aid | CD MP3

SantahYou’re Still a Lover [EP] | CD Vinyl MP3

Savoir AdoreOur Nature | CD Vinyl MP3

Kevin SecondsDon’t Let Me Lose Ya | CD Vinyl MP3

The Sky LifeCaves | CD

Smoke & JackalEP No. 1 [EP] | CD Vinyl MP3

Star & MiceyI Can’t Wait [EP] | CD

The SwellersRunning Out of Places to Go [EP] | Vinyl MP3

TamarynTender New Signs | CD Vinyl MP3

Times New VikingOver & Over [EP] | Vinyl MP3

TkttsmTkttsm | CD MP3

TussleTempest | CD Vinyl MP3

Bobby VDusk Till Dawn | CD MP3

Martha WainwrightCome Home to Mama | CD Vinyl MP3

Walking PapersWalking Papers | CD MP3

ZZ WardTil the Casket Drops | CD MP3

Widespread PanicWood [Live] | CD Vinyl MP3

Win WinDouble Vision | MP3

Patrick WolfSundark & Riverlight | CD Vinyl MP3

Chelsea WolfeUnknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs | CD Vinyl MP3

YakuzaBeyul | CD MP3

Michael ZapruderPink Thunder | Book+CD MP3a rel=”nofollow” href

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