Thursday, June 16, 2011

Now Downloading: New Releases 06.14.11

After last week's bonanza of good-to-great releases, this week is far more subtle in it's charms. Both Junior Boys and Vetiver headline the action here, and their laid back approach to music make a perfect match to talk about. Elsewhere this week there's the latest Emmy the Great, Marissa Nadler, reissues from Paul McCartney and Sebadoh, along with a long lost recording from Neil Young.

Playlist: New Releases 06.14.11

Junior Boys - It's All True
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Junior Boys - It's All True
Ontario's sublime electro-pop duo Junior Boys, after going for production-wise with the dancefloor shiny Begone Dull Care, return a bit to their more intimate sounding roots on this, their fourth album, It's All True. They manage to not sacrifice any production value while still approaching their more minimalistic beginnings (2003's masterful Last Exit). Opener "Itchy Finger" proves to be a red herring, with it's rubbery bass and driving rhythms, as IAT quickly turns introspective immediately following -- and mostly remains as such til the end -- and what and ending it is. Closer and first single "Banana Ripple" is a driving, fun song that builds and builds throughout it's 9 + minutes. Not that you'd notice how long the song is, as it never seems to feel more than 5 minutes.

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Vetiver - The Errant Charm
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Vetiver - The Errant Charm
After moving into more accessible waters for their Sub Pop debut (2009's Tight Knit), San Francisco's Vetiver move into more uncharted realms for them with their latest, taking their folk down-tempo for the most part. There's much less freak here, than their freak folk beginnings, and while there's plenty to be excited about here, the sameness of instrumentation and tempo begin to feel cumbersome halfway through the release.

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Download: "Can't You Tell" [mp3]
Download: "Wonder Why" [mp3]

More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
Emmy the Great - Virtue
Neil Young and the International Harvesters - A Treasure / Free AOL Album Stream
Marissa Nadler - Marissa Nadler / Free AOL Album Stream
Smoke Fairies - Through Low and Light Trees / Free AOL Album Stream
Madeleine Peyroux - Standing on the Rooftop
The Wonder Years - Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing
Is Tropical - Native To / Free AOL Album Stream
The Dear Hunter - The Color Spectrum the Complete Collection
Mercury Rev - Deserter Songs (Instrumentals) / Free AOL Album Stream / "Horizon" [mp3]
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Sebadoh - Bakesale [Deluxe Editon] / Free AOL Album Stream
Paul McCartney - McCartney [Special Edition]> / Free AOL Album Stream
Paul McCartney - McCartney II [Special Edition]> / Free AOL Album Stream

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