Another one of those forgotten bands that should’ve reached a larger audience than they ultimately did.
MP3: Shout Out Louds – “Tonight I Have to Leave It” from Our Ill Wills out September 11. Good Swedish pop from their Merge debut. Capitol dumped them after their 2005 debut, Howl Howl Gaff Gaff. One more reason the majors are in the shitter.
The Rosebuds – Night Of The Furies (Merge) The melancholia that engulfs the songs throughout the album has found a perfect complement within the band’s blatant nod to eighties synth-pop.
Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge) Always one with an eye to the history of British pop music of the 60s and 70s, Britt Daniels has returned to the musical inspiration that made Spoon stand out. Spare in parts, but never boring.
The Broken West – I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On (Merge) The performances grab the wheel and take you on a journey down Laurel Canyon Boulevard on the way towards the Paisley Underground.
Richard Buckner – Meadow (Merge) Gentle acoustic guitars, light electric flourishes and occasional piano backdrops with stunning lyrics delivered with subtle restraint.
“Black Mirror” by the Arcade Fire from Neon Bible, due March 6, 2007 on Merge. Official site; album site. What do you think? Does it meet your expectations? Previously: Intervention; Funeral review.
“Sour Shores” by Portastatic from Be Still Please, due October 10 on Merge. If you loved Superchunk, you oughta dig this. Plus, hey, Mac McCaughan is blogger!