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New Music Choices: Early Fall

October 5, 2009

After an absolutely dreadful August, it’s hard to believe that Fall is already officially here. Since the Autumnal Equinox has come, so too have this handful of handpicked musical gems.

Memory Tapes “Seek Magic” [Acephale Records & Sincerely Yours] on iTunes Memory Tapes - Seek Magic

Some of the most amazing one-man electronic music you will hear for a long time. It is both dancey & spacey, full of romance & dread.

Stand-Out Tracks: (All of them really…)
Fans of Tunng, Dntel, High Places & Telefon Tel Aviv

Dead Man’s Bones “Dead Man’s Bones” [Anti Records] on iTunes Dead Man's Bones - Dead Man's Bones (feat. the Silverlake Conservatory of Music Children's Choir)

A haunting voice accompanied by well-structured, charmingly-rough recordings, sprinkled with some story readings & a healthy, but not overdone, dose of singing from a children’s choir is The Bones. This is Dead Man’s Bones, the eponymous debut from Ryan Gosling & Zach Shields.

Stand-Out Tracks: “My Body’s A Zombie for You” & “Lose Your Soul”
Fans of Okkervil River, Chad VanGaalen & Grizzly Bear

Castanets “Texas Rose, The Thaw & The Beasts” [Asthmatic Kitty] on iTunes Castanets - Texas Rose, the Thaw & the Beats

The man behind Castanets croons acoustic melodies with a few electronic touches on his newest release from Asthmatic Kitty.

Stand-Out Tracks: “My Heart” & “No Trouble”
Fans of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Iron and Wine

Air “Love 2” [Virgin] on iTunes Air - Love 2 (Deluxe Version)

Air does it again with their brand of masterfully-crafted French electronic pop. If you love Air, get this. If you have, for some strange reason, never bothered to indulge then “Love 2” is an excellent starting point.

Stand-Out Tracks: “So Light is Her Footfall” & “Tropical Disease”
Fans of, well, Air naturally.

Why? “Eskimo Snow” [Anticon] on iTunes Why? - Eskimo Snow

Anticon’s Why? are playing some great folky, indie pop here on “Eskimo Snow.” The non sequitur lyrics have the ability to unknowingly penetrate the listener. Soon you’ll find yourself singing lines like, “But if you’re bald, fat, and go where my pants were,
Then you know I’m breeding for two” before you even realize what you just said.

Stand-Out Tracks: “January Twenty Something” & “Even The Good Wood Gone”
Fans of The Dodos, Devendra Banhart & Vetiver

Times New Viking “Born Again Revisited” [Matador] on iTunes Times New Viking - Born Again Revisited

Times New Viking deliver their lo-fi, jangly noise pop on “Born Again Revisited.” I’ve often been ribbed by friends for only listening to what they describe as “sad” music. To them I say, “Up yours, you can break something to Times New Viking or just relax in the grass tapping your foot.” Plus, how good is that name?

Stand-Out Tracks: “Martin Luther King Day,” “Half Day in Hell” & “Move to California”
Fans of Indian Jewelry & No Age

Antipop Consortium “Fluorescent Black” [Big Dada Recordings] on iTunes Anti-Pop Consortium - Fluorescent Black

Antipop Consortium has one of the few hip-hop records worth listening to this year. Boom bap IDM beats with eerie pads, vocal samples from Company Flow’s El-P & some of the strongest Antipop verses ever.

Stand-Out Tracks: “Lay Me Down” & “Get Lite”
Fans of Company Flow & El-P

by_Karl Royce Lee

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1 Comment

  • Reply Lin November 7, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Nice thing you featured the Fluorescent Black here! I love it!

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