On the Record: Camera Obscura, Eleanor Friedberger, The-Dream and more

By Bill Chenevert
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Eleanor Friedberger

Camera Obscura
Desire Lines
(4AD Records)
Sounds like: The fifth from the legendary Glasgow collective is another maudlin mix of folksy country, wispy romanticism and sensitive Americana.
Free association: Guest vocals from Neko Case and Jim James! Good move.
For fans of: Belle & Sebastian, She & Him + The Cure with Jenny Lewis, sensitive sluts.


Sounds like: L.A. producer Will Wiesenfeld exceeds expectations with his great debut, a thoughtful, catchy and glitch-hoppy electronic statement of beauty.
Free association: It’s fun teasing out all the records you know have influenced this one.
For fans of: Pinback + DJ Shadow, Bibio/Boards of Canada, postmodern emo electronica.


Eleanor Friedberger
Personal Record
(Merge Records)
Sounds like: The seasoned professional’s sophomore solo LP is another dazzling collection of her witty, mature songwriting done up with tight guitar game.
Free association: Her brother and co-Fiery Furnace is as much of a fan as we are.
For fans of: Cat Power x Sufjan + Yo La Tengo, St. Vincent, grown-ass women.


Dirty Beaches
Drifters/Love is the Devil
(Zoo Music)
Sounds like: Alex Zhang Hungtai’s lo-fi experimental project mixes noise and found sound sampling with morose, whispery bellowing, and it’s pretty awesome.
Free association: Not a breezy Sunday morning listen, but dude’s on top of his game.
For fans of: Xiu Xiu with Roy Orbison + Daughn Gibson, Suicide, goth beach noise.


Terence Blanchard
(Blue Note Records)
Sounds like: The 51-year-old trumpeter from NOLA is back on Blue Note for an inspired set with a killer backing band to make new fans and light up jazz nerds.
Free association: Take a nap with it, cook dinner to it, study with it—it’s great noise.
For fans of: Wynton Marsalis x Miles Davis + Donald Harrison, sophisticated bedding.


IV Play
(Island/Def Jam)
Sounds like: The hit-making songwriter and producer’s also a pretty fly R&B vocalist, and, at 35, his fifth isn’t all misses, but there are some big fat hits.
Free association: “Turnt” has Bey; “Where Have You Been” has Kelz. Bam, boom.
For fans of: Rihanna/Jay x Big Sean + Pusha T with Fabolous, songs like “Pussy So Wet.”

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