Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
For Fans Of: Camera Obscura/Belle & Sebastian, twee Wye Oak, unbearable charm.
(Samples & Seconds)
Sounds Like: A Belgian/Australian skilled in drums and keys, hit it big with his duet with Kimbra (“Somebody I Used To Know”), and the rest of the record’s killer too.
Free Association: A happy mix of slow burns, scuzzy ’90s funk and ’80s love letters.
For Fans Of: The Police/Peter Gabriel x Beck, Paul Simon modernized, big voices.
Feel The Sound
Sounds Like: The half-boys-half-girls quartet started in the ’90s, took a little break, and now, with their fifth LP, come back stronger than ever with beautiful shimmery rock.
Free Association: Remember when Jawbreaker used that song “Yoo Hoo”? SO RAD.
For Fans Of: Faith No More x E.L.O., New Pornographers, feel-good supergroups.
Sounds Like: The Brooklyn duo’s first since Caroline Polachek’s co-founder bounced—a weirdly fun and trippy ride with whacked-out synths and always catchy rhythms.
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?