On the Record: Appetite, Beirut, Katy B & More

By Bill Chenevert
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Kindred the Family Soul


Love Has No Recession


(Shanachie Entertainment)


Sounds Like: Deeply soulful R&B LP from husband/wife Philly duo who got some great guests for their fourth.


Free Association: A masterful blend of modern and throwback vibes (plus Snoop!).


For Fans Of: The Womacks & Winans, Teddy Pendergrass, hometown soul.


Gardens & Villa


Gardens & Villa


(Secretly Canadian)


Sounds Like: Trippy chilled-out synthpop from Santa Barbara, Calif., that’s not especially inventive but brilliantly executed with falsetto charm and throwback-flavored grooves.


Free Association: The guilty trend is soaring vocals, no sax solos or beaches here.


For Fans Of: Yeasayer/MGMT, Small Black x pagan Passion Pit, pills/psychedelics.


Richard Buckner


Our Blood


(Merge)


Sounds Like: The alt-country legend’s tenth LP, his first in five years, is a beautifully sad and dark new batch of sparsely arranged, simply delivered tales of Americana.


Free Association: This is no pick-me-up, solely for dark (drunk/sad) and quiet times.


For Fans Of: Townes Van Zandt x Josh Ritter, Woody Guthrie, mature melancholy.


Appetite


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