Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Black and White America
Sounds Like: The 47-year-old’s still kickin’, and this one (his ninth) is really not bad; primarily funk and throwback grooves but overall adult FM friendliness abounds.
Free Association: Kudos for playing EVERYTHING on the record, old man. Yous till got it!
For Fans Of: Isaac Hayes x Michael Buble, Funkadelic, decaf coffee, frozen yogurt.
Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
(L Y F Recordings)
Sounds Like: Four Manchester mates who peddle what they call primal power pop; a strong debut of sad and sweepingly moody atmospheric gravel-mouthed indie rock.
Free Association: WU LYF (Woo Life) = World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation—Yes!
For Fans Of: Stars x Nirvana, Tom Waits + Wolf Parade, Pitchfork boners, darkness.
Peter Wolf Crier
Garden of Arms
Sounds Like: Veterans of the Wars of 1812 and Laarks, this duo of dudes on guitar and drums creates an excellent raucous sophomore effort of folksy, glitchy dream pop.
Free Association: A quietly charming and totally listenable fall record to grow into.
For Fans Of: Dodos x Radiohead, Black Keys + Iron & Wine, cozy harmonies.
PW's Music Issue 2014