On the Record: Andrew Bird, Perfume Genius, Estelle & More

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By Bill Chenevert
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Andrew Bird

Break It Yourself

(Mom + Pop Music)

Sounds Like: The Chicagoan indie rock violinists’ sixth is just as you’d imagine—eerie, haunting, beautiful, and full of oddball strings, percussion, sounds and ideas.

Free Association: Very few rock dudes have mastered the human whistle like this man.

For Fans Of: Jeff Buckley x DeVotchKa.

 


The Magnetic Fields

Love at the Bottom of the Sea

(Merge)

Sounds Like: Fifteen short tracks that use synths, finally, after a three-LP no-synth trilogy. Their first on Merge since ’99’s 69 Love Songs, and it’s weird, trippy and spacey.

Free Association: Stephin Merritt delivers another sorta-queer batch of oddball gems.

For Fans Of: Pet Shop Boys + gay Belle & Sebastian, ABBA/Roxy Music, weird pop.

 

Perfume Genius

Put Your Back N 2 It

(Matador)

Sounds Like: The follow-up to Seattle’s Mike Hadreas’ excellent debut, Learning, is a more sophisticated and mature batch of hymnal-like queer laments on pain and love.

Free Association: All he needs is his voice and a piano to give you hardcore shivers.

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