On the Record: Alanis Morisette, Divine Fits, Cat Power and More

By Bill Chenevert
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A Thing Called Divine Fits

(Merge)

Sounds Like: Members of Spoon, Wolf Parade and New Bomb Turks team up for a first-time effort that’s pop-rock spiked with new wave synths for a fun, easy listen.

Free Association: Every time Britt Daniel sings, though, it sounds like a Spoon song.

For Fans Of: Handsome Furs x the Human League, Wild Flag + The Dead Weather.

Stars

The North

(ATO Records)

Sounds Like: Led by the dueling vocals of Torquil Campbell and Amy Milan, the Canadian collective finally made a record to live up to 2005’s Set Yourself On Fire.

Free Association: Modern chamber rock full of emotion, done just the way we like it.

For Fans Of: Metric/Broken Social Scene x The Smiths + Pet Shop Boys, light darkness.

Cat Power

Sun

(Matador)

Sounds Like: The stunning, triumphant return of Chan Marshall, from soulfully sad piano maiden to propulsive, beat-heavy and uplifting after a horrible stint in L.A.

Free Association: Not the Chan that fans of misery will love, but it’ll win even them over.

For Fans Of: PJ Harvey x Feist + Beth Orton, Patti/Carol, girls with both brains and heart.

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