by DENISE LU
SPOTLIGHT: Iceage – You’re Nothing [Matador]
Danish adolescents might not be the first thing that come to mind when listening to Iceage’s brutal punk. Yet, the four-piece now have two solid full-lengths to their name packed with raw lyrics, crashing guitars and mature composition. Taking notes from hardcore and post-punk of the late ’70s and ’80s, You’re Nothing is a relatable album. On this sophomore effort, Iceage delves even deeper asking harder questions and executing heavier riffs.
Beach Fossils – Clash the Truth [Captured Tracks]
From our review: “On the second full album from Beach Fossils, Clash the Truth, frontman Dustin Payseur announces on the title track, “Life can be so vicious/And we can’t even appreciate its purities.” This sets the stage for the entire album; it’s a strange melancholic dichotomy of despair and hope.”
Campfires – Tomorrow, Tomorrow [Fire Talk]
Campfires is the project of Chicagoan Jeff Walls. With a generous discography of cassettes and 7-inches, Tomorrow, Tomorrow will be Campfires’ first full-length released on vinyl. Lo-fi without skimping on quality, the album has a jangly, garage sound that rounds out the organic delivery of the honest tunes.
Dan Friel – Total Folklore [Thrill Jockey]
The third full-length of Parts & Labor co-founder Dan Friel, Total Folklore takes homegrown electronic jams and sticks them in a wide range of contexts from a video-game-like setting with jaunty melodies and hints of computer noise rock to power chords that mimic punk anthems to disjointed harmonies that mirror urban construction.
Inc. – No World [4AD]
Kevin Liedel writing for Slant:
With their debut LP, No World, however, Inc. largely seeks to avoid wearing Prince’s influence so brazenly on their sleeves. Instead of high-energy, new-wave seduction, the brothers offer a blend of icy, reticent angst draped in plush tones: soul, gospel, trip-hop, and relaxed funk sounds pulled from influences both obvious (D’Angelo, Massive Attack) and obscure (’90s hip-hop foursome Spooks.)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away [Bad Seed]
A seasoned veteran, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds release their 15th album this week. Push the Sky Away has an undoubtedly more sparse, desolate feel that accents Cave’s croon that thickly coats each phrase.
bentcousin – Everybody’s Got One [Team Love]
Dawn McCarthy & Bonny Billy – What the Brothers Sang [Drag City]
Eat Skull – III [Woodsist]
Flume – Flume [Mom & Pop]
Jamie Lidell – Jamie Lidell [Warp]
Lady Lamb the Beekeper – Ripley Pine [Ba Da Bing!]
Mark Kozelek – Like Rats [Caldo Verde]
Matmos – The Marriage of True Minds [Thrill Jockey]
Maxmillion Dunbar – House of Woo [RVNG]
Mitzi – Truly Alive [Future Classic]
Natasha Kmeto – Dirty Mind Melt EP [Dropping Gems]
Parenthetical Girls – Privilege (Abridged) [Marriage/Slender Means Society]
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside – Untamed Beast [Partisan]
STRFKR – Miracle Mile [Polyvinyl]
VA – Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys [Anti-]