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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.

Noteworthy


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.

Extended Listening

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-]

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