April has been Seriously Amazing for new albums, eh?

April 21, 2011

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And these are some of my favourites.

Bill Callahan – Apocalypse (Drag City)
BBC review: “Callahan has gifted us perhaps his most subversive set to date: an album less about apocalypse and ruin than it is upheaval of the positive variety, and one of the most contented and rewarding of his career.” (James Skinner)

Cold Cave – Cherish the Light Years (Matador)
BBC Review: “From the crashing, urgently dramatic announcing bars of The Great Pan Is Dead, sheens of gothic 1980s veneer actually conceal something much deeper, more uncomfortable. A nocturnal shot of adrenaline to the heart of a paranoid urban dweller, Eisold’s coal-black, almost deadpan delivery booms over synths at times misleadingly bright and airy.” (Adam Kennedy)

Colourmusic – My _____ Is Pink (Memphis Industries)
BBC Review: “When they lock their grooves down, let the drums fly and the guitars spark, there are few bands out there to touch Colourmusic’s engrossing racket.” (Me)

J-Rocc – Some Cold Rock Stuf (Stones Throw)
BBC Review: “A long time coming it may have been, but Some Cold Rock Stuf is a disc worth spending plenty of time with after waiting more than a while for. He’s his label’s pick for the ‘world’s greatest hip hop DJ’, and after hearing this many more will side with the opinion.” (Me)

Katy B – On a Mission (Rinse)
BBC Review: “Katy B is a new breed of singer, adding a vibrant gloss to a new combination of sounds with a charm and personality all of her own. She’s shining bright and crying out to be taken on as Britain’s new favourite pop star – and if this album is anything to go by, it looks like the stage is set.” (Natalie Shaw)

Cat’s Eyes – Cat’s Eyes (Polydor)
BBC Review: “As an album, Cat’s Eyes is simply remarkable. Sounding like all the spectral and slightly ‘woooh’ music of yore, its makers throw in additional elements of Nick Cave gothery, Julee Cruise, early 4AD spook, Italian horror soundtracks and the more otherworldly elements of prime 1960s pop such as Scott Walker and Bobbie Gentry. The result is a hazy, somnambulant treat.” (Ian Wade)

Instra:mental – Resolution 653 (Nonplus Records)
BBC Review: “In musical terms, Green and Kirkham have described themselves as ‘growing up through the rave generation’, and many aspects of Resolution 653 confirm that. But the debt this inventive hour of music owes the past is far outweighed by its claim on the present.” (Chris Power)

letlive. – Fake History (Epitaph)
BBC Review: “Rather than an acting as an indictment of modern society and all its ills, Fake History simply asks the listener to take stock of the world around them and to form their own opinions about it. Far from didactic or preachy, it’s a lesson in the pure power of music. Pay no attention to the words that Jason Butler sings and you’ll still feel these songs course through your blood. Listen to them, and your mind – as well as your eyes and your heart – will be held wide open.” (Mischa Pearlman)

Metronomy – The English Riviera (Because)
BBC Review: “If Nights Out was the soundtrack to an all-hours party that threatened to blow the speakers, The English Riviera is the music in the ears of a restless insomniac. The type of punch Metronomy now pack is differently varied, and instead of relying on catchy melodies, its excitement and originality is now more broadly sourced.” (Natalie Shaw)

Panda Bear – Tomboy (Paw Tracks)
BBC Review: “While much here can be summarised as more of the same, when Lennox’s natural quality control operates at such an admirable standard, that’s precisely why Tomboy is such a chilled-out triumph.” (Me)

tUnE-yArDs – W H O K I L L (4AD)
BBC Review: “This second tUnE-yArDs album advances the concept of rampant collision, hiking the extremities up to a further level. Lo-fi meets hi-fi, as big drum thunder under-booms sometime dictaphone-style scratchiness in the vocal department. There’s a pronounced field-recording intention, recalling Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica period, as well as the ethnic vocal capturings of New York composer Meredith Monk.” (Martin Longley)

Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting (Polydor)
BBC Review: “Stood next to Blake and The xx, Mirrorwriting sounds like Katy Perry covering Walking on Sunshine: which is to say that he’s both much more accessible and a lot less gloomy than his contemporaries, even if his music is equally enigmatic and enchanting. There is still plenty of electronic smoke-and-mirrors activity on tracks like Gravity, but despite ultra-modern tricks he’s less sonic explorer than classic songwriter.” (Paul Clarke)

Dark Dark Dark – Wild Go (Melodic)
BBC Review: “Frequently capable of rendering the listener struck dumb by its beguiling beauty, and played by musicians in perfect harmony with each other, Wild Go is easily among the frontrunners for album of the year (so far). It will find a place in the collections of those seduced by the indie-folk of Laura Marling just as easily as it will become a stereo mainstay in homes favouring the arrangements of Arcade Fire. But while its appeal is broad, there’s no doubting that Dark Dark Dark are an exquisite outfit exploring a soundworld that’s entirely theirs.” (Me)

Dutch Uncles – Cadenza (Memphis Industries)
BBC Review: “In 2009, a little band from Manchester released an eponymous debut on a little German label, leaving only a little impression on their domestic scene. But from an acorn the mightiest of oaks can grow, and sure enough the years between that set and this follow-up have seen Dutch Uncles come to the attentions of influential sorts in the music industry. Now picked up by label-of-fine-repute Memphis Industries, and with support from several acts enjoying moderate-to-decent success, they’re poised to take a belated step into mainstream hearts.” (Me)

So check ’em out, yeah?

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