New Music Tuesday 2-23-16

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Last Friday gave us another new batch of notable and interesting new releases. For this New Music Tuesday, there are legends (Mavis Staples, Yoko Ono) and plenty of indie bands that have built quite the followings over the years (Animal Collective, Ra Ra Riot, TEEN, Wild Nothing, Lake Street Dive, Wolfmother) that should have their fans looking forward to diving into their new albums this week. Wild Nothings new album, Life of Pause, may be one of his better albums as a whole, and stands at the top of the list. These new albums are enough to keep your ears perked for the next few weeks themselves.

But for my money, this week goes to a few upstarts: Culture Culture, out of Atlanta, play in that whole sensual 80’s R&B flavored electro synth pop arena that so many bands are experimenting with today. Culture Culture takes the experimenting with sounds a step further while still able to keep that pop appeal, those beats, that could get crowds dancing, and the people singing along wherever they are listening. I’m not sure there is anyone doing it better today and this new EP, JX-3Please is just further proof.

Doug Tuttle‘s (ex-MMOSS) sophomore album It Calls Me was the first new album this week that automatically hit me on first listen. It’s dreamy psychedelic folk rock with killer guitar playing that can rock, while still being more easy listening. There’s undertones of Laurel Canyon, Cali, while mixing in their hallucinogens and Brit folk rock creating a rich, layered album.

LA (via the Midwest) duo Golden Daze‘s self titled debut album is another one that almost immediately hit. Their guitar driven lite rock has it’s own hints of lofi psychedelia, but it’s in the melodies where the band sticks out, driving together an ambient, textured sound that will have you floating along. Add in Murals new album Violent City Lantern, another experimental lofi pop garage rock album that seems to stick out more and more with each listen, and you’ve got a hell of week of new music.

But don’t stop your deep dive there this week, as there is plenty more worth checking out. Our full list of this week’s picks of interesting and notable new releases is below:

Animal Collective: Painting With [Domino]

The Cave Singers: Banshee 

Choir Of Young Believers: Grasque [Ghostly International]

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Culture Culture: JX-3Please EP

Doug Tuttle: It Calls Me [Trouble in Mind]

Golden Daze: Golden Daze [Autumn Tone]

Jack Garratt: Phase

Jordan Klassen: Javelin [Nevado]

Lake Street Dive: Side Pony

Marlon Williams: Marlon Williams [Dead Oceans]

Mavis Staples: Livin’ On A High Note

Murals: Violent City Lantern

Postiljonen: Reverie

Ra Ra Riot: Need Your Light [Barsuk]

Seth Bogart: Seth Bogart [Burger]

The Soft Moon: Deeper Remixed Vol. 2 [Captured Tracks / aufnahme + wiedergabe]

Submotion Orchestra: Colour Theory [Counter]

TEEN: Love Yes [Carpark]

Wild Nothing: Life of Pause [Captured Tracks/Bella Union]

Wolfmother: Victorious [Universal]

Yoko Ono: Yes, I’m A Witch Too

New Music Tuesday Spotify playlist (updated weekly), listen then go buy what you are loving at your local record store :

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Mike Gerry

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