Editor’s Note: Every week (unless he’s touring), Alex Cordova will be giving you a list of a selection of the new music set to come out during that week, along with a brief description of each release. Although you may not have heard of many of the bands listed here, it’ll definitely be worth your while to check them out. Alex’s first post can be found here. We weren’t sure that it would become a recurring column just then, but from here on out it will be called On the Record.
So you need some new jams to take your mind off of that dude’s leg bone. I know, I know. Good thing an overwhelming amount of music came out on Tuesday.
The Black Angels — Indigo Meadow (Blue Horizon)
Droney, hypnotic neo-psychedelia from Austin, Texas.
Cold War Kids — Dear Miss Lonely Hearts (Downtown / Universal)
The fourth release from the Long Beach, California indie rockers and the first with new guitarist Dann Gallucci (Modest Mouse, Murder City Devils)
Telekinesis — Dormarion (Morr / Merge)
The brilliant indie pop song writing of Michael Benjamin Lerner with Spoon’s Jim Eno drumming and producing.
Brian McKnight — More Than Words (eOne)
An eclectic mix of old and new styles from the 16-time Grammy nominated smooth operator.
Bleached — Ride Your Heart (Dead Oceans Records)
First full length from Jennifer and Jessica Clavin, formerly members of Mika Miko.
Generationals — Heza (Polyvinyl)
New Orleans indie pop rockers with their third studio album, taking a bit of an influence from the ’80s.
Io Echo — Ministry of Love (Luv Luv Luv / Iamsound)
Debut album from the two-piece, currently touring with Garbage. Synthy, Asian-influenced pop.
Dutch Uncles — Out of Touch, In the Wild (Memphis Industries)
Crisp, thoughtful math pop from Manchester, England. If you enjoy Field Music, you may appreciate this.
Dark Horses — Black Music (Last Gang)
An hour-long psychedelic musical journey.
Rilo Kiley — Rkives (Little Record Company)
Six unheard songs, B-sides, demos, and a Too $hort remix. ‘Nuff said.
New Kids on the Block — (The Block/Boston Five / Kobalt / Universal)
Not their tenth release or their tenth anniversary, but an embrace of maturity. Simple, safe contemporary pop that should surely please their fans.
Killswitch Engage — Disarm the Descent (Roadrunner Records)
This album marks the return of original singer Jesse Leach.
Various Artists — The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver (ATO / Sony Music)
A star-studded lineup pays tribute to a legend.
Bombino — Nomad (Nonesuch)
From northern Niger, Bombino is an incredibly gifted guitarist. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Dan Auerbach (the Black Keys), Nomad is a refreshing blend of African rhythms, blues, and psychedelic elements. I had the pleasure of catching his set at Austin Psych Fest 2012, and I am very excited to spend some time with this record.
The Bicycles — Stop Thinking So Much (Aporia Records / Fuzzy Logic)
All five members sing and write on this indie pop gem.
Bring Me the Horizon — Sempiternal (RCA / Epitaph)
A mix of metal and electronica, produced by Terry Date (known for his work on the Deftones’ White Pony).
Bonobo — The North Borders (Ninja Tune)
Ambient, downbeat electronic music from British producer Simon Green. The track Heaven for the Sinner features Erykah Badu. Man, I love Erykah Badu. *Sigh*
DJ Koze — Amygdala (Pampa)
Experimental, electronic club-ready bouncer with several guest vocalists.
Hiss Golden Messenger — Haw (Light in the Attic Records / Paradise of Bachelors)
Alternative country Americana with many Southern influences.
Port St. Willow — Holiday (Downtown)
Brooklyn’s Nick Principe with a thoughtful, ambient pop debut.
Los Amigos Invisibles — Repeat After Me (Nacional Records)
A wonderfully ’70s tinged Latin R&B record, with lyrics in both English and Spanish.
Milk Music — Cruise Your Illusion (Fat Possum)
Simple is beautiful for the Olympia, Washington punkers on their full-length debut.
The Besnard Lakes — Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO (Jagjaguwar)
Dreamy neopsychedelia led by a husband and wife duo.
Mudhoney — Vanishing Point (Sub Pop)
Five years after their last release, the Seattle grunge legends are back.
Charles Bradley — Victim of Love (Daptone / Dunham Records)
Retro R&B soul. Born in Gainesville, Florida and raised in Brooklyn, New York, his second album will satisfy fans of his debut.
British Sea Power — Machineries of Joy (High Note / Rough Trade)
Inspired by a 1964 collection of short stories of the same name by Ray Bradbury, the sixth album by the English indie rockers.
The Dear Hunter — Migrant (Equal Vision)
Brilliant writer Casey Crescenzo cuts himself loose from his usual conceptual confines.
Caveman — Caveman (Fat Possum)
Laid back, introspective indie pop from New York.
Alex Cordova is a staff writer for Little Utopia.
Previously from Alex Cordova:
♦ New Music Tuesday