New Releases This Week: January 20th

Some great stuff has come out this week to kick off 2009.

1. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
A gem of an experimental-pop album blending so many different sounds from beach boys-esque chamber pop and harmonies to African drumming beats. This is definitely their most accessible album to date and for being an ‘experimental’ group, this take on pop is surely unique and at times intoxicating. For those that may have doubted, or simply just did not get/like, Animal Collective in the past this is a record surely worth checking out. Favorites: ‘My Girls’ and ‘Daily Routine’
< My Girls >

2. Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
Andrew Bird continues to please with his newest record. Where “Armchair Apocrypha” was more immediate in its delivery and pop, “Noble Beast” builds on the listener. Here, he continues to push his boundaries of violin playing to even new levels and effects, proving his never-ending abilities to push his own envelope with the violin. The biggest standout by far being ‘Anonanimal’, Bird creates some of the most beautiful melodies he’s written and with two incredible transitions, the song culminates into an epic finish. Catch him on tour, now. Favorites: ‘Anonanimal’ and ‘Souverian’
[note: the deluxe edition comes with the more adventurous and experimental instrumental album “Useless Creatures”]
< Anonanimal >

3. Bon Iver – Blood Bank
This EP continues where Justin Vernon’s “For Emma, Forever Ago” record left off over a year ago now. The title track is definitely the immediate stand out where ‘Beach Babys’ has beautiful vocals and steel guitar work. ‘Woods’ is a very peculiar take using the now infamous Autotune but Vernon surprisingly pulls it off, slowly culminating into some really moving harmonies. A winter must.
< Blood Bank >


~ by the reckoner on January 25, 2009.

One Response to “New Releases This Week: January 20th”

  1. this animal collective album seems to have everyone salivating. i’ll have to check it out.

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