Here's a rundown of LPs that are doing it for me right now. All offerings from American artists. The US alternative scene just seems to agree with my ear drums more!
Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective. As experimental and ethereal as per usual, Animal Collective have produced an awesome album here. Full of dreamy reverbed vocals and awash with mad electronic synth sounds. A delight from start to finish!
Rain Machine by Rain Machine. Rain Machine is the solo incarnation of Kyp Malone, of TV On The Radio Fame. Not shying too far from the TVOTR sound, but a treat all the same. An album of varying styles and brilliant flow.
Embryonic by The Flaming Lips. I've been a long time fan of The Flaming Lips and I never cease to be amazed at their output. Another blinding album from Wayne Coyne and Co. Although not as immediate as past releases the zany electronic pulses, vocal effects, and solid beats on this release are well worth spending time over.
Bitte Orca by Dirty projectors. This is the first LP by Dirty Projecters that I have ever listened to and I doubt it'll be the last. Very hard to pigeonhole into any genre and a challenge to describe. It flits from eccentric guitar lines to folky melodies in the bat of an eyelid and is laden with fitting male and female vocals that compliment one another well. A beautiful album that will remain close to the CD player for a while to come. (Yes, I still buy CD albums....Old School).
Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper by Julian Plenti. Julian Plenti (AKA Paul Banks of Interpol) has put out a selection of works that he has been writing an playing for well over 10 years, before his days fronting Interpol. While the vocal delivery is that instantly recognisable Paul Banks baritone, the instumentation on the other hand is not. Another varied release with nice changes of pace and mood. A must for any die hard Interpol fan, but fear not, if you don't even dig Interpol, give this try. You'll be in for a treat.
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