Luke Roberts – The Iron Gates at Throop and Newport (Thrill Jockey)
Sophomore folk album recorded in Nashville for that authentic rootsy American sound, complete with fiddle, harmonica and (surprisingly) mandolin. Roberts’ plainspoken vocals and rich instrumentation shines through on his new record.
White Hills – Frying on the Rock (Thrill Jockey)
Fuzzy, hazy psychedelic vibes recorded in Brooklyn by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Brian Eno), full of an energetic ruckus and classified by the band themselves as a ‘space rock’ sonic attack.
Lee Ranaldo – Between The Times & the Tides (Matador Records)
Co-founder of the utterly immortal Sonic Youth, Ranaldo is releasing his ninth studio album as a solo artist. This time, he puts aside the insane freak out guitar riffs in place of some gorgeous rock stylings, wrapped around the distinctively brilliant riffs and ideas of the iconic guitarist.
Daniel Rossen – Silent Hour/Golden Mile (Warp Records)
Another band memeber gone temporarily rogue, Daniel Rossen is usually at home in front of Grizzly Bear but has begun the career with a softly superb LP full of somewhat simple music jampacked with heaps of stirring sentiments.
Choir of Young Believers – Rhine Gold (Ghostly International)
Danish orchestral pop centred around talented front man Jannis Makrigiannis, whose ear for a synthy, choral melody could send chills and thrills through the bones of many, whilst recalling the aura of an 80s electric atmosphere.
Odd Future – The OF Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future Records)
LA based, much-hyped, hip-hop group release their second LP as a whole, after numerous individual records here, there and everywhere, as well as nigh-global domination on blogs and award shows alike. But, alas, there’s no denying the talent that spirals uncontrollably outwards when the likes of Frank Ocean, Syd tha Kid, Tyler and Hodgy Beats gather together.
Tanlines – Mixed Emotions (True Panther)
Tanlines are a duo from Brooklyn who dabble in the indietronic genre, creating tracks that bubble and pop to addictive, electric riffs. ‘Mixed Emotions’ is their debut LP after a few years spent releasing singles and remixes all over the place.
The Shins – Port of Morrow (Columbia)
Ah, The Shins. Those masters of the melodic indie pop track that can see you through a whole summer or two. Well, James Mercer and co are back with their first album in 5 years (their fourth full length overall) and it’s full of that same sumptuous indie ambling whilst upping the ante in terms of slick production styling’s and electric ambience.