New Music Reviews (1/29)

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01/29/2018
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Each week KEXP's Music Director Don Yates and other KEXP DJs share brief insights on new and upcoming releases. See what's coming up this week below, including reviews for Ty SegallDream WifeKyle Craft, and more!

Ty Segall – Freedom's Goblin (Drag City) 
 
This prolific LA-based artist's 10th full-length is an excellent 19-song, 75-minute double album that brings together the many sides of Segall's music, from blistering garage-punk, driving psych-rock and chugging glam to wistful folk-rock, Beatlesque psych-pop and even a woozy barroom sing-along. (Don Yates)
 
Dream Wife – Dream Wife (Lucky Number) 
 
This London-based trio's debut album is a promising set of hook-filled garage-pop, combining buzzing guitars and energetic rhythms with the confident, dynamic vocals of Iceland-bred lead vocalist Rakel Mjöll and direct, uncompromising lyrics of empowerment. (DY)
This LA duo's fifth album (and first in five years) is a strong return to form of shoegazerish noise-pop with effects-laden guitars, driving rhythms, resilient lyrics and triumphant song hooks. (DY)
 
Kyle Craft – Full Circle Nightmare (Sub Pop) 
 
This Portland-based artist's second album is an impressive blend of rollicking folk-rock, boisterous glam and more, combining a warm, rich sound featuring electric and acoustic guitars, piano, organ, strings, horns, harmonica and more with his electric vocals and sharply crafted narratives. (DY)

No Age – Snares Like a Haircut (Drag City) 

This LA duo's fifth album (and first in five years) is a strong return to form of shoegazerish noise-pop with effects-laden guitars, driving rhythms, resilient lyrics and triumphant song hooks. (DY)


Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us (Anti-) 
 
The 10th album from this veteran Tucson band led by Joey Burns and John Convertino is one of their more adventurous recordings, combining an expansive, psych-tinged desert-rock sound with evocative, anxiety-fueled lyrics for these troubled times. (DY)
 
Hollie Cook – Vessel of Love (Merge) 
 
This West London artist's third album is a beautifully crafted blend of lovers-rock reggae and atmospheric dream-pop, with a hazy, at times psych-tinged sound combining spacy synths, horns, guitars and hypnotic rhythms with her dulcet vocals and often-bittersweet lyrics. (DY)

H.C. McEntire – Lionheart (Merge) 

The debut solo album from the frontwoman for North Carolina band Mount Moriah is a beautifully crafted set ranging from soulful, gospel-steeped ballads to rugged, country-tinged rock, combining deeply personal lyrics of identity, sexuality and faith with sturdy accompaniment from an impressive lineup including Phil Cook, William Tyler, Angel Olsen, Tift Merritt and other notables. (DY)

Residente – Residente (Sony Latin) 

The solo debut album from the frontman for Puerto Rican band Calle 13 is a concept record inspired by a DNA test that revealed his roots in 10 different countries from around the globe. He recorded with various musicians from those countries for an album combining hip hop and reggaeton with various influences from around the world. (DY)

Long Neck – Will This Do? (Tiny Engines) 

The latest release from this New Jersey project spearheaded by Lily Mastrodimos is the first she's recorded with a full band. The end result's a potent blend of emotive rock ranging from anthemic garage-rock to haunting folk-pop ballads, with often-poignant lyrics of heartbreak, loss and resilience leavened with some dark humor. (DY)

Mind Spiders – Furies (Dirtnap) 

The fifth album from this Denton/Fort Worth, TX band led by Mark Ryan (the Marked Men, Radioactivity) is another potent set of urgent post-punk with buzzing synths and driving rhythms accompanying Ryan's declamatory vocals and often-dark lyrics of loss and alienation. (DY)

Holy – All These Worlds Are Yours (PNKSLM) 

The second album from this Swedish project spearheaded by Hannes Ferm is a strong set of expansive, psych-tinged glam-rock with a cinematic, sometimes theatrical sound combining fuzzy guitars, soaring horns, piano and organ with dramatic vocals, anthemic song hooks and often-dark lyrics of night time and alien life. (DY)

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