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 new releases from Beach House, Wussy, Bombino, and more.
Beach House – 7 (Sub Pop)
This Baltimore duo's seventh album is another masterful set of atmospheric dream-pop with a hazy sound combining fuzzy guitars, shimmering keyboards and hypnotic rhythms with Victoria Legrand's haunting vocals and bittersweet lyrics exploring the dark side of glamour and the duality of love and loss. (Read an in-depth review here.)
Wussy – What Heaven Is Like (Damnably)
The seventh album from this Cincinnati band led by Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker is an expansive, often-brooding blend of psych-rock, garage-rock, folk-rock and more, with often-brooding songs revolving around feelings of hope and fear during these troubled times.
Bombino – Deran (Partisan)
This Niger guitarist/singer/songwriter's latest album is a strong set of Tuareg desert blues combining traditional Tuareg styles with rock and reggae on hypnotic songs featuring his fluid electric guitar riffs.
Skating Polly – The Make It All Show (El Camino)
The fifth album from this Tacoma-via-Oklahoma City trio is their strongest set yet of '90s-steeped garage-pop, combining fuzzy guitars with dynamic vocals and angst-fueled lyrics.
Now, Now – Saved (Trans)
This Minneapolis duo's third album is a well-crafted set of emotive electro-pop with shimmering synths and crisp beats accompanying KC Dalager's breathy vocals and lyrics of heartache, longing, and loss.
Soft Kill – Savior (Profound Lore)
This Portland band's second full-length is a potent set of goth-tinged post-punk with a dark, moody sound combining chiming guitars and atmospheric synths with driving rhythms, gloomy vocals, and often-dark lyrics revolving around the recent near-death of frontman Tobias Grave's infant son.
Low Cut Connie – Dirty Pictures (Part 2) (Contender)
This Philadelphia band's fourth album is a gritty, well-crafted blend of garage-rock, moody soul, roots-rock, folk, and more.
The Space Merchants – Kiss the Dirt (Aqualamb)
This Brooklyn band's second album is a potent, '70s-steeped set of hook-filled psych-rock, combining fuzzy guitars and muscular rhythms with soaring harmonies and lyrics revolving around mortality.
Lucas – Fall In Love EP (Hush Hush)
The second EP from Seattle-based producer Matt Lucas is an atmospheric, sample-heavy blend of hip-hop, R&B, and ambient grooves, combining slow-rolling hip-hop beats with twinkling synths and heart-tugging melodies.
Ian Moore – Toronto EP (Last Chance)
This Austin-born, Seattle-based artist's latest release is a strong six-song EP ranging from fiery garage and glam-rock to jangly folk-rock.
Simian Mobile Disco – Murmurations (Wichita)
This British duo's sixth studio album was written in collaboration with the Hackney-based vocal collective The Deep Throat Choir, who are also featured throughout the album for an occasionally entrancing blend of choral harmonies and smoldering techno grooves.
The Landmarks – Mythological Future/s?! EP (self-released)
This Seattle-via-Ann Arbor, MI band's second EP is an expansive, dance-friendly blend of electro-pop, psych-rock, New Wave and more, combining fuzzy guitars, swirling synths, and propulsive beats with shimmering pop hooks.
Haunted Horses – Cold Medicine EP (Void Assault)
This Seattle duo's latest EP is a bracing blend of dark industrial, goth, and post-punk.
Timothy Robert Graham – SPEAK (self-released)
The second solo album from this Seattle-based artist (and Motopony member) is a well-crafted set of brightly colored power pop, New Wave, and psych-pop.