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Animal Collective - Centipede Hz (9/4 via Domino)
We acknowledge that it's inaccurate to still claim Animal Collective as a "Brooklyn band," but we're not quite ready to let that go. Especially on the brink of a new album, one which includes a song that sounds like Avey Tare throwing up rainbows.
Cat Power - Sun (9/4 via Matador)
We acknowledge that it's inaccurate to still claim Cat Power as a "New York band," but we're not quite ready to let that go. Especially on the brink of a new album, one which includes a song that sounds like Chan Marshall morphing into a Latin minx.
Cult of Youth - Love Will Prevail (9/4 via Sacred Bones)
Just your typical story of one Sean Ragon, who built a pop-up studio in the back of the Brooklyn record store that he manages, allowing for a methodical DIY approach of blending psych, folk and industrial elements into a coherent statement about "finding peace in a world gone mad." That's something we can get behind. Give the single "Man and Man's Ruin" a listen.
David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant (9/11 via 4AD)
In the year 2103, the Smithsonian will open an exhibit of lost hipster artifacts. People will be able to put on "earbuds" and listen to this song before flying off with their jetpacks.
Grizzly Bear - Shields (9/18 via Warp)
Listen here. You will liquify and melt, just like those vocals.
How to Dress Well - Total Loss (9/18 via Acéphale)
Tom Krell, breeder of a mutant strain of R&B, looks inward—but also outward!—on his second proper full-length. Take, for instance, lead single "Cold Nites." Krell explains on his blog: "Love is a miracle. Like, as far as I can tell, it almost shouldn't be possible, but it transpires sort of in spite of the the world. 'Cold Nites' comes out of experiences I've had with respect to the will to preserve love across long distances... this will to love can give us the most beautiful stability and a sense of truly living, but can also lead us into totally spiritually rending compromises, split between worlds." Word.
Woods - Bend Beyond (9/18 via Woodsist)
The workhorses of the Brooklyn music scene release their 300th album, this one sounding as if it came from a group of immortal youths camping with The Beatles on the Himalayas, even more so than on the 299 records before. Listen to single "Size Meets the Sound" for a taste.