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Grooms - Infinity Caller (9/3 via Western Vinyl)
"I Think We're Alone Now," the first single from Grooms' third LP, sees their penchant for splintered noise infiltrated by big-sounding pop hooks (though still caught in an undertow of aching emotion), despite the song having nothing to do with neither Tommy James nor 80s pop princess Tiffany. See?
Forest Fire - Screens (9/10 via FatCat)
Forest Fire's haunted folk may spiral into spacey, starry synth-pop on their third album, but their songs still sound deliberate in working towards an endpoint. The melodies refuse to drown in an hazy ether. We can only hope it's enough to make the long-underrated band adequately rated.
MGMT - MGMT (9/17 via Columbia)
Granted, we already covered these guys in the larger fall preview, but the video below is ridiculous and the song is sneakily great. So let's watch it again:
Frankie Rose - Herein Wild (9/24 via Fat Possum)
In a recent interview with Pitchfork, Ms. Rose speaks of Herein Wild's dramatic flairs, her newfound appreciation of lyrics, orchestral segments recorded in a church, and being, sometimes unwillingly, tethered to pop-music conventions. If lead single "Sorrow" is any indication, this all makes for a particularly swoony soundtrack to looking out windows and contemplating life's major themes.