Monday, August 19, 2013

Your New York-Centric Guide to Fall 2013 Album Releases

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Imagine each sweater were an album from a NYC-based band.
  • Imagine each sweater were an album from a NYC-based band.

The triumphs of fall are many: Sweaters (see above), anticipated cease of discussion around Robin Thicke, and, above all, an annual spree of record releases perfectly synched with the back-to-school college crowd needing to impress one another with their taste in music. Local bands in particular are on a happy rampage this season, as our fall arts preview will prove. But there's even more on the horizon from the hometown crowd than what's fit to print. Below is a rundown on what else to expect in the next few months from the local scene. (Release dates are subject to change and all that small-print stuff.)

Ski Lodges Big Heart
  • Ski Lodge's Big Heart

AUGUST

Butter the Children - True Crime EP (8/20 via Downtown)
Ghosts of Brooklyn's recent past—that is, members of Sweet Bulbs, Night Manager, Fiasco and Le Rug—come back to life to validate the staying power of punk from decades ago. On a three-track EP, frontwoman Inna Mkrtycheva, backed by a precise-yet-fevered band, recalls Corin Tucker, Jenny Lewis and Debbie Harry in their varying proportions of sweetness and bile.

Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe (8/20 via Dead Oceans)
Barwick continues the progression of lifting her songs into something more than an intricate network of loops. Here, they arrive at hushed—though fully formed—lullabies, whose stillness evokes more eeriness than it does peacefulness.

Ski Lodge - Big Heart (8/20 via Dovecote)
You remember when Voxtrot teased us all with three EPs of unbounded hooks and slightly concealed snark? Ski Lodge is just like them, except their debut full-length—led by Andrew Marr sounding like a perfect combination of Ramesh Srivastava, Ezra Koenig and Charlie Brown—lives up to their shining (yet sad) previous work.

Forest Fires Screens
  • Forest Fire's Screens

SEPTEMBER

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.

Parquet Courts Tally All the Things That You Broke
  • Parquet Court's Tally All the Things That You Broke

OCTOBER

Shark? - Savior (10/1 via Old Flame)
In a few short years, garage-rock workhorses Shark? have come a long way since forging rickety rock 'n' roll and scraping for Kickstarter funds. Songs are effortlessly catchy and just a hint brash, occasionally reined in and softened for charm's sake. Plaintive lyrics and an unpretentious attitude is still the general rule of thumb, though, which remains refreshing for a Brooklyn band. Hey, "Did you see that show last night, the one where everyone got shot?/It was on right after House/I dunno, I liked it" frontman Kevin Diamond deadpans on a song perfectly called "This Is Living."

Big Ups - Eighteen Hours of Static (10/8 via Dead Labour)
Back in the day (four months ago) when we called out Big Ups for being an NYC band you need to hear, we wrote of their uplifting upheaval. Here, though, Joe Galarraga's heart-on-sleeve enthusiasm is twisted into sadistic screams, only amplified by his nonchalant talk-singing, while the band reinterprets hardcore ferocity from a pessimistic place. The future is fraught with anxiety and the chance that we might all be turning into robots. But until then, they're sill a band you need to hear.

Parquet Courts - Tally All the Things That You Broke EP (10/8 via What's Your Rupture?)
Judging from the hopped-up lead track, nothing's changed much on Parquet Court's quick follow-up spin since releasing Light Up Gold. We're perfectly ok with this. Jangly punk that sticks in your head after it kicks and screams for two and an half minutes doesn't typically benefit from fussiness. Also? Best album title of the season.

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