Skimming spring’s CD titles, restless moods abound. Whether grooving through SWEET ELECTRA’s lusciously cosmopolitan electro-excursions, “When We Abandoned Earth,” or Iranian indie-rocker HYPERNOVA’s, muscular affirmations, “Through the Chaos,” change is everywhere. NATALIE MERCHANT took two years traveling the world for the double-disc advice to, “Leave Your Sleep,” while Milwaukee’s soulful KINGS GO FORTH proudly announce in their Luaka Bop debut, “The Outsiders Are Back.” Transform, relocate and get on board.
Extra Life - Made Flesh
Album title: Made Flesh
Record Label: LOAF Recordings
Prog-rock opera staged by poet-warriors, “Flesh,” melts raw, visceral visions into fevered fanfares, provocative parables and contorted concertos. Assembling personal circuses sparked by both intense and tentative dynamics, Extra Life’s exalted and altered altar-bound pogroms swarm around ominous admonishments, dressing classical pastorals in Gregorian scorn and savoring intense interrogations between galvanized studio eruptions.
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Goldfrapp - Head First
Album title: Head First
Record Label: Mute Records
Liquid electronics meticulously mixed for maximum fascination, Goldfrapp’s bold and beautiful musical masquerade combine potent locomotive programming into teasing libidos and sexy mirror-ball extravaganzas. Vivacious havens of golden cyber-times ahead “Head,” turns heavenly escapism, seamlessly replicating yesterday’s tomorrow with a decidedly devilish sensuality; steamy freeze-dried euphoria encased in sweet frosting, parading over glittery runway cat-walks.
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Monster Movie - Everyone Is A Ghost
Album title: Everyone Is A Ghost
Record Label: Graveface
Quiet frustrations swarm under throbbing waves of synths, patient complacency dissolves into the solemn sympathy of softly strummed guitars and mournful harmonies. MM’s polished pessimism shines beneath a seething tide of steady beats, minor chords and sleepy consolations while “Everyone,” methodically plots sublime, melancholy pop that floats hopefully, reveling in selfless fellowship.
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La Strada - New Home
Album title: New Home
Record Label: Ernest Jenning Record Co.
Liberating librettos waltz happily as frisky Cossack accordions whisk past sky-high strings twisted into gypsy symphonies flowering bright, boastful brass. “Home,” decorates in frolicking caroling, thoughtful nautical merriment and rousing chamber-folk philosophies, rearranging metaphors and upholstering fables flavored in twinkling mischief. La Strada’s harmonious ensembles feather eloquent nests in jubilant ruminations.
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Midas Fall - Eleven. Return and revert
Album title: Eleven. Return and revert
Record Label: Monotreme
Darting apparitions coo fluent, fleeting meanings as, “Eleven,” traverses immense emptiness where textures stretch, catching regrets swooping through crashing percussion, lofty intergalactic guitar and tender piano soliloquies. Banshee ballads anchor tumultuous emotions as MF’s ferocious vocals wrangle phantom fandangos, surfing past oceanic auras, shivering within shadowy despair, impulsive thoughts and half-abandoned memories.
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Apples In Stereo - Travelers In Space and Time
Album title: Travelers In Space and Time
Record Label: Yep Roc
Scrumptious, spunky, bubblegum power-pop reign over Vocoder choruses, old school Britpop sunshine and back-loaded, rebooted boogie. “Travelers,” lift retro-fitted futures into wholesome computerized majesties through infectious, vacuum-packed R&B, can-you-dig-it cowbells and groovy mechanical utopias where heart-broken teens love to dance. The Apples take over Milwaukee’s Turner Hall May 3rd.
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From coiled and cunning RAFTER’s insatiable, “Animal Feelings,” to smoldering enigma X:THC’s breath-taking, “X: The Human Condition,” April focuses on the physiological, hosting a body of body-titled music. Curl alongside rich and airy singer-songwriter SALLY SELTMANN’s snappy, “Heart That’s Pounding,” then dive into the nocturnal jazz improvisations of TOMASZ STANKO QUINTET’s trumpet meditations in the penetrating, “Dark Eyes,” before finally dancing around mongo, hypno-punkers MI AMI’s manic-magical, “Steal Your Face.”