Ghost Box Orchestra
Keeping with you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, May’s records look past the present and into the great beyond, Discover grandly famished mood-rock instrumentalists GHOST BOX ORCHESTRA’s tumultuous brain salad, “Vanished,” then purge submerged electro-pop surgeons STANDISH/CARLYON’s shiny, writhing quagmire, “Deleted Scenes.” Don’t overlook frenzied thunder-punks THEE OH SEES’ dark and crunchy, “Floating Coffins,” or raucous jangle-rocker and bell-bottomed stomper KING TUFF’s reissued garage-pop collectible, “Was Dead.”
Ola Podrida - Ghosts Go Blind
Album title: Ghosts Go Blind
Record Label: Western Vinyl
Gliding in driving narratives whose open-book outlooks mix respect with regret and wisdom within suspicions, front-man David Wingo’s soundtrack background bestows the band’s cascading acoustics and surging dynamics a hard-won charm of passive tragedies cast from transient romantics and kind-hearted martyrs. Noble electric-folk supported by spiraling highway poetry, “Blind,” unwinds in shadowy wind-swept tempests. OP plays Madison’s Frequency May 12th.
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Alice Russell - To Dust
Album title: To Dust
Record Label: Tru Thoughts
Blissfully irresistible, Russell’s unruffled soul-sister muscle flexes arresting home-wrecker directness and brassy Motown sass in bristling polyrhythmic precision. Britain’s bossy blonde’s frisky delivery, peek-a-boo grooves and beat-driven shimmies fuse funky feminist chemistry into foxy gospel, glossy pop and supersonic doo-wop. No-nonsense admonishments beneath post-modern sentiments, the seductive, percussive, “Dust,” struts sizzling syncopation around fiery high-heel hustles and cool rerouted voodoo.
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Dead Gaze - Dead Gaze
Album title: Dead Gaze
Record Label: Fat Cat Records
Rugged, chugging psychedelics bomb heavily-textured conjecture in sluggish punches, congealing zeal and syrupy diversions, while, “Gaze,” glazes playful, contagious tunes into potent, roasted alt-rock commotion. Ear-drum pummeling conundrums, DG’s over-loaded proposals move through gooey, tripped-out conniptions that slither in thick riffs pickling spackled action, swimming in subterranean radiance whose discordant contortions revel in devilish indulgence and shine in voluptuous corruption.
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Saturday Looks Good To Me - One Kiss Ends It All
Album title: One Kiss Ends It All
Record Label: Polyvinyl Records
Savvy-sixties twisters soldering frolicking logic onto starry-eyed sighs covered with Tin Pan marzipan from sock-hop polyglots, SLGTM’s bouncy space-age jangle churn hurdy-gurdy gurgles into swinging mini-symphonies. Upbeat brass bask in rascally sweetheart harmonies crafting magical nostalgia from groovy tape-loops, lo-fi girl-groups and teenage blind-dates for giddy indie-pop binges as, “Kiss,” pitches summer-time rewinds floated in candy-coated reverb inhabiting paisley-flavored suburbs.
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John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
Album title: Pale Green Ghosts
Record Label: Partisan Records
Lyrically fearless, “Pale,” rails and regales in retail tattletales; majestic melodies sweep and sneak snarky barbs and candid rants beneath intimate commitments to complicated natures.. From leathery synthetics to bubonic symphonics, propulsive electronics, grand-standing piano and ominous chamber-pop strings surround Grant’s calm, commanding voice for a layered banquet sanctioning willful, skillful pilgrims dishing frank, cantankerous bravado splashed in ego-bashing compassion.
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CocoRosie - Tales of a GrassWidow
Album title: Tales of a GrassWidow
Record Label: Self-Release
Dainty, daunting dervishes, CocoRosie’s sleepy freak-folk opuses embrace tasty hip-hop art-pop for quirky bursts working sonic sorcery. Eerie queries turn provocative prophecies while fractured mash-ups blend lysergic lullabies into an intriguing seasoning of post-millennial fairy-tales and coy, primordial short-stories. Haunting concerts of studio doodles flickering in whimsical serendipity, “GrassWidow,” possesses unexpected cyber-treasures unearthing nurturing caresses in cauldrons coddling candle-lit enchantments.
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May’s music blooms as spring advances with nature’s awakening. Fertile minds take root in Jersey-bred acoustic guitar-head GLENN JONES’ inventive reflections, “My Garden State, ” edgy sentimentalists GOLD & YOUTH’s bitter chivalry, “Beyond Wilderness,” Minnesota’s driftless minstrel KAZYAK’s nimble sympathies, “See The Forest, See The Trees,” and carnival-pop psychonauts YELLOWBIRDS’ intergalactic folk-rock, “Songs from the Vanished Frontier.” Plant pummeling hand-jive wildcat HANNI EL KHATIB’s howling switchblade play-dates, “Head in the Dirt,” add gorgeously orchestral pop-rockers THE ORANGE PEELS’ melodic apocalypse, “Sun Moon,” and harvest shadow-seeker ANN PRAGG’s shimmering, “Bitter Fruit.”