Stranded In Stereo: New Release Tuesday

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

New Release Tuesday

It's been a long time coming, but Voxtrot are finally dropping their self-titled debut this week. I remember one of their EP's being on in the background of an internship last summer and I was truly digging it, so when I finally got a hold of their album it sat for awhile. And then I remember, "hey, this was playing in the office last summer!" One of the standouts is the opening number, the aptly titled "Introduction." Unlike other albums that have a cut like this, it isn't just a few mere seconds of fading in noise that serves as a lead in to track two, but a real 3-minute song. The opening riffs of "Future Pt. 1" are reminiscent of The Walkmen's "Louisiana," but comes off sounding like something that could be a hit single if their cards are played right. With its intricate use of the xylophone and some strings, it's "Kid Gloves" that comes off as the best amalgamation of 80s college radio since R.E.M.

Download: "Kid Gloves" [mp3] /// [Buy Here]

For those of you who are like me and can't stand the wait for the new Wolf Parade album, can be made happy by the following. Spencer Krug's got a new Sunset Rubdown record out in October, and Dan Boeckner's side project, Handsome Furs, is dropping their debut this week. Unlike Krug's Rubdown which can be a little experimental at times, Boeckner and fiancee/other Handsome Fur Alexei Perry have a more straight-forward approach shall we call it? Standout track "Handsome Furs Hate This City" has Boeckner sounding like Beck and Nigel Godrich have a damned field day behind the boards. The drum machine loops of "Cannot, Get Started" have an eerie reminiscence of that new Rosebuds album I love so much. More than anything, like any output from anyone in or related to Wolf Parade, it's just another original effort that one can enjoy and not waste time comparing to their full-time gigs.

Download: "Handsome Furs Hate This City " [mp3] /// [Buy Here]

Also out today that's notable and previously blogged about:
The National -
Boxer /// [Buy Here]
Wheat - Every Day I Said A Prayer For Kathy And Made A One Inch Square /// [Buy Here]

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