It should be The National or Daft Punk in the top spot, but I’m giving a shout-out to a Milwaukee four-piece that’s worth your time. Also, to hear more about new releases, check me out with Grant Owens on We Found New Music.
Alchemy – Gold EP. I’m fudging a bit here, but, hey, it’s my blog and I can do what I want. And what I most want right now is to introduce you to this up-and-coming Milwaukee quartet. They released their debut Creature of Love on January 1, 2013, and then immediately got back to work on a follow-up EP, Gold, that came out a few weeks ago. The sound is indie electro (think Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia, etc.), pop-savvy and hummable. Download their free bonus track “I Need You Here” and then support them by getting their stuff from their website.
The National – Trouble Will Find Me. The sixth release from this Brooklyn institution isn’t as immediate as High Violet, but instant hooks have never been how this band works. The uptempo tracks catch you first: “Sea of Love” and my personal fave this week, “Graceless.” But two weeks from now that could change; and by year’s end nearly every tune will probably be echoing throughout my brain.
Daft Punk – Random Access Memory. Album four from these French robots has caused a rift in their fanbase—it’s too disco, not hard enough, sounds like their countryman Air at times. As a non-fan all I can tell you is that I very much enjoy their disco on “Get Lucky,” think their '70s funk riff “Give Life Back to Music” is the real thing and find “Giorgio by Moroder” the masterstroke they’ve been heading towards since their 1997 debut.