The big news is the side project from the Radiohead guy, but we’re foregrounding the Australian pop quintet, because—to be honest—we just want to be contrarian.
Gold Fields – Black Sun. Aussie quintet skips the drippy modern electro and heads straight for a more musical New Wave/post-punk on their debut. The title track is Haircut 101-meets-Tears for Fears, while “The Woods” marries Bow Wow Wow to The Cure.
Atoms for Peace – Amok. Radiohead leader’s backup solo band turns into his latest project, sounding at times a little like Fela Kuti (opener “Before Your Very Eyes…”) and a lot like, imagine that, late period Radiohead (“Default”).
Bilal – A Love Surreal. Philly soul singer has a renaissance of sorts on his fourth release. His New Jack beats come into the cool grooves of electro on highlights “West Side Girl” and the acoustic cry-from-the-heart “Lost for Now.”
Ivan & Alyosha – All the Times We Had. This Seattle folk-pop duo—neither of whom are named Ivan or Alyosha—offer solid, thoughtful indie. Formed in 2007, this is their debut, and cheers for waiting until they got it right on lovely current single “Running for Cover” and alt-country opener “Be Your Man."
Boy – Mutual Friends
Johnny Marr – The Messenger
Shout Out Louds – Optica
Sally Shapiro – Somewhere Else
Mount Moriah – Miracle Temple
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