Some highlights amongst the highlights:
Arca's third full length release in which he makes the jump to XL and more importantly he started singing, which turns out he has a nice lilting operatic voice. All the singing is in Spanish and this resulted in a more subdued sonically, yet more impactful of a release in the emotion department.
We also saw the 2nd installment of The Caretaker's series on Alzheimer's disease and the deterioration of the mind.
Father John Misty released his much anticipated follow-up to "I Love You, Honeybear". This time focusing much more on the words than the melodies for better and for worse.
Feedtime returned with a solid new album after a 21 year break!
Alexandra Savior teamed up with Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys fame to throw their hats into the ring that is the sound Lana Del Rey has carved out for herself. A very nice addition to this style of music.
Robyn Hitchcock returned with one of his best albums in recent memory
The supergroup BNQT(consisting of members of Midlake and the vocalists from Band Of Horses, Grandaddy and Franz Ferdinand) released a great indie rock album with a laid back classic rock feel, not unlike The Travelling Wilburys. Highly recommended, perfect for a backyard BBQ
And finally, Shugo Tokumaru teamed up with Greg Saunier(drummer of Deerhoof), an orchestra and blended it all together with his signature folk music. He also pulled from a vast library of found sounds he had been collecting to create his most freewheeling and adventurous album yet!
Genre: Art Pop, Glitch Pop, Ambient Pop, Post-Industrial, IDM
The Caretaker-Everywhere At The End Of Time-Stage 2(History Always Favours The Winners)
Genre: Turntable Music, Ambient, British Dance Band
Karen Elson-Double Roses(1965/PIAS)
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Dream Pop
Father John Misty-Pure Comedy(Sub Pop)
Genre: Piano Rock, Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Punk
Feedtime-Gas(In The Red)
Genre: Noise Rock, Punk Rock, Garage Rock
Kreidler-European Song(Bureau B)
Genre: Krautrock, Indietronica, Post-Rock
The New Pornographers-Whiteout Conditions(Concord)
Genre: Power Pop, Indie Rock, Synthpop
Alexandra Savior-Belladonna Of Sadness(Columbia)
Genre: Indie Pop, Art Pop, Dream Pop
Vex Ruffin-Conveyor(Stones Throw)
Genre: Post-Punk, Experimental
White Reaper-The World's Best American Band(Polyvinyl)
Genre: Glam Rock, Power Pop, Pop Rock, Garage Punk
This was a particularly weak release day, I think something like 10 albums came out, they were all stinkers. Yes, I am aware that the new Kendrick came out that week. I can only recommend about 4 songs off it. Unfortunately for the first time in his career he has really given into the current pop trends and the album suffers immensely from the tame R&B beats and the overused trap beats. What a shame.
Genre: Indie Rock, Noise Pop
Genre: Indie Pop
Mike Dillon-Life Is Not A Football(The Royal Potato Family)
Genre: Experimental Rock
Genre: Ambient, Ambient Techno, Drone, Minimal Techno
Robyn Hitchcock-Self Titled(Yep Roc)
Genre: Psychedelic Pop, Pop Rock, Power Pop, Country Rock
The Relationship-Clara Obscura(Lolipop)
Genre: Alternative Rock, Neo Psychedelia
Genre: Indie Rock
Los Angeles Police Department-Self Titled(2nd)(Anti-)
Genre: Indie Pop, Psychedelic Pop
Willie Nelson-God's Problem Child(Legacy)
Genre: Progressive Country
Genre: Art Pop, Singer/Songwriter