by Leilani Polk
Week three of new music releases in February, 2014! Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
Bayside, CULT (Hopeless)
Bear Hands, Distraction (Cantora)
Black Atlass, Young Bloods EP (Fool's Gold)
Canadian producer Alex Fleming aka Black Atlass combines groove-hopping experimental production and sexy soulful bedroom vocals for a new release that could probably be filed under the new 'PB&R' label. "Blossom" below.
Candice Glover, Music Speaks (Interscope)
Season 12 American Idol winner
Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate, Faya (Cumbancha Discovery)
The collaboration between rapper/beatboxer/singer-songwriter Joe Driscoll and Guinea kora sensation Kouyate. Mixes funk, hip hop and Afro rock aesthetics. Video featuring the title track after the jump, along with the rest of this week's new releases (audio & video included)
The Feeling, Boy Cried Wolf (BMG)
William Fitzsimmons, Lions (Nettwerk)
Guided by Voices, Motivational Jumpsuit (GBV)
Talk about prolific. Since their comeback in 2012, GBV has released five albums including their 20th and latest; lead singer Robert Pollard — who's apparently written or co-written more than 1,600 songs in his career — issued four solo album's between 2012 and 2013, too. Paste called it "the most fitful and impatient and exciting album since the 'classic' Guided By Voices line-up returned." All I gotta say is, Good God!
I Killed The Prom Queen, Beloved (Epitaph)
ISSUES, ISSUES (Rise)
Junius, Days of the Falling Sun EP (Prosthetic)
Dawn Landes, Bluebird (Western Vinyl)
Lost in the Trees, Past Life (Anti-)
New Bums, Voices In A Rented Room (Drag City)
New project of Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and Donovan Quinn (Skygreen Leopards)
Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
The Missouri-born songstress has been getting a ridiculous amount of press for a new full-length described as a "collection of songs, grown in a year of heartbreak, travel, and transformation," as produced by John Congleton. Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, SPIN and NPR have all sung its praises. Listen to "High Five" below.
Phantogram, Voices (Republic)
Review of the sophomore LP from the West Coast electro rock/dream pop duo forthcoming. Stay tuned...
The Presidents of the United States of America, Kudos To You! (Pusacorp/Burnside)
The Seattle threesome put out a 3x platinum debut album of grungy, cheeky alt rock in the 1990s that spawned three singles — No. 1 hit "Lump" along with "Peaches" and "Kitty." Their 2014 seventh full-length is their first in six years (since 2008's These Are the Good Times People) and drops on the heels of their 20th anniversary, with help from a PledgeMusic campaign. "Crown Victoria" below.
Ashley Riley, All The Pretty Things (Riled-Up Records)
Kevin Seconds, Off Stockton (Rise)
Another tale of a frontman a hardcore outfit (in this case, Kevin Seconds of 7 Seconds) takes a break from the heavy to craft an LP of stripped-down folk songs.
Shocking Pinks, Guilt Mirrors (Stars & Letters Records)
Slothrust, Of Course You Do (Ba Da Bing)
Solids, Blame Confusion (Fat Possum)
Suzanne Vega, Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles (Amanuensis Productions)
We Are the in Crowd, Weird Kids (Hopeless)