New This Week: Holy Other, Noisettes & More
Holy Other, Held The reclusive producer, who performs with a hood covering his head, has up built up a reputation as a master of mope-tronica on the back of little more than one intriguing EP, released last year, and a remix album. Luckily Held, his debut album, is as sepulchral and absorbing as you’d hope — multi-layered witch house that gracefully mixes ambient warmth and cold electronics. Philip Sherburne writes:
“With every track, it only sinks deeper into its pneumatic gloom. But it’s hardly undifferentiated. Supersaturated colors bloom unexpectedly amidst the ashes, particularly on the lush “In Difference” and “Past Tension,” which display an unlikely debt to 10cc’s buoyant “I’m Not in Love.””
Noisettes, Contact Despite being dropped by their old label, the Noisettes’ first album since 2009′s Wild Young Hearts rings with pop positivity: this is infectious and irresistible.
Chilly Gonzales, Solo Piano II The bathrobe-loving Renaissance man releases his second album of Debussy-inspired ivory-tickling, the ideal accompaniment to the chink of Martini glasses in an expensive hotel.
Matthew Dear, Beams Beams may be the best album yet from the experimental pop producer. If the laser-guided groove of “Earthforms” doesn’t get you going, the sublime future pop of “Her Fantasy” will. Recommended.
Wild Nothing, Nocturne Jack Tatum, aka Wild Nothing, follows up 2010′s bedroom-recorded Gemini with more after-hours gloom-pop. Laura Studarus writes:
“Despite his distinctly Moz-like melancholy and his Robert Smith-style preoccupation with love, longing and loneliness, there’s never a sense that Tatum’s aping his influences — merely using them as a touchstone for his personal explorations.”
Correatown, Pleiades Named after a star cluster, this hauntingly sparse dream-pop album from LA-based songwriter Angela Correa exerts a thrilling gravitational pull.
Dinosaur Jr, Watch The Corners The first single from their new album I Bet On Sky, out in a couple of weeks, sounds like vintage Dinosaur Jr, testament to the new harmony in their camp.
TEEN, In Limbo Kristina “Teeny” Lieberson of Brooklyn indie-rockers Here We Go Magic is the force behind this spellbinding debut. Marc Hogan writes:
“On tracks like free-flowing synth workout “Unable” or crunching, Beta Band-skewed “Why Why Why, TEEN sprawls out to suit the youth-appropriate album title. This is an alluring, sometimes enchanting stroll along the blurry line between hooks and incantations.”
St Germain, From Detroit to St Germain (The Complete Series for Connoisseurs) A selection of early cuts from the deep house producer, available digitally for the first time.