New Music Monday: Week of 1-19-15
Belle & Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
The ninth studio album from the group out of Glasgow diverts from their previous sound by teaming up with Ben H. Allen, a producer more known for his work in the modern psychedelic genre where he’s worked with Animal Collective and Washed Out. Approximately half of the album has a dancing, disco-style beat, which is a definite change of pace in comparison to their more recent albums.
Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & Youth
The Windy City rapper earns my pick of the week with his newest album since 2012, teaming up with Rick Ross, Chance the Rapper, and Ed Sheeran. This is Lupe’s final record under his Atlantic contract, a relationship that has been tumultuous at best. His career and philanthropic work has earned him respect as a conscious hip-hop artist similar to the likes of Common and Talbi Kweli. While he may not have the relevancy he previously held, he tells Billboard that’s fine with him:
“I don’t want to be relevant today. I don’t want to be the go-to guy for the club song or to speak on all the dumb shit that’s going around. I’m happy being that somewhat sophisticated, overly deep weird guy making powerful music — but just two or three degrees away from the center of attention.”
Fall Out Boy – American Beauty/American Psycho
Since the band first hit the mainstream popularity with 2005’s From Under the Cork Tree, they’ve consistently been able to maintain relevance by incorporating whatever was popular in the charts into their music. If you go back and listen to their early albums, it’s quite a different sound from where they are now. While their music may not appeal to everyone, Fall Out Boy has found a solid formula to stay high on the charts year after year.
Slaeter-Kinney – No Cities to Love
When Sleater-Kinney parted ways in 2006, they claimed it was a hiatus and not a permanent break-up, thus leaving the option to eventually reunite, which they have done. The band shows individual growth and maturity in the 9 years since they disbanded, deliberately passing on songs that recalled their past and focusing on the now. Interesting side fact: Fans of Portlandia may recognize guitarist Carrie Brownstein, as she appeared in numerous episodes of the hit show.
Take some time to listen to some new music; you just might find your new favorite band.
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