YUNOREVIEW: SEPTEMBER 2014

The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn’t get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions.

Saor – Aura
Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend
Bones – Skinny
King 810 – Memoirs of a Murderer
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose
Dilated Peoples – Directors of Photography
J. Mascis – Tied to a Star
Ariana Grande – My Everything
White Fence – For the Recently Found Innocent
Kimbra – Golden Echo

Ariel Pink – “Put Your Number In My Phone”

Lo-fi pop fans unite: There’s a new Ariel Pink album on the way. HOORAY!

Yes, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Ariel Pink is gearing up for another album release this November via 4AD. The title of this forthcoming album is pom pom, and this debut single from it has been paired with the oddity of a music video embedded above.

“Put Your Number In My Phone,” is a catchy, blissful, and poetic love song where the protagonist desires a love interest’s phone number in his mobile device. Vocally, Pink is his typically shy self, and there’s even a cheesy phone recording that isn’t to unlike the one here.

Being this is a love song, it’s only fitting that the music video is loaded with awkward romantic rejections, which are experienced by Pink and his wheelchair-bound friend as they cruise the mall looking for fun and love. Need I also mention that Pink looks like a late 90s mall goth who just picked up a copy of Kid Rock’s Devil Without A Cause? Yes, yes, I need say that.

Look for pom pom on November 17th.

Alt-J – “Every Other Freckle”

Previously loved UK art pop outfit Alt-J drops yet another song from their forthcoming LP, This Is All Yours. The release date: September 22nd via Infectious.

Unlike the previously released songs off this new album, “Every Other Freckle” seems to be more in line with Alt-J’s previous output. There’s a heavy bassline matched with some equally lumbering drum beats, and atop that are the odd, soulful vocals of guitarist-vocalist Joe Newman.

The hook is great, and as the song progresses, the band manages to build the intensity up with more percussive and melodic layers. Alt-J writes catchy, upfront tracks, but their refined approach to arranging their instrumentation is what continues to keep them interesting.

My Brightest Diamond – “Lover Killer”

It isn’t all the time that a My Brightest Diamond song begins with a steady, groovy bass-and-drum pattern. But so be it, because it sounds great! Shara Worden and company are following the great first single “Pressure” which the slightly more subdued but no less exciting “Lover Killer.” The multi-tracked Sharas work wonders while the eventual horns add a funky splash of head-bobbing swagger. Shara, of course, still shows off her incredible voice, but everything is more reigned in and direct, and less esoteric, than on previous MBD releases, and the climax hits a little harder because of it. If this and “Pressure” are any indication, their new LP is going to find the group on a lovely new path.

This is My Hand is out September 16, via Asthmatic Kitty.

Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Famed songstress Jenny Lewis drops her most commercial effort yet with The Voyager.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Pikapika Fantajin

Japan’s Kyary Pamyu Pamyu delivers another collection of absolutely adorable pop singles on this latest LP of hers.

YUNOREVIEW: JULY 2014

The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn’t get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions.

Braid – No Coast
Jungle – Self-Titled
White Lung – Deep Fantasy
Strand of Oaks – Heal
Matthewdavid – In My World
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Days of Abandon
Sage Francis – Copper Gone
’68 – In Humor and Sadness
Bleachers – Strange Desire
Big Freedia – Just Be Free

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun

“Weird Al” is back and sounding funnier than ever on his most timely and sharp album in years.

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun

“Weird Al” is back and sounding funnier than ever on his most timely and sharp album in years.

Neil Cicierega – Mouth Silence

Previously mentioned Neil Cicierega has a new megamix of insanity out titled Mouth Silence. In the piece’s first few moments alone, there’s an amazing, heavenly remix of 3rd Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” propped up against a fusion of Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” with the Ohio Players’ “Love Rollercoaster.” Just let that settle in for a minute. Yeah, that happened.

Anyway, expect some hilariously insane musical clashing going on in this thing, and enjoy!