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!

Perfume Genius – “Queen”

“Queen,” the lead single off Perfume Genius‘ forthcoming third LP Too Bright, is without a doubt singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas’ most extravagant song to date. This time around, he is forgoing the spartan piano arrangements we’ve found powerful in his prior releases in favor of bright synths, punchy drums, and comparatively pristine production. But the emotion that came with his sparse, reverb-y work of the past has not dissipated with this more ornate compositional palette. Hadreas’ vocals are assured, forceful; giving “Queen” the last of the makings for a great pop anthem. While I’ll admittedly miss the forlorn piano melodies should the album entirely go in this glitzier direction, this is a pretty interesting change of pace for Hadreas and a plenty evocative piece in its own right.

Too Bright is due out September 23 via Matador.

Pearls Negras – Biggie Apple

Yeah, I know I’m late on this, but I’ve been spending so much downtime listening to this peppy, upbeat hip hop EP from Brazil’s Pearls Negras that I had to give it a mention