Timber Timbre – “Curtains?!”

The sound of Timber Timbre’s latest and greatest LP Hot Dreams calls to mind the visuals of either a Lynchian Western or vintage film noir. This Tyler T. Williams-directed video for album highlight “Curtains?!” delivers on the latter, starring Williams collaborator Joel Kliebe as an apparent hitman just released from prison and getting back to business. The stark, shady atmosphere here is (in my opinion) a much better fit for Timber Timbre’s sonic direction than Chad VanGaalen‘s trippy animation for “Bang the Drum Slowly,” although give that one a chance too, if you’ve yet to.

Sharon Van Etten – “Your Love Is Killing Me”

Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten and her band hammer out a loud but patient ballad on “Your Love Is Killing Me.” Without doing it intentionally–I don’t think–the instrumentation on this one works more like a drone than it does indie or folk rock.

Sharon kicks things off with a distant drum beat, twang-y guitar leads, and some somber keys. Everything just builds, builds, and builds from there. The movement of the song is subtle, but it continues to grow more and more intense as it draws to a close, slowing the progression down a bit on occasion.

“Burn my skin so I can feel you,” Sharon calls out, lining that lyric up with a series of other contradictions that point out just how flawed this “love” she’s speaking of is. Sharon’s voice, like usual, is incredibly powerful, beautiful, and delivered with an immense amount of conviction.

Look for Sharon’s next album, Are We There, via Jagjaguwar on May 27th.

Lykke Li – I Never Learn

The new Lykke Li record is her saddest and most heartbroken release yet.

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn’s latest record may be slightly passionless and relentlessly dreary, but he delivers some stand-out songs throughout the tracklist here.

Sharon Van Etten – “Every Time The Sun Comes Up”

No holds barred on this new Sharon Van Etten track. With some elongated, expressive vocal melodies, I think she’s delivering some of her most straightforward lyricism yet. The spacious instrumentation complements her confident vocal delivery fantastically, and the chorus on this thing flourishes beautifully with vocal harmonies bright, shimmering guitars.

Look for Sharon’s new record, Are We There, on May 27th via Jagjaguwar.

Carla Bozulich – Boy

Bringing together elements of folk, blues, experimental rock, and noise, Carla Bozulich makes one of the most unorthodox singer-songwriter records you’ll hear this year.

Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams

Even though it leaves me starving for more, Timber Timbre’s latest record features some of the best tracks and instrumentation to ever come out of this project.

White Hinterland – Baby

White Hinterland’s third album is the most instrumentally complex thing I’ve heard this project deliver thus far. Not only that but mastermind Casey Dienel’s voice is sounding better than ever between all of these power piano ballads and dense, soulful art pop tunes.

White Hinterland – “Ring The Bell”

Be sure to check out this beautifully shot music video from White Hinterland for her songĀ “Ring the Bell.” The Baby highlight is set to imagery of her doing such things as traversing a snowy and icy landscape, dressing and making herself up completely in white in a pure white room furnished with only a mirror, and standing in front of a wall of skulls. Watch it above and enjoy!

Baby is out now via Dead Oceans. It’s pretty stellar:

Beck – Morning Phase

While the more slow, syrupy side of Beck’s discography appeals to many, it never has to me. Morning Phase shows beck returning to the stomping grounds of albums like Mutations and Sea Change, but with instrumentation and tunes that are far more uninteresting.