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New Tunes Tuesday: Fizzle compared to fireworks


There’s not a direct correlation to the increased number of rockets sent skyward for kaboom fests nationwide to the decreased number of albums dropped the following week, but it seems statistically relevant today.---

Maybe I just need something chill after a big weekend, maybe I’m excited to hear someone doing something songwriterly in the chill-wave movement, maybe there’s not much else out there, but Memory Tapes’ Player Piano is hitting the spot this week.

For more beat-driven electronica and less transcendental lyrical meanderings, check out Samiyam’s Sam Baker’s Album today. In line with other L.A. label Bassfeeder’s artists, this album warbles with bass, but has a quality kick that you can get behind even if you’re not a basshead.

If the phrase “Scottish supergroup” excites you, you probably already know what I’m about to write. A conglomeration of Alasdair Roberts, Frightened Rabbit, and Twilight Sad, among others, explore psychological depths on a soaring, intricate compilation of 14 tracks released under the nom de plume The Fruit Tree, with the album dubbed First Edition.

The Old 97’s release their ninth studio album, Grand Theatre Vol. 2, less than a year after the last effort. I haven’t given it a spin yet.

As the album title implies on Drums Between the Bells, Brian Eno mixes vivid soundscapes and live drums and these melodies are topped with the monotone voice of Rick Holland. This is an album that has been nearly two decades in the making and is well worth the wait.