Beach House - Devotion
Baltimore's Beach House are quite possibly one of the most attractive duo's in the indie scene today, who happen to also make really pretty music that sweeps, lulls, and creates visions of some grainy, slow-moving, ethereal moving picture in the mind. Though not much of a departure from their 2006 self-titled debut aside from a little bit more twang, Devotion is still absolutely gorgeous - those dreamy organs, that tender guitar, and Vicoria Legrand's lucid, reverbed voice all just sound fantastic together. No need to break the formula when it's already perfect.
See them next: Tuesday, March 18 at Chop Suey with The Papercuts.
Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree
Ditching the disco glitz of her last couple albums, Supernature and Black Cherry, Allison Goldfrapp returns to Felt Mountain territory on Seventh Tree. Says Goldfrapp fan Mooglefan, "The songs are warmer and more personal. Seventh Tree seems to have refined the musical atmosphere ... that drifting-on-clouds vibe that carries many of the songs from beginning to end." Lovely.
See her next: March 4, at Union Chapel, in London UK. (No U.S. dates announced)
Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
Dylan Carlson is back to his new true rocking form, with another fantastic full-length that drops today, just eleven months after Earth's crushingly great Hibernaculum. Seven eight-minute-average songs in all, three of which feature legendary guitarist Bill Frisell, as well as a heavy dose of organ and piano that'll take you in deep, deep, deep.
See them next: Currently, anywhere in Europe. Dates in the States still unannounced/unconfirmed. Good thing they live close.
Various Artists - Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts Of Deep City
No surprise that Numero Group has released yet another great compilation (they always do!) - for their seventeenth installment, they've compiled great, lost and forgotten soul music that Florida label Deep City released in the late 60s/early 70s. "Like a dusty curtain thrown back to reveal a pot of soul-glowing gold, a decrepit cardboard box, stained with age and filled with ancient tape reels, enshrines The Outskirts of Deep City. Read the liner notes and you'll learn that the box was discovered in a Florida closet that time forgot, revealing treasures from one of the original Miami sound machines on this sequel to 2006's Eccentric Soul Vol. 7, The Deep City Label." Features cuts by Clarence Reid (who'd go onto becoming Blowfly, the Godfather of Dirty Rap), Betty Wright and so much more. Highly recommended.
Also released today: Ghostland Obervatory, Pete Rock, Erykah Badu, Dolly Parton, Janet Jackson, Cowboy Junkies