Every Fall, there is a day when a huge number of excellent records all see the light of day. This season, it’s today — critics and fans alike will be drooling all over this set of albums that’ll surely be on year-end “Best Of” lists. Many exciting indie rock bands both young and old are part of today’s excitement, including Mates of State, Wooden Shjips, Girls, Mogwai, Wild Flag and Blitzen Trapper, as well as Bush and Me First And The Gimme Gimmes.
- James Blake and Bon Iver - “Fall Creek Boy Choir”
Earnest, soft-voiced hype-laden songwriters James Blake and Bon Iver make a lot of sense together, but that doesn’t mean anybody expected a collaboration from the two busy musicians. “Fall Creek Boys Choir” is on James Blake’s upcoming EP and available for your listening pleasure right now.
- Das Racist - Relax
One year after they tore up the blogosphere with back to back, self-released mixtapes, Brooklyn’s most pop culture-savvy hip-hop trio are dropping their full-length debut, and the iron’s still hot - just check out their new single ”Michael Jackson.”
- Lady Antebellum - Own The Night
It’s not all indie music today. Blockbuster country-pop sensations Lady Antebellum, who swept the Grammys last year with their hit sophomore album, Need You Now, are returning early with a third album. Get whisked away by the trio’s new harmonies.
- St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
Art-pop mastermind Annie Clark, who records as St. Vincent, has outdone herself this year. In her new album, Strange Mercy, she uses the recording studio as a tool in ways she hasn’t done previously. Don’t be surprised if Strange Mercy ends up topping more than a few critics’ top tens come year’s end.
- Neon Indian - Era Extraña
Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo is both a pioneer and posterboy for “chillwave” music, a sub-genre that melds hazy, mid-tempo synths with dance beats. Today he returns to the spotlight with the follow-up to his excellent breakout disc Psychic Chasms. Fans of nostalgia-soaked beats shouldn’t wait to hear this one.