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New Music Tuesday, January 24, 2012


It’s an epic week for new releases, so hold onto your headphones. In the indie pop world, Chairlift, Nada Surf, and a pleasantly aggressive new album from Cloud Nothings arrive, not to mention a Kurt Vile offshoot single from The War on Drugs. Elsewhere, folk duo First Aid Kit releases their second album, grime godfather Wiley drops an ambitious new album, and Canadian folkie John K. Samson compiles his seven-inch series named after Manitoban highways. Listen to new music from these artists and beyond in the New Music Tuesday playlist.

Playlist Notes

  • Chairlift - Something
    The Brooklyn dream-pop duo’s second album finds the band playing with more confidence than ever, and their crisp arrangements and production evince their chops. Even Caroline Polachek’s voice sounds strong — fans of Chairlift’s first effort will love this.

  • Rodrigo y Gabriela - Area 52
    Mexico’s finest (and fastest!) guitar duo add a 13-piece Cuban orchestra to expand on their already unique sound. The question is, can the orchestra keep up?

  • Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy
    Long-running indie mainstays Nada Surf release their seventh studio album this week. It features their first full set of original songs since 2008’s Lucky.

  • First Aid Kit - The Lion’s Roar
    Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit are two sisters whose smooth, rich voices blend together harmoniously. This should be the album that earns the band the audience their pristine melodies deserve.

  • Andrew Bird - “Eyeoneye”
    Andrew Bird returns this week with “Eyeoneye,” the uncharacteristically brash first single from his upcoming album, Break It Yourself. Bird’s skills as a multi-instrumentalist and his balance of different tones and timbres ensure that he explores new musical territory with every release. “Eyeoneye” is another breath of fresh air from the songwriter.