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Favorite albums of the past 3 months

March 1, 2012

Good music is coming out all the time these days. With only posting on my blog once or twice a week, some albums often get overlooked. I’ll try and do a post like this one every 3-4 months to make sure that all the best albums get some recognition. Below are my favorite albums of the past few months.

Frankie Rose – Interstellar 

This album is amazing. For those that don’t know, Frankie Rose has played with Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, & the Vivian Girls. All are bands I really like. For her sophomore album, she drops the lo-fi & goes for new ground.  Here is a recent statement by Frankie about her new album:

“I knew I wanted a HUGE sounding record. Big highs, big lows, and clean. There is no fuzz on this record. I knew I wanted to make a streamlined, spacious record with big choruses that sometimes referenced ’80s pop.”

I would chalk this up as a huge success. Hell, even Frankie’s mother said she loves the new album & listens to it every day. Accordin to Frankie, her mother has always said, “That’s nice honey,” about all her music before this album. That just goes to show you how many people will probably be able to relate to this album. Interstellar is an album that will most likely land somewhere in my top 20… maybe even top 10 by the time 2012 is over.

Burial – Kindred EP

Burail is an electronic producer from London. If you aren’t familiar with him, you have been missing out. His stuff always gets rave reviews, ‘cause it is always really friggin’ good.  He mixes elements of  dubstep, 2-step garage, ambient, & house music. It always comes together with a sound like no other. His new Kindred EP is 30 minutes of sheer greatness. You can’t help but put this on again after listening to it. Grab yourself a copy. The mp3’s are only like a $1.40 on emusic. You have no excuse now.

Grimes- Visions

Grimes is 23 year old Claire Boucher, who seems pretty strange, ‘cause… well, she is. Visions is her 3rd album after releasing 2 albums in 2010. She takes loops, layers, & reverb then manipulates her voice to make some very interesting synth-pop. I read a recent article on her where she said that she likes to think of her voice as an instrument. That explains why her voice is so different on each song on Visions. Visions starts off pretty dancey with the 1st few tracks & then mellows out for most of the rest of the album. I have to say that I’m partial to those earlier dancey tracks. I still think the overall album is really good. If you like this you should also check out her first couple albums. They are also really solid.

Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

Sharon is already becoming one of my favorite singer-songwriters. She is one of the few artists, who on certain songs, can make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Yeah, her voice is that moving. Tramp is her 3rd album & also a great one. She collaborates with some pretty big names on this album including: Zach Condon (of Beirut), Jenn Wasner (of Wye Oak), Julianna Barwick, Matt Barrick (of The Walkmen), Thomas Bartlett (of Doveman), & Aaron Dressner. (of The National) Dressner also produced the album. I suggest that if you like folk or singer-songwriter music that you get very familiar with Sharon’s work. She hasn’t let me down yet, & has showed no indication of doing so anytime soon.

Evian Christ – Kings & Them    

Evian Christ is, Joshua Leary, a 22-year-old UK producer. Who sort of just blew up overnight a lot like The Weeknd did last year. He just put up 8 tracks on youtube & was then being introduced to me by Gorilla vs. Bear & The Fader almost right away. It’s crazy sometimes how the internet works. He has recently signed with Tri Angle after he learned that they put out Clams Casino’s work. His stuff is smooth ambient music with hip-hop inspired beats & rap hooks that are sometimes slowed down or looped. It is pretty amazing to me. If you like stuff like Clams Casino, you need to grab this mixtape HERE for free right now.

Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur

Edwards is a Canadian singer-songwriter that I actually got to see perform last year. She toured with Bon Iver & opened for him in KC at the show I went to. I liked about half of the songs she sang that night, as I was unfamiliar with her then. The songs I really liked must have all been ones from this new album. I have really enjoyed this folk album a lot. She had help from Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) producing this album as well. His presence can be heard throughout. If you are fan of folk, you owe it to yourself to check this out.

Tennis – Young & Old 

Maybe I’m in the minority on this one, but many people seem to be disappointed with Tennis’ new album. I thought it was pretty solid. Maybe the story behind Young & Old is nowhere near as intriguing as the story of sailing & falling in love that was on Cape Dory, but I still enjoyed it. I felt the tracks from start to finish on this sophomore album were really solid. Now, my favorite songs are still lie on Cape Dory. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy this album right? Young & Old may not have those few catchy songs that grab you like Cape Dory did, but I think you can still enjoy this album like I do. Get your indie-pop fix with Young & Old, and who knows, maybe you’ll side with me and enjoy this album too.

Read my review of Cape Dory HERE.

Spaceghostpurrp – God Of Black Vol. 1

I 1st heard Spaceghostpurrp last year on LiveLoveA$AP, A$AP Rocky’s breakthrough mixtape. Not only is he probably the most unique rapper in the A$AP mob, he also produces some too. He also seems to have another crew besides A$AP. It seems he is part of the Raider Klan too. He even has an Oakland Raider’s tat on his chest & often sporting Raider gear too. His mixtape from last year for me, was a bit hard to swallow. He is just so strange & it comes through in his beats. I didn’t really know what to think about hearing his beats with sounds of a kid screaming & clips from Mortal Kombat.

God Of Black keeps that vibe of 90’s hip-hop & adds sounds of static, a thunderstorm, & a passing train. Sounds pretty strange right? Well, it really is extremely different. But I actually really like this mixtape he has done with some of his other Raider Klan members. Check it out for yourself for free HERE.

Also, check out all the other albums I really enjoyed, which are all listed below & on my HIPSTER APPROVED page. 

Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory

James Blake – Love What Happened Here EP (Dec, 2011)

John Talabot – Fin

Rick Ross – Rich Forever

Schoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions

Teeel – University Heights

Total Control – Henge Beat (AUS 2011)

The Weeknd – Echoes of Silence (Dec, 2011) 

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