Another good week for music, I'm pretty excited for these releases.
The Decemberists - The King is Dead
This album marks a pretty big shift for the band. They became known for epic storytelling ballads that tended to come off a bit pretentious. This album promises to be more straight-forward and accessible. The title of the album itself may be an allusion to The Smiths' The Queen is Dead and their first single is seeing some comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, so a simpler sound seems to be both what they were going for and what they've achieved.
"Down by the Water"
Claire Denamur - Claire Denamur EP
This is a French artist that I absolutely love. Her music is fairly romantic French pop. One of her songs, "In the Mood for L'Amour" was used in a Degree commercial a couple of years back. Unfortunately, this release is just four songs from her self-titled début album, so there's nothing new here. But, the songs are good, so I guess that warrants a re-release.
"Le Prince charmant"
Ducktails - Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics
Most of this guys music is instrumental, though I can't tell yet if it will be the same story with this album. He has an ambient/experimental vibe to him and already is gaining an impressive resume. As a bonus track on this album, he recorded a song with Panda Bear from Animal Collective, which is, of course, how I ended up hearing of this guy.
"Killin' the Vibe" (featuring Panda Bear)
Klaxons - Surfing the Void (Deluxe Edition)
This is not a fully new release. The Klaxons re-released their second album with four additional songs. Deluxe or special editions tend to annoy me, as it often means re-buying the album just to get a few extra songs, so hopefully these are worth it.