All Tiny Creatures - Harbors
They describe themselves as "electroacoustic," can there really be such a thing? Rather or not, it's good stuff. This is a side project of Volcano Choir's Thomas Winchek and features a collaboration with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver!).
Ayọ - Billie Eve
Sure she's a French-born Nigerian/German woman, but she's got good ol' American R&B down pat, as well as adding in her own style perhaps born of all those elements that make up who she is.
"I'm Gonna Dance"
Broken Bells - Meyrin Fields
With both of these guys (Danger Mouse and The Shins' James Mercer) so involved in a myriad of other projects, it was easy to assume that their album, Broken Bells, would be a one-off release. Thankfully, it's not, though this release is just as EP. Looks like there's much more to come from these two.
Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck
This is one of those bands I wish I had gotten into years ago. I only recently discovered them, but already, it's love.
"Damn These Vampires"
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
There's a lot of Indie Pop out there (wow, what an oxymoron) and a lot of it tends to run together. Some, like this band, are better. Reminds me a lot of '80s new wave, but manages to bring a new element into the mix.
"Heart in Your Heartbreak"
Peter Bjorn and John - Gimme Some
They may have reached their pinacle a few years ago with the incrediby catchy "Young Folks," but these guys have put out a lot of good stuff since then. Another (hopefully) great album is here, I'm excited!
Yelle - Safari Disco Club
More French music, though this one sings in French. Yelle does a fine job of bridging the gap between two genres that France has become well-known for; electro and pop (and does it in a way that does not sound like Gaga). The results are great.
"Safari Disco Club"