This was another slow week (for me, at least), but still another great couple of releases!
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
It took me a pretty good while to get into Bon Iver. I saw him (real name: Justin Vernon) at Pitchfork three years ago and cut out early to watch something else. I struggled through the first few listens of the debut, For Emma, Forever Ago. Once it clicked for me, however, I got really into it. I've been streaming the new album off New York Times almost every day over the past week, it is truly an incredible release. It feels brighter than the last release, but maintains that low-key, almost ethereal quality that has defined his music.
YACHT - Shangri-La
Listening to the album streaming on NPR, the vocals remind me of Debbie Harry. I feel as though this band is a bit of a modern, electronic version of Blondie, at least at certain times. Electropop that avoids being more annoying than catchy is a difficult task, and YACHT rises to the challenge perfectly.
"Dystopia (The Earth is on Fire)"
Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread
Roxy Music - Manchester Manifesto
Weird Al Yankovic - Alpocalypse