Amadou & Mariam - Folila
This is the seventh album for this blind duo from Mali who've been performing together since the 1970s. With African-style music seeing periodic resurgences in popular music, it's great to hear music that's straight from that region, rather than just inspired by it.
Bear in Heaven - I Love You, It's Cool
In preparation for the release of their third album, this experimental band did what many other bands do, they streamed it online. The only difference was that they streamed it continuously over the month preceding the release slowed down 4,000 times...pure drone. No worries, they normal-streamed it on NPR, as well!
"Reflection of You"
Black Mountain - Year Zero OST
Year Zero, the movie, is an apocalyptic surf video released last year, sounds pretty awesome. It makes perfect sense that a Canadian psychedelic would produce the soundtrack for the film. The album mostly consists of existing songs from the band, although it does also include five new recordings.
First Serve - First Serve
There's not a lot of hip hop that I like, but De La Soul is definitely among the short list of hip hop artists that I will listen to. This album is a side project from a couple of the members. Even without the full group, the music is better than much of the hip hop that's already out there.
"Pushin' Aside, Pushin' Along"
Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
Of the members of Deerhunter, it's usually front man Bradford Cox, who performs solo as Atlas Sound, who gets the majority of the attention. Lockett Pundt, Lotus Plaza, hasn't been content to stay in the shadows, though. His second solo album doesn't see him straying far from the sound of his band or bandmate, showing that he may be just a strong a force in Deerhunter as Bradford.
No Age - Collage Culture
This is an unexpectantly experimental move for this punk duo. This single mixes instrumental from one channel with essay excerpts being read in the other.
No music for this one, sorry!