Bat for Lashes - The Haunted Man
This third album from Natasha Khan was inspired, partially, by Khan learning more about her Pakistani heritage and family. Whatever her inspiration, Khan has always made great music and I expect no different here. I am wondering, though, if her family heritage involved a lot of dancing. Both videos released in support of the album have featured her getting her groove on.
Watch: "All Your Gold"
Paul Banks - Banks
This is the second full-length album from Interpol's front man, though the first under his own name. His first full-length, as well as an EP released earlier this year, were released under the name Julian Plenti, which he seems to have retired. It's been more than two years since the last album Interpol, but Banks seems intent on making sure fans aren't left hanging!
Listen: "The Base"
of Montreal - Daughters of Cloud
This is not an album of newly-written and -recorded songs (of Montreal released one of those earlier this year), but a compilation of b-sides and rarities from the band. The album comprises both unreleased recordings as well as songs that originally appeared on now-out-of-print releases.
Watch: "Sails, Hermaphroditic"
Sinkane - Mars
Ahmad Gallab is a multi-instrumentalist who has played with the band just above, as well as Yeasayer and Caribou (whose leader released an album himself just last week). While he's broken away from these well-respected bands, he's had a pretty stand out year himself. His singles have been garnering decent praise all year, he signed to James Murphy's DFA Records and has been getting great positive reviews so far for this album.
Listen: "Jeeper Creeper"
Titus Andronicus - Local Business
We have suffered many years with "punk" acts whose only sing about teenage "angst." Titus Andronicus seem to be in a wave of bands bringing meaning back to punk music. Their second album, The Monitor, was heavily inspired by the American Civil War. While I'm not sure if this release has one specific inspiration, the style seems to be no less epic and gloomy than their last.
Listen: "Still Life with Hot Deuce on Silver Platter"