Essential Full-Length Releases
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks - Country Agenda
This seems to be the year that the members of Real Estate all decided to release solo work. Matt Mondanile has long been working solo as Ducktails, but Martin Courtney and Alex Bleeker have solo projects of their own. Bleeker's side project started in 2009 with Mondanile and Courtney, as well as a few other musicians. This is the third album from the folk-focused band.
Watch: "Sealong Hair"
Watch: "The Rest"
Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars
It seems like just a few months ago that Beach House released their last album...oh wait. Not even two months after releasing an incredible fifth album, Depression Cherry, Beach House are already back with the follow-up. Adamantly not a collection of b-sides or a companion to that last record, the album continues their focus on a simpler sound, but with darker results.
Listen: "One Thing"
Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
While there are a lot of artists whose work I love, there are very few both with a substantial body of work and no real missteps. Deerhunter is one of those bands for me. Fading Frontier the seventh album from the band, and they continue their mix of ambient and experimental styles, and their mastery of pop elements. Already, I have been playing this album on repeat.
Watch: "Living My Life"
Other Full-Length Releases
!!! - As If
Watch: "Freedom at ‘15"
Watch: "Bam City"
Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi - Cold Moon
Listen: "The Sun Today"
Listen: "No Thought of Leaving"
Børns - Dopamine
Watch: "Electric Love"
Listen: "The Emotion"
Chris Walla - Tape Loops
Listen: "Kanta’s Theme"
Listen: "I Believe in the Night"
Christine and the Queens - Christine and the Queens
Watch: "Paradis Perdus"
Watch: "Jonathan" (featuring Perfume Genius)
Daniel Martin Moore - Golden Age
Listen: "Golden Age"
Listen: "Our Hearts Will Hover"
The Game - The Documentary 2.5
Listen: "El Chapo" (featuring Skrillex)
Listen: "Gang Bang Anyway" (featuring Jay Rock & ScHoolboy Q)
Here We Go Magic - Be Small
Watch: "Tokyo London U.S. Korea"
Jean-Michel Jarre - Electronic 1: The Time Machine
Watch: "Glory" (featuring M83)
Watch: "If…!" (featuring Little Boots)
Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?
Watch: "Silver Car Crash"
Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School
Listen: "The Glitzy Hive"
Peter Buck - Warzone Earth
Listen: "It Ain’t Killing Me"
Raury - All We Need
Watch: "Friends" (featuring Tom Morello)
Watch: "Devil’s Whisper"
Small Black - Best Blues
Watch: "Boy’s Life"
Watch: "No One Wants It to Happen to You"
Sweet Spirit - Cokomo
Watch: "Baby Doll"
Listen: "Baby When I Close My Eyes"
YACHT - I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler
Watch: "L.A. Plays Itself"
Watch: "I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Annie - Endless Vacation
Listen: "Cara Mia"
Arcade Fire - The Reflektor Tapes
Listen: "Crucified Again"
Courtney Barnett - "Boxing Day Blues Revisited"
Listen: "Boxing Day Blues (Revisited)"
Decorations - Girls EP
Django Django - "Shake & Tremble"
Watch: "Shake and Tremble"
Listen: "Hold the Line"
Gazing with Tranquility: A Tribute to Donovan
Listen: Hamilton Leithauser - "To Susan on the West Coast Waiting"
Listen: Sharon van Etten - "Teen Angel"
Iron & Wine - Archive Series No. 2 7”
Jeezy - Politically Correct EP
Watch: "Change the World"
John Carpenter - Lost Themes Remixed
Listen: "Purgatory" (Prurient Remix)
Listen: "Night" (Zola Jesus & Dean Hurley Remix)
Kill J - "You’re Good but I’m Better"
Listen: "You’re Good but I’m Better"
M83 - Saturdays=Youth Remixes & B-Sides
Olga Bell - Incitation EP
Sam Sparro - Quantum Physical, Vol. 2 EP
Listen: "In Your Heaven"
Listen: "On My Mind"
The Twilight Sad - Òran Mór Session
Watch: "It Never Was the Same"
Watch: "Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave"
White Sea - "Never a Woman"
Listen: "Never a Woman"