Essential Full-Length Releases
Chairlift - Moth
Following the release of a solo album and an EP from frontwoman Caroline Polachek (under the name Ramona Lisa) in 2014, it seemed that this band was in the midst of a break. Turns out, the band was still hard at work, preparing their third album. They continue making their special brand of artsy pop. The album was highly anticipated and received glowing reviews upon its release.
Eleanor Friedberger - New View
Eleanor Friedberger is a member of a band currently on hiatus. She was one-half of The Fiery Furnaces with her brother Matthew, but they went their separate ways in 2011, both embarking on solo careers. New View is her third album, on which she grapples with life as a solo artist and approaching 40.
Watch: "Sweetest Girls"
Watch: "He Didn’t Mention His Mother"
Savages - Adore Life
Savages had a hard act to follow in their 2013 debut, Silence Yourself. In a statement released along with the album's announcement back in October, they seemed to acknowledge some of the inherent difficulty in following up a much celebrated record, stating it was about "recognizing your potential" and "self-doubt and inaction," and so on.
Watch: "The Answer"
Shearwater - Jet Plane and Oxbow
Shearwater is one of those reliably consistent bands with a fairly well-defined sound and lyrical content. That consistency doesn't keep them from trying to expand and improve. On their latest, they've enlisted previous collaborators, tour mates, and film composer Brian Reitzell. The result is an album that still fits within my purview of the band's sound, but manages to add something new into that equation.
Watch: "Quiet Americans"
Listen: "Only Child"
Other Full-Length Releases
Adrian Younge - Something About April II
Listen: "Memories of War" (featuring Laetitia Sadler)
Listen: "Sittin’ By the Radio" (featuring Loren Oden)
The Besnard Lakes - A Coliseum Complex Museum
Watch: "The Plain Moon"
Bonnie “Prince” Billy - Pond Scum
Watch: "When Thy Song Flows Through Me"
Listen: "Rich Wife Full of Happiness"
Charlie Hilton - Palana
Listen: "100 Million" (featuring Mac DeMarco)
Listen: "Funny Anyway"
The I Don’t Cares - Wild Stab
Listen: "Born for Me"
Listen: "King of America"
Jesu & Sun Kil Moon - Jesu/Sun Kil Moon
Listen: "America’s Most Wanted Mark Kozelek & John Dillinger"
Sam Means - 10 Songs
Watch: "We’re Alone"
Tindersticks - The Waiting Room
Watch: "Were We Once Lovers?"
Watch: "Hey Lucinda"
Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger
Listen: "Leopard Priestess"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
METZ - "Eraser"/"Pure Auto"
Listen: "Pure Auto"
SAD13 & Lizzo - "Basement Queens"
Listen: "Basement Queens"
Sonic Youth - Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star Reissue
Listen: "Winner’s Blues"
Listen: "Bull in the Heather"
Sonic Youth - NYC Ghosts and Flowers Reissue
Listen: "Free City Rhymes"
Listen: "Renegade Princess"