Essential Full-Length Releases
Emma Gatrill - Cocoon
Gatrill is a multi-instrumentalist from Brighton, UK who spent the early years of her career demonstrating her skills backing other bands. She's played clarinet for Laura Marling and been a member of Broken Social Scene's horn section. She released her debut album, Chapter I, in 2012. Her focus on harp may draw her to easy comparisons to Joanna Newsom, but she boasts a wide array of influences, ranging from experimental musicians to modern composers.
Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales - Room 29
This collaboration between Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and pianist Chilly Gonzales is a concept album about Hollywood's Château Marmont Hotel. Each song explores the experiences of the hotel's famous occupants. The composition is simple, mostly featuring Gonzales' delicate piano playing. The Kaiser Quartett, flautists, horn players, and the Macedonian symphony contribute to a few tracks, as well.
Watch: "Room 29"
Real Estate - In Mind
In Mind is Real Estate's fourth album and, sadly, their first without founding guitarist Matthew Mondanile. He left the group last year to focus on Ducktails (his other band, not the cartoon). He is replaced on this record by Julian Lynch. Lynch is no stranger to the band, he's worked with them before and has also been involved with their side projects, including the aforementioned Ducktails. So, not much changes with their sound due to the shift; the guitars are still jangly and the overall style sunny.
Watch: "Stained Glass"
Spoon - Hot Thoughts
Spoon may be the most consistent band in indie rock, but also one that never manages to repeat themselves. They make subtle shifts with each record, but maintain some consistent elements in their sound. Their ninth album is their second outing with producer David Fridmann, following 2014's They Want My Soul. Always controlled and precise in their music, this album introduces a little bit of funk to the mix.
Watch: "Can I Sit Next to You"
Listen: "Hot Thoughts"
Other Full-Length Releases
Conor Oberst - Salutations
Watch: "Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out"
Watch: "A Little Uncanny"
Depeche Mode - Spirit
Watch: "Where’s the Revolution"
Paul Shaffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band - Paul Shaffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band
Watch: "Happy Street" (featuring Bill Murray)
Listen: "Sorrow" (featuring Jenny Lewis)
Rick Ross - Rather You Than Me
Watch: "I Think She Like Me" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign)
Listen: "Trap Trap Trap" (featuring Young Thug & Wale)
Sorority Noise - You're Not As ___________ As You Think
Watch: "A Better Sun"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
ANOHNI - Paradise EP
Julien Baker - "Funeral Pyre"
Listen: "Funeral Pyre"
Listen: "Distant Solar Systems"
Miami Horror - The Shapes
Scarlet Pleasure - "Deja-Vu"
Tinashe - "Flame"
Ty Segall - Sentimental Goblin EP
Listen: "Black Magick"