Essential Full-Length Releases
Alexandra Savior - Belladonna of Sadness
Alexandra Savior is a young singer from Portland who's become a bit of a protegé of The Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner. She co-wrote a track on The Last Shadow Puppets album last year and Turner, in turn (heh), contributed writing to this debut from Savior. She draws inspiration from a variety of sources, ranging from Otis Redding to Adele, and has even found inspiration in Terry Gilliam's films.
Watch: "Mystery Girl"
Arca - Arca
This self-titled album is the third album overall for this Venezuelan artist. His first two albums focused on his production, this record is the first to feature his vocals, presented entirely in his native language and entirely improvised. He had not initially intended to sing on the record, the suggestion came from Björk (a friend and collaborator of Arca's). The shift has paid off for the artist, earning an already-praised musician some of the best reviews of his career.
Future Islands - The Far Field
Thanks in no small part to frontman's Samuel Herring's unique dance moves, Future Islands had a big 2014 with their fourth album, Singles. Despite following up that album, aspects of this release are more closely tied to their third album, In Evening Air. Both albums share a cover artist (Kymia Nawabi) and source of inspiration for the title (the poems of Theodore Roethke). Still, the album sees the band reaching for ever greater heights.
Karen Elson - Double Roses
It's been a little while since we've last heard from Elson, at least on the music front. The model and musician released her first album, The Ghost Who Walks, in 2010, but has been more active in the fashion world since. She has released one-off singles, often for the Record Store Days, and done some touring. She started working on her second album in 2015. The album features an impressive set of guests, including fellow Brit Laura Marling, Father John Misty, and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys.
Watch: "Call Your Name"
Listen: "Distant Shore"
The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions
I don't think I will ever stop loving The New Pornographers. The indie supergroup has released seven albums, each as amazing as the last. I was a little worried about this album before it was released. The band announced that member Dan Bejar (who is also a member of Destroyer and Swan Lake) would not be appearing on the record. His voice is one of my favorites of the group, but the group doesn't suffer in his absence; of course, Neko Case cures all ills. This is another great album from the band!
Watch: "High Ticket Attractions"
Listen: "This Is the World of the Theatre"
Other Full-Length Releases
Cold War Kids - L.A. Divine
Watch: "Love Is Mystical"
Watch: "Can We Hang On?"
Diet Cig - Swear I’m Good at This
Watch: "Tummy Ache"
Listen: "Barf Day"
Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
Watch: "Ballad of the Dying Man"
Watch: "Two Wildly Different Perspectives"
Guided By Voices - August By Cake
Watch: "5° Degrees on the Inside"
Listen: "Dr. Feelgood Falls off the Ocean"
Joey Bada$$ - ALL-AMERIKKAN BADA$$
Watch: "Land of the Free"
Listen: "Rockabye Baby" (featuring ScHoolboy Q)
San Fermin - Belong
Watch: "No Promises"
Those Lavender Whales - My Bones Are Singing
Listen: "Lose My Mind"
Timber Timbre - Sincerely, Future Pollution
Watch: "Sewer Blues"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Listen: Damaged Bug - "Rubber Lips"
Listen: Black Pus - "High Tide"
Njomza - sad for you
Listen: "Hear Me"
Resistance Radio: The Man in the High Castle
Listen: Angel Olsen - "Who’s Sorry Now"
Listen: Sharon Van Etten - "The End of the World"
Yumi Zouma - (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
Listen: "Champagne Supernova"