2010 is off to a good start in terms of new music for me. Actually some of the albums I’ve been listening to were released last year but, for whatever reason, I’m getting into them now. Below are the records I’ve been listening to most of late. You can listen to a mix I created on 8tracks of some of the tracks by clicking the play button at the bottom of this post:
Reservoir (Fanfarlo): I saw Fanfarlo play University of London a few weeks ago (hat tip to gig mate Anjali). I bought the album the next day and it’s been on heavy rotation since. The singer’s voice reminds me of Zach from Beirut while the instrumentation and arrangements evoke Arcade Fire. My fave at the moment.
Contra (Vampire Weekend): No sophomore jinx for these guys. Contra is a strong second effort and, possibly, better than the first. They’ve retained the VW sound but are experimenting as well. I dug their use of Auto Tune on a couple tracks. Who says it’s only for T Pain!
And The Elephant Is Dancing (Goldspot): I discovered Goldspot a few years ago on KCRW’s morning show. Their album, Tally of the Yes Men was getting a lot of attention although it never quite took off. This is also their second effort and I’m digging it. More stylized than the first – evocative of 60s psychedelic rock at times – but I like the arrangements and the voice. I’ve been playing their first album a lot too and it stands up to the test of time. Get them both.
The First Days of Spring (Noah & The Whale): I’d heard of these guys – they’re from Twickenham, which isn’t far from where I live – and finally picked up this, their latest record, and their last one, Peaceful The World Lays Me Down. Different sounds with the new one being a bit darker than the first. I think I prefer the first one but the new one is growing on me. Regardless, count me as a Noah & The Whale fan.
3 Rounds and a Sound (Blind Pilot): I heard them on WXPN’s show and liked their alt-folk kind of sound and harmonies. Another keeper.