Monday 6 February 2012

Out This Week - 6th February 2012

Sharon Van Etten - Serpents

Our obligatory trip to Brooklyn today takes us to the third album by folk-rock singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten. 'Tramp' is out this week and was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner in his studio, and the result may appeal to fans of both her previous work and that of The National. You can pick up recent single from the album, 'Serpents', for free below.

Sharon Van Etten's website

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Air - Cosmic Trip

Since their highly acclaimed breakthrough album 'Moon Safari' (way back in 1998), the French duo's output has gained mixed reviews and a similar response from fans. New album 'Le Voyage Dans La Lune' was inspired by the 1902 motion picture of the same name and sees Air heading for space once again. As has become the norm, the quality of the album is mixed, but 'Cosmic Trip' is a definite highlight.

Air's website

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The Mark Lanegan Band - The Gravedigger's Song

Grizzly alt-rock journeyman Mark Lanegan (bands/collaborations include Screaming Trees, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Gutter Twins and Isobel Campbell) releases new album 'Blues Funeral' this week. As usual his whiskey soaked growl and menacing, thundering songs aren't exactly the soundtrack to the ideal beach party, but there's no denying that the guy can knock out a tune. Try 'The Gravedigger's Song' for size.

The Mark Lanegan Band's website

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Friends - Friend Crush

Currently on the receiving end of a fair amount of press hype, Bushwick's Friends are this week giving a full release to this limited 7" first released last year. The timing could be perfect to catapult their alternative electro-pop into the stratosphere, with a mix of catchy melodies, dance floor beats and soul/pop vocals. If they have many more songs of this standard we could be hearing a bit more of them soon.

Free download: Friend Crush

Friends' website

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Team Me - Show Me

Matching them (well, just pipping them to be exact) in the indie/pop crossover stakes are brilliant new Norwegian six-piece Team Me who create joyous pop, a bit like the Arcade Fire if they didn't take everything so damn seriously all the time. 'Show Me' is taken from their debut album 'To The Treetops' and is sublime, cheery indiepop for those who know there's better pop music out there than Radio 1 is letting on. Delightful.

Team Me's website

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