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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. The Free Design, The Now Sound Redesigned
(A really pleasant surprise. Here’s a seamless compilation of remixes and reimaginings of songs by the 1960s soft/jazz outfit The Free Design. Artists including Madlib, Stereolab, Danger Mouse, Super Furry Animals, and more develop spellbinding beats and blips for an old-school hip-hop meets A.M. radio vibe. At moments, simultaneously shiney and gloomy.)

2. Stars of Track and Field, You Came Here For Sunset Last Year
(This Pacific Northwestern collective makes indie-pop beauty on this five-song EP. A blend of shoegazer rituals and a melodic push give life to what will surely be a promising career.)

3. Bob Mould, Body of Song
(The former Husker Du and Sugar frontman continues a solid solo streak with this breath of fresh power-pop air. Sometimes listening to the man who helped create “alternative rock” can show you how it should be done.)

4. World Leader Pretend, Punches
(Crisp piano-rock that sounds like an American version of Keane, without the instant pop cred. Nevertheless, these New Orleans boys could find themselves settling inside your head.)

5. Dungen, Ta Det Lugnt
(What is it with Sweden and pyschedelic folk-rock these days? The latest act of the scene to emerge over here is this quartet – pronounced “Dune-yen” – and what separates them is language. No English, but all jazz-infused jams and throwback melodies. A lack of the native tongue won’t matter after a few, hypnotically infectious minutes.)

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