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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Panda Bear, Person Pitch
(Noah Lennox from Animal Collective has given us one of most achingly beautiful pop records of the year. You’ll either love it or hate it, but with a little patience, you’ll likely see the Brian Wilson harmonies and bombastic collision of sounds that make this an epic and memorable experiment in rock music. Imagine a world where Lee “Scratch” Perry and Phil Spector make an album together… and that’s the tip of this iceberg.)

2. Anthony Hamilton, Southern Comfort
(An unofficial and indie release of outtakes and rarities from the Southern nu-soul mastermind. It’s arguably just as good as his solid studio releases, full of Bill Withers-arrangements and heartbreaking vocals.)

3. Klaxons, Myths of the Near Future
(One-part dance, one-part Brit rock, this new release is leagues better than stuff by the likes of Kasabian. More in tune with the Chemical Brothers or disco Primal Scream and even a little Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Klaxons are never afraid to write a hook, and even less afraid to make it bounce.)

4. The Bird & The Bee, The Bird & The Bee
(When this album hit in late January, I wrote it off as “all hype, no hip.” Boy, was I wrong. This dynamic L.A. duo serve up loungey/punky/poppy tunes that remind you of Luscious Jackson, Stereolab, or Tegan & Sara. Totally worth the hype.)

5. Richard Swift, Dressed Up For the Letdown
(This new release from the indie folkie is more cohesive and full than his last collection of fractured fairy tales. He’s become a more mature and straightforward songwriter, with pissed-off anthems that owe a lot to Tin Pan Alley.)

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