New tunes this week here on Timely Tunes include the latest by Grizzly Bear, Kotomi, Brand New and Julien Baker. Plus, a brand new playlist for your listening enjoyment!
Grizzly Bear “Losing All Sense” (From “Painted Ruins”)
Grizzly Bear remain reliable to such a degree that I kind of take them for granted. They create immaculately-produced, subtly expansive indie rock that feels almost anachronistic in the pop and rock landscape of 2017. “Losing All Sense” is psychedelia-adjacent in its beguiling labyrinth of melodic pleasure zones.
Kotomi “Ooh La La”
A balmy, understated electro-pop end-of-summer jam from Lauren Hillman, an LA-based singer and producer. If you, like me, mourned the retirement of the excellent and similarly-inclined Chairlift, this track could help to fill that void. “Ooh La La” captures the cohabiting feelings of ebullience and melancholy that accompanies the realization the pools will soon be closing and covered with falling leaves.
Brand New “Can’t Get It Out” (From “Science Fiction”)
The anticipation built up in the eight years between Brand New’s previous album to this one, which the band has pretty openly projected to be their last, created a level of pressure that seemed impossible to live up to. Last week, without warning, they finally brought “Science Fiction” into the world, and I’m happy to report that it’s one of the most complex, restrained, and rewarding rock albums of the year. The evolution of this band from a pretty good emo/melodic hardcore band into a truly GREAT, boundary-pushing rock band over the course of five albums culminates in what might be their best work yet. Of all the tracks on the album, “Can’t Get It Out” is the one that most is the closest kin to past work, an emotionally riveting anthem that keeps revealing new tricks the longer the wick burns, but this is an album that is best experienced in full.
Julien Baker “Appointments” (From “Turn Out the Lights”)
Julien Baker’s debut album “Sprained Ankle” was a sadly beautiful revelation of youthful fears and cautious hope. “Appointments”, the first single from its follow-up, is a continuation of that story. Over the barest of accompaniment, her aching voice rises from quiet trepidation to a forceful longing; an instrument straining to be heard in the night.
TIMELY TUNES, VOL. 57
1. The Beach Boys “Surf’s Up”
2. Grizzly Bear “Losing All Sense”
3. Gal Costa “Nao Identificado”
4. Saint Etienne “The Process”
5. Electronic “Second Nature”
6. Kotomi “Ooh La La”
7. The Radio Dept. “Teach Me To Forget – 12” Version”
8. American Football “Never Meant”
9. Brand New “Can’t Get It Out”
10. Radiohead “Let Down”
11. Julien Baker “Appointments”
12. Beach House “Sparks”
13. Roy Orbison “Summer Song”
14. Charles Mingus “Mood Indigo”
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