Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

by mattdentler
November 23, 2009 4:15 AM
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1. Cold Cave, Love Comes Close
(Dark but delicious synth-pop, as if The National added more skip to its step.)

2. Memory Tapes, Seek Magic
(Philadelphia soundscaper Dayve Hawk has followed up his stellar Memory Cassette EPs with this album of submerged melodies and overcast dance music.)

3. tUnE yArDs, BiRd BrAiNs
(Holy wow. This is a unique musical project from Merrill Garbus, who has taken household items to create one of the best albums in recent months. Folk-song/worldbeat structures are redesigned and inverted for a lush but organic, sound experience. You have to hear it. These songs sound like they're from another country, another planet, and you can't deny their greatness.)

4. Kings of Convenience, Declaration of Dependence
(This coffeehouse-pop Norwegian duo has taken its sweet time to offer up a new album. Ever since, they've settled on side projects and even helped to launch Feist onto the world. But they're back, and they haven't lost their touch for a "Simon & Garfunkel in Scandinavia" sweetness.)

5. A Place to Bury Strangers, Exploding Head
(A sophomore album from one of New York's biggest buzz/fuzz bands, with feedback-drenched guitars and shoegazed harmonies. This band's inspirations are obvious, but still deliver product that is inspiring.)

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