Uncluded - "Hokey Fright"
As soon as something is described to me as "quirky" I'm out...I can't hang. I immediately picture the most ironic of hipsters praising their latest bootleg of Tuvan throat singing while wearing some obnoxious pastel t-shirt announcing to the world that they "run on puppy power...quirky indeed
This record will probably be described as quirky by the blogosphere but please friends, do NOT let that turn you off.
This is probably the most lyrically well-crafted album to grace my ears so far this year. Kimya Dawson's gentle, quasi-innocent words dance around the gruff verbal maypole that Aesop Rock has firmly planted into a musical landscape that could easily be straight from the pages of the brothers Grimm.
Humor twirls with sadness, introspection bows to sharp observation, minutea has meaning...this record is deeper than it appears yet it can easily be put on as background music to make heads bob.
TLDR? - Magic words from Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock.
Just looking ahead a bit and getting pumped for the new music train to leave the station after the dormancy of the holiday season.
Here's what I'm looking forward to:
A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP - 1/11 - I've already ordered this from Amazon and have eaten up every mixtape that A$AP Mob has put out over the last 12 months. I dig this kid's bravado and the beats are great. Cold production, hot rhymes.
Major Lazer - Free The Universe - 2/19 - I still pound the hell out of the ML debut album over three years after it's original release. Even though it's headed up by Diplo (no switch) all the leaks and teases promise a dancehall tour de force with more dub this time around.
Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse - 2/5 - I LOVE me some dreary Eurosobbing (Trash Can Sinatras, I'm looking at you) and these guys foot the bill. Too somber and not sober at 1am and need a soundtrack? Grab this record when it hits in Feb.
The Knife - Shaking the Habitual - April - Most electropop sounds like aural cotton candy and while that be great for chicks, I prefer something a little more moody and dark from the genre and that is where this brother/sister duo comes into play.
Some more records I'm curious/excited about:
Tomahawk (Mike Patton) - Oddfellows - 1/29
Atoms for Peace - Amok - 2/26
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away - 2/19
The Joy Formidible - Wolf's Law - 1/22
Camper Van Beethoven - La Costa Perdida - 1/22
Other artists rumored to be releasing albums I will buy day one: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Daft Punk, Kanye West, and Arcade Fire.
Here's to a whole slew of great new music in 2013!
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