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Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week.  Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday May 20th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial (Matador)


Last year found Car Seat Headrest releasing an album comprised of reworked songs that singer/songwriter Will Toledo had written years ago, functioning as a sort of retrospective collection of older material.  Teens of Denial, Car Seat Headrest’s newest album, functions as Will Toledo’s first real studio album with a full band and the resulting product is a starkly noticeable improvement upon anything Toledo had released before.  The album brings a classic indie rock sound with hints of Pavement and Wire and has some really great rock out moments that will have you turning up the volume.  Overall, Teens of Denial is infused with a joyous sound; however, when digging deeper into the meanings of the songs this is definitely an angry album, which makes for a nice dichotomy as a whole.  Teens of Denial has been hyped for a long time by Stereogum, NPR and various other music outlets, and after listening you’ll understand why.  This is a very special and straightforward indie-rock album, which seem to be in short supply these days, and if you’re a fan of the genre then consider this a must listen.


Andy Shauf – The Party (Anti-)


Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Andy Shauf takes the promise of his fantastic previous album, The Bearer of Bad News, and delivers an even better album in The Party.  Shauf perfectly combines fuzzed-out guitar, clarinet, piano, strings, acoustic guitar and subtle drumming into beautiful arrangements with fascinating character study type lyrics over the course of these 10 songs.  The Party is a beautiful album full of intricate musical passages and memorable stories and really finds Shauf at his best.  He plays all of the instruments on the album, except for the string arrangements, and what results is the singular vision of an expert songwriter.  The Bearer of Bad News had a more intimate and less complex sound than The Party and the change in complexity is a welcomed one.  The songs are reminiscent of the work Aimee Mann and Jon Brion created together over the years and are utterly compelling.


 

Mutual Benefit – Skip a Sinking Stone (Mom + Pop)


Skip a Sinking Stone is a flat out beautiful meditation of an album perfect for those moments where one feels like relaxing and basking in the beauty around them.  Mutual Benefit is singer-songwriter Jordan Lee and Skip a Sinking Stone acts as a document of the time between his debut album and the present.  The first half of Skip a Sinking Stone is hopeful and beautiful, with lovely string arrangements and positive songs about being in love and visiting different places while on tour.  The second half of the album finds Lee home from touring, living in New York and dealing with the loss of that love and growing depression.  It’s an incredibly personal, well-made and beautiful album for fans of low key folk music.

Welcome to Future Sounds vol. 3

Every other week, Ghettoblaster brings you a playlist of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears.  Below you’ll find the entire playlist via Spotify as well as Playlist Highlights, which are songs that really stand out as essential listening.  So please sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.

Playlist Highlights

 

Mr. Lif – World Reknown (feat. Del the Funky Homosapien)
Two early-2000’s underground hip-hop kings unite for an utterly old school, fantastically fresh and just plain awesome track.  Neither Lif nor Del have missed a beat over the years and, in fact, sound rejuvenated as they trade lines back and forth at a frenetic pace like so few hip-hop artists do these days.  The production, with its futuristic swirling keyboard, sounds like The Roots circa Things Fall Apart and is the perfect complement for these two.  Mr. Lif’s new album, Don’t Look Down, is out from Mello Music Group on  4/15/16.

The Gotobeds – Real Maths/Too Much
In 2014 The Gotobeds released a phenomenal and criminally overlooked punk rock album titled Poor People are Revolting.  They are back this year after being picked up by Sub Pop and are readying their next release Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic, out on 6/10/16.  The Gotobeds have a sort of hybrid-punk sound, bringing to mind bands like Wire, The Fall and even Devo.  The first taste of the new album they’ve provided is a schizophrenic punk song, going all over the place in a short amount of time and leaving you wanting more.

Eagulls – Skipping
Every single released thus far (see also: “My Life in Rewind” and “Lemontree”) from Eagulls upcoming sophomore release Ullages would sound right at home on a mix next to Echo and the Bunnymen, The Cure and Cocteau Twins, and, “Skipping” is no different.  Right away they draw you in with the chugging bass line and never let up throughout the rest of the track.  Based on the immense strength of the three singles released so far, make sure to circle 5/13/16 on the calendar and pick up Ullages from Partisan Records.

Andy Shauf – The Magician
Last year, Andy Shauf released The Bearer of Bad News, which he recorded in his basement in Regina, Canada with a new found love for the clarinet and an acoustic guitar his grandfather left for him.  Shauf played every instrument on the album and put out one of the most interesting and heartbreaking singer-songwriter albums of the year.  He’s back again this year after being picked up by Anti- Records and will release Party on 5/20/16.  Anti- describes the upcoming album as a “tightly narrated thirty-eight minutes, all set to ornate arrangements of fuzzed-out guitars, string sections, clarinets and dreamy synths, all draped over delicate piano, acoustic guitars and rainy-day drums.”  Immediately upon listening to “The Magician” the benefits of a larger label and most likely better recording equipment, are incredibly evident.  The intricate instrumentation is all crystal clear and perfectly balanced, making for a really beautiful, yet strange song.

Yeasayer – Gerson’s Whistle
“Gerson’s Whistle” from Yeasayer’s upcoming album, Amen & Goodbye, is a hypnotic, meandering and wonderfully catchy song.  It slowly brings you in with lovely harmonies, strange synths and driving percussion, before taking off in several different directions.  This is an endlessly enjoyable, creative and just plain interesting song to listen to.  It’s also pretty weird!  Amen & Goodbye is out 4/1/16 on Mute.

Full Playlist

ANTI- announced the signing of a talented young singer-songwriter named Andy Shauf. A self-produced multi-instrumentalist, Shauf captivated listeners and press with the affecting songs from his album The Bearer of Bad News, recorded in the basement of a home in Regina in the vast Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

Exclaim writes, “Shauf is a more mature songwriter than his age suggests, effortlessly creating an atmosphere of pensive gloom that somehow also beautifully delicate and spacious,”while Big Takeover offers, “I actually find the way Shauf creates characters and environments to be a lot similar to someone like Bob Dylan.”

Shauf’s songs possess a sound that is both familiar – many reviews reference Elliott Smith – and yet there is also something new there, in the words and the unique instrumentation.  While there are guitars, bass and drums, there is also a clarinet utilized in a way you have doubtfully heard before.

“It just has a unique tone or voice to it that nothing else really has,” Shauf says of the instrument. Fans of Shauf will hear a noticeable shift in sound on new single “Jenny Come Home,”a jangly, upbeat track unlike anything he’s delivered to date. Shauf delivers a narrative from the perspective of a man who is cheating on his partner and gets caught, masked in luscious production and clarinets recorded by Shauf in Regina’s Studio One and mixed by Rob Schnapf (Kurt Vile, Beck, The Vines). The sound is a lilting and entirely captivating pop that manages to simultaneously convey a yearning and unfolding heartache. Listen to “Jenny Come Home

When asked about signing to ANTI-, Shauf states:.“It’s great to be in the company of artists that I really respect. It seems like a label that allows its artists the freedom to do what they want, and accepts people who are doing interesting things…I’m excited!”

Shauf plays Iceland Airwaves next month, and continues his support run in the U.S. with Low:

October 23 ­ Halifax, NS ­ Halifax Pop Explosion

October 27 ­ Montreal, QC ­ Bar Le Ritz

October 28 ­ Toronto, ON ­ Adelaide Hall

October 29 ­ St. Catharines, ON ­ Detour Music Hall

November 7 ­ Reykjavik, IS ­ Iceland Airwaves Festival

November 11 ­ Minneapolis, MN ­ First Ave *

November 12 ­ Omaha, NE ­ Reverb Lounge *

November 13 ­ Denver, CO ­ Larimer Lounge *

November 14 ­ Salt Lake City, UT ­ The Complex *

November 16 ­ Los Angeles, CA ­ Troubadour *

November 18 ­ San Francisco, CA ­ Great American Music Hall *

November 20 ­ Portland, OR ­ Doug Fir *

November 21 ­ Seattle, WA ­ Crocodile *

* with Low