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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 13th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

Twin Peaks – Down in Heaven (Grand Jury)


Twin Peaks’ new album Down in Heaven is the type of album that is steeped in various influences, yet wholly original. The overall sound is classic rock mixed with elements of jangly country all with the DIY spirit Twin Peaks has had since their inception. There are ballads, straight up rockers and various other turns over the course of the 12 tracks, resulting in an endlessly entertaining and unique album.  There are shades of The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and T. Rex throughout. Twin Peaks member Caiden James describes the direction for the new album in the following way: “We wanted to make a record that employed the restraints of our favorite artists from yesteryear. It was about trying to simplify and hone in on the things that are important to our music and ethos.” This direction and the resulting album are extremely successful and definitely worth listening to.


Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost (Run for Cover Records)


Modern Baseball’s Holy Ghost is an incredibly solid pop-punk/emo album with a ton of heart. Jacob Ewald and Brendan Lukens share songwriting duties, with the first six songs being written by Ewald and the last five by Lukens. These songs cover a wide emotional range, from the highs and lows of touring life to heartbreak and personal struggle. Holy Ghost is a thematically heavy and mature album, but it is also a lot of fun to listen to, filled with catchy and hard rocking songs and clocking in under 30 minutes. Holy Ghost culminates in “Just Another Face,” which is a truly emotional song about struggling with depression and how some supportive words can be lifesaving. On the chorus Lukens channels one of these supportive voices singing “I’m not just another face, I’m not just another name, even if you can’t see it now,” which illustrates just how much the band has matured over the past two years.  This is the type of album from a young band that shows growth but also points to what exciting things could come next from them.


 

Eagulls – Ullages (Partisan Records)


Ullages, the sophomore album from Eagulls, feels like a lost gem from the 1980s that has just recently been uncovered. Sonically it is right in line with The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen, without ever feeling like copycat music. On their first album Eagulls were catchier and even had some danceable elements. Ullages, on the other hand, is more of a slow burn of an album, content with plodding along at its own pace and revealing itself over time. It is a bit of a dour and tough listen, but there’s something to be said about Eagulls commitment to making an incredibly cohesive and unified album. Listeners who are able to embrace the gloom of Ullages will find themselves rewarded with a truly remarkable album.


 

Oscar – Cut and Paste (Wichita Recordings)


The true gift of Oscar’s music is found simply in his voice. He sings in a beautiful baritone with interesting melodies bringing to mind Stephen Merritt of The Magnetic Fields and occasionally Morrisey.  Oscar also produced all of the songs on Cut and Paste himself mainly in his own home, drawing on musical influences from all over the map, yet still within the pop-song framework.  The perfect example of what makes Oscar so special can be found in the very poppy, guitar heavy song “Sometimes,” which features an explosively catchy chorus and super fun music video as well. Cut and Paste is a wonderful spring-time album that will put a smile on your face and keep your head bobbing.

 

 

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

Eagulls’ debut full-length is currently streaming via PITCHFORKIt hits the streets before they hit the streets in support of it.  Get it on March 4 and then see them live here:

3/12 – SPIN/House of Vans – Mohawk

3/13 – Pitchfork – French Legation Museum

3/13 – Paradigm Agency – Buffalo Billiards

3/14 – AV Club – Blackheart

3/14 – FILTER/Dr Martens – Bar 96

Eagulls have released their cover of “Where Were You?” by The Mekons.  Check it out HERE.

Eagulls have just returned home to their retail and pub jobs in Leeds, following their first-ever trip to New York City.  The five-piece had a massive week at CMJ, winning new fans for their sneering, urgent live shows.  With their debut album slated for a 2014 release on Partisan Records, they have finessed the incensed spirit of their early tracks and gigs — a heavier, darker and more exhilarating step on from what’s come before. Though they admit to there being “lighter moments” on the record, on the whole it’s a gloomy, overcast affair. Influenced by post-punk and shoegaze (primarily the sonic assaults of My Bloody Valentine) combined with their own background in hardcore bands.

After slowly but surely building up a cult of ardent admirers via raucous shows and sold out EP releases overseas and at SXSW ’13, Eagulls have now signed to Partisan Records and are finally getting ready to release their debut album in 2014.  The concise, concentrated blast of “Nerve Endings” is the opening salvo in the next exciting chapter of their career, as much a ringing, urgent pop song with jagged hooks and serrated vocals as it is a cavernous, roaring statement of intent.

“Nerve Endings” will be released as a UK-only 7-inch.  The vinyl features handwritten artwork and a cover of Killing Joke’s “Requiem.”