New Music Tuesday: 1-24-2012


Welcome back to another Tuesday of new music y’all. On top of what
seems to be a very busy week for great female-fronted releases, I’ve
got a special treat for you in the form of a short video of me as a very gay six-year-old. I went through a big
suspenders phase for a few years.

Time for some music!

First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar

The top spot this week goes to these Swedish sisters who stole many
American hearts a few years ago after a video of them covering Fleet FoxesTiger
Mountain Peasant Song
” appeared on YouTube. In a weird way, I would almost classify their music as
folk-pop Americana, even though they are Swedish. While I wouldn’t classify their music as being
particularly happy, their harmonies are very much like comfort food to
the soul. Bring this album with you on a long road trip and while
you’re at it, pick up their earlier releases. Stream the album in its
entirety over at NPR.

Laura Gibson
La Grande (Barsuk Records)

In the past few months there have been a
few albums released whose vocal quality I can only describe as
beautifully distant. I’m not sure if this is a production effect or
if this is actually my ears trying to get used to less-processed vocals, but I love it. Laura’s music reminds me very much of Radiation City, whose debut album
was, for me, love at first listen.

Beatrix Runs (Universal Republic)

Elizaveta wrote her first song at the
age of six and hasn’t stopped since. The debut album from this
beautiful, classically trained opera singer and pianist is really quite
remarkable.  Some songs combine richly textured
orchestral movements with dramatic vocals reminiscent of Florence Welch or Patrick Wolf. On others, such as
“Snow in Venice” below, she employs a more minimalist approach similar
to Regina Spektor. Watching
live footage of her
clearly shows that this is exactly what she was meant
to do. It also makes very exciting to think about the future ahead for
such an incredible young artist.

ChairliftSomething (Columbia

Truth be told, my relationship with this
band started off on the wrong foot. It wasn’t them, it was me and my
inability to get past their song “Evident Utensil.” Listening to Something has me singing a new
tune. This album is just so easy to listen to and enjoy. Singer Caroline
‘s voice soothes even as the electronic pulse beneath
her words builds up to a more frantic pace. The slower jams, like “Take
It Out on Me,” is where the group really shines. Stream the album over
at Spinner.

Grace WoodroofeAlways Want
(Modular Fontana)

One of the first things that jumped out
at me when stumbling upon Aussie singer, Grace Woodroofe, was how much she
looks like Effie (Kaya Scodelario) from Skins. More interesting is thinking about how well Woodroofe’s album might play in the
overwhelming darkness in Effie’s mind. This, unlike the album above, is
not an easy record. There is nothing carefree about it and her songs
will break your heart faster than you can say the full title of Fiona Apple‘s When the Pawn…. This is a perfect
example of how beautiful sadness can sometimes be once you finally let
it out.

Honorable mentions: Graffiti6,
Gotye, Foxy Shazam, White Denim, Wiley, Nada Surf, Lamb of God, Rodrigo
y Gabriela
, Seal, Torgny, Stephie Coplan & the Pedestrians, Justice, Zomes, moe., Lazerbreak and Kelli Pickler.

That’s it for this week, but remember to come back here tomorrow for
your Weekly Women to Listen to suggestions. You can
also follow me on Twitter,
friend me on Facebook and drop me a note to suggest an
artist you want me to check out. Stay awesome.

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