Amor De Dias – The House At Sea CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Second album from Alasdair MacLean (Clientele) and Lupe Nunez-Fernandez (Pipas). The fast pace of the sessions resulted in a rawer, more urgent album, recorded on vintage ‘70s valve equipment with a feeling for space and a deliberately limited palette, all the elements of which had to count. The theme of the sea threads its way throughout the record along with a gentle sense of drifting and departure, of being lost, of saudade — a sadness at lost things.
Bleeding Rainbow – Yeah Right CD/LP (Kanine)
Philly’s favorite indie-pop duo, formerly known as Reading Rainbow, is now a full-blown rock quartet. Yeah Right is the follow up to their 2010 breakout Prism Eyes, and it has a much bigger sound directly influenced by the band’s teenage musical taste: Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana and Yo La Tengo (to name a few).
Buke & Gase – General Dome CD/LP (Brassland)
New York skronk pop duet Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez (and their homemade instruments) make up the indefinable band Buke & Gase. Their new album, General Dome, was recorded with the instruments that make up their name: a “buke” (a baritone ukulele) and a “gase” (a guitar-bass hybrid).
Eric Burdon – ‘Til Your River Runs Dry CD/LP (ABKCO)
The lead singer of The Animals returns with his most personal album to date.
Gabriele Coen – Yiddish Melodies In Jazz CD (Tzadik)
Tapping into modern Yiddish swing, Coen’s exciting arrangements and fabulous band has created a true melting pot music, bringing together a variety of jazz styles in this beautiful and lyrical collection.
Cult Of Luna – Vertikal CD (Density/Workhorse)
Sixth studio album from the Swedish powerhouse and first for Density/Workhorse. Vertikal is thematically influenced by the classic film Metropolis: a hypnotic backdrop of machinery and repetition. Vinyl version due February 5.
Brett Dennen – Definitive Collection CD (Dualtone)
Celebrates Dennen’s already impressive body of work and includes the best work from these past releases as well as three tracks never before released on CD.
Destiny’s Child – Love Songs CD (Sony Legacy)
Generally known for their dance floor pop and R&B anthems, Destiny’s Child demonstrate their equally compelling command of contemporary torch songs and ballads throughout Love Songs, which is comprised mainly of romantic gems recorded between 1997 and 200.