There are tons of new albums and tracks floating around so far in 2012, so never fear. Do you trust me? If so, let’s check it out.
Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Award: The Song Getting Played On Every Radio Station (And That Came Out of Nowhere)
So Gotye is a Belgian dude who lives in Australia, made an album that got huge Down Under last year, and finally took over the states this year. It’s great stuff–the xylophone opening, the flutes during the girl’s verse, and the passionate lead vocals and harmonies. Also, I swear he sounds like Ozzy Osbourne (a la “Crazy Train”) in the chorus. Anyone agree?
Jack White – “Love Interruption”
Award: The Song That Showed the Veteran Has Still Got It
Last week, the legend released the first single from his upcoming album Blunderbuss. It’s a laid-back affair compared to the average White Stripes track, and as a result, a little underwhelming on first listen. But after letting the expectations subside, “Love Interruption” stands as a solid song with a good melody.
Hear the track here
Frankie Rose – “Know Me”
Award: Indie Pop Gem
Rose just recently came on my radar. She’s played the drums for various bands, including Crystal Stilts and Dum Dum Girls, and is making her solo debut with Interstellar, out February 24. “Know Me” has all the right elements. The reverb and shoegaze-y feel coat a brilliant melody that you can’t shake from your head.
KEEP IT IN THE ROTATION
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
Van Etten has a voice up there with Feist and Cat Power. She was in a relationship with an extremely repressive boyfriend from Tennessee who told her that her music was no good. The pain from that time still crops up in her music. She stated that making the album was “therapy” for her. The album is powerful and will probably grow to be even more appealing with time. Below is “Serpents.”
Dr. Dog – Be the Void
Dr. Dog have provided reliable and catchy, if a tad unoriginal, psych rock for over 10 years. Be the Void doesn’t provide anything you haven’t heard before, but it’s satisfying when you’re craving some loose, confident, raw rock and roll. Hear “That Old Black Hole” (the first one) and “Lonesome” (the second one, which sounds like the Rolling Stones channeling Robert Johnson) below.
GIVE IT A SPIN OR TWO
Air – Le Voyage Dans La Lune
Le Voyage Dans La Lune, by the French duo Air, is meant to be a soundtrack to the 1902 silent film of the same name. It’s mostly pleasant background music, nothing more or less, but the second track “Seven Stars” is sick. Listen below