This Week's Best Album Streams: 17th October 2012
Dear reader, we are on the verge of entering a new enlightened age. Political strife in Syria, economic collapse in Europe; all these things shall be swept to the side, and humanity brought together, by the news that R. Kelly not only plans on releasing 20 new chapters of his masterful R&B musical soap opera Trapped In The Closet over the coming months, there are over a hundred chapters to come. Hallelujah, praise the Lord! I see the light!
I guess there's been some other good music this week too.
Paul Banks - Banks (Drowned In Sound)
I admit that I really don't know what Interpol have done since the mid-00s. Much as I enjoyed their faux-Joy Division post-punk back then, I didn't stick with it; the only development I was aware of was the one with the moustache leaving. What a surprise this is, then: ten tracks of low-key bedroom-esque recordings he made whilst on tour with Interpol, which subsequently has a degree of intimacy and more reserved bombast. The xx with busier arrangements.
Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man(NPR)
Someone else stripping down - both figuratively and literally - is Natasha Khan, who's done away with a lot of the Kate Bush pop extravagance of her first two LPs and come down to earth a little. Which isn't to say she's gotten boring and finger-quotes "serious" - everything's just a lot more minor-key and darkly magical.
Other Lives - Mind The Gap (Consequence of Sound)
Come for the Thom Yorke remix; stay for everything else they have to offer. The erstwhile Radiohead frontman remixes 'Tamer Animals', the title track of Other Live's last album, under the banner of his new act Atoms For Peace, and the dark, pulsating fusion of electronica and folk appears across the EP.
East India Youth - Total Strife Forever (Soundcloud)
Not much is known about William Doyle, the man who is East India Youth, other than this album has nowt to do with Foals. What we do know is that Total Strife Forever is a gorgeous technicolour trip, surfing on sine waves into waves of synths.
Titus Andronicus - Local Business (NPR)
New Jersey punks get a step closer to The Replacements, following 2010's magnificent, self-lacerating howl (and concept album about the American Civil War) The Monitor. It's loud, it's funny, and it's smart - as frontman Patrick Stickles himself is - and it's resolutely grounded in real life; a new side to Titus Andronicus. (Fun aside: they've been playing tracks for the album live in actual local businesses).
Death Rattle - HE&I(The 405)
Get your spook on even more with this debut EP from husband-wife duo Death Rattle, an industrial hum running through the tracks like something from whilst the lady in the radiator sings in an even more sinister tone.
If you find any good album streams this week, Tweet me @tennis_everyone. Any pictures of cats dressed like people would be good too.
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