DeLooze’s full-length debut, Glass Army, more than lives up to the spectacular promise of its first single, “DeathStar.” The album’s eerie, theatrical rock is exquisitely melodic and amazingly worthy of the Siouxsie & the Banshees comparisons DeLooze has received – though she could just as easily be compared to Hannah Fury, Choirgirl-era Tori Amos and even Florence + the Machine or Muse on certain songs. DeLooze is far too unique to pin down to one comparison.
The stand out tracks on the album are “Nature Boy” and “DeathStar,” but every song on the album is truly magnificent and I love it more with each listen (of which there have been many).
I can’t remember the last time an album excited me as much as DeLooze’s Glass Army. This kind of bold, bewitching rock is a very rare breed these days. It’s sure to be on my best of the year list come December.
To say Róisín Murphy’s upcoming EP, Mi Senti, is a departure from her previous work might possibly be the greatest understatement ever uttered, er, written. The Irish singer-songwriter and former Moloko frontwoman is best known for electro-disco dance numbers like “Sing It Back,” “The Time Is Now” and “Ramalama (Bang Bang).” But her new collection consists of six songs – five covers and one original – that focus more on Róisín’s voice and are all sung in Italian. You can hear the first single, “Ancora Tu,” below. Mi Senti will be released on May 28th.
The National guitarist Bryce Dessner is a man of many talents, one of which is evident in “Lachrimae,” which is being offered as a free, legal mp3 download from his website. Inspired by John Downland, Benjamin Britten and Bela Bartok, this symphonic string composition is especially reminiscent of the latter’s String Quartet No. 3. I was also reminded of some Michael Nyman and Phillip Glass pieces. This particular performance is by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, conducted by Andre de Ridder. An alternate version by the Copenhagen Phil was recently released on CD, along with two other Dessner compositions and a suite from There Will Be Blood written by Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood.