Highasakit​e: Silent Treatment

Norwegian indie-pop trio Highasakite‘s debut full-length album, Silent Treatment, is strange, beautiful and anything but predictable.

With the lyric “Lover, where do you live? In the sky?”, the album glides opens on a melodic, wistful breeze.

The thunderous percussion of “Since Last Wednesday” and “Leaving No Traces” make for a sudden, drastic shift in sound.

Other fave tracks are “I, The Hand Grenade” and “Darth Vader,” though I find it curious and amusing that Highasakite singer-songwriter Ingrid Håvik refers to herself as a “terrorist,” “parasite,” “Philistine,” “killer bee” and “Darth Vader” in the lyrical course of just two songs.

“Iran” is the stand out track with dazzling drama that would make Florence + the Machine, Bat For Lashes and Lykke Li proud.

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DeLooze: Glass Army

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.

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Midlake: The Courage of Others

I liked Midlake’s recent Antiphon album, but I love their 2010 release, The Courage of Others. Beautiful, lush, darkly poetic folk music somewhere between Simon & Garfunkel and “Stairway to Heaven” Led Zeppelin. Fave tracks “Acts of Man,” “Bring Down” and “The Horn,” but the whole album is spectacular.

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when the acts of man
cause the ground to break open
oh, let me inside, let me inside, not to wake
great are the sounds of all that live
and all that man can hold

Lake Street Drive: Bad Self Portraits

Lake Street Drive’s new album, Bad Self Portraits, is an upbeat, unusual, funky, bluesy, jazz-influenced pop collection. Lead singer Rachael Price has some killer pipes. Fave tracks: “You Go Down Smooth” and “Just Ask.”

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St. Vincent

Turns out the first single from St. Vincent’s self-titled release was very representative of the album’s overall sound. “Digital Witness” is the stand out track and one of my favorite songs of the year so far, but tracks like the opener “Rattlesnake” and “Regret” share the same kind of dissonant, off kilter, futuristic art-rock style. It’s perhaps the most cohesive collection by Annie Clark’s alter ego so far. After “Digital Witness,” my favorite track is the trippy “Prince Johnny.” You can download a free, legal mp3 of “Birth in Reverse” by signing up for the mailing list on St. Vincent’s Official Site.

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