What I Recommend

Grizzly Bear – Shields

The follow-up to their surprisingly successful second album “Veckatimest”. The Brooklyn quartet return with an even more rounded and lush sounding album that still retains some of the beautiful orchestration from their magnum opus ‘Yellow House’ (and my personal favourite). Songs like ‘A Simple Answer’ and the contender for song of the year ‘Yet Again’ just solidifies why Grizzly Bear are one of the most interesting and innovative bands of the last 10 years. Listen: Yet Again

David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant

It was only a matter of time before the godfather of art rock and the indie queen would end up working together. After mutual appreciation and being inspired by the Dirty Projectors and Bjork collaboration, David Byrne and  Annie Clark began to work on this project and churned out 12-tracks of quirky indie pop backed by a brass band – what’s not to love. The blend of Clark’s angelic vocals and Byrne’s genius just makes this record a match made in heaven. Listen: Who

Ty Segall Band – Slaughter House

It’s loud, it’s unforgiving and it’s one of the best garage rock albums in recent years. This album is the debut from the Ty Segall Band, although Segall himself has a plethora of solo albums and other collaborative releases, which makes him one of the most consistent musicians at the moment. This album though concise, manages to quench those angst-y feelings from teenage years whilst still maintaining a genuine stance in music. Listen: Tell Me What’s Inside Your Heart

Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t

“I Know What Love Isn’t” is the long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s near-perfect “Night Falls Over Kortedala” which was full of hope and swelling pop songs, and while there are still shades of what made Lekman such an enjoyable artists, this album is a lot less hopeful – I mean, look at the pessimistic album title. But, that doesn’t mean Lekman has lost his edge, he is still quirky and playful as ever, and still has a whole host of sincere love songs – and he is still working on his best Morrissey impression. Listen:  The End of the World is Bigger Than Love

Cat Power – Sun

It’s hard to be unbiased when it comes to your favourite artists – especially when they never disappoint you. Chan Marshall takes a step back from the guitar and the piano and instead gravitates towards a more electronic base for her new music (first album of original material since 2006, though there was another covers record in 2008). “Sun” while seemingly upbeat, still retains Marshall’s bleak honesty – she’s also never sounded better by the way. Even with the hip-hop tinged lead single “Cherokee” still evokes all the sincerity of her previous records. Listen: Cherokee