OK GO takes a bit of a change of direction with the release of their new album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky. We were a bit skeptical at first release but the album has grown on us after a few more listens. Upbeat, yet melancholic for a few songs, the new effort is a great way to greet Spring—which needs to hurry the hell up. Amazon has the full album download for only $8. The lesser-known marching band music video, after the jump.
Broken Bells is the new project of Shins’ lead vocalist/guitarist James Mercer, and producer Danger Mouse. They’re releasing their first self-titled album that includes the a 44-page pocket notebook of photos and illustrations, a glow in the dark sticker sheet, a poster, 2 oversized postcards, and the CD for $45, you can pre-order this deluxe set from Amazon. The album is also being released on vinyl with an included poster for $19 or your regular cd is available for $11. We’ve got a preview video of their single from the album, The High Road, after the jump. Album drops March 9th, we think it’s quite good from what we’ve listened to, enjoy.
Toro Y Moi is the solo project of The Heist and The Accomplice lead singer Chaz Bundick, and while music nerds argue about what to call this emerging genre of music, we’ll just call it awesome. Fusing sounds from electronica, pop, shoegaze, disco, and a whole host of others, this is prime music for work sessions, entertaining, or just relaxing to. Causers of This ($10 Amazon) is Toro Y Moi’s debut full-length album, and it’s definitely a step above his EP’s, we hope you’ll enjoy it too. We’ve got a video of the track Talamak after the jump as well.
Spoon is an amazingly consistent indie band. Their latest offering, Transference, is certainly different than their past efforts, and if you were introduced to Spoon with their 2007 release, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, this album may take a couple listens before you really grow to appreciate how fantastic it really is. A little more raw, and a little more real old-school Spoon sounding, you can download Transference for $8 at Amazon MP3.
With the release of their second studio album, Vampire Weekend has met some hefty expectations. While not as immediately memorable as their self-titled debut, Contra is still an excellent album that grows on you a bit more with each listen. Amazon has the album amazingly priced at $4 for the mp3 download, so pick it up before prices rise!
One of the best albums to come out of 2009 is Bibio’s Ambivalence Avenue. Spanning a gamut of genres from pop to hip-hop to folk with an almost homesickening level of retro mixing and found samples. Both a great attentive listen and even more excellent while you’re cranking on that new design. Grab it on Amazon MP3 or iTunes for $10.