Each of these is deserving of their own post, but I’m going to give you a #rare THREE FOR ONE deal to start off your Tuesday.
First, NPR’s stream of Sigur Ros’ highly anticipated album Valtari, set for release next week. I haven’t listened yet, so can’t offer thoughts, but what I expect is slowly moving and intricate utopia in the form of sound from the Icelandic dream rockers.
Second, we have five new tracks premiered live by the xx. Their self-titled debut was a massive success critically and commercially two years back, and it is a personal favorite of mine. Many are watching to see how the band follows an album that got them both mainstream radio/television play as well as high praise from sources ranging from Rolling Stone to “indie” luminaries Pitchfork. Here is track 1, the rest can be found in the related videos.
Lastly, SPIN debuted Vermont garage rocker and Sub Pop signee King Tuff’s debut for the local label. It features infectuous pop that’s loose around the edges and jangly as all hell. The production is killer and the sound is reminiscent of Cass McCombs, Television, and sometimes Bob Dylan. Give the album a listen here: