Spring Break Album Review Special

Now that the snow is finally melting and spring break is in our immediate future, I want to give you a run-down of what is becoming one of the best years of music within recent memory.

Undoubtedly, some of us will be hitting the road, yearning for splendiferous music of all sorts. In no particular order, here are some tunes that just might tickle your fancy. You’ll never know if you don’t try’em out.

1. Traveling Suitcase – “Nobody Wins”

Based in Oshkosh, and featuring strong female vocals, this band as a whole can flat-out jam!

2. Elvis Perkins – “I Aubade”

With lyrics like a storybook, this album has a Beatles-esque feel and makes me smile.

3. BC Camplight – “How To Die In The North”

With its third release, this Philadelphia based six-piece funk-pop-alternative band has as much variety as anything I’ve ever heard.

4. Buxton – “Half a Native”

Based out of Houston, Buxton features heartbreak and an occasional ripping guitar solo, basically everything you’d want and more from a southern-rock album.

5. POND – “Man It Feels Like Space Again”

Kevin Parker, of Tame Impala, fronts this Australian psychedelic rockin’ conglomeration. The album is set for release in the U.S. later this month.

6. HEEMS – “Eat, Pray, Thug”

Hard hitting hip-hop, Himanshu Suri spits a socially-conscious ethos in an incredibly original manner.

7. Hanni El Khatib – “Moonlight”

This album is a more psychedelic version of The Black Keys with a better drummer. Sorry Pat Carney.

8. Springtime Carnivore – “Springtime Carnivore”

With it already being that time of year, you’ll have a new favorite song every time you listen to this album.

9. Sleater-Kinney – “No Cities to Love”

Carrie Brownstein from Portlandia throws down her hipster cred while fronting her band’s first release in a decade.  As of late, this album is tearing up the College Music Journal.

10. Bright Light Social hour – “Space is Still The Place”

This is what happens if you mix Fleet Foxes with Led Zeppelin. I’m head-banging just thinking about it now.

11. Of Montreal – “Aureate Gloom”

Don’t be confused by the name, the band is from Athens, Georgia. Its signature avant-garde indie-rock is duplicated by no one. This is the band’s 13th album since 1997.

12. Will Butler – “Policy”

Being a member of the band Arcade Fire for 10 years gives Butler a solid foundation. This album was reportedly recorded within a week in Jimi Hendrix’s living room at above Electric Ladyland Studio.

13. Andrew St. James – “The Shakes”

This 20-something year old California based singer-songwriter has capitalized on his sophomore release!

14. D’Angelo – “Black Messiah”

It’s been 14 years since his last release, but this R&B icon doesn’t disappoint with bass lines fat enough to make a fisherman double-take.

15. Iron and Wine – “Archive Series Vol. 1”

This is a collection of unreleased songs from an alternative staple; very impressive for a bunch of demos.

Daniel Waterman

90FM Music Director

dwate309@uwsp.edu

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