Sputnikmusic News 05.11.2018

Published: May 10, 2018

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 11th, 2018.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.  As our staff post reviews of these albums, links will appear below the artwork (if we remember…) so that you can read about the release, see how we scored it, and more.


Featured Release

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Beach House – 7
Genre: Dream Pop / Neo-Psychedelica
Label: Sub Pop

The ethereal, sensual nature felt in many of 7‘s tracks is certifiable Beach House, with the darker, moodier tones complementing Victoria Legrand’s ephemeral vocals as she maneuvers in and out of each channel. The record is also masterful in its juxtaposition: black and white, bright and dim, glamour vs.  simplicity. Swells of hazy distortion, pulsating percussion, and captivating Aphex Twin-meets-My Bloody Valentine guitars and synths coalesce for a seamless listen from cinematic start to alluring finish. Beach House are renowned for their consistency, and the additional brushstrokes incorporated into 7 help elevate their dream pop sensibilities to even greater heights.


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Abraham – Look, Here Comes the Dark!
Genre: Post-Metal
Label: Pelagic

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Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino
Genre: Psychedelic Pop
Label: Domino

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Bad Wolves – Disobey
Genre: Groove Metal / Alternative Metal
Label: Eleven Seven

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Jean-Michel Blais – Dans ma main
Genre: Modern Classical
Label: Arts & Crafts

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The Body – I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer.
Genre: Drone / Post-Industrial
Label: Thrill Jockey

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Connections – Foreign Affairs
Genre: Indie Rock
Label: Trouble in Mind

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Ry Cooder – The Prodigal Son
Genre: Americana / Blues
Label: Fantasy

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Dog Chocolate – Moody Balloon Baby
Genre: Post-Punk
Label: Upset the Rhythm

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Illuminati Hotties – Kiss Your Frenemies
Genre: “Tenderpunk”
Label: Tiny Engines

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Mark Kozelek – Mark Kozelek
Genre: Indie Folk / Singer/Songwriter
Label: Caldo Verde

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La Luz – Floating Features
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Label: Hardly Art

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Little Junior – Hi
Genre: Pop-Punk
Label: Grand Jury

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Sarah Louise – Deeper Woods
Genre: Singer/Songwriter / American Primitivism
Label: Thrill Jockey

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Loreena McKennitt – Lost Souls
Genre: Folk
Label: Quinlan Road

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The New Division – Fader EP
Genre: Electronic
Label: Division 87

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Simian Mobile Disco – Murmurations
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Label: Wichita

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Soft Kill – Savior
Genre: Post-Punk
Label: Profound Lore

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Strung Out – Black Out the Sky EP
Genre: Acoustic Punk
Label: Fat Wreck

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Jess Williamson – Cosmic Wink
Genre: Indie Folk
Label: Mexican Summer

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worlds greatest dad – get well soon
Genre: Emo
Label: Deep Rest


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