The first big series of April releases. I've included info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months ...
Addison Groove, Transistor Rhythm (50 Weapons)
AU, Both Lights (Hometapes)
Avalanche City, Love Love Love EP (Roadrunner)
Beak, Eyrie (Someoddpilot Records)
The post-metal quartet formed by local Chicago luminaries Chris Eichenseer and Jason Goldberg (previously of The Timeout Drawer)
Willis Earl Beal, Acousmatic Sorcery (XL)
Bear In Heaven, I Love You, It's Cool (Dead Oceans/Hometape)
Brooklyn's electro-psyche trio issues their third album. Check out the dizzying video for the single "Reflection Of You," directed by John Lee (from the art collective PFFR of Wonder Showzen fame) and featuring a cameo by one of their cohorts, Michael Mahalchick.
Black Mountain, Year Zero: The Original Soundtrack (Jagjaguwar)
Breton, Other People's Problems (FatCat)
The electro-experimental Brits issue their first full-length and it debuts in the U.S. today. I am stoked - I downloaded the band's free Blanket Rule EP in January and have been anticipating the release of a full-length ever since. Check out the video for "Interference" below.
Candlebox, Love Stories & Other Musings (Audionest)
Johnny Cash, Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth (Columbia/Legacy)
The fourth album in the bootleg series takes an intimate look at Cash's passion for gospel music and his own spiritual path via three rare albums: A Believer Sings The Truth, Johnny Cash—Gospel Singer, and Believe In Him. Also included: 15 unreleased tracks and outtakes from the original recording sessions.
Céu, Caravana Sereia Bloom (Six Degrees)
I think I'm in love with the lazily lovely sounds of Brazilian songstress Céu. Apparently, her self-titled international debut was laid-back, loungey electro-bossa nova and samba that sold in Starbucks, but I won't hold it against her because what I've heard of her third and latest is just so good. Still languid but in a psyche-heady Tropicalia sort of way, and her voice is sexy, velvety, supple - a sweet caress of Portuguese... I have no idea what she's saying but I'm buying it. Check out the video for "Retrovisor" after the jump, along with the rest of this week's new releases...