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Five Albums You Should Be Listening To Right Now: Max Levine-Poch

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Five Albums You Should Be Listening To Right Now

This week's curator: Max Levine-Poch, of This Bonus Track.

Every week, titans of the mediasphere give Nerve their album recommendations. This week: Max Levine-Poch, of This Bonus Track.

1. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Up From Below

1. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Up From Below

This is one of the most talented big bands in modern music. Up From Below features a huge range of genres, sometimes within the same song. This album can really be summarized with a lyric from "40 Day Dream," the opening track: "I know I'm sleeping 'cause this dream's too amazing."

Listen: "Home"

Home

 

2. Broken Bells, Broken Bells

2. Broken Bells, Broken Bells

Broken Bells is the sound of two musical geniuses getting together and playing around. Danger Mouse and James Mercer (of The Shins) formed this band in late 2009 and released this self-titled record that peaked at #7 in the US. I didn't hear about it until early September, and have since listened to it almost non-stop, racking up over 350 plays on my iTunes. The song "The Mall and Misery" got 110 plays all by itself.

Listen: Mall and Misery

Mall and Misery

 

3. Freelance Whales, Weathervanes

The Freelance Whales have soundtracked my long-distance and scenic commutes to and from school, since around February of last year. With a very unique sound, Weathervanes has been my go-to fireside album too. Melancholic at times and mellow and subdued at others, the sounds and songs from the Brooklyn-based, Craigslist-assembled band are a must-hear.

Listen: Ghosting

Ghosting

 

4. Miike Snow, Miike Snow

4. Miike Snow, Miike Snow

I was very skeptical a couple years back when I was first told of the band that spells Mike with two Is. But their self-titled debut has fought its way into my heart. This record includes pop, electronic, alternative, and unclassifiable genres; each song is a work of art. The indie-rock-sounding "Song For No One" is close to perfect.

Listen: Song For No One

Song For No One

 

5. Passion Pit, Manners

5. Passion Pit, Manners

This twelve-song album is heavy on the synths, but it's extremely entertaining, from second one through to the end of the last of three bonus tracks. It's an uppity record, full of energy, spirit, and just fun. I like to imagine my musical-talent-less body playing on some of these tracks and having the best time.

Listen: Let Your Love Grow Tall

Let Your Love Grow Tall