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Five Albums You Should Be Listening to Right Now: SXSW Edition
This week’s Five Albums comes straight from Austin, TX’s South by Southwest.
By Linda Park
1. We Were Promised Jetpacks, These Four Walls(2009)
I have an almost unhealthy obsession with music made by Scottish people. (See also: Frightened Rabbit, Withered Hand, The Waterboys — I could go on) That aside, We Were Promised Jetpacks have a new album out called In the Pit of the Stomach, but I remain glued to These Four Walls. Just listen to the way "Conductor" builds, and how Adam Thompson's voice draws you in, sounding both impossibly distant and touchably close.
2. Yellow Ostrich, The Mistress (2011)
This is another band with a new album out, Strange Land, but while I found myself listening over and over to "Whale," from their last album The Mistress. “Whale” is quirky and allows me to pretend that I’m in a movie running through the woods. Then I raise my hands climatically and the credits roll. Or something. Anyway, The Mistress is loaded with that kind of cinematic abandon — enjoy it while having a highly filmable moment of catharsis.
3. Black Books, Black Books
The album that this track is from isn’t even out yet, but luckily, I know people who know people. Call it an album you should be listening to very soon. The gentle, dreamy "Out the Door" has gotten me through many a long night at the office. There are loads of other fine tracks on the album ("Paradise," in particular) that you'll be able to hear quite soon, I hope.
Listen: “Out the Door”
4. You Say France & I Whistle, Angry Men (2012)
I’m going to temper my gushing about Scotland by now gushing about a Swedeish band. These guys are adorable. You can't help but be full of joy listening to "OMG" and watching them frolic around in their little animal costumes. If you're having a dark day, just put on some You Say France & I Whistle, and for certain, the bad times will soon be forgotten. This is the fastest way to start a dance party.
5. Imperial Teen, Seasick (1996)
Imperial Teen just released Feel the Sound, but when I found out they were playing SXSW, out came Seasick. I remember going to see them at The Troubadour in '96 by myself just so I could see them play. I am very pleased that they're back with new music and a SXSW performance — the world needs more bands like Imperial Teen.
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