Other shit we like, specifically tolerable indie rock.
We're firmly in the corner of music. If it's good, it's worth enjoying without pretensions or politics. In this spirit of consuming media sans blinders, we're starting a new weekly spotlight of, simply, other shit we like.
Reggie's Pick: Beach House
Beach House are a Baltimore male-female duo who make the kind sublime bedroom pop that you'll want to wake up next to over and over again. Vocalist Victoria Legrande's full, sultry siren songs ride along layers of hypnotic strumming and stripped down synths on each of her band's serene and seductive slices of dream pop. Teen Dream, their third album, is full of ethereal and infectious love songs that beckon and call in deep, rich tones. It's more aggressive and sonically varied than either of their previous efforts, and while March is too early even for us to start making Of The Year proclamations, my ears are having a hard time imagining more gorgeous compositions coming along any time soon. "Walk in the Park" is your high point. It's a slick and gently rollicking promenade with an upbeat organ loop and a climax of soaring, pleading vocals. Play it in the early afternoon while you wait for all this snow to melt.
Beach House - Walk in the Park
Ramon's Pick: Titus Andronicus
An over-educated bunch of broken romantics, Titus Andronicus embrace collapsed futures with frank, building, volatile garage punk. 2008's The Airing Of Grievances was aimless rioting balanced in madness by thoughtful, verbose songwriting. The ambitious follow up, The Monitor, is out Tuesday on XL Records and evolves powerful blasts into tedious, often times eight-minute segments of, weirdly, rollicking tunes about the Civil War. It's a concept album but one-line, anthemic hooks still carry a good chunk of the thing.
Titus Andronicus - Titus Andronicus Forever