Here's the new music in my headphones this week.
Atoms for Peace — AMOK
Because every artist needs a dancey side project, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea, and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich got together to form Atoms for Peace. The band's debut album AMOK is streaming on its website and we'll have a review in the February 27 issue of the Express.
Doldrums — Lesser Evil
When the young Montreal producer Doldrums opened for Bear in Heaven last April, he performed with only a sampler and microphone, and sang with the intense, desperate emotion of a blues singer. His brand of dark and twisted dance music is similar to Crystal Castles, The Knife, or even his personal friend Grimes, but it doesn't just sound cool — it has substance. Listen to his debut album, Lesser Evil, streaming on Pitchfork and see him live if you ever have an opportunity.
Beach Fossils — Clash the Truth
Beach Fossils is yet another Brooklyn-based dream pop band with yet another album of fuzzy, jangly songs. One listen in, the album is pleasant, but might be ultimately forgettable. Hype Machine is streaming the entire album on SoundCloud.