New releases from Quilt, Iggy Pop, and Little Green Cars 

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  • Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop

Post Pop Depression

Loma Vista/Concord

File next to: Nick Cave, David Bowie

Detroit's baddest bad boy has reinvented himself many times, while managing to outlive collaborators like David Bowie, Lou Reed and both Asheton brothers from the original Stooges. Yet Iggy's latest foray, Post Pop Depression, offers more novelty than his last two attempts at a Stooges reunion, thanks largely to Queens of the Stone Age founder Josh Homme's memorable vocal harmonies and guitar treatments. Working with engineer Mark Rankin, punk-rock's 68-year-old pioneer appears to be aiming for the atmosphere of classic Bowie-produced albums like Lust for Life and The Idiot. Songs like "Sunday" and "Paraguay" are long and layered affairs. The only limitation is when foreign-influenced tunes like "German Days" try too hard to offer a continental flavor. But Iggy closes with a strong middle finger to the world, in case this album is his last will and testament. — Loring Wirbel

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  • Little Green Cars

Little Green Cars



File next to: Night Beds, The Swell Season, Lucius

When demo tracks leaked in 2015 from Little Green Cars' sophomore album, it was evident the Dublin rock quintet was delving deeper into traditional Irish melancholy, if not the musical style itself. On the finished product, Faye O'Rourke takes the lead role, her anguished vocals playing against Stevie Appleby's more reserved songwriting. Having released its first album when members were barely 20 years old, Ephemera still finds the band growing in public. There's nothing wrong with that, especially when O'Rourke can belt out memorable numbers like "Easier Day" and "OK OK OK." By evolving gradually, Little Green Cars is avoiding the habits of other Dublin bands like U2 and My Bloody Valentine, who let majesty become melodrama. So far, there's little sign of that in Little Green Cars' more disciplined work. — Loring Wirbel

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  • Quilt



Mexican Summer

File next to: Woods, The Fresh & Onlys

With Plaza, Boston-based Quilt dials back the more overt psychedelic-garage textures found on their first two full-lengths. Keyboardist Anna Fox Rochinski remains the primary vocal focus, but guitarist Shane Butler takes the lead on the Monkees-flavored "Searching For," while other tunes feature a dual male-female lead vocal in the tradition of '60s groups H.P. Lovecraft and Jefferson Airplane. Rochinski's combo organ remains a key component of the band's aural sculptures, but it's integrated into arrangements that are less backward-looking than what came before. (That said, "Hissing My Plea" recalls The Beatles' "Taxman.") Quilt put care into their songwriting, as evidenced by the warm and welcoming folk-rock ambience of songs like "Eliot St." While other modern psych outfits strive for a brooding, Velvet Underground vibe, Quilt take a melodic approach that will stick with the listener. — Bill Kopp


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