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Yeasayer, Erotic Reruns
  • Yeasayer, Erotic Reruns

Yeasayer, Erotic Reruns (Yeasayer Records) – It’s now clear that the 2016 album Amen and Goodbye referred not to a breakup, but a stylistic rebirth. Don’t worry, the ridiculous exuberance that characterized the first four albums is still front and center, but tracks like “Ecstatic Baby” have an EDM-meets-soul quality that hints at 1980s Prince, or Paul McCartney’s electronic project, The Fireman. No profundities here, but a whole lot of come-on-get-happy.

click to enlarge Menagerie, Chama
  • Menagerie, Chama

Menagerie, Chama (Anonymous Collective) – It would be easy to cite the power drumming of Glen “Greno” Murrell as the backbone of this southern Colorado trio, but what stands out in this album is the expanded interplay of keyboard and guitar. Menagerie defines itself through power-pop gems like “U Only Tell Me,” but a careful listen reveals progressive-rock roots.

Silversun Pickups, Widow’s Weeds
  • Silversun Pickups, Widow’s Weeds

Silversun Pickups, Widow’s Weeds (New Machine) – Silversun Pickups always served as a timeless indie anomaly, breathing ’90s and even ’70s riffs into the 21st century. Their fourth album, Better Nature, came across as unfocused in 2015, but producer Butch Vig has improved the interplay between Nikki Monninger and Brian Aubert, giving the band a fresh veneer as its second decade begins.


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