Five Must-listen Albums of The Week (11.08)

From cold new wave to warmhearted country-folk, last week proved that August can bring diamonds whether you expect them or not

Ben Sollee — Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native

Kentucky-born cellist and composer Ben Sollee is by far one the most eclectic folk-musicians of 2010s. He treats folk and country roots with both respect idiosyncratic approach, by delivering sonic experience with his masterful cello play. Ben’s latest album Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native appears to be a compilation of countryfolk-tinged tunes at first glance,yet turns into a vivid storytelling. With highlights of heart-wrenching “Pieces of You” and soulful “Well Worn Man”, the record balances from beautiful instrumental numbers to well-orchestrated vocal tracks. A gently knit album.

Downtown Boys — Cost Of Living

If there’s anything Downtown Boys get right about punk-rock is the protest fundamental that lies underneath the genre. And boy do they succeed. Their leftist views might be divisive, but the stamina behind their songs remains consistent and strong. Band’s new outing Cost of Living is another manifest to the world filled with politics, corporations and lies. What remains important though, is that among poignant and edgy songs of fierce and committed point of view, Downtown Boys remain a band who take a lot of fun while writing their stuff. It’s too serious not to be dealt with and too lighthearted not to swallowed by. A vivid protest to get into your ears and hearts.

The Cribs — 24–7 Rock Star Shit

In the 00s The Cribs were essential British indie rock band. Alongside Franz Ferdinand, The Kooks, Libertines and Kaiser Chiefs. As the genre evolved into new stylistic lines and forms, it became more clear that those who don’t change will stay aside. This happened to many peers of indie rock wave of 00s. With their new album 24–7 Rock Star Shit the band finally got into a fine line between the good old indie rock with it’s edgy guitars, with raw approach and cleaner sonic patterns for the spoiled millennials. What we witness on The Cribs’ new album is nothing but a savage and utterly beautiful comeback. We missed you, guys.

matt pond PA — Still Summer

Singer-songwriter Matt Pond is an enduring talent. Without seeing the bright lights of a proper mainstream success, he managed to build an impressive indie-catalogue of his own with his band mat pond PA. His new album Still Summer is not exactly a summer record to dive into, yet an attempt to capture the seasons and the emotions their change brings. A set of short stories (some are 2-minute long) drives us through a still life. Talented arrangements and strong songcraft makes Still Summer one of the best record in a decade for matt pond PA.

Frankie Rose — Cage Tropical

Frankie Rose has been into indie pop-rock for a while changing projects and pace with Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, and the Dum Dum Girls. Now that she’s on her own, all this experience comes out of the shade. With her previous albums Frankie pursued a fuzzy pop vector that worked quite well on her 2013 Herein Wild. This time Rose turned into a cold and glassy synth-side of 80s for her new release Cage Tropical. The problem with 80s sound always lies in authenticity, that’s the very first step many slip on. But Frankie doesn’t. Instead she delivers a well-balanced album with 80s nostalgia on one side and solid hits on the other. A retrospective view that succeeds in bringing a truly original spark.