Five Must-listen Albums of This Week (12.06)

From dream pop to R&B. From country to alt pop.

BRONCHO “Double Vanity”

BRONCHO’s biggest achievement is the revival of the 00s indie-rock sound. Not the clichéd one though, without falling into copycatting, yet fusing the indie-garage-rock with psychedelia and dream-pop depth. If anything, the best example of BRONCHO’s approach is the debut album’s highlight “Class Historian”. Catchy, pasty and smart. And that’s what the second LP “Double Vanity” tries to be. Little less mumbling from BRONCHO’s leader Ryan Lindsey a little more shoegaze and garage-rock sound. “Double Vanity” is a definitely more mature work, on the other hand the band seems to have completely lost its upbeat attitude. And this sets the main issue with the album — where “Just Enough Hip to Be Woman” presented band’s more diverse songcraft, new work reveals change of accents towards sound patterns while boring listener by the end of the record. Still, “Fantasy boys” and “Speed Demon” help this album float on this week’s music waves.

Brandy Clark “Big Day in a Small Town”

Brandy Clark is a no beginner for musical industry. For long years, she was an author for hits by Sheril Crow, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, etc. A prolific songwriter, who established herself as a singer in 2013 with her debut album “12 Stories”. A complex, somewhat timid approach to her audience, where Brandy Clark tried to expose herself rather than her material. Three years later Brandy feels more confident feels hunger for music and for audience in a way that is both marketing and diversification of her songs. With a scope from crooning country ballads to mainstream country-pop, Brandy makes and attempt to get into the ears of as many listeners she can grab into her music bag. She succeeds. “Big Day In A Small Town” is massive, broad and spectacular.

Empty Houses “Daydream”

If you looking for a Summer album to fill your June days with — look no further than Empty House’s debut “Daydream”. A talented indie-pop record, balancing on both light catchy tunes like the title track and R&B ballads like “Mercy”. Ali Shea’s voice is soulful enough to sweep listener away into Empty House’s daydream and atmosphere and piano patterns along with rhythm-section keep the beat dancy and truly summer-like. “Daydream” sounds a lot like a Katrina & The Waves“Walking On Sunshine” spin off, which doesn’t make it any less interesting and original, on the contrary this resemblance proves the breezy atmosphere to be present throughout the whole album. Your best companion to hedonism and good vibrations.

Garbage “Strange Little Birds”

In 2012 Garbage came back to the scene after a long hiatus. Their album was not a chart-topper, yet a great effort to hop on a music train for Garbage fellow bands is long gone. ”Strange Little Birds” which arrives four years later is a more confident, abridged version of their 90s fame converted successfully into 2010s music reality. Shirley Manson is still as gothic as she can be with her twisted lyrics and charisma. The energy is also there, just like a decade ago. There is a fine line between maturity and “out-of-date” fleur. Album highlights, such as “Empty” show that Garbage can still be interesting, can still appeal to a younger audience, but there are doubts regarding actuality of band’s music in general, it’s evolution. “Strange Little Birds” is a well-knit work, yet it might as well be Garbage’s swan song.

Allen Toussaint “American Tunes”

New Orleans will always remember the late pianist Allen Toussaint as an innovator, who in 60–70s brought R&B into the new light. His self-titled album in 1971 was a groovy revelation of smoothness. Allen passed away last year, leaving a body of work to inspire generations of future jazz composers. “American Tunes” serves as a last word from the great master. A collection of standards alongside with classic hits from the era, where Allen was at his best — 70s. The title track by Paul Simon is one of albums highlights, a fingerprint Allen left his fans.