Thursday, July 5, 2012

Best New Music of the Last Few Months

Shockingly, we're halfway through the year now. That's crazy. There was some very good music that came out in the first quarter, and the second quarter didn't disappoint, either.

As always, you can check out my Favorites of 2012 Spotify playlist, or sample some of my favorites after the jump.

* Garbage - Not Your Kind of People: Garbage returns from their hiatus and barely miss a step. While some of Garbage's later work was iffy at best, the new album is very much a return to form and often feels exactly like what you expected Garbage to sound like in 2012. A shocking, pleasant surprise. Check out "Blood For Poppies" and "Man on a Wire.

* Scars on 45 - Scars on 45: I'll be honest - this might be the worst band name I've heard in some time. A friend sent this to me, and I was immediately turned off by the name and the ultra-mainstream looking album cover, but it turns out that this is a band from the UK that, while very adult contemporary and Snow Patrol-ish at times, knows how to write a song that gets stuck in your head and won't let go. Try "Give Me Something," "Burn the House Down," or "Warning Sign."

* Metric - Synthetica: Metric is awesome, and they really blew up with Fantasies from a few years ago. You'd generally expect them to step back a bit after that, but Synthetica is the next step forward for them instead. Mostly anthemic, catchy rock songs from start to finish. Try "Youth Without Youth," "Speed the Collapse," and "Breathing Underwater."

* Father John Misty - Fear Fun: Father John Misty is the performing name of Joshua Tillman, former drummer of Fleet Foxes. I'm not a huge Fleet Foxes guy, but this album, a rootsy folksy affair, grabbed me right away. While it might not be your cup of tea, it's definitely worth an effort. Try "Well, You Can Do It Without Me" or Tee Pees 1-12."

Anything else around that you think I missed?

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