This spring will be loaded with incredible releases. Here I highlight four of them:
Ours returns with their long awaited follow-up to Precious. I, however, would like to think of it as a follow-up to Distorted Lullabies. While I liked Precious, Distorted Lullabies was epic and atmospherically mind-blowing. If you don't know/own it. Get it now. You will not be disappointed. I have only heard live material from the upcoming album, Dancing For The Death of an Imaginary Enemy, but what I have heard has blown me away. Jimmy Gnecco once again succeeds in channeling the spirit of Jeff Buckley. Songs like "Murder," "I Heard You Singing," and "Whore" are so dark, so beautiful, so pristine that I know Trent Reznor, Tori Amos and Peter Murphy are somewhere weeping jealously. I am anxious to hear studio versions of the songs. I'm sure it will blow me away.
Modest Mouse returns with We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. ScooterDMan has recently done an awesome piece on this forthcoming album. I add my two cents here. This album is going to rock Mouse fans for years to come. Sonically, it is far more daring than the last release. Its texture and mood are somewhere between that of Lonesome Crowded West and Tom Waits' Blood Money. The lyrics on the album are pure genius. They display all of Isaac Brock's signature wit and philosophical musings with a newly focused eye on pertinent metaphor. "Spitting Venom," "Steam Engenius," "We Missed the Boat" and "Parting of the Sensory" are must listens. The album is now available for pre-order on many sites.
Andrew Bird's Armchair Apocrypha is a moody, self-reflective journey through current sociopolitical issues. It has all the multi-instrumental wizardry of the past Bird releases, but it adds a new dimension of pensive darkness. You can pre-order the album through Righteous Babe records. Then you can prepare to experience this reality-altering sprawling expanse of originality. Keep an ear out for such amazing cuts as "Imitosis," "Fiery Crash," "Scythian Empire," and "Heretics."
Bright Eyes releases the EP, Four Winds, in March. I can say this, it is one of the cleanest, most probing, lyrically direct and flawlessly executed releases I have ever heard from Oberst. He goes for the throat here and doesn't stop until every last second of the release has ticked away. All six songs are golden. Saddle Creek is already accepting pre-orders. The full-length, Cassadaga is due this spring. If this is any indicator, it will be amazing.
Please feel free to add any albums you are looking forward to below. That way, we can all stay informed.