Vinylradar has selected this week new releases for you. Enjoy!
– The Beths: Future Me Hates Me
The Beths occupy a warm, energetic sonic space between joyful hooks, sun-soaked harmonies, and acerbic lyrics. Their debut album Future Me Hates Me delivers an astonishment of roadtrip-ready pleasures, each song hitting your ears with an exhilarating endorphin rush like the first time you heard Slanted and Enchanted or Cannonball.
Front and center on these ten infectious tracks is lead singer and primary songwriter Elizabeth Stokes. Stokes has previously worked in other genres within Auckland’s rich and varied music scene, recently playing in a folk outfit, but it was in exploring the angst-ridden sounds of her youth that she found her place. “Fronting this kind of band was a new experience for me,” says Stokes. “I never thought I had the right voice for it.”
1. Great No One
2. Future Me Hates Me
3. Uptown Girl
4. You Wouldn’t Like Me
5. Not Running
6. Little Death
7. Happy Unhappy
8. River Run: Lvl 1
10. Less Than Thou
– El Ten Eleven: Banker’s Hill
The music of El Ten Eleven has been described as “meditation in motion,” which seems apt. To fully realize this descriptor the band worked with an outside producer for the first time in their 16-year career, teaming up with Sonny DiPerri and moving into the incredible confines of Panoramic House on the beautiful Northern California coast.
The result is Banker’s Hill —an album that explores the paradox of beauty in anxiety, the importance and effect of family and the fleeting possibility of satisfaction. Made up of Kristian Dunn (bass, guitar) and Tim Fogarty (Drums), they utilize multiple looping pedals to create songs that sound as though they are being played by at least six people. Most first-timers to an El Ten Eleven show are stunned that the band is a duo. It’s a refreshing site in this age of letting the computers do all the work.
1. Three and a Half Feet High and Rising
2. Phenomenal Problems
3. You Are Enough
4. We Don’t Have A Sail But We Have A Rudder
5. Gyroscopic Precession
6. Banker’s Hill
7. Listening to Clouds
9. This Morning With Her, Having Coffee