Top Record for the Week of 2/17/15

A solid crop of middle of the road records this week. I was all ready to write up about a group of teenage punk-rockers from Barcelona, until I got in the car yesterday after work and listened to this week’s pick:

Susanne Sundfør “Ten Love Songs”

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Ten Love Songs is the 5th studio album from Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør. Her lithe voice is somewhat similar to Natalie Prass, but a little stronger in the upper registers. This record, though, is much different. It’s a little bit synth-pop, a little bit goth, a little bit classical (there’s basically a piano concerto plopped in the middle of “Memorial”). Her lovely voice is stacked on top of dancable synth runs and throbbing, gloomy bass tracks on some tracks, and just left to stand on its on some others. Not a perfect album, as some tracks seem to really miss the mark, but when it’s on, it’s really on.

Score: 8.5
Recommended Tracks:
“Darlings”, “Fade Away”, Delirious


Susanne Sundfør “Fade Away”

Other Top Releases for the Week of 2/17/15:

MOURN “MOURN”

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Score: 8.1
Recommended Track(s): 
“Otitis”, “Jack”

Sonny & the Sunsets “Talent Night at the Ashram”

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Score: 7.9
Recommended Track(s): 
“Icelene’s Loss”, “Secret Plot”

Ibeyi “Ibeyi”

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Score: 7.9
Recommended Track(s): 
“Mama Says”, “Oya”, “River”

Drake “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”

Score: 7.8
Recommended Track(s): 
“Legend”, “Energy”

Seryn “Shadow Shows”

Score: 7.8
Recommended Track(s): 
“Disappear”, “the Wind and the Storm”

Grooms “Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair”

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Score: 7.7
Recommended Track(s):
“Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair”

the Unthanks “Mount the Air”

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Score: 7.6
Recommended Track(s): 
“Mount the Air”

Carl Barat and the Jackals “Let It Reign”

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Score: 7.4
Recommended Track(s): 
“Glory Days”, “Summer in the Trenches”

Have a good weekend, and happy listening.

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