RIYL: Miike Snow, Justin Townes Earle, Caveman
After the brief hiatus, I'm back this week with another awesome round of albums coming out Tuesday. This week, I'd like to point out a couple of noteworthy records from electronic act Miike Snow, Americana songwriter Justin Townes Earle, and surprise story of 2011, the critically acclaimed Caveman.
So, I like to consider myself pretty well rounded when it comes to music, but if you're familiar with my listening habits at all, you'll find that I have a certain affinity for electro-pop acts. Miike Snow is no exception. Part Swedish indie pop, part electronic, with all sorts of catchiness to boot, Miike Snow is planning the release of Happy to You, their sophomore album. They've got a couple of singles out for the new album that are definitely worth checking out! In the mean time, I've got a couple of suggestions. In the mood for another great Swedish indie pop act? Stars in Coma will treat you right! Their own album, Midnight Puzzle, is out April 24th. Want to try an electronic act with a bit of grit? Public Jones will be right up your alley!
Next up is a man who I think deserves a lot more attention than he gets, Justin Townes Earle. When you're named after the legendary Townes Van Zandt, it's hard not to have at least a little bit of talent. After a solid career already and a couple of Americana awards under his belt, Justin Townes Earle is back on Tuesday with Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now. In fact, preparing for this column has gotten me incredibly excited about his new record. I hope it's as good as his previous body of work! A few suggestions like Justin Townes Earle? Well, if you're looking for a thoughtful singer-songwriter, give Guy Capecelatro III's new record, North for the Winter, a spin. Want something a little more folky? I think Cowboy and Indian's tunes will do you some good!
Lastly is the band that seemingly came out of no where and impressed everyone, Caveman. I'm cheating a little here, because this album is technically a re-issue, and I already posted on them in a previous RIYL. But that should tell you a few things! Mainly, to start paying attention to them if you haven't yet! Regardless, the New York City indie rockers have received pretty much unanimous praise for the debut Coco Beware. This week, the album is being re-issued through their newly signed label, Fat Possum. If you haven't listened to it yet, you definitely need to do so! And if you'd like a recommendation, give The Valery Trails a few spins. I'm especially fond of their moody and soothing album opener, "On the Perfume River".
That's all this week! Happy listening!
Listen to all the tunes here on Spotify!
- Miike Snow - "Devil's Work"
- Stars in Coma - "Peacebloom"
- Miike Snow - "Animal"
- Public Jones - "The Only One"
- Justin Townes Earle - "Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now"
- Guy Capecelatro III - "Switch"
- Justin Townes Earle - "Harlem River Blues"
- Cowboy and Indian - "Troubled Tracks"
- Caveman - "A Country's King of Dreams"
- The Valery Trails - "On the Perfume River"
- Caveman - "Old Friend"
Every week, we'll tell you about a few of our favorite records coming out for the week and a few of our bands that we recommend if you like. Not as a, "Hey, this band sounds exactly like that band," but as more of a, "As a music fan, you might enjoy something similar."