Free New Album Preview Streams (7 albums!)
Stream Roundup: Zola Jesus, DJ Shadow, Ryan Adams, Spank Rock, Big Troubles, Youth Lagoon, DRC Music.
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens, brown paper packages and free album streams -- these are a few of BitCandy's favorite things. While the roses, kittens, kettles, mittens and paper packages are (regrettably) unavailable at present, at least we have a bunch of streams to indulge in. And so can you -- just check out our list below.
Zola Jesus – Conatus
October 4th marks the release of 'Conatus', the third LP from the bewitching (albeit 'goth-rock' label resenting) princess, Zola Jesus. Listen as the Russian-American songstress polishes up her colossal, crystalline soundscapes and robust vocal performances to ever ethereal heights.
DJ Shadow - The Less You Know, The Better
Jon Adams, aka DJ Shadow, returns with his fourth studio album, 'The Less You Know, The Better,' on September 27th. It is the producer's first LP to compromise of original material since 2006's 'The Outsider.' Expect an eclectic journey of genres, from spinning-top sample-based tracks to more placid piano-led moments.
Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
It appears butting out the cigarettes and marrying Mandy Moore has had quite a soothing influence on the previously disoriented Ryan Adams (come on, he released a metal 'concept' album last year). On October 11th, the North Carolina singer-songwriter will return with what has been labelled his "most mellow record to date," 'Ashes & Fire'. The album -- Adams' thirteenth -- has been produced by the legendary Glyn Johns, who worked with The Beatles, The Who and Bob Dylan (to name a humble few…).
Spank Rock - Everything is Boring and Everyone is a Fucking Liar
On September 27th, Spank Rock, a blossoming 'indie acceptable' alternative rap troupe (hey, thanks Odd Future!) release their second LP, 'Everything is Boring and Everyone is a Fucking Liar.' The abrasive album sees Spank Rock explore "fresh new sounds and beats while retaining the rowdy, sexy party-rap vibe of 2006 debut, 'YoYoYoYoYo'".
Big Troubles - Romantic Comedy
Breezy indie-poppers, Big Troubles, release their second LP, 'Romantic Comedy,' on September 27th. BitCandy recently described Big Troubles as "Elliot Smith, had he been backed up by a smiley-faced power-pop band," so we are quite confident this hooky LP will bring a dose of sunshine to the start of your working week.
Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
22 year old Trevor Powers stuck it to the man and dropped out of college this year in order to focus on Youth Lagoon, his dreamy music project currently firing its way up the hipster-end of the blogosphere. Powers' debut LP, 'The Year of Hibernation,' out September 27th, is a work of lo-fi bedroom-pop brilliance, which harks back to cassette-tape era Daniel Johnston fragility and haze.
DRC Music – Kinshasa One Two
DRC Music -- a producer collective lead by Damon Albarn -- recently visited the Democratic Republic of Congo to produce 'Kinshasa One Two.' The LP (which was recorded in 7 days) features XL Recordings boss Richard Russell, Dan the Automator, Actress, Kwes, T-E-E-D, Jneiro Jarel, Marc Antoine, Alwest, Remi Kabaka and Rodaidh McDonald collaborating alongside contemporary Congolese musicians. All proceeds from the album will go towards Oxfam's charity work within the country.