Week two of May brings some much-anticipated releases. Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
American Fangs, American Fangs (In De Goot Recordings/Sony/RED)
Anamanaguchi, Endless Fantasy (dream.hax)
The self-styled hacker boyband (chiptune) producers make loud music with a retro (1985-era) NES game system and are currently raising funds to deliver a multi-media experience with the physical copy of the album. This is the official digital release date for all donors; read more about that here.
Bibio, Silver Wilkinson (Warp)
Big Eyes, Almost Famous (Grave Mistake Records)
The Blank Tapes, Vacation (Antenna Farm)
The Boxer Rebellion, Promises (Absentee Recordings)
London's indie rock quartet present an uplifting and cinematic follow-up to 2011's critically-acclaimed The Cold Still, their fourth overall. Video for new single "Diamonds" was shot by British directorial duo Justin and James Lockey (aka Hand.Held.Cine.Club), and finds lead singer Nathan Nicholson in a dead-end job and escaping via free-fall air fantasies. Apparently, the film team built an office space inside an empty building, worked with free-base skydivers in sub-zero temperatures and dove into ice cold waters to capture the footage. Watch after the jump, along with the rest of this week's new releases...
Andy Cato, Time & Places (Apollo Records)
Creative Adult, Bulls In The Yard EP (Run For Cover Records)
The Dillinger Escape Plan, One Of Us Is The Killer (Party Smasher Inc)
Dungeonesse, Dungeonesse (Secretly Canadian)
Echo Bloom, Blue (Self-Release)
Eluvium, Nightmare Ending (Temporary Residence Ltd)
The long-awaited new ambient pop double album from the artist otherwise known as Eluvium, multi-instrumentalist composer Matthew Cooper. Listen to "Happiness" featuring Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo below.
Eve, Lip Lock (From The Rib Music)
Eleven years after issuing her third LP, rapper Eve finally presents a follow-up record.
The Features, The Features (Serpents and Snakes/BMG)
The Tennessee indie rock band has been all over the alt rock radio airwaves with their Krauty-groovin' style and upbeat single, "This Disorder." In fact, The Features are one of the bands due to play 97X's Backyard BBQ on Memorial Day Weekend. Listne to the the aforementioned track below.
Ghost Box Orchestra, Vanished (Self-Release)
Amy Grant, How Mercy Looks From Here (Amy Grant Productions / Sparrow Records)
John Grant, Pale Green Ghosts (Partisan)
The Handsome Family, Wilderness (Carrot Top)
Highness, Hold (Magic Bullet Records)
Hollagramz, Hollagramz (Small Plates)
Jaga Jazzist, Live With The Britten Sinfonia (Ninja Tune)
Kazyak, See the Forest, See the Trees (GroundUp)
Demi Lovato, Demi (Hollywood)
Matuto, The Devil and the Diamond (Motema Music)
MS MR, Second Hand Rupture (Columbia)
Negator, Gates To The Pantheon (Prosthetic Records)
pacificUV, After The Dream You Are Awake (Mazarine Records)
Peals, Walking Field (Thrill Jockey)
Pharmakon, Abadon (Sacred Bones)
The Phoenix Foundation, Fandango (Memphis Industries)
Pop Evil, Onyx (eOne Music)
Powerkompany, I Am More Than This (Mazarine)
Pure X, Crawling Up the Stairs (Acephale)
Sam Amidon, Bright Sunny South (Nonesuch)
a simple colony, Dying Day (self-release)
Small Black, Limits of Desire (Jagjaguwar)
Snowden, No One In Control (Snakes & Serpents)
Standish/Carlyon, Deleted Scene (felte)
George Strait, Love Is Everything (MCA Nashville)
Survive, Survive (Thrill Jockey)
Marques Toliver, Land of CanAan (Bella Union)
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Mind Control (Metal Blade Records)
Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City (XL)
Album number three from the teeth-hurting indie pop outfit sounds pretty strong so far ... Check out honking single "Diane Young" below.
Vår, No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers (Sacred Bones)
Wampire, Curiosity (Polyvinyl)
Delivering creepy organ-driven and groove-fused indie pop with a lo-fi vintage feel is Portland-based Wampire; check the funkified "Spirit Forest" below.
Wild Nothing, Empty State EP (Captured Tracks/Bella Union)
The Wonder Years, The Greatest Generation (Hopeless Records)