Owing to his and my respective vacations (but mostly mine), this week’s “Drake’s Take” is coming at ya a little late. Enjoy! -ed.
Drake’s Take: New Releases 02.16.10
It’s a deeper week than last, but not as top heavy. I’ve been loving this new Field Music release, and the Freeway & Jake One joint is a charmer. Elsewhere, there’s the latest from Robert Pollard, Local Natives, Mumford & Sons, Adam Green, Tindersticks, Lightspeed Champion, Juliana Hatfield, The Art Museums and a special Preservation Hall Jazz Band benefit release featuring guest vocals from an eclectic collection of voices like Tom Waits, Jim James, Pete Seeger, Jason Isbell, Andrew Bird, Merle Haggard and more.
Playlist: New Releases 02.16.10
Measure, in musical terms, is a segment of time defined as a given number of beats of a given duration. With a band that’s as precise as Field Music, it seems appropriate that their title be so… um… precise as well. While the band thrives on precision, they build chaos around that proper BritPop sound, bleeding the edge. Field Music went on hiatus back in 2007, citing a boredom with the rock format of guitar/bass/drums, and set out to release projects on their own that broke away from their perceived constraints. As such, we got interesting releases from School of Language (David Brewis) and The Week That Was (Peter Brewis). Measure is like a hodge-podge collection of these different styles in one release, mixing the experimentation of the Brewis bros. projects, and the more straight ahead / XTC-influenced BritPop of the band prior. It makes for an initially disorienting ride, but I’ve yet to grow tired of it’s twists and turns. “Them That Do Nothing” sounds like it was written and Field Music had to reunite just to perform it (it’s that good), while “Let’s Write a Book” finds the band at it’s simplest (and, in this context, greatest). It’s a high-wire act all the way through, and at the end you may find yourself relieved that it’s over, but exhilarated all the same.
I have to confess I’m not a huge Freeway fan, but when word got out he had Jake One in tow for this latest release, I was definitely on board. There’s a reason that an instrumental version of the record had to be released as well, as the Seattle producer captures the essence of 70’s soul so well, the rap often sounds like it gets in the way.
Best part may just be the packaging:
More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
Robert Pollard – We All Got out of the Army
Tindersticks – Falling Down a Mountain
Lightspeed Champion – Life is Sweet! Nice to Meet You
Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Preservation: An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program / Free AOL album stream
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Jason Faulkner – I’m OK… You’re OK (AOL Album stream)
The Art Museums – Rough Frame EP
Juliana Hatfield – Peace & Love
Adam Green – Minor Love / Free AOL album stream / “What Makes Him Act So Bad”, “Castles and Tassels” [mp3]
Blue Brain – Soft Power / Free AOL album stream / “Ten By Ten” [mp3]
Local Natives – Gorilla Manor / “Sun Hands” [mp3]
The Seven Fields of Aphelion – Periphery
Dum Dum Girls – Jail La La
Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin – Dear Companion / Free AOL album stream / “Something, Somewhere, Sometime” [mp3]
Smoking Popes – It’s Been a Long Day / Free AOL album stream
Son Lux – Weapons EP / “Weapons V” [mp3]
Scanners – Submarine / Free AOL album stream
Mark Matos & Os Beaches – Words of the Knife
Backyard Tire Fire – Good to Be
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