Adds for 1/13
1. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (Domino)
Despite the dark title, the Animal Collective member’s latest solo album finds him lending his choral harmonies to the same hazy sun-drenched atmosphere of Person Pitch with even catchier melodies and swirling, psychedelic production.
2. Viet Cong – Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar)
The tragic death of Women’s guitarist clearly caused the remaining members to contemplate the darkness of life even further, as evidenced by the noisy, cacophonous tone they’ve taken with their brooding post-punk project Viet Cong’s debut release.
3. Monogold – This Bloom (Self-Released)
Monogold’s two singers’ hazy vocals mesh in perfectly with their shimmering organs and cascading guitars for a sound that’s effortlessly hypnotic and dreamy.
4. River Whyless – River Whyless (Backwoods Nation)
A folk quartet from North Carolina, River Whyless make the most of their sparse instrumentation and haunting harmonies, filling their five-song EP with organic warmth.
5. California X – Nights in the Dark (Don Giovanni)
Imagine Weezer and Dinosaur Jr. getting into a fight in a grungy 90’s basement. Add a heaping spoonful of guitar solos and a handful of acoustic guitar interludes and you have the formula for California X’s Nights in the Dark, out now on New Jersey’s Don Giovanni.