Thursday, August 30, 2007

Late Summer Picks


One of my favorite picks of the late summer has been former Sufjan Stevens/Polyphonic Spree cohort Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent. On her debut, "Marry Me", Clark reveals the same beauty and complexity of both the Spree and Sufjan, while forming her own niche. The album covers a lot of musical ground, from light indie pop, to dark brooding tracks, to even songs that could pass for a jazz standard. Definitely an album not to miss.
St. Vincent - Now, Now


In the follow up to their fantastic 2005 album "Black Sheep Boy," Okkervil River deliver one of the best albums to come out this summer. Fans of Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, and Neutral Milk Hotel will easily fall in love with the indie/folk/rock tracks that encompass "The Stage Names." Lead singer Will Sheff's lyrics are at an all time high as he spins narratives about extraneous song characters, reality turning into movies, and even throws in a little Beach Boys. Be sure to check this album out, I assure you, you won't be disappointed.
John Allyn Smith Sails (.mp3)

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