Roundin’ Up The Raves: Arctic Monkeys, Birds Of Chicago, Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, Sofi Tukker

30th President of the United States Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge was known far and wide as a taciturn man. On one occasion, a dinner guest seated next to him turned and remarked upon a wager she had made, betting she could elicit more than two words from him.

“You lose,” Coolidge quietly responded.

Terse. To the point. Let’s round ’em up.

Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

David Bowie’s Young Americans album as composed by Jake Thackray. Gone are the standard hooks and choruses, and instead you have a mesmerizing and atmospheric novel of a record. I have absolutely no idea what the novel is about, but it sure sounds good.

“Star Treatment”

“One Point Perspective”

 

Birds Of Chicago – Love In Wartime

Folky R&B by way of Montreal and the Windy City.

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders – Blue Pole

In the fine tradition of such deep-voiced crooners as Scott Walker and Nick Cave. A little weird? Uh huh.

Sofi Tukker – Treehouse

Portugese electro-pop bringing the heavy dance beatz and the candy-coated hooks.

 

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