Spoon - They Want My Soul
Spoon is back and saucy as ever, perhaps even saucier.It’s been a while since the Britt Daniel-fronted band of indie rabble rousers have graced us with their presence, and they’ve made sure to scorch the doors of their re-entryway. Ruminating in hang-dog tales of sleepless nights and fresh-out-of-luck times, They Want My Soul shows Spoon off at their smirking, charming best.
Spider Bags - Frozen Letter
Chapel Hill alt-punk outfit Spider Bags’ sophomore effort is a blustering, breathless nod at the wall-to-wall sound filling abilities of fellow Merge Records act Neutral Milk Hotel. Frozen Letter is a study in frantic rocking out without all the sharp edges and glass breaking, filled with pure, shin-kicking, muffled joy.
FKA Twigs - LP1
Since 2013, Tahliah Barnett has glided purposefully west over the pond towards us, looking straight ahead and leaving a trail of gaping critics and fans in her wake. Her breathy vocals set against funky, lo-fi backdrops have set ears on tenterhooks, waiting to see what she will produce next, and what is up next could just as easily be an R&B or a trap hook. The young British enigma’s LP1 finally arrives next week, but you can stream it this week via iTunes.
Operators - EP1
Be forewarned: Ones To Watch may be partial to any moniker with Dan Boeckner’s name hidden between the lines. Chameleon-like he may be with his many projects, DB always shows up with the same punchy attitude and kicking musicianship to go along with, which is exactly why Operators’ EP won us over in five songs today. You can buy it here.