Generationals - Alix
Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, aka Generationals, return with their fourth album Alix today. The duo broke out as New Orleans’ hot indie music commodity shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Instead of moving to Los Angeles or New York, the pair remained in Baton Rouge, continuing to hone in on their uniquely southern, dreamy blend of tropical electropop. With production by Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins) reinforcing Joyner and Widmer’s cheery technical fiddling this time around, all elements of their drowsy, sunny electronic playbook are in full effect on Alix. Stream it here and buy it here.
Tweedy - Sukierae
Jeff Tweedy’s recent foray beyond Wilco is a new two-piece formed with his son Spencer. Tweedy’s first album Sukierae, out on ANTI next week, kicks off with “Please Don’t Let Me Be So Understood,” a spinning dervish of rock and distorted bluegrass that’s as pleasurably fun as it is disconcertingly un-Wilco. It’s a great indication of what’s the come: the album canters off on meandering heels into countless episodes of experimental folk-rock (“Diamond Light, Part 1” is a notable one), showing that discovery along the unknown path looms large in the Tweedy clan. Stream it on NPR First Listen here and pre-order it here.
Mapei - Hey Hey
Pop-soul debutante Mapei has all of the swagger of an R&B singer with the abstract, self-fulfilled gaiety of pop star. On her debut album, Hey Hey, which will be released on September 23, the Stockholm artist paints white walls vibrant with carefree brushstrokes influenced by rock and roll, soul, and R&B, her voice lending itself to each piece like a ray of light. Producers and hip-hop artists alike have picked up on Mapei, including Benny Blanco, Kingdom, and Chance the Rapper, who all remixed her first single, “Don’t Wait.”
The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes
This Sydney-based pop-funk outfit has spent the last year enticing us with their EP, Is This How You Feel?, a giddy 80s-hearkening collection of songs that stirred up all these warm, fuzzy #TBT feelings we haven’t felt since…oh, Haim’s breakout in 2012. Their fondness for disco transitions and classic rock-isms will likely draw comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, not that that’s a bad thing ever. Pre-order their new album, out on Universal September 26, here.