Wilco … The Whole Love … 2011
Wilco seems to have mastered the concept of consistency; for three or four albums now their alt-rock sound is relatively unchange, but they never quite stagnate. The Whole Love is great, it’s technically proficient, catchy and melodic, and on par with Wilco’s most mellow successes in albums like Summerteeth and A Ghost is Born. Jeff Tweedy knows what he’s doing by this point, and there’s no indication here that he’ll cede his status as a folk-rock deity anytime soon.
Dan Mangan … Oh Fortune … 2011
Hailing from Vancouver, Dan Mangan makes dense, vibrant music that is simultaneously effortless and grating, dark and triumphant. It’s folk music in the strictest sense, but the songs on this album are never quite static, they build up and die down only to rise again for a triumphant fall. With cryptic, personal lyrics and a raw core to its fuzzy, washed-out edges, this album is definitely something new on the scene.
David Lynch … Crazy Clown Times … 2011
This is exactly how I’d expect David Lynch’s music to sound. Super crazy, super clown. It’s definitely got a Twin Peaks vibe to it too- some songs sound really Julee Cruise inspired. He collaborates with Karen O. on track 1 and the album gets progressivley weirder after that. If you’re a fan of David Lynch’s voice and electronic noises, check it out.