Innovative sounds: 4 of the best new albums out this week

From Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, to hardcore newcomers, these are the albums you should be listening to

By Sarah Gray
March 18, 2014 6:40PM (UTC)
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Kevin Drew: "Darlings"

"Darlings" is Kevin Drew's second solo album; his first, "Spirit If...," was released seven years ago, in 2007. The overall tone and lyrics are reminiscent of Drew's years as frontman of Canadian music collective Broken Social Scene, which disbanded in 2011. But whereas Broken Social Scene tracks often hit listeners with a wall of sound, "Darlings" is subdued and intimate. Listen to tracks "Good Sex" and "Mexican Aftershow Party."


The War on Drugs: "Lost in the Dream"

Though band-mate Kurt Vile split from the War on Drugs in 2008 to pursue a solo career, the Philadelphia band soldiered on. "Lost in the Dream" is the War on Drugs' third album, and the best one yet. Fellow founder Adam Granduciel meticulously pieced together a beautiful album that is well worth a listen. Grantland did an excellent feature on the band, and the track "Red Eyes" is below.

Tycho: "Awake"

"Awake" is Tycho's first full-length LP in two years. The ambient/psychedelic (as their Facebook describes them) band is the project of Scott Hansen, a musician and visual artist based in San Francisco. Hansen previously constructed techno music under the moniker Tycho, but this album is a three-piece ensemble with band members Zac Brown on bass and guitar and Rory O'Connor  on drums. The whole album can be heard on SoundCloud, and the track "Awake" is below:


Perfect Pussy: "Say Yes to Love"

Perfect Pussy won't be everyone's cup of tea. But if you like female-helmed, strangely life-affirming, hardcore albums, Perfect Pussy's "Say Yes to Love" is the LP for you. The music is layered and purposely chaotic, complete with shouts from frontwoman Meredith Graves. This is the first full-length album from Perfect Pussy. Their first single off of the album, "Driver," is below.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email

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