Really quick spins: New albums from Cinema Red & Blue, Andrew Cedermark, Fat Trel, Glasser, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
After a lean and languid summer, the world of pop music dumped its cornucopia on the September calendar with new albums from resurgent classic rockers (Robert Plant, Neil Young), marquee indie troupes (Interpol, Walkmen), Nashville headliners (Zac Brown Band, Billy Currington) and a gazillion others.
Click Track decided to play catch-up on this profusion of pop with a recap on some of last month’s finest releases that we didn’t get to on the proper drop date.
Today, David Malitz picks some September highlights. Check the blog Friday for Allison Stewart's picks, and take a look at Chris Richards's picks from yesterday.
Cinema Red & Blue, “Cinema Red & Blue”
Use Creation Records 7-inches, Godard DVDs and unfiltered cigarettes to lure a bunch of mopey mop tops to a focus group and they’d probably come up with this album. David Feck of the eternally melancholy Comet Gain leads his new band through an appropriately ramshackle collection.
Andrew Cedermark, “Moon Deluxe”
You’d never guess Cedermark used to play guitar for supercharged punk steamrollers Titus Andronicus. His solo debut has its loud moments, but they bubble up and fade away. This is drifting psychedelic rock, as concerned with the journey as reaching the destination.
Fat Trel, “No Secrets”
Local hip-hop hero Wale has yet to find global superstardom, but he has ’s surely helped pry open Washington’s rap floodgates. This 20-year-old MC is a Wale protege that who shows plenty of promise on his latest mixtape, matching imposing beats with some sinister edge on the mike.
On this striking debut from Cameron Mesirow, a.k.a. Glasser, each processed drum beat and keyboard gurgle sounds coated in a thin layer of ice. But it’s Mesirow’s warm, enveloping voice that keeps “Ring” from becoming a distant affair, casting her as the blogosphere’s New Age chanteuse of choice.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, “History of Modern”
Who needs synth-pop revival acts when the originals are rebounding decades after their heyday? The core members of the ‘ ’80s U.K. hitmakers are back together after nearly 25 years, and the chemistry is still there. Whereas much of today’s synth-based music gazes meekly inward, O.M.D.’s best new songs surge with arena-rocking purpose.
| September 30, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories: Really quick spins | Tags: Andrew Cedermark, Cinema Red and Blue, Fat Trel, Glasser, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
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