Black Mountain, ‘Year Zero Original Soundtrack’ (Jagjaguwar)

Folk-metal soundtrack to sci-fi surf flick never sounds incidental, but must need salt-spray to be blissful.
By: David Marchese / April 6, 2012

White Fence, ‘Family Perfume Vol. 1′ (Woodsist)

First of ex-Strange Boy's two-disc opus is a frizzled, fried, raucous ride through late '60s psych.
By: David Bevan / April 6, 2012

Great Lake Swimmers, ‘New Wild Everywhere’ (Nettwerk)

Sure, you Canadians have pedal steel and weepy strings, but nobody believes you own a horse.
By: Josh Modell / April 6, 2012

Yppah, ‘Eighty One’ (Ninja Tune)

Brooding landscapes, rap breaks, a folksy siren where we'd rather have '90s Bono. Burn incense, will world peace.
By: Puja Patel / April 6, 2012

Quantic & Alice Russell With the Combo Barbaro, ‘Look Around the Corner’ (Tru Thoughts)

A Colombian jazz band and Russell’s raspy vocals freshen this polyglot salsa-soul stew.
By: Mosi Reeves / April 6, 2012

Ceu, ‘Caravana Sereia Bloom’ (Six Degrees)

Breathy chanteuse ditches lounge, hits road, rediscovers eclectic sounds of Northeastern Brazil.
By: Richard Gehr / April 6, 2012

Fat Trel, ‘Nightmare on E Street’ (Self-Released)

If raw talent were as valuable as buzz in hip-hop, then Fat Trel would be a superstar. On a pure performance level, the 21-year-old goon-ra…
By: Andrew Nosnitsky / April 6, 2012

EYE, ‘Center of the Sun’ (Kemado)

The next best thing to a newly unearthed album from Meddle-era Pink Floyd, complete with cosmic song suites.
By: David Marchese / April 5, 2012

De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present, ‘First Serve’ (Duck Down Music)

French duo 2&4’s middling beats can’t dim De La’s corny-yet-sweet-natured rap parody.
By: Mosi Reeves / April 5, 2012

AU, ‘Both Lights’ (Hometapes)

Animal Collective likeness isn’t true anymore, now it’s austere indie and complex compositions for future circuses.
By: Josh Modell / April 5, 2012
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