Savor this latest summer Friday by streaming new albums by Jenny Lewis, Shabazz Palaces, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and more. Find details and links below.
1) Jenny Lewis, The Voyager. “Like Lewis’ great 2006 album with the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat, The Voyager plays the way a short-story collection reads, its disparate narratives united by musical and lyrical undertones. This time, Lewis goes not for country-music references, but for a wider palette that pays tribute to the history of studio rock.” (via NPR)
2) Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty. “As melodic as much of Lese Majesty is, the words might be the album’s most important element. Close listeners will find brilliant inventions (‘plushtrous,’ ‘unstill’) and plenty of quotable passages.” (via NPR)
3) Hooray For Earth, Racy. “Racy is very much a rock album. Featuring nine finely etched songs rendered to life by Coady’s crystalline production, Racy represents a bold and beautiful step into the light for Hooray For Earth.” — Contact Music (via Pitchfork)
4) Partynextdoor, Partynextdoor Two.“OVO’s own PARTYNEXTDOOR unleashes a full album stream of the upcoming PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO due out on July 30 via OVO/Warner Bros. The project boasts 12 silky-smooth records that serve as the ideal backdrop for this long summer. It should also be noted that this PND2 project was fully produced by Drake himself.” (via Hypetrak)
5) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye. “Not many guys in their 60s can sell disappointment at being in a generation worse off than their parents’, but Petty pulls off that perspective with little suspension of disbelief — especially when his terrific backing band sells his songs as hard as it does in bruisingly sinewy songs like ‘Power Drunk.'” (via NPR)
6) Bear In Heaven, Time Is Over One Day Old. “[Singer Jon] Philpot and multi-instrumentalist Adam Wills write epics that behave like highly concentrated energy shots. Their themes are sometimes somber, in a rock-anthem way that suggests it could take many long verses to get the full story. Their dramatic ramp-ups summon the thundering fury of U2.” (via NPR)
7) Valentino Khan, In Khan We Trust EP. “The six-track set covers a lot of ground, from the amphetamine-amped bounce of ‘Make Some Noise’ to the breakbeat Dracula wilding of ‘Bloodsucker,’ not to mention forays into rave, dubstep, rap, and whatever else serves to ratchet the party atmosphere up to dangerously discomfiting levels.” (via SPIN)