Featuring a solo Animal, an uptown throwback and a Portland quintetMore
Panda Bear of Maryland’s Animal Collective this month releases his fifth solo album, but he’s not feeling as doomy as the title suggests. It’s actually playful, eccentric dance music and Mr Bear clearly had a heap of fun at home in Lisbon doing neato stuff with processed vocals, drum breaks and a wealth of samples.
Out Now (Domino)
Portland band The Decemberists are storytellers in the glorious folk-hipster tradition (draw up a stool to the hearth and stick on their 2005 classic “The Mariner’s Revenge Song”). Now, after an unofficial four-year hiatus, they’re back with their seventh album of funny, anxious, sad, lovely, tingly tunes.
Out Now (Rough Trade)