Because of Montreal never does anything half-assed, Kevin Barnes and company will be releasing a voluminous rarities compilation on October 23, entitled Daughter of Cloud (sixteen originals and an out-of-left-field Buffalo Springfield cover), just a few months after releasing one of 2012′s weirdest albums. “Micro University” is one of the confirmed tracks, and reminds me a bit of the band’s emphasis on funk on Skeletal Lamping along with the more straightforward pop inflections of Satanic Panic in the Attic.
of Montreal – “Micro University”
Brooklyn lo-fi folksters Woods continue their remarkably consistent run with seventh album Bend Beyond, just released last week on the band’s own Woodsist label (for some perspective, they’ve only been in existence since 2005). The rapid pace hasn’t undermined their core sound however, and Bend Beyond takes things farther in the pop direction than ever before. That’s not too much of a problem, though; the group’s songwriting has always been rock-solid, and their move to greater hooks and a wider studio palette only enhance many of the melodies here. The production value is sharp and sparkling, the songs rarely find the time to go beyond three and a half minutes, and those ’60s psychedelia and ’90s lo-fi touchstones are still in well evidence. “Find Them Empty,” with its needling guitar motif and chaotic layering, is a good example of the band’s disparate influences coming together nicely.
Woods – “Find Them Empty”
RIP Bill Doss of Elephant 6 guiding lights the Olivia Tremor Control, who, along with the Apples in Stereo and Neutral Milk Hotel, pretty much shaped a sizable portion of ’90s psychedelia and power-pop and created two of my favorite albums ever. Doss died yesterday at age 44, just as OTC was popping up in reunion shows and working on new material for the first time in a decade. In memoriam, my favorite song from their 1996 debut, the seminal Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle.
The Olivia Tremor Control – “NYC-25″
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Release date August 6, 1996.