Hercules & Love Affair: The Feast Of The Broken Heart (May 26)
Andy Butler and his crew(s) have never been really ‘quiet’ the past couple of years, but the last full length record Blue Songs was released in early 2011. The latest track, “Working Miracles”, is just one B-Side to the single which will be relesaed in May as well. It makes you wonder how good the album tracks must be if this was dropped. The new songs again feature four really special voices: Rouge Mary, Krystle Warren, Gustaph and John Grant.
Ramona Lisa: Arcadia (April 14)
Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek has a solo album coming out next week. The reason why I was originally looking forward to hearing it is that it has been promoted as being really otherworldly, with the weird title track as the album opener. But the latest release “Backwards and Upwards” as well as some early reviews hint at a more Chairlift-like synthpop experience after all. Still, the fact that the whole album (!) was recorded by Caroline herself and does not feature any instruments (not even synthesizers) makes me want to hear it so hard.
La Sera: Hour Of The Dawn (May 13)
Vivian Girls have split a few weeks ago. Funny enough, I never really enjoyed listening to them but I was really blown away by Katy Goodman’s second solo LP Sees The Light, which made her step out of the muddy lo-fi sound. It was fun, sweet, melodic and just the perfect spring/summer record for 2012. The new song “Losing to the Dark” sounds grittier and hopefully represents an overall darker sound of the new record. I really enjoyed “Drive On”, the only really dark song off the last album.
YAY: a free download! Thank you, Katy
Tori Amos: Unrepentant Geraldines (May 13)
This is of course the thing I’m looking forward to most. Tori is by far my most listened artist of the last two years and sometimes I think it’s obsession. The problem is this: Tori is not your everyday LA surf pop band. Every song holds potential for extensive analysis. Moreover, she has a catalogue of 13 albums and tons of B-Sides, so there’s always something new to discover. (Still, I fear the day there may be nothing left.) The lead single is not completely what I was hoping for (I’m still melting at the thought of another Choirgirl Hotel / To Venus and Back - like album some day, even though that’s really improbable). However, I’m glad she started to do more “contemporary” music after several classical approaches and looking forward to some beautiful gems on the new record.