Secret Cities: "Pink Graffiti"
Like a darker cousin to Grizzly Bear's "Veckatimest," this 2010 album rolls along on vocal harmonies and guitar jangle, bringing to mind the first reaches of Autumn--all gray and green and a little disquieting, even in all of its sunny splendor.
(Secret Cities released their second album last month--also worthy of purchase.)
Brian Olive: "Two of Everything"
Brian Olive, formerly of the Greenhornes, releases his second album--produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys--tomorrow. He brings to the table everything from Dr. John to T. Rex, and it somehow all comes together in an insane mix of synth, guitar, and horns. It's a vaguely prog-y mash of garage rock and anything else he could think of--and somehow it works. (I can't even begin to explain it.)