This spring, I’ve had to eat my words. For the past few years, I’ve been advising bands to skip the physical CDs and just send download links to journalists—the hard copies, I’ve said, get tossed in a pile that may or may not ever get excavated. Then last month I bought a car that has a working CD player, and lo and behold! Suddenly making it into that pile is the best way to get my attention. Some of the discs I’ve had to resist tossing straight out the window (Dwight Hobbes said it all when it comes to Paul Spring: I should’ve had a V8), but three have made for very chill soundtracks for warm-weather cruising.
No, not that kind of cruising—but they’d probably work for that too, especially Chica Libre‘s Canibalismo. It would be perfect for a BBBQ* with the too-fancy-for-Katy-Perry crowd: it’s contemporary lounge music with a Patagonian twist and a splash of electronica. Canibalismo is also a good album to play when you bring a hot prospect back to your place, but be aware that doing so will make your intentions as clear as if you dropped a lime-flavored condom on the coffee table.
Theresa Andersson‘s Street Parade is one of those discs that you might not form a strong impression of on the first spin (which is technically about 14,000 spins, I just computed because I’m nerdy that way), but that you find yourself playing again…and again, and again. The Swedish-born artist has been releasing solo records since 1996, but Street Parade is the first I’ve heard of her. The songs are gentle pop cut with experimental stylings and Kate-Bush-style vocal leaps, but what’s most distinctive about the album is its fascinatingly eclectic production by Tobias Fröberg. Your ears never know quite what they’re going to get next, but it’s always something good.
Claire de Lune is the latest nom de mic of Minneapolis singer-songwriter Claire Taubenhaus (above), who’s also released a solo EP under her given name (2008) and an acoustic hip-hop collaboration with Guante as A Loud Heart (2011), and has been earning buzz for another hip-hop project, The Chalice. The seven tracks on Claire de Lune’s New Lion have forced me to eat more of my words—the ones where I said I could never get into R&B slow jams. Claire’s are sweet, especially “Save the Day” with its GAYNGS-style sax and the sweet lament “Never Change.” Sorry to tease you, but New Lion isn’t available to the public yet: you can (and should) grab your copy at the CD release show at the Entry on June 28.
* The extra B is for BYOBB**.
** That one’s a typo.
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