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Ten In Twenty

Ten albums that have been on the Foam Hands playlist this week, in no particular order, described in 20 words (or thereabouts):

1. Dominant Legs Invitation (Lefse) – Funky AOR synth pop from Girls guitarist Ryan Lynch and friends; not unlike Arthur Russell and Aztec Camera covering Chic. Listen: “Hoop Of Love”

2. Arabrot Solar Anus (Fysisk Format) – Grinding, percussive post-hardcore from Norwegian avant-metal warriors. Like being inside a gas explosion on a spaceship orbiting the sun. Listen: “Madonna Was A Whore”

3. Zola Jesus Conatus (Sacred Bones/ Souterrain Transmissions) – Spellbinding gothic operatics meet industrial electronic soundscapes and pounding tribal rhythms on Nika Roza Danilova’s mainstream-baiting third. Listen: “Vessel”

4. Rustie Glass Swords (Warp) – Glasgow youngster crams hip-hop, dubstep, wonky pop and techno into an absolutely huge – and equally essential – 21st Century rave epic. Listen: “All Nite”

5. Fire! With Jim O’Rourke Unreleased (Rune Grammofon) – The best of O’Rourke’s many 2011 appearances, this time keeping up admirably with Mats Gustafsson’s psychedelic power jazz trio. Listen: Unreleased album preview

6. New Look New Look (!K7) – Canadian husband-wife duo’s slick future-pop debut, referencing Aphex Twin’s lush electronic minimalism and Cassie’s seductive R&B in equal measure. Listen: “The Ballad”

7. Strange Boys Live Music (Rough Trade) – Scrappy but endearing third album of stoned Stones swagger, produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno, from Austin, Texas’ perennial garage-rock also-rans. Listen: “Me And You”

8. Das Racist Relax (Greedhead) – Mixtape veterans’ first “real” album adds a surprisingly welcome commercial twist to the Brooklyn trio’s surreal, witty hip hop. Listen: “Michael Jackson”

9. Rangers Pan Am Stories (Not Not Fun) – Guitar heroics indie-style from San Francisco’s Joe Knight, subtly channeling prog-rock and ‘80s pop on this sprawling lo-fi opus. Listen: “Conversations On The Jet Stream”

10. Xeno & Oaklander Sets And Lights (Wierd) – Gloomy, minimal “coldwave” pop, created using little more than analogue synths and drum machines, from deadpan girl/ boy duo. Listen: “Open Walls”


About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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