The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions

The New Pornographers are back with Whiteout Conditions, the new full-length release on the band’s own Collected Works Records. There’s a refreshingly different sonic approach on this record that amplifies the group’s gift for song hooks and catchy meldoies. I can’t get enough of this relentlessly exuberant, clever, and addictive power pop record, exemplified by the title track “Whiteout Conditions”:

And tracks like “High Ticket Attractions”:

Music Inspired by Ghost in the Shell

I haven’t seen it yet, but I have been streaming the soundtrack to Ghost in the Shell and its sweeping, expansive score / soundtrack with amazing tracks from the likes of Johnny Jewel (of Chromatics and Glass Candy fame), Gary Numan, Tricky, Nils Frahm (who teams up with DJ Shadow), Boys Noize, Above & Beyond, IO Echo and Ki Theory. Composer Kenji Kawai, who penned the score to the original 1995 Ghost in the Shell film, also makes an appearance with some help from Steve Aoki:

Spoon – Hot Thoughts

Spoon has done it again: the Austin indie rockers have taken their knack for amazing melody and applied it to a broader sonic canvas than ever before on their new long play Hot Thoughts. Britt Daniel’s signature snarl carries the tunes, which feature a lot more keyboards, effects, and other treatments that show a real experimentation and mastery of their songwriting craft: