Howdy everyone! I have returned from sunny L.A. to bring you some sweet, sparkling jams as the school year winds to a close. Though Colorado might still be a little chilly, hopefully these records warm up your earbuds.
Our brand spanking new CD of the Month comes from bizarro pop-tinkerer Bill Baird, whose Spring Break of the Soul throws a Syd Barrett-esqe twist on the beach pop formula. Featuring multi-suite tracks that segue into each other alongside short melodic gems and extended experimental passages, Spring Break of the Soul presents a fascinatingly warped view of the frolic that comes after an extended hibernation.
Nathan Williams and Stephen Pope have come together once again to release a more refined take on the Wavves approach to surf rock on Afraid of Heights. Still loaded with simple chord changes and whiny vocals, William's vulnerability is on more full display here, making the bursts of noise all the more cathartic.
Lastly in more relaxed fashion, New Yorkers Caveman have brought their laid back, reverby sound to their self-titled sophomore record. Echoing sounds of the Smith's sentimentality with a Ducktails-y sense of calm, Caveman is a promising release from a group whose only direction seems to be up.
Other additions include:
* Rkives, Rilo Kiley.
* Cruise Your Illusion, Milk Music.
* The Invisible Way, Low.
-- Sam Goldner is the music director at Radio 1190