Summer is upon us! Rejoice and frolic, dear music friends, for the days of indoor music consumption are behind us now. Roll down your windows, turn the A.M. dial to 1190 and let us fill your summer with the sweet sounds of the underground.
In gloriously upbeat fashion, Vampire Weekend has released yet another home run of bouncy, eccentric pop nuggets. Modern Vampires of the City posits the group as a schizophrenic chorus-churning machine, with some of the most bizarre production the band has seen yet. But through all the chaos of Modern Vampires, Ezra Koenig and friends sell their earnest pop harder than ever before, and the results are impossible not to crack a smile at.
On the heavier side of the road, Savages' sickly debut Silence Yourself blends elements of '80s post-punk with the riot grrrl sentiments of the '90s, all through the lens of delectable bass lines and rock hooks. Showing an impressive knowledge of dynamics and build, Silence Yourself is an extremely promising debut from a band whose reputation will surely only grow larger from here.
Lastly, for those who want to enjoy summer in modern fashion, Major Lazer is back with a heaping dose of dance music with influences ranging from around the globe. Featuring guest spots from plenty of indie hot shots, including Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman, Peaches, and even Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend, Free the Universe is a well-rounded collection of low-end jams to kick off warmer times.
Other additions include:
* English Little League, Guided by Voices.
* Fain, Wolf People.
* Heart of Wire, Lorna.
-- Sam Goldner is the music director at Radio 1190