The cold just keeps on coming here in Colorado, and midterms are finally starting to rear their ugly heads around campus this week. For everyone out there getting especially cozy inside right now, let these new additions to our rotation soundtrack your indoor shenanigans.
Marissa Nadler has been in the business of putting out atmospheric, homespun collections of folk songs for a decade now, but July marks her transition to Brooklyn label Sacred Bones, a label that's made its name on pursuing the more haunting side of music (all genres included). Nadler's delicate folk stylings make a surprisingly fitting addition to Bones' roster, with the songs on July falling somewhere between the lullabies of Vashti Bunyan and ancient Wiccan chants.
Mark Kozelek has clearly done a lot of living the past 47 years, and his newest album as Sun Kil Moon paints an account of humanity unlike any singer-songwriter record in recent memory. Benji continues the nylon-plucked guitar journey Kozelek began with his previous band Red House Painters, but the songs here are about as literal and autobiographical as storytelling gets. Kozelek grows up listening to music, struggling with women, watching wrestling with his father, and seeing his childhood friends pass away one by one, but it's hard to leave an album like Benji feeling anything but gratitude.
English psych rascals Temples have been picking up steam on the other side of the pond the past year, and their debut album Sun Structures justifies the buzz. Leading their trippy gang-of-four sound with shimmering lead guitars that can't help but recall the best bits of the Byrds, Temples manage to make falling down the rabbit hole sound like a joyride.
Other additions include:
Lee Bannon, Alternate/Endings
Angel Olson, Burn Your Fire for No Witness
Sam Goldner is the music director at Radio 1190. Email him at email@example.com.