Beck, "Morning Phase."
Beck, "Morning Phase." (Courtesy/AP)

Welp, another winter Olympics have come and gone, ending with yet another enormous teddy bear shedding a single tear while confused-looking children stand around him, awkwardly holding candles in reassurance. Truly an Olympic miracle. While we all mourn the end of curling with our furry friend, tune into 1190 for some truly monumental releases this week.

Annie Clark has been making consistently great albums as St. Vincent since 2007, and her newest album — titled St. Vincent — is not only loaded with as many memorable art-pop numbers as any of her other releases, but actually manages to expand Clark's sound palette more so than any other album of hers. St. Vincent is a confident, fearsome collection of tracks that injects some very welcome movement into Clark's precise style. The dispute over which Clark album is the best just got one album harder.

Denver's own Thug Entrancer has released an intoxicating collection of minimal beat workouts with his debut album for Software Records, Death After Life. Channeling sounds from every house scene from footwork to juke to techno, Thug Entrancer creates a disorienting future world throughout Death After Life that jumps on a dime between being relentlessly fun and morbidly metaphysical.

It's been a minute since we've seen an official release from cultural curiosity Beck, so with his newest release, Morning Phase, we must ask exactly which face of Beck we're going to get this time around. The songs on Morning Phase call back to his Sea Change/Mutation days of lazily strumming folk ballads, but there's little to no cause for gloom on this album. Every song breezes by like fields you might observe while staring out the backseat of a car.

The production is about as crisp and as layered as one could hope for from an artist as established as Beck, and it's nice to see him deliver such a pleasant album just as it's starting to get warmer outside.

Sam Goldner is the music director at Radio 1190. Email him at sam@radio1190.org.