Record Store Day, 4/20, AND Easter? Regardless of your religious beliefs/drug habits/vinyl-purchasing tendencies, it's been a busy weekend for all of us. Just in time to settle into this upcoming week, 1190 has some excellent additions to rotation to get your head back in the game.
EMA has done us all a favor and released another unclassifiable collection of warped pop nuggets in the form of her new release for Matador, The Future's Void. Loaded with songs that fall somewhere between '90s Top 40 radio and Throbbing Gristle, The Future's Void is yet another fascinating release by an equally fascinating artist.
It sounds like Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak has found a new fancy from her work as Dungeonesse, as her typically folk-centric main project has gone electro on their new album Shriek. Surprisingly, the group's transition to a more electronic sounds comes across as fairly effortless, and Wasner and Stack's songwriting chops still manage to shine in this new context.
Mark Oliver Everett has already mined almost two decades worth of pain out of his Eels project, but as his new album, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, shows, he's nowhere near slowing down. Taking a more stripped down approach on this release (as opposed to the eccentric approach he's indulged in on the past few records), Everett's gift for weary pop songwriting shines through, delivering yet another batch of groggy sing-alongs to help us get over the night before.
Sam Goldner is the music director at Radio 1190. Email him at email@example.com.