Hope everyone had a fruitful July 4th weekend. There are some legendary shows coming up this week, with Budos Band in Colorado — at the Fox Monday, hope you made it, and at the Bluebird tonight — Natural Child coming to the Hi-Dive this Saturday, and twin appearances from Mac DeMarco and Amen Dunes at the Gothic and Lost Lake, respectively. There's much to be excited about, so tune into 1190 this week to get pumped up with some great new releases.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow have perfected a certain kind of subversive, dreamy indie pop that can be stunning in it's simplicity. Their fourth full-length, Sea When Absent, is a Technicolor roller coaster that at its best manages to carry the torch of soundscapers like My Bloody Valentine and Tame Impala.
Ras G has been operating on Flying Lotus' electronic label Brainfeeder for a few years now, and hip-hop titans Stones Throw have done him the honor of reissuing his "Raw Fruit" mixtapes into one sweet package, titled Raw Fruit Vol. 1 & 2. Ras G's approach on one hand possesses the heavy bass throb of artists like J Dilla and FlyLo, while on the other a tasteful knack for sound collaging, the kind of music the Avalanches practiced so well. Together these mixtapes form a complete picture of one of the more left-field producers working today.
Alex G's new release DSU is a wonderful slice of homegrown indie guitar pop, the kind of stuff Mac DeMarco's built his name on. Alex G's style of pop prides itself on its innocence, opting for pure sweetness where similar acts like Ariel Pink and Jackson Scott tend to lean towards the unsettling and bizarre, making DSU a refreshing and accessible listen.
Sam Goldner is the music director at CU-Boulder's Radio 1190. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.