Merry post-Memorial Day everybody. I’m still coming off the high of running my first Bolder Boulder, but it seems that summer is off to a bucolic start.
We’re catching onto some of those vibes here at 1190, and this week’s additions to the rotation give your summer escapades some lively background music.
With approach of June signaling time for a new CD of the month, Julian Lynch’s fantastic new album Lines signals a peaceful and colorful start to the summer at 1190. Though Lynch uses a bedroom-recording approach to capture his whimsical brand of psychedelic guitar plucking, Lines never feels confined to a small space. It reflects tropical, optimistic and expansive moods throughout the album’s 10 songs. Mixing a combination of woodwinds, Robert Fripp-like guitars and lazily strummed acoustic guitars, Lines is a triumph for Lynch and an absolute joy for his audience.
Fresh off a tour with fellow psych rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Foxygen, Wampire’s debut album Curiosity is a wonderful distillation of modern psych-rock sensibilities paired with a goofy — yet technically sound — approach to making rock and roll. Loaded with instantaneous riffs and a sincere love of organs, Wampire’s debut is an album that takes fun very seriously.
Lastly, London’s Mount Kimbie returns with an anticipated follow up to 2010’s Crooks & Lovers with the diverse Cold Spring Fault Less Youth. Incorporating more full-band sounds without losing the pulsing beats of the band’s debut, this sophomore record is the sound of a talented electronic group finding new ways to expand the boundaries of a genre, without betraying the band’s greatest strengths.
Other additions include:
* Dreams in the Rat House, Shannon and the Clams.
* Waiting and Waiting, John Mark Nelson.
* False Idols, Tricky.
— Sam Goldner is the music director at Radio 1190