I bought both Disappears albums within a few weeks of each other, so in some ways they both blend together. Despite the wondrousness that is Guider's closer, "Revisiting," it's last year's Lux that is the overall better record. You can't really go wrong with either but Lux is just a bit more satisfying.
- Disappears: Gone Completely
The Radio Dept.: Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002–2010
I picked a few nits in my review of this collection, but the truth is anything by the Radio Dept. gets played in this household. My brilliant wife or I routinely go to the first Radio Dept. song in our iTunes library, press play, and don't look back for however many hours it lasts. This collection, happily, makes it last even longer. I still recommend just going for the band's full-lengths first, if you haven't already; but this is an excellent addition to the discography.
- The Radio Dept.: Peace Of Mind
Radiohead: The King of Limbs
I'm having the same reaction to The King of Limbs that I had to In Rainbows—and, well, I guess every Radiohead album. My craving for it has dwindled, but when I do put it on, I really like it.
- Radiohead: Codex
Tim Hecker: Ravedeath, 1972
The ambient/drone genre is positively thriving right now, and Hecker is squarely in its upper echelon.
- Tim Hecker: The Piano Drop
Harry Belafonte: Calypso
Calypso is clearly the oddest duck of the mix, but in truth it will probably the album I go back to most consistently for years to come. It's really a fun album. It probably wins extra points for being fun to play with my kid.
- Harry Belafonte: Brown Skin Girl
Low: The Great Destroyer
As mentioned last week, I've done a total 180 on this album. It's fantastic.
- Low: On the Edge of
The Third Eye Foundation: The Dark
The Third Eye Foundation is like the opposite of how I feel about the Radio Dept.: this is not music you just put on whenever and let play. This is some serious shit with an album title not to be taken lightly. I'm not going to play The Dark regularly, but it is an intense experience and a welcome return to form for Matt Elliott, who has been away from his TEF guise for too long. Review.
- The Third Eye Foundation: Closure