Feist: Metals (6) and The Reminder
Roedelius: Selbsportrait I
Joe Byrd & The Field Hippies: The American Metaphysical Circus
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: s/t
Eleanor Friedberger: Last Summer
Rene Hell: The Terminal Symphony
My Morning Jacket: The Tennessee Fire
Mountains: Air Museum
Four Tet: Rounds and There is Love in You
Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues
So much conversation about Feist on the internet this week. Or, the idea of Feist. Mostly the conversation had to do with "adult" music and Feist was a stand-in for that trope. I just hope people are, you know, listening to the new Feist album—because it's terrific! I came close to writing more on the topic but stopped myself after deciding I've been to this well too many times. I feel I have more to write about Feist, but for now I'm finished writing about adult music. I'm an adult, I listen to music. So are all of you.
Curiously left out of the conversation, since their album came out almost six whole months ago, was Fleet Foxes. I returned to Helplessness Blues after some time away from it, only to learn my opinion about it hasn't changed. It's a a fine album but it doesn't touch the debut. The wash of harmonies scrubs most of the dynamics away. Pretty songs in small doses, sort of a mush when played straight through.
- Fleet Foxes: Sim Sala Bim