New Music: Plants & Animals, Caribou and The Tallest Man On Earth

Plants & Animals - La La Land

Montreal's Plants & Animals are back with their second LP, La La Land, which is officially out today. Their first album, Parc Avenue, was a favorite of mine so my expectations were high for this release. Although I don't feel like it's as strong overall as their first full-length, the flashes of brilliant songwriting show their face a few times. Songs like 'American Idol' and 'Kon Tiki' are great springtime or summertime jams but the best track on the album might be 'Undone Melody'. It's a slow burner of a track that builds up to a rocking ending, which I always enjoy. This is definitely an album worth checking out.

Caribou - Swim

Dan Snaith has been recording music under the monikers of Manitoba and Caribou for almost ten years now. Caribou broke out in 2007 with the fantastic Andorra but the new album, Swim (also out today), should make Snaith even more of a name for himself. Caribou has seemed to drop a lot of the indie rock sound on this album in favor of great synth beats, and I can't really complain. There are some really great dance tracks on here; the opener 'Odessa' and 'Hannibal' in particular. This record deserves the best new music tag P4K handed it today, and don't forget to check them out at The Granada in Lawrence on June 6th.

The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt

Although this came out last Tuesday, I've been slacking and I definitely thought it was worth mentioning. I feel in love with Sweden's Kristian Matsson's solo project The Tallest Man On Earth the first time I heard his debut album, 2008's Shallow Grave (which was my 7th favorite album of '08). When I first heard this follow up, I was extremely wary if this was going to be half the album Shallow Grave was. I'm glad I stuck with it because The Wild Hunt may not be quite as good, but it's a grower for sure. It's a lazy comparison, but I'm gonna say it anyway, if you're a fan of Bob Dylan, you'll most likely enjoy The Tallest Man On Earth.


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