It’s been a while since I’ve done this, so I wanted to share some of the new releases I’ve enjoyed over the last few months.
Alex Chilton – Free Again
An album of songs recorded after Chilton’s time as the frontman for The Box Tops but before he founded Big Star. This is the musical bridge between those two seminal Memphis rock bands.
Air – La Voyage dans la Lune
For those who saw the recent film, Hugo (and if you didn’t, stop reading and go watch it now), the above album cover may look familiar. It comes from a 1902 silent film by Georges Méliès (yes, he was a real person) which was featured in Hugo. French pop duo, Air, were commissioned to score a newly restored release of the Méliès film. I’ve not yet seen the restored film with their soundtrack, but I have been enjoying the music on its own.
of Montreal – Paralytic Stalks
After being disappointed by the last few of Montreal albums, I was almost ready to give up on them. But then I heard a track from this album, and my hope was restored. Paralytic Stalks turned out to be my favorite album they’ve made since 2001’s Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies.
Zammuto – Zammuto
Nick Zammuto was one half of The Books, who were one of the most original and innovative groups I can think of. They broke up after releasing their third album, but thankfully Zammuto has continued making new music, forming a band which dons his last name as their own. I won’t try to convey what this music sounds like with words, because I wouldn’t know how.
As always, I know I’ve missed some great music that was released over the last few months. Let me know what I’m missing! What are your favorite albums of 2012 so far? Leave a comment, or tweet @noahmglenn