Animal Collective — Transverse Temporal Gyrus
We discussed the live recording of Animal Collective’s randomized Guggenheim experiment Transverse Temporal Gyrus last week in the context of our Record Store Day roundup — it was released on limited-edition vinyl as a RSD exclusive, and is presumably all sold out by now. But if you missed out, then never fear — you can still hear an approximation of what happens when a heap of tracks are fed into a computer and unleashed in random order up and down the Guggenheim, because the album is streaming via Stereogum.
Rufus Wainwright — Out of the Game
Apart from the Animal Collective action, it’s the folk at NPR who have all the streaming action this week — their regular First Listen section is overflowing with goodness. Let’s start with the new Rufus Wainwright record, which is out on May 1 but streaming nice and early. Wainwright’s voice is, as ever, something of an acquired taste, but if you’re a fan of his hyper-theatrical brand of pop music, you’ll most definitely enjoy Out of the Game — even if Rufus does seem to have mellowed just a wee bit these days. Listen here.
Lower Dens — Nootropics
We’ve been thoroughly enjoying the new album from Baltimore’s Lower Dens since a promo copy landed in our lap a couple of weeks back, so it’s a pleasure to be able to let you know that it’s also streaming well ahead of its May 1 release. Nootropics has been one of the year’s unexpected pleasures thus far, sounding something like a secret winter summit between Beach House and a somewhat gentler, female-fronted version of Neu! It’s really, really good, in other words, and you should check it out right now by clicking here.
Santigold — Master of My Make-Believe
“Long-awaited” is a compound adjective that’s thrown around rather too much in the music industry, but there’s no denying that if you were a fan of Santi White’s first album, you’ll have been hanging out for quite a while to hear new music. In many respects, Master of My Make-Believe sounds like the last four years never happened — Diplo and Switch are among the producers featured, Karen O and Nick Zinner make guest appearances. Why, anyone’d think the Lower East Side was still the place to be! Listen here.
Damon Albarn — Dr Dee
And finally, here’s Damon Albarn’s opera. We’ll just let that sentence sink in for a bit — even for a man whose musical interests are as prolific and wide-ranging as Albarn, the world of opera is a bit of a stretch. We’re not exactly big opera fans here at Flavorpill, and as such, we don’t feel especially well-qualified to evaluate the quality of Albarn’s operatic endeavors — but if you’re interested, check the album out for yourself here.