Since I was super-excited for new full-lengths from Mates of State, Tilly and the Wall, and My Morning Jacket, I suppose I’ll post reactions now that I’ve listened to all of them a while.
Re-Arrange Us. Every Mates of State album has taken getting used to for me, but eventually found its place in my music↔mood map. That’s not to say they’re equal, and this one is somewhat looser than Mates’ best. Every song on Re-Arrange Us has been stuck in my head at some point, but I just miss the trademark organ and joy. Re-Arrange Us is darker, with guitar/piano displacing the organ, and with Kori’s vocals much more prominent.
O comes out 6/17, but I’m a sucker and got the early release + art print pre-order. Tilly and the Wall keep on tapping for their unique percussion, but for this third album, as with their second, they use more drums and electronics. I’m infinitely grateful to CSS for touring with Tilly, because I don’t think they would have made a song like Pot Kettle Black otherwise. Very fun listening.
Evil Urges. My Morning Jacket managed to get more pop-rock and more weird at the same time. Less jams without sacrificing the sweet sweet guitar, and Jim James is really pushing himself on vocals. The word “interweb” in a southern twang is the second strangest thing. The first is Highly Suspicious. Also, it’s epic and dreamy as expected from MMJ.