Super smooth production for another throwback sound. This time it's the seventies, mixing horns aplenty with a contemporary electropop sound. If that doesn't make any sense, just give the meandering "Bay of Pigs" a listen for 11 minutes of bliss.
Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials
Some people say Adele is the voice of the century. I say it's Florence Welch. Each song builds to a worthy climax of a crashing sounds and her perfect, brawny voice.
Friendly Fires, Pala
I liked their first album, but there was something too forced about the efforts. Pala, however, sounds so easy, so fluid. Friendly, frothy synths and singable, memorable hooks. That's all you need.
The Go! Team, Rolling Blackouts
I love this band so much I can even abide the short bursts of rap. Heady layers of indie rock, hip hop beats, and, yes, cheers and chants make up The Go! Team's signature sound. Frolicking fun.
Runners up: No accompaniment here. Check them out if you can.
Feist's first album is pure, gooey ear candy. Her second made her famous, but the music wasn't as awesome. This third album follows with her distinctive voice leading the way through not the most memorable songs. But as Homer says about the flying pig: It's still good. It's still good.
Another retro 60's guitar group sound mashed up with modern indie pop. Jangly stuff.
More pleasant indie pop. With a cool cover of The Postal Service's "The District Sleeps Tonight."
That's it for today. I'll try to be on time next Monday.