French popsters Mes Aieuxs latest (translated as The Orange Line, aka the Montreal Metro system) put forth an interesting blend of Canadian folk songs blended with their own modern lyrics; this mix allows them to stand out even more than their considerable musical talents already do. On this set, their fifth, they tap into classic pub songs and French chansons to translate over their topical wordplay, which includes subjects as diverse as the Olympics and local street musicians. Fifteen songs in all make this a worthy, unique, and interesting listen.
The Devil Wears Prada - Zombie EP - Ferret Records
TDWP decided that before they started work on a new full-length, theyd offer up a short EP to their fans. This is that EP, with five songs in all - Survivor, Anatomy, Revive, Escape, and Outnumbered - but there isnt a whole lot of distinction between each track within this 20 minute set; its extremely heavy and overloaded with SFX, unfortunately at the expense of the songs themselves. If you enjoy the overbearing sounds of sirens, bomb-like drums, and saws, then youll dig it - if not, wait for the full-length, which might showcase a little more restraint.
Karen Elson - The Ghost Who Walks - XL Recordings Elson may be fortunate in having Jack White - also her husband - as producer and supporter on her debut album, a far cry from her previously successful modeling career; but that doesnt mean shes devoid of her own musical talent. Elson, who collaborates with White via him serving as both producer and drummer, along with Jackson Smith on guitar and Rachelle Garniez on backing vocals, presents a surprising kind of dark, alt-country mix on these songs, which suit her retro-ish vocal stylings. The title track is one of the best on the set, as is the cryptic A Thief at My Door.
Black Lotus - Harvest of Seasons - Bleak Art Records
This is another heavy set of tracks, although this one is far more complex and thoughtful in its scope, even within its framework of noise and aggressive vocal lines. The arrangements may be part of why this set works, as they are more concise and anchored with arena-worthy synths to carry the musical threads through each song.
Opener Prelude does a good job of setting the albums consecutive scenes, from the mystical Statues in Auburn to companion pieces Of
Pathless Woods and The Fallow Earth. It still might be too dark for some, but it does succeed at its own genre.