There have been several exceptional new releases in the last few weeks and days - here are a few you shouldn't miss.
The Onion's A.V. Club said of Midlake's new album "The Courage of Others", "Midlake’s sound is less about its influences than the atmosphere it creates: akin to being stranded in a dark place, unsure whether to search for a way out or get used to the surroundings."
Yeasayer's new album "Odd Blood" is even better than their last:
Broken Bells - made up of James Mercer (of the Shins) and Danger Mouse (I woke up with this song in my head this morning):