So I’m a little behind. I promise a March edition next week so we can get caught up. Anyway, here are the records I think are worth owning from February 2006. As always, while I support buying direct from the label, you can also browse online or at your local record store.
Destroyer – Destroyer’s Rubies
Destroyer – “European Oils”: mp3
Destroyer’s Rubies, to me, is easily the best album of the year so far. In conjunction with a fantastic backing band, Dan Bejar’s music has never been more robust and accessible, with sprawling, endlessly inventive arrangements that not only transcend the 70s Bowie aesthetic, but almost make it irrelevant. His lyrics as good as ever, not impenetrable so much as they are a dance with the listener – take “Rubies,” for instance, where he keeps deferring blame from himself (“Trust me, I had my reasons”) but eventually owns up to whatever he’s done (“typical me”), as the music shifts accordingly. It’s just a genius record, guys.
Buy from Merge / Hear more at MySpace
Beth Orton – Comfort of Strangers
Beth Orton – “Conceived”: mp3
Buy from Astralwerks / Hear more at MySpace
Hem – No Word From Tom
Hem – “So. Central Rain”: mp3
buy from Nettwerk / Hear more at MySpace
Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
Belle & Sebastian – “The Blues Are Still Blue”: mp3
Buy from Matador / Hear more at an unofficial MySpace
Record Rawk (or “rack,” natch) is a monthly buyer’s guide for only the finest in new releases. Previously in 2006: January 2006
Tags: Destroyer, Beth Orton, Belle and Sebastian, Hem, February Releases