Welcome to Leakage, a BYT column dedicated to listening to your favorite band’s releases weeks before the street date. Every week I’ll be giving you brief reviews of said leaks with an MP3 to sample. If you want us to take down your song, holla back.
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Judging by this week alone, April is going to be a good month for leaks.
Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record (Release date: May 4, 2010): This much awaited record leaked Monday morning. The album was arranged by a core group of six people. The songs work well within the context of a smaller group, but I kind of enjoyed the big, skyscraper sound of earlier releases. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still worth your time to listen but it’s a grower.
LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (Release date: May 18, 2010): Monday was a good day for highly anticipated albums. This is the alleged last LCD Soundsystem record, but at least they’re going out with a bang. Sound of Silver will always be the group’s standout record, but This Is Happening is a solid release that lives up to the expectations of its predecessor.
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Before Today (Release date: June 8, 2010): Back in March, the single for this record — “Round And Round” — generated glowing reviews. I’m not really sure how I feel about it after the initial listen. There are a lot of ideas at play and the record goes in many directions. It’s not essential, but it’s definitely worth a listen.
Woods, At Echo Lake (Release date: May 11, 2010): Woods’ 2008 release Songs of Shame didn’t do much for me. There were some quality songs (“Rain On” and “To Hold” specifically), but overall the meandering jam sessions weren’t hitting home. On their fifth release, Woods have take a straight-forward approach to their songwriting this time around. The results end up with a direct, concise record that I have not stopped listening to. This one will be one of the better releases this year.
Holy Fuck, Latin (Release date: May 11, 2010): Continuing their trend of loop-heavy, instrumental tunes this is the first record by the group as a quartet. Originally a duo the group has slightly changed their sound since their breakthrough record LP. There’s no “Lovely Allen”, but what you get on Latin is more of the same (which is not necessarily a bad thing).
Listen: Holy Fuck — “Latin America”
Gayngs, Relayted (Release date: May 11, 2010): “Inspired exclusively by 10 cc’s ‘I’m Not In Love’, Gayngs is a group effort between Solid Gold, Megafaun, Rosebuds, P.O.S. and Bon Iver.” I was worried that I would like this just because of the novelty. I’m glad I don’t because it’s actually a pretty decent record.