Image of albums being released in February 2013

The Sounds of February

February in Portland is often a paradoxical month. The days are finally growing longer, but the brightness that one would think such a prospect would offer is often negated by darker, heavier rainclouds. Fortunately for us, this year’s shortest-of-months is full of some exciting album releases that’ll be sure to beat back the gloom.

Image of Unknown Mortal Orchestra (UMO)

The first release is one that we’re most excited for, Potland-based Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s sophomore album, “II”. This album’s been made available for streaming already and it only gets better with repeated listens. We can’t wait to get our hands on a vinyl copy on February 5th!  UMO’s 2011 debut album took the indie world by storm, and we suspect this will continue in that trajectory. “II” is a perfect blend of SF Sorrow-era Pretty Things meets 70s chillout R&B, but done in a way sounding entirely fresh without falling into the traps of neo-psychedelia.

Image of band STRFKR (Starfucker)

The other release we absolutely cannot wait for is STRFKR’s “Miracle Mile” on February 19th. This double-LP is the band’s most lush, diverse, and complex album to date. Few records blur the lines between being simultaneously danceable while taking you on a mind-expanding aural pleasure trip, and this one does the job effortlessly. Grab this on limited-edition green and red vinyl while you have the chance, as well as tickets for STRFKR’s return to Portland on February 27th at the Roseland!

Image of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Looking for something a little darker to match your mood? Cold, dark and goth-influenced music took over a good part of the indie scene in 2011 and 2012, but they have nothing on one of the originals. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ 15th studio album,”Push the Sky Away” also sees release on February 19th.

If you’re looking for other new music to check out, follow WINDOWWALL’s music board on Pinterest, where we post some of our favorite tracks every week.

 

Make some time this month to really enjoy listening to some music. An evening at home doing nothing but sitting down and listening to a few good records is often reserved for audiophiles and vinyl geeks, but it’s a ritual we should all take a little time to enjoy!

POSTED January 28th 2013 by Ghassan Ammar