Top 5 Albums of the Week: 1-30-17

1:  Kid Koala :  Music to Draw to: Satellite (Arts and Crafts)

Title says it.  Kid Koala teams with Icelandic singer/songwriter Emeliana Torrini in a departure from the Turntabilism that brought him to notoriety.  Ambient, mellow, and highly listenable.

2: STFU :  What We Want (Bandcamp)

Texas based dystopian "Bleak-Pop" duo STFU released their effort: What We Want in July of 2016.  If you are a fan of the shoe gaze genre, you might appreciate this album, though you may have to gaze a little harder, as the lights have been dimmed.  No YouTube videos were found, but you can find them on Bandcamp, Facebook, and Soundcloud...

 

3: Barclay Crenshaw:  Barclay Crenshaw (Dirtybird)

Barclay Crenshaw, better known as Claude VonStroke, releases this birth named project as a collection of tracks that didn't quite fit the house style that he is known for.  Synths, strings, keyboard, and some nice album art.

4: Baloji: 64 Bits and Malachite (Bella Union - PIAS)

Belgian raised Baloji ("man of occult sciences and sorcery") stands at the crossroads of traditional African, Afro-American, and Electronic music. The 5 track remix EP features Saul Williams, Russo, Youssoupha, and others.

5: Ron Gallo:  Heavy Meta (New West)

Ex Toy Soldiers frontman Ron Gallo releases his first solo effort, Heavy Meta. Dark, edgy, and loaded with reverb heavy guitar riffs. Undomesticated Punk?