Cheatahs – CHEATAHS
The Cheatahs debut record is a competent showcase of the band's less stodgy take on Shoegaze. Their version of Shoegaze really swings. Songs like Leave that Remains and Geographic bubble up big and alternate speed and fuzziness. Only weak spot is the generic vocals but the music is good enough you don’t really care about the vocals.
Phantogram - VOICES
Phantogram combines the age old combo of female torch singer with a guy behind machines that make the usual feet moving beats and rugged new wave soundscapes (and also chips with a couple vocals and harmonies). This is quite a pretty take on this, quite a good collection of songs. My favorites are Nothing but Trouble and I Don’t Blame You.
Wild Beasts - PRESENT TENSE
For the Wild Beasts fourth album, they’ve taken the high pinnacle drama and castrato vocals of the first two records, acknowledged the heavier keyboards of the third and topped it off with a more rhythmic guitar sound that anchors the whole thing. It’s an improvement from their last record which had too much technology but still is not on the power level of their first two.