01 June 2011

Music to dig by: three ruined covers

Just three great records with ruins on the cover.

1. Sun Araw, 'Ancient Romans' (Sun Ark)
Stirring minimal tropical-psych (?!) out the LBC. Album out August through Drag City.  Double LP on white vinyl! Many thanks to Patrick for turning me on to this one.

LISTEN: Sun Araw, 'Crete'

2. Xeno and Oaklander, 'Sentinelle' (Wierd Records)

This album was my jams last spring. The minimal synths perfectly capture the ascetic spirit of European Classicism.

WATCH: Xeno and Oaklander, 'Nuit', live at the Cowley Club, Brighton.

If you're in New York you can see X+O live at Public Assembly in Brooklyn on June 16, along with my former WCBN comrade Laurel Halo.

3. The Art Museums, 'Rough Frame' (Woodsist)

The Art Museums are a great San Francisco duo that play low-fi Bohemian pop.  The cover obviously has archaeopop charm, but the whole album's great to listen to.  I played them a lot on my show on KUSF last year.

LISTEN: The Art Museums, 'Sculpture Gardens'

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