Great Lake Swimmers, Lost Channels
Canadian quintet Great Lake Swimmers has assembled another sonic shrine to the rocky emotional terrain of life. With each of their three previous full-length albums, the band has been perfecting their gorgeous alchemy, blending folky landscapes and lead singer Tony Dekkers yearning revelations on relationships so intimate and honest, it feels like youre reading his diary. Recorded in and around the Thousand Islands -- a stretch of islands ranging in size around the St. Lawrence River the album sounds steeped in the stark, windswept scenes and the fireside evenings that undoubtedly went into its making. For anyone who likes the hushed intimacy and pop nods of Iron & Wine and Fleet Foxes.
Prince, MPLSound / LotusFlow3r / Elixir
The Purple One returns with a three-disc set: two of his own, and a third album he produced for Bria Valente, the latest in a long line of Princes protgs (Apollonia, we hardly knew ye). Everyones favorite Jehovahs Witness has had a few missteps in the past few years the guitar-humping Superbowl performance, his sour-grapes stance towards downloading, his insistence on naming songs the way a 12-year-old girl texts -- but what he lacks in innovation he makes up for in sheer bizarreness. Released exclusively through Target, first disc MPLSound is an homage to his beloved Minneapolis, while both discs tread the same funked up territory Prince has always trafficked in. He does, however, break new ground with track Valentina what has to be the first song addressed to the offspring of a celebrity in which he implores Salma Hayeks infant daughter to tell your mama she should give me a call. Yikes!