CD Watch #1

We get a ton of CDs delivered to The Indy offices every week, so here’s a couple we’re listening to right now that you should be watching out for in the coming weeks.

Jake Ziah‘s These Days Do No Justice: Red Parlor Records‘ second release is the promising debut from this Norwegian quartet, with haunting vocals, playfully restrained instruments, and precious songwriting. It’s jangly, pensive Americana put through a Scandinavian sieve. Due out August 29.

The Black KeysMagic Potion: Singer and stringman Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney make their Nonesuch Records debut with this listener friendly, borderline psychdelic, hard rock gem. It’s as if Jimi Hendrix came back from the dead in the form of white dudes from Akron, Ohio. Due out September 12.

American Music: The Hightone Records Story: If the amazing sampler is any indication of what this four CD/79-song (plus one DVD) collection is like, you’ll be stuck to your stereo till your ear goes sweaty. Mixing some of the country’s best blues, folk, roots, and rockabilly is what Hightone’s done best over their 23 years, and this is a testament to that growing legacy. Due out September 12.

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