Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 22:02
An ambient fusion of Bon Iver and Imogen Heap-type vocals, Coldplay’s newly released “Midnight” exhibits both patience and development. As it approaches the shade of neo-psychedelic noise-pop we’ve come to expect from bands like Animal Collective, “Midnight” reflects, if nothing else, the band’s continued expansion into unfamiliar territory.
Mike Gordon, "Ether"
Like the utter formlessness of Phish? Appreciate the improv-happy ecstasy of America’s greatest existing jam band? Well, Phish bassist Mike Gordon had other things in mind for his solo venture “Ether.” The only single off his new album Overstep, released on Feb. 25, too neatly and plainly mails in a Pink Floyd-esque tune. Sorry, Mike. (I still love you.)
Beck, "Blue Moon"
A multifaceted exploration in folk, pop, and alt-soul, Beck’s “Blue Moon” is pretty enough. It is a bit fuller-sounding than some of his instrumentally minimalist cuts, and Beck seems to be harkening back to a slightly more upbeat “Guess I’m Doing Fine” from his 2002 album Sea Change.