Best Albums: Dead Rider, Tycho, Dex Romweber Duo

This week’s best albums

– Musical iconoclast Todd Rittman delivers his latest with Dead Rider, a collection of songs based on texture with quirky rock riffs,┬ádissonant chord-voicings, vocal oddities, clanging auxiliary percussion, and ghostly synths.

– Re-imagining his music for a trio, electronic producer Tycho brings live drums and a guitar-bass interplay to the forefront.

– With his third studio album as the Dex Romweber Duo, ex-Flat Duo Jets front-man Dexter Romweber continues to stand out as a rare artist who matches style with substance.

Honorable mentions

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Pi├▒ata (Madlib Invazion)

Hauschka: Abandoned City (Temporary Residence)

NoCanDo: Jimmy the Burnout (Alpha Pup)

Ringworm: Hammer of the Witch (Relapse)

Sisyphus: s/t (Asthmatic Kitty / Joyful Noise)

The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream