This week’s best albums
– The newest release from Have a Nice Life mashes dark shoegaze, industrial percussion, gothic atmosphere, and distant, elongated, harmonized vocals.
– Covering his own catalog as well as singles by Johnny Horton, Alice in Chains, and The Bee Gees, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang turns in a stomping, whooping record with a Primus-flavored Appalachian vibe.
– On its eighth album, German ambient-jazz quartet Bohren & Der Club of Gore is so sparing with its rhythm and phrasing that silence and space could be regarded as the music’s primary building blocks.
– Avant-garde group Xiu Xiu returns with “the sound of Xiu Xiu’s death,” a look at the violently sexual undertones of life in Los Angeles.
Broken Bells: After the Disco (Columbia)
Marissa Nadler: July (Sacred Bones / Bella Union)