The Drums, Christina Aguilera, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – This Week’s New Albums Rated

Reviews Ed Emily Mackay rounds up the key new albums released in the UK, Monday 7 June. Follow the links for the full reviews

Lo, the day is finally upon us; golden boys of lovelorn indie jangle The Drums release their eponymous debut, and it’s every bit as good as we knew it would be.

If only we could say the same about Christina Aguilera’s new effort ‘Bionic’, which seems more than a little confused in its efforts to steal back some ground from Gaga.

Benefitting from stripping back their ultra-lo-fi fuzz-pop, meanwhile, are Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, whose first proper studio recording, ‘Before Today’ retains the charm of earlier bedroom creations.

Pushing out into the excitingly choppy uncharted waters of the post-dubstep world is Planet Mu’s Ital Tek, whose ‘Midnight Colour’ reveals many a subtle new hue.

Making a less satisfying splash in the world of beats and bleeps is Lorn’s debut, ‘Nothing Else’ which makes a an intense entrance, but soon outstays its welcome.

Danish smoothie Trentemoller combines electronica and dark rockabilly cool to hypnotic effect on ‘Into The Great Wide Yonder’.

Psych overlord Roky Erickson receives a fitting tribute from the always excellent Sonic Cathedral stable.

Singer-songwriter (But in a godo way) Nina Nastasia continues to refine her bare and bleak niche on ‘Outlaster’.

Similarly dancing to the beat of their own drum are Here We Go Magic, whose psychy folk pop on ‘Pigeons’has Camilla Pia’s head turned.

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