So the saga of record-release anticipation continues: Already amongst some of 2011’s most buzzed- about new albums, the upcoming offerings from local rockers Death Cab for Cutie (DCFC) and Fleet Foxes have now made SPIN‘s list of the “Spring Albums That Matter Most.” Of Death Cab’s Codes and Keys, which drops May 31, SPIN raves: “The literate and lasting small-time heroes can be said to have led the charge for the scale that indie-rock has achieved in recent years [….]but more important than that is a body of work that has built on itself and expanded its reach. [DCFC’s] Ben Gibbard has intriguingly name-checked Brian Eno’s meditative, all-over-the-place 1975 classic Another Green World.” The title track from the Fleet Foxes’ sophomore effort, Helplessness Blues (out May 3) receives similar high praise: “[….As] with many other so-called “freak folk” bands, there’s nothing very freaky about [Fleet Foxes]. Instead, it’s all guileless folk songs best sung in the sun, with a golden gleam to them that owes in part to sweet vocal harmonizing. [‘Helplessness Blues’] follows suit, sounding like a mash of southern California in the ’70s and Simon & Garfunkel in their prime. Longtime indie studio ace Phil Ek recorded and co-produced with members of the band, who seem like they’ll probably be around for a good while to come.” Read SPIN’s whole feature via the link above.
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