Monday, February 20, 2012

Free Album Streaming: New CDs from Sleigh Bells, School of Seven Bells, & More

New releases from the London-based indie-pop band Fanfarlo and the dreamy New York duo School of Seven Bells highlight the albums available for online streaming this week. [UPDATE, Wed., Feb. 22nd: AOL Music has added the new Sleigh Bells album, "Reign of Terror," to its streaming lineup for this week (stream it here), so that's the highlight of this week's new streaming choices. I've added that below and put it in the title.] I liked Fanfarlo's previous record, and while I can't say I'm always in the mood for the ethereal soundscapes of SVIIB, their songs are great when I want something totally different from the traditional guitar-based rock combo.

Fanfarlo's "Rooms Filled with Light" is one of the albums you can preview online this week.

Formed as a trio featuring guitarist Benjamin Curtis (of Secret Machines) and twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza doing vocals, SVIIB carries on as a duo following the departure of Claudia late last year more than a year ago.

Also on preview this week: the new album by singer-songwriter Sara Radle, formerly in The Rentals (with ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp); the California band Princeton; the Grammy-winning Benin artist Angelique Kidjo; and many other bands that, well, I'm not at all familiar with. (However, I enjoyed listening to "Giant Orange," the rocking album by Cheap Girls, today, so often the fun of these previews is discovering a collection you like by an artist you've never heard of before.)

AOL Music Listening Party: 
"Reign of Terror" by Sleigh Bells
"Spirit Rising" by Angelique Kidjo
"Same Sun Shines" by Sara Radle
"Awkward Breeds" by The Sidekicks

NPR First Listen:
"Rooms Filled With Light" by Fanfarlo
"Toward the Low Sun" by Dirty Three
"Court the Storm" by Y La Bamba
"Black Radio" by Robert Glasper Experiment

Hype Machine:
"Ghostory" by School of Seven Bells's Listening Party:
"Giant Orange" by Cheap Girls
"Metal Moon" by Dirty Ghosts
"Lungs, Dirt & Dreams" by Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters
"North for the Winter" by Guy Capecelatro III
"Wake All My Youth" by Young Empires
"Remembrance of Things to Come" by Princeton

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