MATT POND PA, WINTERSLEEP, THE LONELY FOREST (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) BIG FISH, SMALL POND—For the past 12 years or so Matt Pond PA has had little difficulty writing and singing glorious little pop songs, so it's not surprising that his latest, The Dark Leaves, continues this tradition. The pace is tempered, the guitars jangle, and Pond's voice sounds as warm as ever—proof that sometimes change is a very bad thing. EAC
BATHS, THE GREAT MUNDANE, NATASHA KMETO (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) "It takes a lot of courage to go out there and radiate your essence," says a sampled female voice on Baths' ebullient headnodder "Maximalist." And that's exactly what Baths (21-year-old producer Will Wiesenfeld) has done on his debut album, Cerulean. Much of the full-length, which comes out June 22 on Anticon, possesses a soft-focus, tender quality that prompts one to affix that contentious descriptor "emotronica" to it. Good-natured fellow that he is, Wiesenfeld can accept this loaded term. "Ahahaha," he guffaws, "people can say whatever they like! Who am I to tell someone how they should hear it? I guess I'm just a soft-focus, tender guy, amirite? I'm definitely not afraid to make things as tender and/or softly sexual as possible. I just emote that way; I mean... some of my favorite things in the world are drawings of guys kissing or sleeping together. I love love. Durp." DS
MALAIKAT DAN SINGA, JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The latest project from Old Time Relijun front-shaman Arrington de Dionyso is a record sung (or more frequently sputtered, yelped, and howled) entirely in Indonesian, self-titled Malaikat Dan Singa, which translates as "Angels and Lions." For other artists, this might be a strange move, but strange moves are pretty much the only kind Dionyso's got. Underneath the other-tongued incantations (and occasional throat singing), Dionyso and crew stir up their "usual" roiling stew of swamp-boogie rhythms, nervy guitar riffing, and bleating clarinet drones. And it's not like you really knew what the guy was singing about even in English (many-headed beasts, maybe?). ERIC GRANDY
ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA WITH DWEEZIL ZAPPA (Roseland, 8 NW 6th) For $82.50 plus convenience charges, you'd better get to gently caress the zombified mustache of Frank Zappa. Otherwise, avoid this like the musical plague that it is. EAC
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