Monday, August 10, 2009

MP3 Monday: Wild Beasts, Mittens on Strings, Brown Recluse

Three for free! Enjoy these tunes and check back often because there's plenty more to come.
Wild Beasts - All the King's Men (MP3)

Fresh off their acclaimed 2008 debut, the excellent Limbo, Panto, Wild Beasts are back with a quick followup LP entitled Two Dancers. The album already has a good deal of press surrounding in the UK, and if you'll take the time to download the record's first single, "All the King's Men," it's quite easy to hear why. The band's dual vocalists Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming are in fine form and the band is more than up to the task of making this sophomore effort a step forward and up. (MySpace)

Mittens on Strings - Big Brother (MP3)

I don't know much about this band except that this single is excellent and they have a full-length album on the way that I'm excited to hear. Mittens on Strings will release Let's Go to Baba's on September 29th and "Big Brother" is the charming folk-rock single available above. If they can keep up the quality on the rest of their upcoming record, it should be more than worth a listen. (MySpace)

Brown Recluse - Contour and Context (MP3)

Brown Recluse recorded their debut EP, Soft Skin, several years ago, but Slumberland Records is finally bringing it to the light of day on September 8th - and it's a very good thing. The band have a somewhat retro pop vibe that brings to mind the Zombies, and with muted - but joyful - horn arrangements and jangly guitars making "Contour and Context" a song that provides a refreshing update on a classic sound. (MySpace)