Overlooked Records 2007
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After a long weekend of festival-throwing and -going, we're taking a publishing break and marking the occasion with our third annual roundup of records issued in the first half of the year that deserve more attention than you, gentle reader, may be giving them.

Thanks again to everyone who attended, performed at, and helped present the Pitchfork Music Festival. Come back tomorrow for our usual post-fest photo-and-interview extravaganza.


A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Scribble Mural Comic Journal






Philadelphia tweegazers keep up ambient-pop's ethereal flame, losing themselves in the trebly haze of early Creation Records, pop melodies barely shining through all the layers of noise.

MP3:> A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Various Tracks

The Besnard Lakes
Are the Dark Horse






After years of enjoying tangential connections to fellow Canadian indie rock stars Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, and the Unicorns (RIP), this Jagjaguwar group is finally ready for its close-up.

MP3:> The Besnard Lakes - Various Tracks

Black Lips
Los Valientes del Mundo Nuevo






Atlanta band seems to have found the ideal context for their brash, loud, and sloppy garage rock: live onstage in Tijuana, recorded by John Reis of Hot Snakes and Drive Like Jehu.

MP3:> Black Lips - "Not a Problem"

James Blackshaw
The Cloud of Unknowing

[Tompkins Square]





This is a long-overdue gift for fans of acoustic guitar music; Blackshaw-- growing into his prodigious own at the startling age of 25-- has finessed his abilities and 12-string acoustic guitar into a veritable solo symphony, schooled equally in complex 20th century composition and uncommon beauty.

Kathy Diamond
Miss Diamond to You
[Permanent Vacation]





Sheffield singer collaborates with Mu's Maurice Fulton for a record stuffed with hooks, accentuated by a never-intrusive mix of rock drums, funky bass, and synth patches used both sparingly and to perfect accompanying effect.


[Southern Lord]





Legendary Seattle drone-metal group follows its excellent 2005 comeback Hex, or Printing in the Infernal Method with a four-track collection of re-recorded songs and a DVD documenting the band's post-Hex European tour.

Lucky Soul
The Great Unwanted

[Ruffa Lane]





Guitar pop band sets out to capture the teenage melodrama of 60s girl groups but they won't leave you humming "Be My Baby"; instead, the group pays more attention to composition than to homage, and the result is one of the year's best indie pop records.

MP3:> Lucky Soul - "The Great Unwanted"

Marissa Nadler
Songs III: Bird on the Water
[Peace Frog/Kemado]





Backed by the revered Philly psych-folk group Espers-- and produced by that band's frontman, Greg Weeks-- singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler's latest outing is her best yet, ensconsing songs of sorrow in impressionistic phrases and careful musicianship. [Note: This record will be released next month in the U.S. on Kemado.]

MP3:> Marissa Nadler - Various Tracks

No Age
Weirdo Rippers

[Fat Cat]





Over the course of five EPs issued on five different labels-- the highlights of which are compiled here-- this Los Angeles duo's mastered a low-tech immensity that allows its songs to seem much bigger than their constituent parts. [Note: This record will be released next month in the U.S. on Fat Cat U.S.]

No Age - "My Life's Alright Without You"

Pharoahe Monch






This long-delayed sophomore album is a best-of-both-worlds record that combines a backpacker's sense of social justice and overclocked verbiage with a mainstream star's outsized charisma and furious delivery.

MP3:> Pharoahe Monch - "Body Baby"

Stars of the Lid
And Their Refinement of the Decline





On their first album in almost six years, Kranky's drone stars explore the difference between music and sound, turning in an effort that's much more minimal and muted than 2001's outstanding The Tired Sounds of...

MP3:> Stars of the Lid - Various Tracks

Yearbook 1





Swedish duo finally makes its CD debut, exploring the trance-inducing repetition of Manuel Göttsching, the gossamer lyricism of Durutti Column, and rhythms that allude to Can and Bill Laswell's Sacred System.

-Scott Plagenhoef, July 16, 2007

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