The 5 albums to listen absolutely this weekend! – Les Inrocks

With this week, the return with fanfare of Liz Phair, the cowboy Turner Cody and his new acolytes, the medley of Japanese Breakfast, the return of Rostam from the ex-Vampire Weekend in solo and the sublime orchestrations of Peter Von Poehl.

Like every weekend, Les Inrockuptibles take over the traditional waltz of albums released on Fridays to offer you a selection. On the program: Turner Cody & The Soldiers of Love, Liz Phair, Japanese Breakfast, Rostam and Peter von Poehl. Either a selection placed under the signs of great returns and surprise.

Turner Cody & The Soldiers of Love – Friends in High Places (Captain Records)

We saw Turner Cody disembark in March 2021, with the limping gait of a lacking cowboy. A little drunk, but still dignified, under the dim lights of a honky-tonk where guys hang out who never see the sun, the adopted New Yorker unveiled his new single, Boozing and Losing. Traveling companion of Herman Dune and pillar (of bar) of an anti-folk scene led in the early 2000s by Jeffrey Lewis and the Moldy Peaches, Cody will never resell his catalog to Universal for 300 million dollars in the like Bob Dylan, but will be remembered as one of songwriters at the margin the most inspired by music made in USA. The kind to be situated somewhere between the outlaw country of Townes Van Zandt and the banter of Kinky Friedman.

By Francois Moreau

Our review can be found in the number of Unbreakable of June 2.

Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee (Dead Oceans/PIAS)

Like this inaugural piece, dancing to excess, Jubilee features some of Japanese Breakfast’s most direct and immediate songs. Spiritual continuation of Soft Sounds from Another Planet, the disc sounds like the playlist of the dance hall of the space station which would have received the mission to bring the earthly answer to these sweet extraterrestrial sounds. In this gripping summary of 60 years of Western culture, Italo-disco intersects with shoegaze, ambient brass bands and cold new wave with the luxuriance of West Coast orchestral pop. But during the expedition, Captain Zauner’s ship would have slipped off course and drifted into the endless void of space. A music of celebration as much as of perdition.

By Cyril Camu

Our review can be found in the number of Unbreakable of June 2.

Liz Phair- Soberish (Chrysalis/PIAS)

Produced with Brad Wood, loyal since its inception, with whom she wanted “create a new vocabulary, go beyond the limits of what we were able to do together”, Liz Phair presents here a self-portrait influenced as much by Yazoo as by The Psychedelic Furs. The guitar is queen, the arrangements vary from one piece to another. The whole thing is surprisingly catchy: “Music translates my emotions, allows me to accept them, and therefore to heal my wounds. Listeners can relate… That’s what I love about other people’s music: when their story becomes mine.” That of Phair is however not common.

By Sophie Rosemont

Our review can be found in the number of Unbreakable of June 2.

Rostam – Changephobia (Matsor Projects/Secretly Distribution)

Return to form for the ex-Vampire Weekend, operating solo since his departure from the pop-baroque formation in 2016. Since seen as a producer alongside none other than Frank Ocean, Clairo, Solange or even HAIM, the musician signs his solo comeback today with an album where his production subtleties deceive a songwriting crystal clear but never simplistic. Always teeming with technical ideas, Rostam proves with this Changephobia that the recipe which made a large part of the success of his former group has lost none of its brilliance.

By Briac Julliand

Peter von Poehl- Memories from Saint-Forget (BMG)

Initiated in the fall of 2018 and completed last year, this collection of elegant refrains charms with its feline grace and its backlit melodies. The 2020 confinement was thus a valuable ally: it forced the songwriter with a blond mane to take refuge in a garden shed, converted into a home studio country, to record. A great place to celebrate flora and fauna, while gazing up at the Milky Way. Between cosmic folk, baroque pop and silky Americana, Peter von Poehl drapes his 10 pieces with sublime orchestrations, never ostentatiously luxurious.

By Noémie Lecoq

Our review can be found in the issue of Unbreakable of June 2.

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