Published Feb 15, 2010The days are getting longer, the sun is shining more often and we can practically taste the spring. Head to Click Hear for sneak peaks from the albums we're convinced will make next season's playlist.
Get your week started with some smokey vocals off the solo effort from Jealous Girlfriend's Holly Miranda. With the help of Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio, Miranda perfectly executes some acoustic and synthed-up stylings for her solo debut, The Magician's Private Library.
Since Texans Strange Boys snagged some new band-mates from L.A.'s Mika Miko, they've sidestepped garage rock in favour of groove for their sophomore effort Be Brave, out next week (February 23). The title track is poised to outshine the Boys' previous works with a retro-flavoured call-response, sax accompaniment and modern charm.
Next up, renowned session musicians Konono No. 1 back up Belgian rapper Bajoli, who's narrative is so well delivered that you don't need to speak French to understand the emotion and story unfolding in "Karibu Ya Bintou," off his January release Kinshasa Succursale.
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists finally give us some new material, returning with The Brutalist Bricks, out March 9, and the teaser track "Even Heroes Have to Die," a song destined to be a springtime anthem.
Lastly, Danish experimental duo Quadron offer up "Average Fruit," ahead of the March 23 release of their self-titled album.
For even more audio treats, head to the Exclaim! Click Hear section.