- Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Darkroom/Interscope) – If instant megastar Billie Eilish sounds less focused than the last global sensation Maggie Rogers, remember that Eilish just turned 18. While most teen crooners opt for sparkly pop or mindless hip-hop, Eilish offers a silly/somber blend of spoken word and minor-key anguish. Interscope let Eilish record a homebrew studio mix with her brother, who helped craft a blend of samples, sirens and inside jokes, all bearing an undercurrent of suspense. Imagine where Eilish might be when she’s 25.
- The Campfire Flies, Sparks Like Little Stars
The Campfire Flies, Sparks Like Little Stars (OverPop Records) – What happens when alt-folk harmonies meet yacht rock beats? In the case of The Campfire Flies, a supergroup built around members of Speed the Plough, there is a discipline resembling The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs. Even the occasional rough moments prevent the band from sounding overproduced. But when the harmonies meet in tracks like “Blue Fall Day,” sweetness reigns.
- Chris Cohen, S/T
Chris Cohen, S/T (Captured Tracks) – This album is the third in a trilogy by the former member of The Curtains and Deerhoof. Ethereal and haunting songs confront his father’s coming out, and expand in longer tracks like “House Carpenter” into first-rate storytelling, which will get a local hearing in his Easter Sunday appearance at Larimer Lounge.