Welcome to September. Things are about to get crazy, post-Labor Day, but for now relish in the gentle spirit and relative calm that comes with a big holiday weekend. This week's reviews include the fifth volume of Stereolab's Switched-On non-LP tracks compilations; the third album from noir-pop trio (and Killing Eve soundtrackers) Unloved; Scottish indie pop cult heroes The Orchids; Chicago synth droners Bitchin Bajas; Portland DIY pop artist Mo Troper; and Winipeg dreampop group Living Hour.
It's a quiet week in Notable Releases, too, as Andrew reviews George FitzGerald, The Callous Daoboys, Kenny Beats, and more. If you need more Basement-forward content from this week, Naima Bock (who made one of my favorite albums of the year so far) announced US tour dates; UK band The Orielles announced their third album; Special Interest announced their first album for Rough Trade; and masked Swedish psych groovers Goat are back.
I also looked back on Sugar's perfect debut album, Copper Blue, which turns 30 on September 4.
If you still need more, I rounded up August's best albums and songs.
Be sure to check out the Indie Basement basement of the BrooklynVegan shop for a great selection of vinyl, books, and merch all hand-picked by this guy, including stuff by Stereolab, Broadcast, Pavement, Wet Leg, Beach House, OSEES, Cocteau Twins, The Beths, Aldous Harding, The Cure, Can, Neu!, Mazzy Star, Talking Heads, Pixies, Sparks, and more.