The Barometer: Midlake; Jonsi; Charlotte Gainsbourg; Gucci Mame; Fool's Gold

 

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Midlake Acts of Man

Melancholic and comforting, with a mellow flute motif, it's one of several gems from the Texas band's English folk-inspired new album The Courage of Others.

Jonsi Boy Liliko1

Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi Birgisson flies solo with this swirling and majestic track, sung in English.

Colouring of Pigeons The Knife

Taken from the Swedish electro pioneers' forthcoming opera, this is original, brilliant and rather strange.

Charlotte Gainsbourg Master's Hands

Opening track from IRM, Gainsbourg's new LP made with Beck, featuring the former's breathy vocals and the latter's intricate arrangements. A delicious mix.

Gucci Mane 'Yelp' I Got All of That

The next big thing of US rap casually displays his hoarse deadpan flow over minimalist electro beats.

Fool's Gold The World Is All There Is

Step aside Vampire Weekend, this Californian collective is taking over the US indie meets Afro-pop reins.

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