There are a bunch of excellent new albums in stores Friday, and one of the best is the second full-length from Australian brother combo Atlas Genius. Their 2013 debut When It Was Now was excellent, and it spawned the hit “Trojans,” an infectious blast of dance-friendly garage jangle. The new one is called Inanimate Objects, and it’s a huge leap forward for the band—the hooks are bigger, the production deeper and more angular, and the grooves tighter. Jittery shout-along single “Molecules” is the centerpiece, and it’s an undeniable gem.
In addition to crafting surgically pleasing alt-rock anthems, Atlas Genius have also made their bones ruling every stage on which they play, particularly at festivals. (I witnessed them completely steal Lollapalooza 2013.) So to celebrate the release of Inanimate Objects, Michael and Keith Jeffery booked their own fantasy festival and also highlighted some of their favorite songs from those artists. Take a look at their selections (complete with Michael’s commentary), listen to the playlist below, and fantasize about a reality wherein the Rolling Stones, Nirvana, INXS and Tears For Fears were all on the same bill.
Inanimate Objects is available now.
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