EW reviews four hot new albums -- We take a closer look at new releases by Orenda Fink, Kronos Quartet and Asha Bhosle, Chad Vangaalen, and I Am Kloot

EW reviews four hot new albums

ORENDA FINK Invisible Ones (Saddle Creek) Fink, one-half of the wispy dream-pop duo Azure Ray, doesn’t stray far on her solo debut; it’s all airy vocals and spare, winsome melodies. Though pretty, the influences of her recent international travels do betray a wind-chime-y whiff of Enya. B+Leah Greenblatt

KRONOS QUARTET AND ASHA BHOSLE You’ve Stolen My Heart: Songs From R.D. Burman’s Bollywood (Nonesuch) With synths and echo, this is unusual string-quartet music even by Kronos’ standards. But their treatment of songs by Indian film composer Burman — sung by the venerable Bhosle — is modern classical at its most playfully soulful. Bravo. AWill Hermes

CHAD VANGAALEN Infiniheart (Sub Pop) With a wobbly falsetto, haunting minor-key melodies, plus a taste for both acoustic strumming and ear-cleansing distortion, VanGaalen makes an excellent new-school Neil Young for the Garden State generation. His Canadian citizenship seals the deal. B+Michael Endelman

I AM KLOOT Gods and Monsters (Echo) In voice and sensibility, Kloot leader Johnny Bramwell has always borne a striking resemblance to fellow Brit-rock oddball Robyn Hitchcock. This time, though, he transcends that reference, with angular arrangements and a darkly romantic wit that’s all his own. B+Will Hermes

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