By this point, it seems like fall (or autumn, depending on your preferred season-name) is a treasure trove of great new indie rock. Last year, some of the best albums of 2011 came out in September or later. (Wilco, Laura Marling, and Ryan Adams come to mind.) That pattern continues in 2012, with major releases in September and October, and we've got them all for you here on GTI's Fall 2012 mix: Jacket Weather.
So what have we got here, you ask? Indie rock darlings Grizzly Bear revealed a wonderful new album in Shields, with its captivating opener "Sleeping Ute." On the same day, Ben Folds Five triumphantly returned with their first new album in 13 years. Lord Huron was featured on the previous GTI mix (with "Time to Run"), but "I Will Be Back One Day" is one of the best songs on the newly-released Lonesome Dreams.
The Rest's SEESAW was released earlier this year, but just put out a wild video for new single "Hey! For Horses" (from which comes the screen shot above). Manchester rockers City Reign previewed "Ahead of Ideas," possibly their best single yet (and set for official release in November). And Jacob Butler's "Mind Waltz" recently won an award in an international songwriting competition.
As usual, this playlist also gives me an opportunity to feature some songs I haven't gotten a chance to post about. The Foreign Films recorded a great tune in "Sweet Sorrow," reminiscent of George Harrison's work with the Beatles. Knock Knock put out a fun, energetic single in "We Will Raise Your Child." And somehow Sea Wolf's new album flew under my radar, but "Old Friend" is the lead single from Old World Romance.
Finally, there's Glowbird, a Los Angeles-based band featuring an old high school friend of mine. Incidentally, I stumbled upon his band completely independent of that connection, and he actually has no idea I did. I probably should mention that at some point... Anyway, I dig "We Must Save Ourselves," so hopefully you do too.
Here's the entire playlist for Jacket Weather:
1. Grizzly Bear - Sleeping Ute
2. Lord Huron - I Will Be Back One Day
3. The Rest - Hey! For Horses
4. City Reign - Ahead of Ideas
5. Ben Folds Five - Michael Praytor, Five Years Later
6. Jacob Butler - Mind Waltz
7. The Foreign Films - Sweet Sorrow
8. Knock Knock - We Will Raise Your Child
9. Glowbird - We Must Save Ourselves
10. Sea Wolf - Old Friend
11. The Lumineers - Ho Hey
12. Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't
13. Major Lazer - Get Free
14. Anderson East - Better
Spotify is missing a couple of these tracks, but here's what it has: