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Five Essential Albums

White Hinterland: Five Essential Albums

by Kara Manning
White Hinterland's Casey Dienel (photo: Derrick Belcham)

Classically-trained Casey Dienel, who records as White Hinterland, breaks down genre barriers on her most recent album Baby, slipping between voluptuous pop, undulating R&B, bluesy laments and the rigor of experimental rock 'n' roll. Her ability to find a juncture between these multiple musical personalities is electrifying, especially in live performance. Curious? You're in luck. White Hinterland will be in New York this Friday, June 27, to play Rough Trade. Since White Hinterland's Casey Dienel has such a bold, catholic taste in music, we asked if she'd pull together a list of her Five Essential Albums:

Ben Watt: Five Essential Albums

by Kara Manning
Ben Watt (photo: Edward Bishop, courtesy of the artist)

Yes, it took Ben Watt over 30 years to release his second solo album, Hendra, but he has a perfectly fine excuse. Following the release of 1983's North Marine Drive, Watt immersed himself in Everything But the Girl with longtime partner (and now wife) Tracey Thorn, ran two record labels, toured the globe as a club DJ and wrote two critically-acclaimed memoirs.

Fanfarlo: Five Essential Albums

by Kara Manning

Fanfarlo's blissful EP of last year, The Sea, was a sparkling pop prelude to the London band's bold third album, Let's Go Extinct, which is released on February 11 via Blue Horizon. The group sidles even further away from its early folk roots and unearths more danceable grooves on this release, as on the sunny single "Landlocked." They have a lengthy North American tour this spring, including two New York dates in late April at Bowery Ballroom and Rough Trade.

The Naked and Famous: Five Essential Albums

by Kara Manning

The Naked and Famous might have relocated from Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles, but the tirelessly touring quintet likely spends more time living out of suitcases. They face yet another lengthy tour ahead supporting their fine second album, In Rolling Waves. The record, released last week, is a lush, synth-driven tsunami, guided by the affecting vocal exchanges and harmonies between singers Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith.