READER REPORT:

What I'm listening to: The mixed tape

SIMON DEAKER
Last updated 05:00 21/10/2012
A GEM: Cat Power's the Sun
A GEM: Cat Power's the Sun

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While favourite tracks and albums are visited daily, the energy of the new is the best.

In the new album category there a few hits and misses I'm giving a fair spin right now:

Cat Power's Sun is a great album that separates itself from previous outings and stand alone as a time piece. The stand out tracks are Manhattan, Nothing but Time and Ruin.

Opossom's Electric Hawaii is a really good psych pop album - best listened to on your own though as it's a wash of psychedelic noise and experimental pop. The tracks to try are Get Away Tonight, Girl and the Inhaler song.

I'm still trying to love the XX's latest, Coexsist, as much as I enjoyed their debut. It works as interesting wallpaper and is clearly tender, but feels too limited in its sonic space. It needs more thunder.

Other albums I have on high rotate at the moment are the latest from Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Bat for Lashes, the Chromatics and Frank Ocean. It's all pretty chilled out.

If you're after something a bit louder, try the Ponys Let's Kill Ourselves.

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