Modest Mouse, 'Strangers to Ourselves' (March 3rd)
The cover art of Strangers to Ourselves – the darkly catchy indie rockers' first album since 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank – consists of a satellite photograph of a pentagonal Arizona RV park. Making the mundane seem strange again has always been Modest Mouse's forte, and "Lampshades on Fire," the March release's first single, achieves that end too. It’s a typically brazen return, complete with Isaac Brock's downbeat declamations about party time on the cusp of the apocalypse. R.G.