There are two new records that take 'symphonic rock' to the next level.
David Byrne and Brian Eno's 2008 release (Everything That Happens Will Happen Today) is a gem of an album. Byrne's lyrics are in top form and Eno's guitar tones are majestic and spooky at the same time. Check out the third track (I Feel My Stuff) for a Massive Attack meets T-Heads vibe.
The Animal Collective's 2009 release (Merriweather Post Pavilion) is the best layered vocal album since The Fleet Floxes debut. Animal Collective have jelled on this release, combining analog synth tones and Brian Wilson quality harmonies. Check out the second track (My Girls) and you'll click to buy the album, I promise.