Published Sep 23, 2014A host of sensational new sounds fill today's New Release Roundup. Stocked up with reviews of some of music's latest releases, it's sure to point you in the right direction on the way to refreshing your listening lineup. Give it a read below; if you can't find the album you came here for, be sure to check our Recently Reviewed section for more.
Returning with his first record in over a decade, Aphex Twin's Syro demonstrates an even measure of sounds that are distinctively from the mind of Richard D. James. But being an artist with such an eccentric and unpredictable discography, what direction has he taken his brand of electronic music in this time around? Read our review to find out if his extended absence has changed sound.
Songwriting legend Leonard Cohen recently celebrated his 80th birthday with the release of his 13th studio record, Popular Problems. Age isn't slowing the elder statesmen of Canadian music down one bit, as our reviewer calls his new collection of tracks "surprising, deeply moving and occasionally stunning."
Also an accomplished songwriter in his own right, Julian Casablancas' outing with new band project Julian Casablancas + the Voidz explores what the Strokes frontman calls "in-between areas in music that haven't been exploited." Within these areas, our reviewer found a number of "classic songwriting ideas pulled off with stylistic aplomb."
In a year that has already seen the power of hip-hop pairings such as El-P with Killer Mike and Madlib with Freddie Gibbs, Bishop Nehru and DOOM have proven a force to be reckoned with as well. Their collaborative NehruvianDOOM does well in highlighting the skill and potential of the up-and-coming 17-year-old New York MC over some classic production cuts from the Metal-Faced Villain.
Seattle songwriter Mike Hadreas has released his third record under the moniker Perfume Genius, resulting in what our reviewer calls his "most straightforward collection of songs to date." Too Bright finds Hadreas trying to move past the fragile and fanciful style of past releases in favour of tracks that are honest and at times confrontational.
Finally, Toronto-raised/Brooklyn-based musician Warren Hildebrand uses warm synths, hushed vocals and gentle guitar jangle to create exquisite pop songs on his latest effort as Foxes In Fiction. Ontario Gothic's therapeutic nature and ability to "give the listener a warm embrace" serves as a well-executed example of the effects of Hildebrand's "healing pop."
Find some tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic