Published Oct 07, 2014Today (October 7) stands as one of the busiest release days in recent memory, so it's quite fitting that this week's New Release Roundup is overflowing with a large number of new and notable records. Give it a read to catch up on some of this week's most anticipated releases, as well as a few you might have missed. After looking at the list below, check out our Recently Reviewed section for even more.
Canadian expat Dan Snaith leads things off this week with a new record released under his Caribou moniker. Our Love sees the man delve deeper into influences such as classic house and '80s R&B across tracks that range from downcast to danceable. Read our review to find out where Snaith's unmistakeable blend of sonics and songwriting took him this time.
Experimental producer Flying Lotus' latest record, You're Dead!, was born out considering what happens after death and the idea that modern jazz musicians "aren't trying to take it further" anymore. Meanwhile, the masked London producer SBTRKT has pushed his own style and musical boundaries further with his sophomore album Wonder Where We Land. Described as "an electronic odyssey," our reviewer details the record's cross-genre exploration and how effectively the man includes his supporting cast of guests.
Alt-rock heroes Weezer have lately left fans longing for the days of their self-titled debut and Pinkerton. While their latest record might not be stumble-free, Everything Will Be Alright in the End feels very much like a coherent record, as opposed to a collection of songs. Copenhagen post-punks Iceage have taken a new direction of their own with their third record, Plowing Into the Field of Love. From the rockabilly nature of first single "The Lord's Favorite" to the piano and string-led "Against the Moon," this seemingly radical transition shows they have done a fair bit of growing as a group in only 18 months.
Tinashe's debut record Aquarius is a cohesive effort full of her trademark vocal work over dark soundscapes. Very confident in its presentation, it's an entertaining effort from the sultry singer. Madison, WI songwriter Nika Roza Danilova, known better as Zola Jesus, strives for what our reviewer calls "something more inimitable and renewed" with her fourth studio record. Taiga is an ambitious album, as well as full of "digital edge and substance."
Finally, Godflesh's A World Lit Only by Fire shatters any doubt that the celebrated metal duo could retain their classic sound after splitting up in the early 2000s. Modern production and the crushing weight of distorted eight-string guitars ensure the new release is every bit the record fans have been waiting over a decade for.
Find some tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio genre playlists:
Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic
Soul, Funk & World