Published Nov 08, 2011With it being new release Tuesday yet again, there's a big pile of albums up for grabs, and you can check out full reviews of the following highlights, plus many more, in our Recently Reviewed section.
Deerhunter's Bradford Cox has been busy the last couple years between fronting the Atlanta, GA band and putting out music under the Atlas Sound moniker. Atlas Sound's latest Parallax leads this week's pack of new releases with an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence. And also earning the Exclaim! Mark of Excellence is ASAP Rocky's new highly hyped mixtape LiveLoveA$AP, which combines "leftfield spacey beats and young street swag all wrapped up nicely in a hipster rap package."
Next are Sudbury, ON band Ox with their fifth studio album entitled tUCo. Described as a soundtrack to a film that never existed, the alt-country album has a "cinematic feel" to it and even boasts a cover of Neil Young's "Out on the Weekend." In a similar vein, Halifax folk icon Al Tuck seems to attract endless praise for his songwriting talent, a trend that doesn't stop with his new Exclaim!-approved LP Under Your Shadow.
Then we have Dean Tzenos's new project Odonis Odonis and its Hollandaze, a loud homage to the pre-grunge era with songs that "suck you into his vortex of noise." Lifestory: Monologue also dropped a new record this week, their debut full-length Drag Your White Fur - Make It Grey, which was recorded with the help of Moneen's Kenny Bridges. The process seems to have worked, as the emotive punks pick up another Exclaim! Mark of Excellence.
Finally, As I Lay Dying released Decas, a tenth anniversary compilation record featuring three new tunes, plus a few covers, remixes and re-recordings. Obviously aimed at fans, the collection may not appeal to anyone else, and even some supporters may find the remixes a tad bewildering.
Read reviews of these albums and other new releases in the Recently Reviewed section of Exclaim.ca and visit the New and Forthcoming Release Dates to see what's coming up soon.
You can also check out some of our favourite tracks in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Folk & Country
Pop & Rock