Published Oct 04, 2011The first round of October releases are out now, and Exclaim.ca has reviewed some of the most anticipated albums of the season. Be sure to read full reviews of the following highlights in our Recently Released section this week.
First off, Cuff the Duke's new LP Morning Comes is out this week and marks the fifth album from the rootsy Toronto band. Praised as the group's "most consistent offering to date," Morning Comes is only the first instalment of a two-part concept album, and seeing as it earned the Exclaim! Mark of Excellence this week, we can't wait for the latter half.
Great Lake Swimmers offshoot Siskiyou also return to the Canadian music scene this week with their sophomore album Keep Away the Dead. Tinged with a "'70s hangover," the record even features a cover of Neil Young's "Revolution Blues." Meanwhile, sister duo Prince Rama have put out what has been described as their "first essential release" with Trust Now. The sisters are signed to Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label, a choice that seems to have continuously helped Prince Rama in effectively crafting "exotic-sounding art."
Nika Roza Danilova may only be 22 years old, but she's just released the third album under her Zola Jesus moniker. Conatus, though intended as a pop record, delves into some of Danilova's darkest moments yet. Replacing synthesized drums and strings with session musicians, the arrangements work beautifully on this record, earning Zola Jesus an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence this week. And though Comet Gain have yet to break away from cult band status, the latest effort from the UK twee punks proves that if your group's music-making formula ain't broken, don't fix it. Not a radical departure from their previous work by any means, Howl of the Lonely Crowd (produced by Orange Juice's Edwyn Collins) delivers more of the same high-quality but always shambolic punk, and for this, they've also received an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence.
Finally, Adam Waito returns with his second album under the Adam & the Amethysts moniker Flickering Flashlight. With songs that sound inspired by the music of Canadian peers like Chad VanGaalen and Arcade Fire, Waito only continues to improve.
Read these reviews, plus many more, in our Recently Released section this week at Exclaim.ca, and visit the New and Forthcoming Release Dates page to see what's coming up in the near future.
Also, listen to our favourite tracks from some of these albums in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic
Folk & Country