Published Apr 03, 2012It's the first Tuesday of April, and we're getting into swing of spring with our weekly roundup of new releases. Here's a breakdown of some of the week's most notable releases, and you can head over to our Recently Reviewed section to read more.
One of the week's most noteworthy new albums comes courtesy of Lotus Plaza, aka Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter. Although Deerhunter have long been considered a vehicle for frontman Bradford Cox, Spooky Action at a Distance shows that Pundt is much more than just a sidekick, with his latest solo effort earning him our Mark of Excellence.
For more new music in the pop rock vein, Portland duo AU released the disappointing Both Lights, while on the other hand, Vivian Girls contributor La Sera earned our Mark of Excellence with her stripped-down Sees the Light. Also, onetime Makeout Videotape leader Mac DeMarco was similarly recognized for his Rock and Roll Night Club release. And then there's We Are Not the Same by Lux, which, ironically, sounds more or less the same as many of the band's indie pop contemporaries.
For those in search of something a little heavier, the Love Below's Demo 2009 is short, but makes up for the brief runtime with quality and velocity. The band's Every Tongue Shall Caress is similarly punishing and satisfying.
For more on the week's new releases, head to our Recently Reviewed section, and also check out the New and Forthcoming Release Dates page to see what's on the horizon.
Also be sure to check out our favourite tracks from some of these albums in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Folk & Country
Dance & Electronic