Published Sep 09, 2014We're back this week with a New Release Roundup overflowing with brand new record reviews. Give it a read to catch up on some of this week's most anticipated releases, as well as a few that may have flown under your radar. Take a look at what we have listed below, then check out our Recently Reviewed section for more.
Death From Above 1979 lead the charge this week with their first record in a decade, The Physical World. When news first broke of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse Keeler reuniting, many were wondering if the duo's noisy grooves would stand up after 10 years of inactivity. Our reviewer thinks many of the cuts from the new record are "far leaner" than their debut, calling their sophomore effort more than a "mere retread."
Known for her work with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and contributions to Spike Jonze film soundtracks, Karen O has finally released her first solo album. Crush Songs was written and recorded in private eight years ago when the vocalist was unsure if she'd fall in love again. Lo-fi guitar tones create a warm, lovelorn sentiment across all 15 tracks, capturing her at her most intimate and restrained.
Coming after their lukewarmly received self-titled release in 2010, New York post-punk revivalists Interpol try to climb out of their rut of mediocrity with El Pintor, a record that offers its best moments when the band try something new. Closer to home, Sloan's Commonwealth sees the band offer a double record on which each band member penned an individual side. Our reviewer says it "offers a little something for everyone, no matter what you're looking for."
Denver indie pop duo Tennis' third studio record was born from a rigorous writing and practising schedule established in order to beat a case of writer's block. It makes sense, then, that the record is titled Ritual in Repeat. The music album is "sweet, energetic" and "hooky as hell," according to our reviewer.
Finally, Rich Aucoin's Ephemeral proves the sophomore slump is nonexistent in the Halifax pop musician's world. The 10-track "all killer, no filler affair" marks a moment where his recorded output matches the excitement of his live performances.
Take a listen to tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio playlist.