Published Oct 22, 2013Over the weekend, the violin that was played as the RMS Titanic tragically sank in 1912 was sold at an auction for 1.4 million dollars. Luckily, there are always $20 records for those of us who can't quite afford such historic musical artifacts. To help you decide where to spend your hard-earned dough, we've collected our reviews of this week's new album releases in our regular New Release Roundup. Have a look, then head over to our Recently Reviewed section for reviews of more new ones out this week.
SoCal pop-rock duo Best Coast have released Fade Away. The mini-LP finds front-woman and songwriter Bethany Cosentino in a transitional period, moving away from the subjects of boys and weed toward more cerebral, anxiety-fuelled subject matter.
Next up, Chicago-based producer DJ Rashad has released one of the year's freshest dance albums with Double Cup, while Montreal musician Michael Silver, a.k.a. CFCF, has produced an equally impressive collection of electronic tunes on sophomore effort Outside.
Having previously been referred to as "the best band I've ever heard" by Justin Vernon, Minneapolis indie-pop outfit Poliça confidently and sleekly explore new territory on latest LP Shulamith. Elsewhere, NYC metal group Meek Is Murder make a case against being dismissed as "whatevercore" on Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters.
Finally, Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth, who also graces the cover of our latest issue, has dropped Guilt Trips, on which he showcases deceptive musical depth and attention to detail. The album continues to yield surprises even after multiple listens.
Hear some of our favourite tracks from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Folk & Country
Dance & Electronic