Published May 21, 2013Do you know what the best part about the long weekend is? Not having to wait an extra workday for new release Tuesday. So celebrate your return to the rat race by treating yourself to one of this week's newest albums. Check out our reviewers' recommendations to see which are must-owns for the post-Victoria Day workweek. Then, head on over to our Recently Reviewed section to read recommendations on all of this week's newest releases.
First up on the docket is Trouble Will Find Me, the highly anticipated follow-up to to the National's 2010 mainstream breakout High Violet. On their newest release, the Brooklyn-based rockers have managed to tone down the arena-ready rock of their previous LP, while maintaining the band's melancholic lyrics and signature sonics to solidify a sound that is distinctly their own.
Toronto indie-rock outfit Hooded Fang return with Gravez, a saturated garage rocker that manages to sound peppier than its predecessor, while Majical Cloudz' Impersonator delivers captivating vocals and sparse accompaniment to create a truly serene listening experience.
Next, Dirty Beaches' cinematic drones and avant-garde guitar noodling are at full-force on double LP Drifters/Love Is the Devil, and IDM's unsung heroes the Black Dog keep it consistent on their 12th LP, Tranklements.
International singer-songwriter Oliver Mtukudzi's surprisingly upbeat Sarawoga details the guitarist's emotional journey following the loss of his son in 2010. Although his new LP doesn't tread any new ground sonically, according to our reviewer, it "serves as an example of an artist who has mastered his style."
And, of course, Daft Punk have finally released Random Access Memories, which we gave a perfect ten last week.
Read full reviews of these new releases and many more by checking out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section, then stop by our New and Forthcoming Release Dates page for updates on even more upcoming albums.
Hear some of our favourite tracks from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Improv & Avant-Garde
Dance & Electronic
Soul, Funk & World