Published Nov 19, 2013New music, be it in the form of CD, vinyl or cassette, always works well as a Christmas gift. So if you're looking for the best new music to pick up for your loved ones this holiday season, we're here to help via the latest edition of our weekly New Release Roundup. Read below to find out which of the latest albums are worth wrapping up and which belong in the bargain bin, then swing by our Recently Reviewed section for more of the week's new album reviews.
First up, Vancouver singer Andy Bishop, a.k.a. White Ash Falls, has delivered an excellent sophomore effort with Over the Night. Read on to find out how Bishop has managed to create "a personal masterpiece."
Ottawa-based musician Craig Cardiff has dropped his ambitious two-disc set Love Is Louder (Than All This Noise), while Tolkien-nodding metal outfit Ephel Duath have produced an artfully successful, though somewhat uneven, record with Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness.
Montreal's No Joy showcase some of their truest pop moments to date on latest release Pastel or Pass Out. The band begin to expand their sonic repertoire on the record, losing some of the loud distortion that has characterized previous releases.
Finally, German composer Nils Frahm has released live album Spaces. The album attempts to capture the powerful experience of Frahm's enigmatic live performance, done on various forms of media including reel-to-reel and cassette.
Hear some of our favourite tracks from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Folk & Country
Dance & Electronic