Published Oct 21, 2014As the temperature continues to drop, so do the new music releases. Cozy up with some new additions to your music library in our New Release Roundup, brimming with reviews of all sorts of album releases from this week. So give it a read to catch up on what's new and notable, as well as a few you might have missed. Then, be sure to check out our Recently Reviewed section for more.
East coast indie rock troupe Hey Rosetta! get this week started with their first record in four years, Second Sight. Continuing to successfully combine string arrangements with quintessential rock music sounds, the record also demonstrates a greater focus on depth and texture of production. Was the new material worth the four-year wait? Read our review to find out.
Jessie Ware's sophomore record Tough Love shows the London vocalist reaching an extraordinary new level of confidence. A star-studded list of collaborative writers such as Miguel, Dev Hynes and Ed Sheeran make their presence known throughout the expertly produced, soulful pop record. However, the list of contributors doesn't overshadow Ware's efforts in the slightest. Her own powerful vocal work nails feelings of heartache in effortless fashion.
Art rock elder statesman Thurston Moore's fourth solo record sounds downright jubilant when compared to 2011's Demolished Thoughts, in large part due to a new backing band. Composed of Nøught guitarist James Sedwards, My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, the eight tracks of The Best Day are full of what our reviewer describes as "complementary guitar lines, dissonant post-punk thrashers and poetic, punk rock ponderings."
Heading into recording her latest studio effort, Compostela, Jenn Grant's goal was to make a psychedelic folk record. While the new disc has only one overtly psych tune, the rest of her sonic experimentation adds colour, creating what our reviewer calls her most cohesive record to date.
Elsewhere, singer-songwriter Oh Susanna has released her most diverse album yet, compiled from songs written by pals such as Jim Cuddy, Joel Plaskett, Royal Wood and Melissa McClelland. Namedropper thus finds the Toronto-based artist shows her ability to adapt to other genres, from the sweet pop of "Wait Until the Sun Comes Up" to the quirky "Mozart for the Cat," making for an enjoyable effort.
Also, the ever-eccentric Primus have unleashed their cover version of the soundtrack to 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Fittingly dubbed Primus & The Chocolate Factory, the zany reinterpretations from the trio hold a high degree of earnestness and playfulness, resulting in a perfect match of inspiration and old school talent.
Finally, there's also the anticipated avant-garde team-up between Scott Walker and Sunn O))), who have delivered their far-out Soused. And to bring it all back home again, we have Elliott Brood's newly released Work and Love, which we dub "another consistently strong outing from one of our best."
Find some tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Folk & Country