Published Jan 20, 2014The middle of January can be a bit of a drag. It's a holiday dead-zone, making up a large grey area between New Year's Eve and either Valentine's Day or Reading Week. But this past week, we got our fair share of excitement via the new music we got to see and hear. So to help spread a bit of that joy, here are a few highlights.
First off, Scottish post-rockers Mogwai shared their atmospheric new album Rave Tapes in its entirety last Tuesday. The new album introduces a generous portion of analog synths and features several classic Mogwai touchstones.
Before the February release of his new album, Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q released a video for his song "Man of the Year." The clip finds Q on the beach of a tropical island, smoking, driving around on an ATV and having an all-around good time.
Last week also saw the release of a plethora of album streams. California quartet Warpaint shared their dreamy new self-titled album, and just today (January 20), they revealed a trailer for an upcoming documentary featuring reimagined versions of the album's songs. On the poppier side of things, Canadian collective the Hidden Cameras streamed their new album Age, their first record since 2009's Origin:Orphan.
Lastly, we got another taste of the forthcoming Tokyo Police Club record. "Hot Tonight," the latest track from the Canadian indie rockers, is an upbeat tune that arrived shortly after they shared the title and tracklist for Forcefield with a word search. The album hits shelves on March 25.
If you need a little more to escape the January blues, keep checking our Music/Video section every day for more holiday-dead-zone-breaking goodness.