Published Feb 18, 2014With a new Tuesday comes a new collection of releases, and to keep you up to date, we've got another set of reviews to go along with them. Take a look at some of the highlights this week below, then take a peek at our Recently Reviewed section for even more reviews every day.
First off, long-running Ohio rockers Guided By Voices continue their recent string of albums with Motivational Jumpsuit, the band's fifth album since they reunited in 2010. The new record finds the them continuing their time-tested blend of pop, psychedelia, post-punk and garage rock, but is it a worthwhile entry in their lengthy discography? Read the full review and see.
Next, we have Wave 1, Com Truise's follow-up EP to his debut album Galactic Melt. Where the American beatmaker's previous LP was saturated with analog synthesizers, our reviewer found the new record feeling "looser, more focused and much more imaginative" by relying less on effects to bring his music to life.
North Carolina folk pop outfit Lost in the Trees' Past Life, the band's third studio album, finds the onetime sextet cut to a tight quartet. Even with this change, however, it's still very much a Lost in the Trees record, with frontman Ari Picker relying less on sparse instrumentation to convey emotion and more on the imagery of his lyrics.
In the realm of folk and country, we have a couple of new records this week. Lydia Loveless' third album, Somewhere Else, shows the alt-country singer sticking to her take-no-BS disposition and blurring the lines between country and rock, while supergroup the New Mendicants' new record, Into the Lime, comes off as somewhat predictable, but stays enjoyable thanks to some excellent harmonies, musicianship and a dash of optimism.
Finally, we have the debut album Blame Confusion from Montreal guitar-and-drums duo Solids. The band make their Superchunk and Hüsker Dü roots visible on their record, but do they manage to stand out from their influences and make something more unique? Read the full review to find out.
Hear some of our favourite songs from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic
Folk & Country