Published Apr 08, 2014April can be a confusing month for outdoor fashion. Looking out onto the street, there are people with scarves and thick jackets passing people in shorts and T-shirts, all totally unable to come to a unified conclusion about the temperature. Luckily, one thing that's perfect for every season and always in style is some new music, and to point you in the direction of some good tunes, we've rounded up another set of reviews. Take a look at the picks for this week below, then make sure to check our Recently Reviewed section for even more new album reviews.
Z is the new release from New Jersey's SZA. The record comes courtesy of Top Dawg Entertainment and features an electro R&B, soul-pop flavour. But does Z stack up to other quality TDE releases? Read the full review to find out.
Animal Collective member Dave Portner's jazzy project Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks release their debut LP this week. Though typically more attention is given to Animal Collective partner Panda Bear, Enter the Slasher House distances itself from Portner's previous solo works by featuring a more refined sound that our reviewer found to make for "the ideal detour between now and the band's next record."
Hardcore punk supergroup OFF!'s new album is titled Wasted Days and finds the band coming off more personal than ever, which our reviewer still found to be "the band at their darkest and most venomous."
The Future's Void, the new record from American singer-songwriter EMA (a.k.a. Erika M. Anderson), finds her analyzing the effect the internet has had on society, reflecting on her own personal insecurities as well as the bigger picture problems, making for a record with a strong statement behind it. On a lighter note, nu-disco master Todd Terje's new record It's Album Time "spends as much time in the lounge as [it] does on the dance floor," according to our reviewer, as tracks morph from smooth and slow to thumping and electrified.
Finally, The Living Proof, the new record from Sunparlour Players, finds the traditionally three-person band functioning as a duo, writing songs about corrupt cities, hometowns and a recipe for ginger bourbon apple butter. Does this combination work out for the group, or should they have put out an ad for a third member? Only the full review holds the answers.
For more album reviews, stop by our Recently Reviewed section. Then, hear some of our favourite songs from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Soul, Funk & World
Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic
Folk & Country